The Best Parenting Apps of 2017

Written by Valencia Higuera on September 22, 2017

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We’ve selected these apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source of support for parents. If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at nominations@healthline.com.

Parenting is a rewarding experience, but it can also be a roller-coaster ride. Whether you have a newborn, a toddler, a preteen, or a teenager, kids can pull you in different directions. And sometimes, it’s difficult to keep up with everything.

Even parenting is one of the hardest jobs in the world, there’s no shortage of tools to help you survive each and every day. If you need help managing your family’s schedule or looking for educational resources for the kids, here’s our list of the best parenting apps of the year.

PBS Parents Play & Learn

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Children love to play. And the more interactive a game, the better. This app features a multitude of games designed to stimulate your child’s curiosity and encourage quality time with you. These hands-on games incorporate literary and math skills, creating fun and simple teachable moments. The app is also available in Spanish.

Canvsly

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Price: $2.99

If your child brings home a beautiful art creation from school or creates a masterpiece at home, you may want to share these projects with friends and family. With Canvsly, sharing your child’s artwork has never been easier. Create an album of their artwork to share on the Canvsly timeline, or share the album via Facebook or Twitter. There’s even an option to design keepsakes and gifts from your child’s creations.

Baby Connect

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: $4.99

Whether you’re welcoming your first child or becoming a parent again, life with an infant has its ups and down. Between feedings, naps, diaper changes, and doctor appointments, you may need help organizing everything on your to-do list and maintaining your sanity. This app is an excellent tool for managing your baby’s sleeping schedule, feedings, any medication, and doctor visits. You can also set reminders for your baby’s next feeding and share this information with a nanny or relative caring for your child while you’re away.

Total Baby Pro

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: $4.99

Total Baby is a helpful app for maintaining a daily schedule. It’s designed by parents and offers an abundance of features for monitoring your baby’s progress. You’re able to log information related to diaper changes, nursing, pumping, and sleep history. Plus, keep track of your baby’s milestones, vaccines, and doctor appointments. Have more than one child? No problem: The app keeps a separate record for each child.

Chore Pad

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: $4.99

Most kids don’t take delight in cleaning. But the more hands on deck for household chores, the easier it’ll be to keep the house in good condition. Chore Pad is an easy, fun way to get kids involved with housework. It uses sound, animation, and a reward system to stimulate excitement. You can also customize chores for each family member based on their ability.

Baby Nursing – Breastfeeding Tracker

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Breastfeeding may seem like a piece of cake. But many mothers can attest to the challenges they face. Baby Nursing is a top-notch app for monitoring your baby’s feedings. Use the app to keep a close eye on how often your baby feeds and consumes during each feeding. You can also use the app to upload photos and maintain a record of your baby’s height, milestones, and physical development.

Cozi

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Life gets hectic at times. And when you’re running in multiple directions, important tasks might fall through the cracks. Cozi is a sharable calendar app that every member in the family can access. It’s a must-have for keeping the family organized and on schedule.

Parenthood by BabyCenter

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Parenthood by BabyCenter is another great app for finding age-appropriate information about your child’s development and behavior. Receive expert tips and read blog posts related to potty training, sleep schedules, playtime, and preschool. You can also connect with other parents to receive support or trade information. The app even features creative games to play with your children, as well as trending parenting topics.

Parentune

iPhone rating: [★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

As a parent, you probably don’t accept parenting advice from everyone. Instead, you seek expert opinions or support from like-minded parents who understand your concerns. Parentune’s app provides a forum of verified parents and experts. It’s an excellent place for receiving age-appropriate advice. Get answers on a variety of topics, like wellness, education, and nutrition. It’s a useful resource whether you have a newborn or a teenager.

Best of Parenting

iPhone rating: Not yet rated

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Are you currently dealing with a toddler’s tantrums or a teenager’s rebelliousness? No matter the age, Best of Parenting has numerous tips to help improve your parenting method and rise above common issues. You’ll find practical step-by-step solutions, weekly tips, and expert advice for strengthening the family unit.

Winnie - Parenting and Baby

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

This app offer something for just about every parent. It’s a huge community of like-minded parents who are willing to open up and share their experiences. Are you looking for a new preschool or daycare? If so, use the app for local recommendations. Connect with other parents and schedule playdates for your kids, or search for family-friendly restaurants and activities.

Parenting is hard work. But with the right tools in your arsenal, it’s possible to keep your life on schedule and minimize stress. Technology has the power to make just about every aspect of life simpler and less complicated, but only if you take advantage of it.

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