Parenting is not just easy as many of you parents would have realized by now. All parents want their child to be the best. Good parenting means a great parent-child relationship. Every parent would love to know how they can be a better parent. Luckily, there’s an app for that — or multiple apps, to be more precise.
In honor of this Father’s Day, we have collected few most useful mobile parenting applications
that will definitely help you to ease your everyday parenting challenges. These apps were designed to guide you through various stages of the parenting timeline .
1. Full Term
A big question for soon-to-be dads is when to head to the hospital once labor begins. Much of that decision is based on the duration of the expectant mother’s labor contractions and the amount of time in between them.
You have to tap a single button to track the start and end of each of your contractions, and “Full Term” will take care of the rest. The application is designed to keep track of the times, durations and frequency of the entire labor period.
Your full labor history and contraction progress will be saved regardless of whether you restart the application during your labor, or restart the entire device. There is no need to keep this application open the whole time. You can even email your contraction history to a health care professional or to yourself for your own records.
That’s where the Full Term app contraction timer comes in. This free app makes it easy to record the duration of each contraction and measure the time in between. It can also make note of each contraction’s intensity. During the pregnancy, expectant parents can also record when the fetus kicks. An ad-free version is available for 99 cents. Now all you have to worry about is getting to the hospital and having the baby. But that’s the easy part, right?
2. Baby Tracker
There’s a lot to remember in those early days with a newborn. They need to eat every few hours, they produce a certain number of soiled diapers every day, and they should take at least a couple of daily naps. But should all that remembering be entrusted to sleep-deprived parents?
Baby Tracker offers a simple, streamlined way to track your baby’s daily
habits, health, and exciting “firsts” of those precious early days and
months. Log feedings, diaper changes, and sleep patterns with a quick
one-handed tap, then feel free to go back later and add details and even
photos.Baby Tracker syncs between multiple devices, so parents will always have the pertinent information at their fingertips. A full version, priced at $4.99, removes the ads and unblocks the statistical analysis charts.
Kids make a lot of artwork. As a dad, you love it all, but let’s be honest, it’s impossible to save everything. But as parents, we don’t want to get rid of anything — at least not without documenting it first.
Keepy is an easy-to-use, free app that helps parents organize and save kids’ memories such as artwork, schoolwork, milestones and more in one safe and private place. It helps you stay organized, save your kids’ memories, and declutter your home. With Keepy, you and your kids can record voice over stories about each photo. Share your photos with grandparents and loved ones, and preserve your family’s enriched memories forever. Everything can be accessed in the free Keepy app or on your very own private Keepy website.The first five photos each month are free — if you want to store more images, purchase a monthly subscription for $2.99 or a yearly subscription for $9.99.
If you are anything like me, then surely you will take hundreds of photos of your kids each month, and never print any of them. Groovebook lets you be lazy like me, and still get your photos.
Groovebook by Shutterfly offers the most inexpensive way to print the photos you love off your phone in a cute monthly photobook.For only $2.99/month including shipping, Groovebook prints your photos and mails you a bright 4″ x 6″ photo book with perforated pages so you can easily tear + share photo prints with your family and friends. Be surprised by a bold new cover each month and with a colorful spine to mark your dates. You can select 40-100 photos to print in your Groovebook. You can even send additional photo books to friends and family.
5. Cozi Family Organizer
Life is busy when you’re a dad, and remembering where everyone needs to be at any given time can be hard. The Cozi Family Organizer can help with that, and lots more.
Not only does the free app create a central family calendar, color-coded by person, but it also lets you add to-do lists and shopping lists (or honey-do lists, kids’ chores lists, packing lists, etc.) and save recipes. You can also use it to capture family moments by uploading a photo with a note to share with friends and family. Plus, you can see your day’s agenda at a glance. For $19.99 for a one-year family subscription, upgrade to Cozi Gold, which removes the ads and includes extra features such as full month view, more appointment reminders, a birthday tracker, calendar change notifications and more.
Cozi syncs between devices, so everyone in the family is on the same page.
6. 1 Second Everyday
Imagine a movie that includes every day of the rest of your life !
The 1 Second Everyday app prompts you to take one second of video each day to create a sort of video journal of a certain period of time — a week, a month, a year, or whatever period of time you choose.
Simply open the app each day, tap on the video icon and take a short video of your kids. 1SE then lets you trim the video to get the best one-second segment for your later compilation. And since kids love seeing videos of themselves, you’ll be “Dad of the Year” just for having a cool video journal.
Available for free on Android
and $4.99 on iTunes
7. MamaBear Family Safety
Once your kids are past a certain age, they spend more time out in the world and less time under your wing. And as every parent knows, that transition can be a little scary.
MamaBear is your all-in-one family safety app providing news about your child’s physical and virtual activity. Encourage larger boundaries for your kids while having peace of mind knowing more about their location and social activity.Enter the MamaBear Family Safety app, touted as a way to help protect your family by giving you glimpses of your kids’ activities when you are apart. This app shares their location when they are away from home, sends you speeding alerts if they are traveling by car faster than the speed limit you have specified, and monitors their use of text messages and social media. You don’t need to be a mama bear to use this app — papa bears are welcome, too.The app is free, but offers in-app purchases. Available on Android
8. MyHomework Student Planner
MyHomework Student Planner was designed for kids to help organize their schoolwork, but because it syncs across devices, dads can also instantly know what assignments are on tap for their students and what’s due when.
MyHomework lets students or parents enter class times and class assignments, including test schedules. MyHomework will then send reminders when a due date is approaching. Since this free app syncs across devices, parents can stay up to date on everything on their kids’ plates. Now “I forgot” will never again be an acceptable excuse for not finishing homework. For an ad-free experience, the MyHomework premium version costs $4.99 per year, and offers file attachments and enhanced app widgets.
When your kids are little, they get excited about being assigned chores. But as most dads know, as your kids get older, getting them to help out is like pulling teeth. ChoreMonster aims to put the excitement back into chores.
ChoreMonster makes chores fun by engaging and rewarding your kids!
Kids earn points by completing chores to use towards rewards like an hour of video games or a camping trip. Parents get an easy-to-use tool that takes the tension out of household chores. Kids also earn tickets to the Monster Carnival for each chore completed, where they can win and collect our monsters. With ChoreMonster, your kids will beg to do their chores!
10. College Packing List
Life moves fast. Just a few slides ago they were babies, and now you’re ready to send them off to college. This free app comes with readymade lists for students’ rooms, desks, kitchens — really, anything they might need for college living. Tap on a list item, and get more information about why they need it. You can also add to the lists if necessary.
The transition to college can be stressful enough — College Packing List makes the process a bit easier for any dad of a college-bound kid.
Available on Android and iTunes.