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Parents have a lot on their plate. Perhaps your little one is brand new, and you’re just learning all the ins and outs of feeding times and naps. Or maybe your children are begging for a later curfew and their own smartphone. There is always an app that can help to simplify things.
We’ve rounded up some of the best parenting apps for 2016, and there’s something here for everyone.
Baby by Smallnest
What time did your baby last eat? Did she get her nap while you were at work? Baby by Smallnest helps parents manage and monitor their newborn’s activities, from breast-feeding to naptime.
You can sync your phone with your spouse or the nanny, so everyone can check in to see how baby is doing. It’s also helpful for tracking feedings, and has a one-hand operational function, which is great for when you’re handling baby and bottles.
If you’re an organized person, having a new baby can quickly throw your neat little world into disarray. Baby Connect can help, giving you one centralized location for tracking everything, from daily feedings to immunization records.
Baby Connect can make use of the inputs you provide by charting your child’s progression. Track everything from feedings, to medication, to pumping, to baby milestones. You can even share the account with your nanny to check in while you’re away.
Baby Nursing / Breast-Feeding
New moms have a lot to keep track of. Feeding times are just one of them, but they’ve been made easier thanks to apps like this one.
You can use it to track when you fed and how much your baby has drank. The app features graphs and averages to help you see trends and compare. You can also use it to keep tabs on how your baby is growing, diaper changes, and milestones. The app can be synced across parent devices, so both parents can stay informed throughout the day.
Your refrigerator can quickly fill up when your child is an artist. But now there’s a way to collect, share, and even organize all of those drawings! Canvsly allows you to take those one-of-a-kind pieces and organize them in separate albums, by date or by child.
Perhaps the coolest feature is that you can order professional-grade prints of their paintings, drawing, and collages suitable for framing.
Chore Pad HD
Children who do chores learn about responsibility and hard work early on. Chore Pad is a great tool that kids can use to track their tasks ad unlock trophies and rewards you set yourself. Your child can log in, check off their chores, like remembering to brush their teeth, set the dinner table, and make their bed, and see their rewards for the day.
You can track all of your kids at the same time by seeing their progress on the start screen, while kids can have fun with custom themes and animations.
Cozi Family Organizer
Some moms prefer to keep planners. They can be a one-stop log for keeping track of all of the family’s activities, shopping lists, and to-do’s. The Cozi Family Organizer brings this level of organization to your phone or tablet.
Features include a color-coded calendar, the ability to send reminders and recipe lists, the option to add needed ingredients to your grocery lists, and more. The whole family uses the same account, which ensures that journal and photo entries become lasting memories.
Eat Sleep: Simple Baby Tracking
Sometimes you want an app with all the bells and whistles, and sometimes simple is better. Eat Sleep takes the latter route, but you’ll be surprised by how much you can do with it.
You can use Eat Sleep to log your baby’s naps, feedings, and diaper changes. Add a quick note, and you’ve laid the groundwork for useful daily and weekly reports. You can use it for multiple children, making it a great option for parents of twins and triplets.
MamaBear Family Safety
Helicopter parents, rejoice! It’s not a bad thing to want to keep tabs on your kids and make sure that they’re staying safe, and MamaBear Family Safety makes doing this much easier.
Families can send messages to each other, and parents can monitor their children’s social media accounts, location, and even their speed while driving. You can be notified when your child gets to school in the morning (or they can check in with a selfie!) or when certain words show up in their text messages.
PBS Parents Play & Learn
PBS is best known for groundbreaking and lasting children’s educational programming, and that’s not a far cry from what they’ve achieved here with the Parents Play & Learn app, which parents and children can use together.
There are more than a dozen games for parents to play with their children, all of them bilingual, with English and Spanish options. We like the “teachable moments” feature, which gives parents tips to encourage maximum learning.
This app is able to store all of you and your children’s medical information, including history and insurance information, in one place, making the smart-ICE4Family app a must-have for every family.
In the event of an emergency, the app can actually speak for you: The press of a single button will call emergency services for you and provide a prerecorded message, as well as your location.
Total Baby can time and track everything from nursing and diaper changes, to sleeping habits and bath time. You can compare your baby’s growth with percentiles from the World Health Organization, and monitor milk pumping times and expiration dates, too.
Total Baby can let you keep tabs on up to six children, keep a daily diary, and log doctor’s visits and allergies.