Smartphone Apps for Busy Moms & Dads

In Part I of our Series of “Cool Tools for Busy Moms & Dads”, we looked at Smartphone Apps that help make our lives a little easier.  Here’s what made our top 8:
iRewardChart.  iRewardChart makes it easy to reward children for chores and good behavior and keep them motivated. Children earn stars for chores, behavior and responsibilities, and they can spend their earned stars on your own custom rewards (e.g., pocket cash, screen time, shopping sprees, sleep overs…whatever you can think of!) We liked this one best because responsibilities could be weighted (e.g., some are worth more stars).  [iPhone] [Andriod]

Taskos To Do List.  The easiest, cleanest task list we’ve found! Easily speak tasks, categorize them, and click to check them off! Added features are useful and available, but do not interfere with the simplicity.  [Andriod]

Have2P. Sometimes when nature calls, you may not be in the most convenient place to answer. With Have2P, you can quickly find nearby spots that have restrooms. An urgency detector even senses when you (and the phone) are shaking and starts a fresh search.  [iPhone] [Andriod]

Glympse.  Glympse is the easy way for family members to safely share their location in realtime. Glympse shoots family members’ exact location in real-time to other family members. Perfect for when picking kids up from school (they can see how far away Mom is), amusement park or shopping mall split-ups, or just for security purposes. Users can specify who can see their location and for how long.  [iPhone] [Andriod]

Food Planner.  The best meal planner app hands down! Super simple…allows you to quickly schedule daily meals. You can also use their recipe and inventory features, but the planning feature makes this app one of our must-haves on a daily basis. [Andriod]

ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner.  Aim the camera at any product’s barcode, wait for the beep and ShopSavvy will provide you with a list of online and local store prices as well as reviews.  [iPhone] [Andriod]

Clean Noise.   Relaxing, calming ambient noises to help bring calm to your day (or your baby’s nap/night).  [White Noise: iPhone] [Andriod]

Cozi Family Organizer.  Manage your family calendar by sharing appointments, reminders, and to-do lists with the whole family! Cozi can even send emails or text messages confirming appointments to family member’s.  [iPhone] [Andriod]

What apps do you use that make life easier? 

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7 thoughts on “Smartphone Apps for Busy Moms & Dads

  1. Thank you so much for the honor. Even though we have been in the space for quite sometime, yet we feel like a baby in the appworld. There is so much more to innovate! We are blessed to have our users provide us a lot of feedback, and support (including voting us to Best Parenting App of 2011 last week). We feel blessed.

  2. I swear by the Cozi app – it’s been a lifesaver when it comes to staying organized, and with 4 kids under 5, that’s no easy feat!! Glad to see it listed here :)

  3. My husband and I love the Yelp app! We stick with restaurants that have 4 or more stars and so far it hasn’t failed us yet. This has been especially helpful when we need to find kid-friendly restaurants while we’re traveling. Knowing that good food and an atmosphere that’s family friendly is just a search away takes some of the stress out of finding GOOD restaurants in areas we’re unfamiliar with!

  4. I’ve been looking for a good white noise app to play for my daughter, i’ll have to download the clean noise one. thanks for mentioning it.

  5. i know it isn’t quite family-related, but i use the mapmyrun app all the time. i like to track how far i run/walk, even when i’m with the kiddos, so i’ll turn it on when i take them bike riding or walking at the park. it’s nice to know i’m getting in a little calorie burn and a lot of times we end up traveling farther than i would have thought!

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