12 Must-Have Apps for Moms

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by: Bev Feldman
Whether it's creating a grocery list, tracking your little one's development, or finding the best local kid-friendly spots, check out some of our favorite apps for moms for managing the day-to-day life of a busy parent.
Hey! Vina
Hey! Vina
Free
iOS

While many apps for moms are geared toward staying organized or keeping memories or your kids, Hey! VINA is there to help you connect with and meet other local moms. Whether you've recently moved to a new city, want connect to moms while you're traveling, or simply want to meet some new friends at home, this app allows you to make connections wherever you are.

Cozi
Cozi
Free
iOS, Android

Keep you and your family organized with the Cozi app. With it you can share calendars and set reminders, create shared to-do lists, write your shopping lists, and store recipes. You can easily view your schedule and important to-dos at a glance with Cozi Today. There's even a family journal to capture those important memories and send updates to important people in your life. Anyone with an electronic device can easily access all of the features. Whether you are on your mobile device or working on your computer, Cozi is sure to help you keep your household running smoothly.

Playground Buddy
Playground Buddy
Free
iOS, Android

Whether you're traveling or at home and want to find a new spot to take your kids for some outdoor fun, Playground Buddy helps you find nearby playgrounds. With the app, you can see street views of playgrounds, get directions, save your favorites, and even send the details to others regardless if they have the app themselves. With a worldwide database of over 200,000 playgrounds, you are sure to find one wherever you are. Have a favorite that you don't see listed? You can add it to the app so that others can enjoy it as well!

Flipp
Flipp
Free
iOS, Android

Flipp makes it easy to get your grocery shopping done and save money at the same time. Just enter your zip code and easily access digital circulars and coupons to over 800 retailers such as Walmart, Kroger, Target, and Toys R Us. The app allows you to make your shopping list, clip coupons, and even sync your store loyalty cards.

Little Peanut on the Go
Little Peanut on the Go
Free
iOS, Android

Created by a mom who wanted a better way to manage her on-the-go lifestyle, Little Peanut on the Go allows moms to stay organized by building packing lists, creating to-do lists, and sharing emergency contact information and childcare schedules. It allows easy ways for parents to connect with their children while they are away.

Trekaroo
Trekaroo
Free
iOS

Discover kid-friendly activities, hotels, and restaurants whether you are home or traveling with reviews from other parents. You can search by rating, price, age appropriateness, and distance, as well as get tips on traveling with kids. You can even book hotels directly through the app, thanks to the app's relationship with booking.com.

Baby Connect
Baby Connect
$4.99-$8.99
iOS, Android

Chosen as a Featured App by Apple, Baby Connect is a highly rated baby tracking app and one of the most popular apps for moms of infants. Keep tabs on the latest feedings and diaper changes, which is important for sleep-deprived parents. For breastfeeding moms, you can even track on which side you last nursed and when you last pumped. With Baby Connect, you can also track your baby's sleep, mood, milestones, and medical history. Input your child's height and weight at each well-visit and see how it compares to nationwide or international percentiles. The app can be synced along multiple devices, making it easy for caregivers to stay up-to-date.

Breathe, Think, Do
Breathe, Think, Do
Free
iOS, Android

Breathe, Think, Do features a cute cartoon Sesame Street monster that teaches young children how to calm down and solve everyday struggles using research-based strategies. This interactive app shows young children breathing techniques and emotional vocabulary in a fun, playful way.

Waze
Waze
Free
iOS, Android

There's nothing worse than getting caught in unexpected traffic with your children yelling from the backseat. With Waze, you can stay up-to-date on traffic jams, accidents, and hazards with this community-based navigation app. You can also find the cheapest gas station nearby, saving you money in the long run.

Wonder Weeks
Wonder Weeks
$1.99
iOS, Android

The Wonder Weeks app is an at-a-glance version of the international best-selling book by the same name. Stay informed about the developmental stages your baby is going through. With the app, you can create a personalized chart and get notifications of when she making leaps and insights into how you can best help her.

Artkive
Artkive
Free
iOS, Android

Preserve your child's artwork -- and throw away the guilt of chucking most of it out of necessity -- with the Artkive app. Take photos of your child's work, upload it in the app, and tag your child's name, grade, date, and title. You can then easily access and share it with loved ones and even have your child's work printed into a beautiful hardcover book.

Find My Friends
Find My Friends
Free
iOS

While you can use this app to locate family and friends who have shared their locations with you, Find My Friends is especially helpful to keep tabs of older children, especially teenagers who are driving.