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20 parenting apps you didn't know you needed

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20 parenting apps you didn't know you needed

Whether you are a first-time mother or an all-knowing mom of six, parenting can be taxing and overwhelming at times. And sometimes, it’s pretty difficult to keep up with everything.

But the good news is there’s no shortage of apps to help you survive each and every day. Be it a little help in managing your family’s schedule or searching for study materials for kids, here’s our list of the best parenting apps out there.

1. Parentlane

This app helps guide parents with personalized advice on the overall development of their kid s right from the time of their birth till they are eight years old. The app tracks a kid’s growth and development in six different categories — learning skills, social and emotional development, speech and language skills, gross motor skills, health and wellness and eye-hand coordination. Based on the assessment, it recommends ways to build on a child’s weak areas.

2. Myly App

Specially designed for parents, students and educators, Myly makes it very easy for teachers to reach out to their classes with a single click, share images, take attendance and create engagement. It acts as a digital diary, with rich communication features and facility to share images and videos.

3. BabyBerry

A 24/7 personal aid at your fingertips, BabyBerry provides pregnancy care whenever you need it. It also provides extremely useful baby care tips that will help you become a pro at newborn care. You can also record all valuable information about your baby and access information on the go, with the help of baby growth chart. This app for moms of newborns also has a health record manager and a vaccination chart.

4. BabyChakra

BabyChakra is a social discovery platform for young moms. In this app, you can see reviews on pediatricians, daycare and hobby schools. You can even follow other mothers and learn what their experience at particular places has been.

5. Parentune

Need reliable parenting advice? Join Parentune, a rapidly growing pro-parent community of verified parents, and receive personalized parenting support for your child! At Parentune, you will experience trustworthy support and access to tried and tested solutions in parenting, validated by fellow parents and vetted by experts.

6. Babycentre

This app apparently has all the answers for new and expectant parents. With a community of over 300 million moms and dads worldwide, the app offers expert information, insights and daily tips throughout pregnancy and your baby’s first year.

7. Cry Translator

The Taiwanese developers of this app claim that it can translate the myriad crying sounds made by babies. It works by asking the user to upload a recording of their baby’s crying sound, which the app then analyses using its algorithm. A mere ten seconds later, the app will notify you whether your baby is hungry, sleepy, in pain, or has a wet nappy.

8. PBS Parents Play and Learn

This app provides more than a dozen games parents can play with their kids, each themed around a familiar location – including the new “In the Garden” game, plus the grocery store, a restaurant, the kitchen, and more.

9. Baby Nursing

Baby Nursing is a top-notch app for monitoring your baby’s feedings. Use the app to keep a close eye on how often your baby feeds and consumes during each feeding. You can also use the app to upload photos and maintain a record of your baby’s height, milestones, and physical development.

10. ReQall

This one is great for parents who consistently remember a to-do or must-have at the most inconvenient time. Voice activated, ReQall organizes tasks and information to keep you sane. It also integrates with your Outlook or Google calendar.

11. Good Food Near You

According to the creators of this eat-healthy-on-the-road app, convenient eating doesn't have to trump sensible eating. Based on a user's location, the app returns healthy (or at least healthier) options for grabbing a quick bite during a road trip when the kids begin Round 4 of ‘Amma, I'm hungry.’

12. Remember the Milk

It's perfect for dads who are sent to the store for bread, formula and what was that other item? Yes, they will forget. While the app itself is free, there is a $25 per year user fee. But, when everything on the list is in your hands, isn’t it worthwhile?

13. Total Baby

One of the most comprehensive baby logging and tracking application available, this app a must-have for all parents. The app tracks feedings, immunizations, nap length, time nursing (and on what side), growth, allergies and milestones. The app even works for twins and that’s a definite plus.

14. Phone Aid

This one is an emergency app that covers CPR for infants, children and adults and includes first-aid recommendations. It also contains 27 first aid guides for the most common and urgent situations.

15. Glympse

For parents of teenagers, this one is a God-send. Glympse is a fast and simple way to share a location based on a mobile device. Have your teenager send a Glympse to let you know how far away from home they are or to confirm that they’ve reached their destination.

16. Life360

With hectic schedules and long to-do lists, managing the family can feel like a full-time job for most moms. Life360 is here to help! Whether you're making dinner plans, coordinating carpools, or just ensuring everyone arrived home safe, Life360 gives you simplified communication and peace of mind right at your fingertips.

17. Amber Child Safety

Even if your child doesn’t have an Android device, users can install the app on their own device to keep kids protected when they are using it. Features include the Amber Safe Browser, Amber Mobile Timetable and Amber Location Services. The Safe Browser blocks inappropriate and distressing web content like pornography, violence or hate speech. It also logs the sites kids are visiting.The location service helps locate a child or missing device and gives a geographical overview of where your child has been.

18. Nuryl

Nuryl integrates principles of infant learning identified from decades of research in cognitive development into a music training curriculum and is delivered through a mobile app for convenient listening any time. With a paid subscription, your baby will receive a brand new playlist of music every month. Half of the music in their playlists are composed and recorded only for the Nuryl app and can’t be found anywhere else in the world, making it very unique.

19. iHomeopathy

iHomeopathy is an "at your fingertips" guide to treating first-aid emergencies, childhood ailments and common illnesses.

20. iEarnedThat

Created by a pediatrician and parent, iEarnedThat is a fun motivational tool to help kids achieve goals. It's great to promote reading, chores, being physically active, eating healthy, to name a few. Use the app for several children at once and several goals at once. According to reviewers, this app is a great opportunity to make sure your child does not develop a sense of "entitlement" that many kids seem to have these days.

The opinions expressed here do not reflect those of Malayala Manorama. Legal action under the IT Act will be taken against those making derogatory and obscene statements.

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