6 Smart Phone Apps Smart Moms Will Love in 2012
Using Smart Phones and Smart Phone Devices, moms are organizing their day and keeping children entertained all with a swipe of the finger.
As companies start to realize the power and impact of the mommy market, more and more apps are being created to cater to today’s busy mom and her children. However, I did find that not apps or operating systems are equal. When it comes to FREE educational games and books for toddlers, iphone has far greater content, more challenging and interactive learning games and a larger collection of books. But, if you’re willing to spend a few dollars, there are plenty of popular title book apps like Dr. Seuss available and who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss?
1. White Noise Baby (iphone $0.99) and Baby Soother (android FREE)
Parents quickly discover that certain sounds can help to sooth a fussy baby. White Noise Baby (iphone) and Baby Soother (android) allow you to choose from various sounds like ocean waves, vacuum etc. to sooth your fussy baby or lull him/her to sleep. You are also able to set the time and control the length of time you want the sound to play.
2. MeeGenius! Kids Books (iphone and android) FREE
MeeGenius is genius. It essentially turns your smart phone into a Kindle-esq tool for tots. Young readers can read on his/her own to a wide variety of popular and classic children’s stories. Non-readers can follow along with the highlighted text, promoting word recognition. The narrator has a pleasant voice as well and is easy to understand. MeeGenius is a great app for children when at the grocery store or when traveling.
3. Lemon: Receipts Refreshed (iphone and android) FREE
Get rid of all those paper receipts cluttering your wallet. Lemon is an easy-to-use free app that lets you scan your paper receipts and turn the images into useful information that’s taggable and searchable so you can get organized and keep track of your purchases.
4. Intuition: Mom’s Personal Assistant (iphone) FREE
This app leaves me jealous of all my mommy friends who have an iphone. I was not able to find an app for the android that was as comprehensive and geared toward moms. So, please feel free to share if you do. Intuition: Mom’s personal assistant is a brilliant app by moms for moms. This app allows busy moms to effectively bundle and organize their day for maximum efficiency.
• GET ORGANIZED: Quickly capture and organize your to-dos, tasks and wish lists.
• SIMPLIFY GROCERY LISTS: Easily create, save and re-use grocery lists
• GET HELP: Email your to-do lists, groceries and tips with friends and family
• SAVE MONEY: Find local grocery coupons
• SYNCHRONIZE: Schedule appointments and sync your calendar with iphone, iCal and Google calendars via Google.
• LOCATION ASSISTANCE: Receive alerts when you are near stores and locations where you can complete your errands.
5. 170,000 + Recipes Big Oven (iphone and android) FREE
Spice up family dinners with your choice of over 170,000 recipes available on Big Oven. This app allows you to choose recipes by title, keyword, course or ingredient and save family favorites to a separate folder. You can also key in ingredients you have in the kitchen and Big Oven will provide you with suggestions. Great for busy moms, Big Oven also has a wide selection of recipes for slow cookers and all recipes have a detailed shopping list. Upgrade to Big Oven Pro and ($15.99) and you can organize dinner plans for every day of the week by dragging and dropping those recipes into the on-line meal planner!
Have a little more time to spend in the kitchen? Try Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List (iphone and android) FREE
Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List app allows you to search over 30,000 recipes from the popular Epicurious website. Search by Meal/Course, Cuisine, Dietary Considerations, Dish Type or Season or Occasion. Once you find those recipes your family loves, you can save them to your favorites, add the ingredients to your shopping list and even e-mail them to your friends.
6. Mom Maps (iphone and android) $2.99 premium edition. FREE edition available for android users
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 (Premium) lets you tap the collective wisdom of parents everywhere to find kid-friendly fun when you need it. Search for parks, playgrounds, restaurants, museums and indoor play areas, as well as reviews by parents, for parents.
• Save and bookmark your favorite locations
• Access multiple reviews
• View and upload video
Have a favorite app that helps you get through your busy days? We'd love to hear it. Please share below.
About the author: Wendy Navarro, is mom to three children ages 17, 15 and 6 years, wife and owner of Saige Nicole’s baby and toddler boutique (www.SaigeNicoles.com). Content can be distributed and used; however, credit must be given to the author.