In today’s ever-buzzing world of smart phones and tablets, “app” has become a household name. And although the tech-savvy platforms are continuously created and advanced to make day-to-day life easier, it can be tough to separate the truly helpful from the very unnecessary. The following ten (mostly free!) apps are not only incredibly valuable when it comes to you and your family’s needs, but they’re also just down right smart. Whether you’re an iPhone or an Android user, you’re sure to find something to add to your home page from the list below.
UrbanSitter, Free, iTunes.
Booking a sitter can be tough work. When your regular bails and your backup has plans, it can sometimes leave you at home, kids in tow, while you watch your plans walk out the door. Luckily, there’s convenient apps like UrbanSitter. If you’re located in one of their ten metropolitan areas, you can schedule child care any time. Your selections are vetted, reviewed, and there in minutes.
Yuggler, Free, iTunes.
Need to find something to do with your kiddos and quick? Yuggler might just be your new favorite companion! Filled with entertaining activities for the entire family, Yuggler allows you to discover new places and things, all within the power of your smart phone.Think of it as the Yelp of family-friendly activities. You can see where other parents are going, and score deals at local vendors.
Tinybeans, Free, iTunes.
It can be all too easy to flood your Facebook with pictures and videos of your little ones. Sometimes, however, it can be a bit overwhelming to put all of that information on the Internet. Tinybeans is the solution! This free app allows you to keep all of your family’s precious moments in one place. You can hand-select who you share what with, and create photo books once a milestone has passed.
Google Trips, Free, iTunes.
Google has made its way into our homes in practically every technological way you can imagine. From email to streaming services, and all the way down to the Internet itself. Why not add streamlining travel plans to the list? With Google Trips, you can store all of your travel information in one place. More than that, you can build itineraries for the entire family with recommendations from Google.
Artkive, $4.99, iTunes.
As the name suggests, Artkive is an archive for all of the beautiful masterpieces your kiddo creates. The company provides a list of various packages depending on what services most appeal to you. Simply send Artkive your child’s artwork. Once there, it’s digitalized and uploaded to a gallery for your viewing. You can even turn their work into a hard covered book or other custom products, such as mugs, puzzles, and more.
Curbi, Free, iTunes.
If you’ve ever wished there was an app to help manage and monitor your kiddos’ screen time, Curbi is the solution. With features that include creating “rules” to control electronic access, a “timeout” option, permanent Google safe search, and so much more, managing your kids’ screen time in a safe, effective way has never been easier. The best news yet? The app is free forever for up to two devices!
Reserve, Free, iTunes.
Depending on the city you live in, making a reservation can be a daunting task. Reserve is a sleek, streamlined solution. Not only does the app help make reservations at tough-to-book spots, but they also offer a concierge service that works directly with the restaurant on your behalf. Take a look at the nine cities Reserve is currently offered, or get notified when it arrives in your hometown!
Privet, Free, iTunes.
Let’s be honest: sometimes you just need a space, well, to be honest! That’s what makes the app Privet so unique. On it, users can seek much-needed advice, ask burning questions, or simply post hilarious thoughts, all with the purpose of knowing that they’re not the only one. Choose from categories like “Parenting” and “Health” and simply start the forum. Every post is anonymous, so you can ask freely!
ContinuousCare, Free, iTunes.
This app allows you to track and store medical history, and also stay in touch with doctors. So, if your little one comes down with a fever and you don’t want to spend hours scrolling through WebMD for next steps, you can break out ContinousCare for a little added help from professionals.
KonMari, Free, iTunes.
Marie Kondo, author of best-selling sensations such as, The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up, now offers an app that can help everyone, from college students to busy moms, get organized and stay tidy. Kondo provides various tools such as checklists, progress trackers, and friendly reminders that keep you motivated to live your most organized life yet.