As a parent, you know all about moving fast. Keeping up with your children but also keeping up with the world you’re raising them in. We live in an age where we can do just about anything on a smartphone. So why not use it to make life easier for parents?
With over 6,000 Android apps being released every day, it’s nearly impossible to search through them all and choose the right ones for your family! But don’t worry. We are going to do all the hard work for you, and breakdown the 11 best apps across different categories geared toward hard-working parents.
- Find My Kids: The Best Safety App
- FamilyTime: The Best Parental Control App
- PBS Parents Play and Learn: The Best Game App
- Baby Connect: Activity Log — The Best Parenting App
- Cozi Family Organizer: The Best Organizing App
- Period Tracker: The Best Tracking App
- Photomath: The Best Educational App
- WebMD: The Best Health App
- AllRecipes Dinner Spinner: The Best Recipes App
- Peanut: The Best Networking App
- Mint: The Best Finance App
- The Table of The Best Apps for Parents
Best App: Find My Kids
The peace of mind that comes with knowing where your children are cannot be understated. Anyone who has dealt with the sheer panic of momentarily losing a child can attest to that. Therefore, there is no other app more important than one that will tell you where you can find your child at any given moment. Find My Kids is the best locator app available. Using Google Maps in real time, Find My Kids makes it easy to track your little ones and make sure they are safe.
Price: Free, with in-app purchases.
Honorable Mentions: Safety is key in raising children and besides Find My Kids, apps like Life360, MMGuardian also offer peace of mind for your family. MamaBear Family Safety and Kids Zone Parental Controls are also safety apps, however, they have fewer features than our previous mentions.
Best App: FamilyTime
FamilyTime gives you a wide range of capabilities in one app. From controlling screen times, downloaded apps, and even emergency alert.
Where to Download: FamilyTime is available for download for Android and iOS devices.
Qustodio and ESET Parental Controls are apps that monitor your children’s smartphone activity and gives you the option to set screen times. On the other hand, apps like Norton Family Premier and Webwatcher focus more on their internet activity via PC. These apps are with mentioning when discussing parental control, however, their features are limited.
Best App: PBS Parents Play and Learn
There are many apps on the market that children can get their hands on. Games that claim to be educational, but just aren’t good enough. PBS Parents Play and Learn allows parents to play educational games with their little ones and watch them learn before their eyes.
Where to Download: PBS Parents Play and Learn is available for Android and iOS.
Honorable Mentions: While apps like Canvsly, Artkive, and Baby Pics Photo Editor aren’t exactly games, they are fun to play with as you upload your children’s drawings and pictures, and edit or share them. Lifecake also offers similar features, but stores pictures as a photo journal.
Best App: Baby Connect: Activity Log
Baby Connect is an amazing app for parents with newborns. Anyone who has had the joy of having a newborn baby at home knows how chaotic it can be to keep up with feeding times, changing times, sleep routines, etc. All of this info can be easily tracked within the Baby Connect app. It is easy to use, and easily configures all of your information into concise graphs. In addition, all of your data is automatically backed up to their web application, so if you lose your device, it’s instantly saved!
Where to Download: Baby Connect is available for download in the Google Play Store, Apple Store, Amazon App Store, as well as on their website.
There are several other apps available that help you track your child’s growth while offering you parental advice. Apps like Winnie (Parenting and Baby) and Parentune are fine alternatives to Baby Connect, however, they do not offer as many input features, and they have been known to shut down unexpectedly. Parenthood by BabyCenterand Best of Parenting are also worthy mentions in that they give parents control over the ever-growing madness that is parenthood.
Best App: Cozi Family Organizer
Cozi is an amazing app that can keep you and your family completely organized. Even though the app has been known to have some functioning issues, it’s still a wonderful tool to use to stay on top of things and keep your family organized.
Price: Free with ads, but has in-app purchases
Where to Download: Cozi is available for download in the Google Play Store and Apple Store.
Honorable Mentions: While Cozi is the best app to use for all your productivity needs, there are a few other apps that focus on more specific areas. Chore Pad, for example, is a great app you can use to divide chores and responsibilities between you and your family. It may not be as inclusive as Cozi, but it is certainly worth looking into. Paprika Recipe Manager is also exclusive, but it is a great way to store and organize your recipes digitally, so if you are looking for something a little more specific, these honorable mentions are great alternatives. Similar apps like Baby Tracker and Baby Pack & Go (to-do and travel packing list) are good conceptually, but the apps themselves miss the mark. They are both difficult to find and tend not to be very trustworthy.
Best App: Period Tracker
There are hundreds of moments, circumstances, and situations during our lives as parents, and expectant parents, that require some sort of tracking, and therefore, there are tons of apps available on the market to help make that happen. Period Tracker contains features that allow you to go change options when trying to conceive, and also leaves your calendar open for notes and additional tracking, which makes it a valuable tool when it comes to planning and tracking.
Price: Free, but has in-app purchases
Where to Download: There are many different period trackers available, but the most popular tracker is available for download in the Google App store and Apple store.
Honorable Mentions: With every reason to track something while parenting in the digital age, it’s no wonder tracking and logging apps are a dime a dozen. Baby Nursing — Breastfeeding Tracker is one of those apps worth mentioning. Keeping up with feeding times can be chaotic, but it doesn’t have to be. Similar to Baby Nursing, Baby Feeding Log gives you the same control and convenience of tracking feeding times. Potty Chart is also another viable tracking app. This kid-friendly app is great for potty training and getting your children excited to become big kids! Taking the last spot in honorable mentions in teaching is Sprout. It allows you to keep track of the mother’s health, body and life during pregnancy.
Best App: Photomath
By the time your children begin to study math on a higher level, that’s when we parents begin to forget what we learned in school! However, helping your child with math has become easy with Photomath. Take a picture of the problem and see how it is broken down and solved. You aren’t just given the solution, you are being shown how to arrive at it. Photomath is a family-friendly, useful app that uses complex software to make math easy.
Where to Download: Photomath is available for Android and iOS.
Honorable Mentions: ChoreMonster and Smores Up can help educate your family on responsibility and working as a team. Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame is a great educational app for toddlers and young children. Scholly is more suited for high schoolers who are looking to get into college and want to apply for scholarships.
Best App: WebMD
When a member of your family isn’t feeling well, it can be a terrifying experience. WebMD is the best app to use when you need to diagnose and treat common health issues and discover useful information about important health matters. Simply search for any symptom and WebMD can provide you with helpful information.
Where to Download: WebMD is available online or as an app for both Android and iOS.
Honorable Mentions: Talkspace is also a good app in which you can speak to licensed therapists to help better you and your families emotional health. Apps like Heal and InfantRisk Health Center gives you access to health call centers and on-call doctors and nurses. Glow is another app that is health related, however it focuses on a mother-to-be’s health where you can track ovulation and fertility.
Best App: AllRecipes Dinner Spinner
We all know how monotonous dinner can be. It is so easy to get stuck in a routine where you are cooking the same thing every week. AllRecipes Dinner Spinner helps keeps things fresh and spontaneous while allowing you to work on your cooking skills. With thousands of recipes on at your fingertips, your meals never have to be boring!
Where to Download: AllRecipes Dinner Spinner is available for android, iOS, Windows and Kindle.
Honorable Mentions: Yummly is another app that has thousands of recipes ready for you to view. iFood Assistant by Kraft Foods and Paprika Recipe Manager allows you to create and store your own recipes and helps you plan dinners and shopping. Fooducate brings it all together by teaching you about healthy eating and letting you track your food intake and goals.
Best App: Peanut
Parents need to socialize with other adults, or they run the risk of possible cabin fever! Peanut offers moms the ability to connect with other moms.
Where to Download
Peanut is available to download on Android and iOS.
Honorable Mentions: What to Expect is a popular app that tracks your pregnancy, but has the ability to connect you to other expecting moms. The Wonder Weeks and Tiny Beans are lesser known apps and feature different capabilities but allows sharing and networking.
Best App: Mint
Imagine a free app that allows you to track, plan, and budget your family’s income. That is Mint. There are so many features that allow you to see and work out the smallest detail of your spending, helping you stay on track.
Price: Free, with in-app purchases
Where to Download: Mint is available for Android and iOS.
Honorable Mentions: Bank of Mom, ChoreBank, and HomeBudgetare also great apps to keep track of spending. Venmo is worth mentioning as it allows you to receive and send money with ease, something all parents need.
The Best Family Apps
|FIND MY KIDS||Safety||iOS, Android||FREE (In-app purchases)||4.4/5|
|FAMILYTIME||Parental Control||iOS, Android, Web||FREE||3.8/5|
|PBS PARENTS PLAY AND LEARN||Games||iOS, Android||FREE||3.9/5|
|BABY CONNECT||Parenting||iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Web||$4.99||4.7/5|
|COZI FAMILY ORGANIZER||Organizing||iOS, Android||FREE (In-app purchases)||4.4/5|
|PERIOD TRACKER||Tracking||iOS, Android, Kindle, Web||FREE (In-app purchases)||4.5/5|
|WEBMD||Health||iOS, Android, Web||FREE||4.2/5|
|ALLRECIPES DINNER SPINNER||Recipes||iOS, Android||FREE||4.5/5|
|MINT||Finances||iOS, Android, Web||FREE (In-app purchases)||4.3/5|