9 Best Apps for Busy Parents
Fortunately, just like technology can make the logistics of running a business easier, it can also benefit the stay-at-home CEOs. From finding kids activities to couponing to potty training, these apps are sure to help any parent reclaim a little bit of their sanity.
ACTIVEkidsFree on Apple and Android 1 of 10
Getting your kids off the couch has never been easier thanks to the ACTIVEkids app. With a database of thousands of kids activities served up based on your child's age, gender and interest, you'll never have to hear the dreaded, "I'm bored," complaint again.
With a litany of activities to choose from (sports, science, summer camps and more), you're sure to find the perfect way to entertain your child. You can also create profiles for your kids within the app to simplify the registration process and keep track of completed and upcoming activities.
Baby Pack & Go$0.99 on Apple 2 of 10
Whether traveling across the country or across town, it's easy to forget a pacifier or meltdown-averting toy when you've got kids in tow. The Baby Pack & Go app allows you to use pre-made or custom checklists to make sure no item gets left behind on your next play date or vacation.
You can build your list using the app's extensive catalog of baby and toddler items, and personalize it with photos, sounds or background colors. If something you need to pack isn't available in the catalog, simply add a new item manually.
You can also set up task reminder alerts for everything from feedings and diaper changes to sleep and bath times to help you stay on schedule.
Potty Chart$2.99 on Apple 3 of 10
Let's make one thing perfectly clear: Potty training has never been and will never be an easy task. But the Potty Chart app makes the process slightly more manageable.
The app encourages toddlers to ditch their diapers by setting goals and collecting rewards once they've earned the designated number of stars on their personal pee and poop charts. Kids also get to hear an encouraging cheer every time they add a star to one of their charts.
Potty Chart also includes helpful training advice like when to begin potty training, how to handle resistance and appropriate ways to reward your child.
Net NannyCost varies. Available on Apple and Android. 4 of 10
The Internet can be a great learning tool for children, but there's also a lot of stuff you probably don't want your kids to see. At a certain age, it becomes impossible to keep your children from using computers and smartphones, and no parent has the ability to monitor their child's Internet access 24/7.
Net Nanny is just what the name implies—a virtual nanny that monitors your child's Internet usage and allows you to restrict what websites can be visited on specific devices. The application starts at $39.99 per device, with discounts available if you purchase for multiple devices.
It's not the cheapest app on our list, but it's tough to put a price tag on peace of mind.
The Baby Owner's Data TrackerFree on Apple 5 of 10
They grow up so fast. So fast, in fact, that if you blink, you just might miss it. That's why The Baby Owner's Data Tracker app makes it easy for new parents to keep up with their child's growth, developmental milestones and feeding and sleep schedules.
Released in conjunction with the popular The Baby Owner's Manual book, the app shares practical tips for childcare and development. The Data Tracker also features a function that allows users to share their child's growth and development with family, friends and their pediatrician.
SnipSnapFree on Apple and Android 6 of 10
Couponing isn't just a way to save money; it's a way of life. But finding, cutting and organizing coupons can become a full-time job. Fortunately, the SnipSnap app makes the process much easier.
Instead of clipping and carrying a coupon, just snap a photo with your phone and the app stores it for use at the store. You can also browse a database of printed coupons to find stellar savings without flipping through the newspaper.
But the best feature of SnipSnap is the push notifications that alert you when a coupon is about to expire and location-based reminders that ping you when you're near a store you have coupons for. Saving has never been so easy.
Sign Up$1.99 on Apple and Android 7 of 10
Formerly known as Volunteer Spot, Sign Up is a logistical Godsend for planning any type of event. Whether you're trying to coordinate volunteers for the classroom, snacks for the weekend soccer tournament or food assignments for the next family reunion, Sign Up has you covered.
Simply create a sign up sheet and send it to your contacts through the app. They select which shifts, snacks or meals they want to volunteer for and the app takes care of sending everybody a reminder before the event so you don't have to deal with exhausting reply-all email chains.
Kids Eat FreeFree on Apple and Android 8 of 10
Doesn't that sound glorious? Any parent who's ever spent $4.99 on a kid's meal and $1.99 on a separate drink (Seriously?! The drink's not included?!?) only to see their kid take two bites out of it before refusing to eat the rest knows the struggle is real.
The Kids Eat Free app gives parents access to a continuously updated database of restaurants that offer discounted kids meals and kids eat free specials. You can also add specials that you want to share with other parents and flag deals that are no longer available.
Allowance+Free on Apple 9 of 10
Too many kids these days don't know the value of a hard-earned dollar. Help your kids build their financial literacy with the Allowance+ App.
The app supports accounts for multiple children and allows the parent to set up automated allowances or designate payments for specific chores or gifts. It also helps kids keep track of their balance as they make withdrawals.