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Best iPhone Apps for Parents

Updated on April 14, 2010

When I wrote about my love affair with my iPhone, many of you commented (as I knew you would) about my lack of app usage! Inspired by your enthusiasm for iPhone apps, I decided to dive in and start researching which ones might be cool to get. Here’s what I found. (Most are free, ‘cause that’s how I roll.)


Great Apps for Busy Parents

Jott (FREE):  Not sure I’d actually use it, but this looks promising. You hit record to send yourself a transcribed message via email. I’m hoping this turns into an audio tool for recording blog posts. Easier than sending yourself a voicemail.

White Noise Lite (FREE): When you need to relax. This app plays white-noise sounds. Sign me up for rain or waves.

Grocery IQ App ($1.99): I’m curious about this one, but is it really more efficient than my trust scrap paper? Its search engine of over 130,000 items is supposed to help me create the perfect grocery list and it organizes your list by aisle.

Pandora (FREE): Because I don’t have time to load my iPod. Pandora streams music to your iPhone based on your own personalized music station that plays your favorite songs and artists. Um… sweet!

Remember the Milk (FREE+): You can get a free version, but I imagine the premium has a lot more capability. I probably won’t use this because I’m really happy with, but I read that a lot of people really like this app.


Great iPhone Apps for Little Kids

Scribble (FREE):  Lets kids (or parents) draw with their finger right on the screen and then shake to erase, like an etch-a-sketch. Looks like fun.

Bubbles (FREE):  Make and play with bubbles. Lots of testimonials that this is perfect for distracting toddlers.

Preschool Adventure ($0.99):Super cute games like space shapes, farm sounds and animal matching. This seems like a life saver for life with toddlers.

Flashmath ($0.99):  Quick math problems with multiple difficulty settings from Kindergarten through 5th Grade.


Great Apps for New Moms

Baby Log ($4.99):  Records diaper changes, feedings, naps, and bathing and can be exported to an Excel spreadsheet for those truly alpha moms. I would have loved to have this when I brought my son home from the hospital.

Baby Monitor ($0.99):  This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. Just place the iPhone next to a sleeping baby, and voila – instant baby monitor. The moment your iPhone detects noise, it calls you at the phone number of your choice. (You’ll need a partner or another iPhone!)

Image Credit: William Hook, Flickr


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