Technology can be a blessing and a curse for parents of young children. We try to limit screen time, but sometimes handing over a smartphone or tablet to a little one is the only way to get through a meal out in a restaurant or a long flight. Luckily, there are some great educational apps out there for those times when your kids do grab for your iPhone. Keep technology working for you when you have it back in your hands with these great apps packed with tools and information guaranteed to make life a little easier for parents of young kids.
For New Parents:
The Bump: Offering a wide array of parenting advice, expert articles, weekly agendas and an active user community, The Bump helps you navigate every moment from pregnancy to baby’s first holiday.
Parenting Box for Babies and Toddlers: This app includes three easy-to-use tools (baby log, growth chart and checklist) for parents of newborns to age 36 months. Here you can track baby’s milestones, feedings and diaper changes, and use the checklist to help you remember to get more diapers and other essentials while you’re out.
For Parents of Infants:
Cloud Baby Monitor: You’ll be at ease even when you’re not with your baby thanks to this high-quality live video and audio camera app. With unlimited range capabilities, this baby monitor allows you to check on your baby from anywhere in your home, making baby’s transition from your bedroom to their own crib a breeze.
WebMD Baby: Get trusted, physician-approved advice from WebMD for everything from colic to head bumps during those first steps. You can select the age of your child and the app will tailor the advice to your specific needs.
For Parents of Toddlers:
Chime: In need of a night out? Find great babysitters in your area anytime, anywhere. Plus, there’s no need to worry about stopping at the ATM before you get home — Chime allows you to pay your caregiver directly through the app.
Cozi Family Organizer: Bring a little order to your life with Cozi. From your toddler’s music class this weekend to your yoga session tonight to your husband’s corporate dinner event next month, Cozi keeps it all organized. It will even help you remember to stop for milk and bread.
For Parents of Young Children:
iRewardChart: iRewardChart keeps your children motivated and allows them to practice good behavior. When stars have been earned, your child can pick the reward they want, such as “one hour of TV” or “ice cream sandwich.”
Allowance+ Bank of Mom and Dad: Just like Reward Chart, this app tracks and rewards your child for finishing their chores, but also teaches them the importance of money. Allowance+ allows you to set up a bank account within the app to give your child an allowance and deposit money into their bank.
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