Best (Free!) Apps for Moms

Smartphones and tablets were made for busy moms. There are apps to help you streamline, organize, entertain and inform nearly every aspect of your life. Here are some of my favorite free apps for the iPhone and iPad (most are available for the BlackBerry and Android as well):

Mom Maps via iTunes

Shop Savvy—You want to get a good deal, but you don’t have all the time in the world to comparison shop and hunt down the best bargain. Use this app to scan bar codes while you’re out shopping to see where you can find the best deal. (iPhone)

Coupon Sherpa Mobile—Download coupons instantly to many of your favorite stores, including Target, Gap and Babies R Us, no printing necessary! (iPhone/iPad)

Pageonce Money & Bills— Track all of your bank accounts, pay your bills and set up payment notifications and alerts, all in one place. This app will help you keep up with your family’s finances and avoid unnecessary late fees. (iPhone/iPad)

SitorSquat Bathroom Finder— Whether you’re in the midst of potty training your little one or just had one too many cups of coffee, when you gotta go, you gotta go. This app will not only locate the nearest bathrooms but will also rate them on cleanliness. (iPhone)

Mom Maps— If you live in or near a major metro area, you can use this app to find indoor play areas, parks, playgrounds and other kid-friendly spots near you. There’s even a mapping feature to help you get there. (iPhone/iPad)

My Baby Today— Keep track of your baby’s development with this app created by BabyCenter (if you’ve ever received their weekly “My Baby This Week” e-mails, it’s pretty much that on steroids). You’ll get suggested activities for your baby each week, health and safety information, advice, a personalized calendar for your baby and more. (iPhone)

ICE iEmergency LITE— ICE stands for In Case of Emergency, and this app will help you keep all of your emergency contact information in one place. (iPhone)

Allrecipes-Your Kitchen Inspiration— Coming up with new dinner ideas is a snap with this app. Search by ingredient, occasion, dish type, etc. You can sort the recipes based on popularity and rating, prop your iPad up on the kitchen counter, and get cooking! (iPad)

Evernote— Record voice memos, type notes and take snapshots to help you remember everything you (and your kids!) have going on, and then synch up with your desktop to keep everything up-to-date and in one place. (iPhone/iPad)

Sleep Pillow Ambiance— This white noise app will help you, or more likely your little one, get to sleep in minutes, no matter where you are. Just choose your sound, set the timer and let the snoring commence! (iPhone/iPad)

Kids’ Meal Deals— Search restaurants in your area that offer meal deals for kids or have “kids eat free” specials. You’ll see a list of restaurants running specials that day, and you can also use the meal planner option to see specials for upcoming days. (iPhone)

 

About mommachine

I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and colleague. And trying to balance all of those roles at once can be utterly exhausting. Being the Type A control freak that I am, I try to run my life like a well-oiled machine. But sometimes the wheels get a bit squeaky (or just fly off completely, let's be honest). I have to slow down (yeah right, I know), give the different parts of my life a little tune-up and get back on the road.

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