Your iPhone can be an incredible resource for everything, from keeping little ones entertained to providing information that parents need. The iPhone can provide you with crucial medical resources available at a moment's notice no matter what the hour. There are also plenty of other kinds of parenting apps out there, offering advice and resources anytime you need them. There are apps to help you track your children's progress, keep them on top of their chores, and even find creative ways to entertain and interact with them. Here are a few incredible apps that will make life as a parent just a bit easier.
Pregnancy • Sprout
Are you expecting? Being a parent doesn't necessarily start at the birth of your child. It's best to begin preparing ahead of time. Track your pregnancy with interactive 3D models, keep a to do list, plan your doctor visits, share your progress on Facebook, record your baby’s kicks, get pertinent medical information, and much more with this great app.
This specialized app from WebMD is a virtual baby book with tons of features. Of course it contains a wealth of medical information just as you’d expect from WebMD, but it’s also a way to track your child’s progress, growth, pediatrician appointments, medical records, and even photos and memories you want to jot down. If you have a new baby, or plan to have one, you’ll definitely want to download this free app.
Just because your child isn't an infant doesn't mean that you automatically know what to expect with their development. Pro Parenting is an app that'll tell you what to expect and provide you with fun activities daily that cater to child's age. You can even pin the activities to your Pinterest boards for later use. Sadly, this app is only good until your child is five years old as there don't seem to be activities for older children.
WebMD – Trusted Health and Wellness Information
Every parent has had to deal with a scary illness in the middle of the night. WebMD helps you with your decision-making and health improvement efforts by providing access 24/7 to mobile-optimized health information such as WebMD’s Symptom Checker, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid Information, and Local Health Listings. WebMD also gives you access to first aid information without a wireless connection, which can be critical if you don’t have Internet access in the time of need. Personalize your app by saving drugs, conditions, and articles relevant to you.
iTriage - Health, Doctor, Symptoms and Healthcare search
In addition to WebMD, iTriage is another helpful medical app to own. Created by two ER doctors, iTriage helps you answer the questions: “What medical condition could I have?” and “Where should I go for treatment?” It also lets you save, easily access, and share the healthcare information most important to you.
ChartSpan - Your Family's Health and Medical Record Organizer
It's always quite helpful to have every family member's medical information on hand. ChartSpan is the app that'll help you keep that information organized. This app also lets you send and request medical information to and from your doctor's office, which is something different compared to most other apps.
There is always another parent out there that we all envy. Not only do they raise five kids, but they also find a way to keep their house spotless. With HomeRoutines, you can be that parent. This app is revolutionary and breaks your day down by morning and evening. There are scheduled zones, which are easy to complete and focus on a certain room in your house on specific days of the week. If you're a busy parent, this app will keep you from being overwhelmed.
You Rule Chores
Even the youngest family members can help maintain the household by completing simple chores. This teaches them a sense of responsibility, community, and accomplishment. You Rule Chores turns chore time into a game. Each completed chore earns your child “coins” which can later be cashed in for real-life rewards of your choosing.
Bank of Mom
Now that your children have completed their chores and earned money, they probably want to go shopping soon. Bank of Mom is a great way to keep track of their earnings and is a fantastic way to teach them about finances. Parents can show children their transactions, balance, and any interest earned, and help them learn the value of money.
Tide Stain Brain
It's a proven fact that stains are magnetically attracted to children's clothing. Okay, maybe not proven, but it sure does seem like it! From grass stains to ketchup stains to grease stains, Tide Stain Brain is a lifesaver for parents everywhere.
Ibotta - Cash back Coupons – Shopping Deals, Discounts and Promos on Grocery, Clothing and more.
Let's face it, we can all save a few pennies here and there. Ibotta is not your typical coupon app. Instead of saving up front like you would with a regular coupon, Ibotta offers rebates on products that you purchase. Just simply scan the product barcode and submit your receipt. When its time to redeem your rebates, you can do it in form of PayPal deposits, Venmo, or gift cards to your favorite stores.
Are you looking for a great place to take the kiddos, but aren't at home to look it up? Mom Maps is the ideal app to find kid-friendly places while you're on the go. Whether you're looking for parks, playgrounds, museums, or restaurants, this app will have them listed for you. Best of all, there are reviews of each place from fellow parents.
Artkive - Save Kids' Art
One of the many joys of being a parent is all the children's artwork you get spoiled with. Artkive is an awesome app to make sure that those pieces of art stay saved in one place no matter what becomes of the actual piece or which device you switch to. Upload a photo of the piece into the app and you can tag it and arrange it in a photo album. You can also share it with loved ones of your choosing. There is also a neat option from within the app to create actual books out of your little Picasso's masterpieces that you can send as gifts and cherish forever.
Find My Friends
When your child is old enough to have an iDevice of his or her own, you can install this handy app on it. Make sure that your tween has gotten home safely, or that your teenager really is at the movie theater where you dropped him or her. This free app buys you a lot of peace of mind.