Five great apps moms will love
Mothers Day is this Sunday (hint, hint all you dads out there). So in honour of the big day, weve put together a list of great apps we think moms might enjoy. Whether shes just learning to use her iPad or she shes glued to her smartphone, shes bound to like some of these.
50,000 Baby Names
This app is for the mom or mom-to-be, who is searching for the perfect baby name. It lists more than 50,000 names for little boys and girls and you can search by meaning, country of origin and popularity. The app is also integrated into e-mail, Facebook and Twitter so you can keep running lists and share favourites with family and friends. Its free and available for iPhone and Android.
Designed to track your babys every move, this is a great app for the first time mom. From sleeping and eating to the endless diaper changes, you can note it all here. The best part is the connect feature, which allows you to share what your baby is doing with others in real time. Mom and dad can share the childs schedule, like the last time the baby was fed or how long he slept. And if you have a caregiver, they can share send messages, photos and updates with you through the app or through their website, baby-connect.com. If youre going to be away from your little one or want to monitor activity from work, this is a terrific way to stay updated. Available for iPhone and Android.
This is for the mom who is forever seeking something fun for the children to do. The app, which is free for both iPhone and Android (and online at MomMaps.com) allows you to find nearby kid-friendly spots including parks, restaurants, playgrounds and more — whether youre at home or away. There are Kid Play Guides for 27 US cities like Boston, New York and Atlanta and international cities like Vancouver, Montreal and Paris. 28,000 locations are supported including London and now Bermuda. Yours truly added a couple of playgrounds while testing out the app. Hopefully more moms on the Island will start adding their favourite spots too — giving tourists and newcomers great suggestions for kid-friendly fun.
Cozi Family Organizer
For the busy mom with a hectic schedule and long to-do lists, this personal assistant app will help her get her life organised. Cozi turns your iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry into the ultimate family organiser. It helps parents (and children) organise the family calendar, create shopping lists, leave reminders to yourself, plan meals, manage your to-do list and much more. You can also jot in the family journal to record family milestones and celebrations. If you have teenagers with smartphones, Cozi is a great way of ensuring that everyone stays in sync.
Got hungry children and need a quick dinner idea in the middle of the supermarket? Forget the mac n cheese and get this app. It gives you a quick and easy way to find recipes for the ingredients you have. The Dinner Spinner suggests recipes based on the type of meal, ingredients and even prep time. Or if you have an iPhone, just give your phone a shake to find inspiration. AllRecipes is available for the iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry Windows Phone, Kindle and online at AllRecipes.com.
OK, so its not an app, but these are so cool, we could hardly resist. If you like to cook and use your iPad to reference a recipe youve found online or through the AllRecipes app, these are for you. Chef Sleeves are waterproof, gunge-proof and messy cook-proof bags designed to protect your iPad from spills and accidents. The Sleeves come on a roll in a box which doubles as a dispenser and the plastic is safe should you wish to eat off of them. A box of 25 costs $20 through Amazon.
We also love a number of other apps including MyFitnessPal for the figure-conscious mom, Angry Birds to entertain your children (and yourself) on long trips, and any of the apps by Oceanhouse Media which has turned all of the Dr. Seuss and The Berenstain Bears stories (among others) into digital books for children. Available on the iPhone, iPad, Android, Nook and Kindle, the stories are narrated and interactive so your child can follow along while theyre learning to read.
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