Whether you are a first time mom or this isn't your first rodeo, there are loads of apps out there to make parenting just a little bit easier. I'm sure that our own moms look at us at times and laugh a bit at some of the technology that we depend on. But you can't tell me that they wouldn't have paid good money for a white noise machine (or nowadays an app) to keep from having to turn the radio dial until they found static and letting it play to calm down a colicky baby.
Fortunately we have tons of apps at our disposal that can help us feel like we might get the hang of parenting sometime before our kids go to college.
Here are ten great FREE apps to get you started:
(Remember, only an app's developer can determine when it is free. These apps were verified free at the time of this posting.)
Find helpful tools to track and celebrate your child’s development: Choose a baby name with our Baby Namer, Log Baby’s feeds, naps and diapers, Encourage toddler potty training with the Potty Pal and oral hygiene with the Brush Buddy, Have fun with our photo tool and send milestones-in-action to family and friends
Recommended by Dr. Oz as a miracle for better sleep! Find out why the world is sleeping better with White Noise Lite for FREE. Features ambient sounds of the environment to help you relax during the day and sleep great at night.
The new WebMD Baby app has quick access to trusted and physician-approved baby health and wellness information anytime, anywhere. Personalized for a baby’s specific age, the WebMD Baby app delivers timely physician-approved guidance, helping parents stay informed and one step ahead of their baby’s growth and development.
There's nothing stationary about your life, so why depend on a family calendar that hangs on a fridge or wall? Cozi is the leading choice for families and includes a color-coded calendar, shopping lists, to do lists, family journal and more. Cozi also offers a premium ad-free version with additional features called Cozi Gold (available as an in-app purchase).
Inspire your baby to sign! Recommended by speech therapists, the adorable Baby Sign and Learn animated characters make signing so much fun!
One of the most fundamental human desires is to be understood - help your baby communicate by teaching her baby sign language.
Looking for a great play date place? Need to find indoor fun on a rainy day or a nearby playground when you're on the road? Mom Maps Free lets you tap the collective wisdom of parents everywhere to find kid-friendly fun when you need it. Search our extensive list of parks, playgrounds, restaurants, museums and indoor play areas, as well as reviews by parents, for parents.
With one tap, Qwiki automatically creates beautiful movies from the events captured on your iPhone or iPod touch - providing a rich and elegant way to share your life.
Project 365: How to Take a Photo a Day and See Your Life in a Whole New Way
Why do it? Imagine being able to look back at any day of your year and recall what you did, who you met, what you learned… (Often we find it hard to remember what we did just yesterday or even last night, let alone a whole year ago!)
No need to download several mobile coupon apps — this is your one-stop shop for savings. This app provides the best coupons available for grocery and personal care brands, discount codes for online retailers and great deals for all the stores you love. Get thousands of coupons, discounts and promo codes for nearly everywhere you shop and take them with you wherever you go.
Eat Sleep is the simplest way to track your baby’s eating, sleeping, and diaper habits. It’s designed so you don’t have to mess with timers, alarms, or typing. All the important stuff can be entered with a one-finger tap. View all eat/sleep/diaper events for each day, or view the combined history of any individual activity. As you continue using the app, you’ll be able to view trends from day to day, week to week, or month to month.