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20 Fantastic Free iPhone Apps for Moms (and Dads)

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It’s hard to believe that a little device that’s the size of your hand can actually help parents become more organized, time-efficient, knowledgeable, even relaxed. However, that’s the beauty of an iPhone. The key, though, is to find the right apps to get you there, and with so many choices (more than 75,000), it takes time and effort to find good ones.

What follows is a list of 20 free apps that won’t necessarily make you a better parent, but can make your life a little easier, or help out in a pinch wherever you are. And when you have a screaming, bored, hungry, or need-to-use-the-bathroom kid, sometimes a little help is all you need. The apps listed below have been compiled from the eyes of a parent, but many can be used regardless of whether you do or don’t have children.

There are also several apps listed below that are ‘lite’ versions. These are completely functional, but just offer limited options compared to their more robust, feature-rich priced apps. What other great iPhone apps are you finding helpful as a parent? Let us know in the comments.

1. WebMD Mobile

WebMD’s iPhone app enables parents to look up symptoms and try to figure out what’s ailing their children. Of course, it shouldn’t take the place of professional medical advice, but for those cases when your child has a minor rash, fever, cough, etc., this is a great resource to try and narrow down what is going on, and prepare for a doctor visit if necessary.

2. Shutterfly for iPhone

Although you won’t get professional quality photos from your iPhone, the 3 mega-pixels are sufficient for taking quick snapshots of your kids. And with this app, you can instantly upload photos to your Shutterfly account, send them to your friends and family, and let the bragging begin.

3. Time-Out FREE

Kids’ behavior is unpredictable and there’s no knowing when a time-out may be necessary. When you’re away from the confines of your house and your kids act up, this simple timer on your phone can be used to track a time-out.

4. SitOrSquat: Bathroom Finder

Ask your kids one minute if they have to use the bathroom and the answer is “no.” The next minute, they’re doing the potty dance. SitOrSquat is a great app to have on your phone when you are out-and-about in an unfamiliar place and need to know where the closest public restroom is located.

5. KidStatz LITE

KidStatz LITE is an app that enables you to house basic information about your child, his/her physical characteristics, medical information and a photo. In the horrible event that your child goes missing, this will help you have immediate access to crucial information. The lite version enables you to email the information directly from the app, as well as call the police, but does not offer the option to enter information for multiple children, as the full version does. This type of app is a must-have for any parent.

6. Pizza Finder

What kid doesn’t like pizza? When you’re on the road, on vacation, or in an unfamiliar area, Pizza Finder identifies local joints in your area, links it through Google Maps, and lets you call directly from the app. It is perfect for finding a quick meal and quelling the constant “I’m hungry!” whines.

7. Bank & ATM Finder

But pizza for dinner only makes sense if you have the cash to pay for it. Bank & ATM Finder is a good resource for any parent who is in need of some quick cash. By mapping out your location, this app quickly locates local banks and ATM machines near you.

8. Disney World Wait Times Free

Ask any parent what the worst part is about going to Disney World and they will likely say the exorbitant prices and the constant waiting. There isn’t an app that can reduce the cost of admission, but this app certainly addresses the wait times. The app’s by-the-minute updates on how long the lines are for rides at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, can keep you one step ahead of the crowds and help you to plan your day at Disney more efficiently.

9. Birthday Notification

It’s easy to remember the birthdays of the people in your immediate inner circle, but throw co-workers, friends’ kids, distant relatives’ birthdays into the mix and it becomes a lot harder to keep track. With the Birthday Notification app, you can input all important birthdays (and also import from Facebook) and get email and/or push notifications.

10. myStarbucks

Parents with young kids are usually sleep-deprived. Sleep-deprived parents usually need coffee. Use this app to find the nearest Starbucks location and refuel on caffeine.

11. ICE iEmergency LITE

ICE (in case of emergency) contacts are becoming a standard notation for cell phones. The lite version of ICE iEmergency allows you to list your top three emergency contacts, as well as select a wallpaper screen displaying your designated ICE contact. A different developer makes a similar, parent-focused ICE app, as well called, appropriately, Parent ICE.

12. Library

As routine as a trip to the local library is for adults, it can be a fun outing for a child. If your kid loves going to the library and you are often in new locales, then the Library app is for you. This free app will automatically determine your location and then show you nearby libraries on a Google Map.

13. AroundMe

AroundMe is great all-around resource for finding everything in your area, including restaurants, hospitals, movie theaters, parking lots, supermarkets, gas stations and more. It also provides mapping functionality and enables you to send the information to a friend. It’s a perfect app for on-the-go parents who need help planning their errands and getting things done or finding things to do when traveling in unfamiliar locations.

14. ManGo Shopping

ManGo Shopping is similar in concept to AroundMe, but it focuses solely on retail stores in your area. ManGo covers 300+ retail chains and will help locate the nearest Target, Home Depot, Costco, etc. It’s perfect for when you’re traveling and you run out of diapers or formula and are in need of the nearest superstore.

15. Regator – Web’s Best Blogs

Regator is an app that aggregates information from the blogosphere to provide you with a steady stream of news from popular blogs. With more than 500 topics available to search from, you can prioritize which you follow. There’s even a topic on parenting which encompasses many popular mom blogs, which makes for great morning reading before the kids wake up.

16. iRelax Melodies Lite

When you want to transport yourself away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, even for a few minutes, would you prefer to hear the sound of ocean waves, or perhaps rain? With this lite version, you can pick from eight different sounds or even mix and match to create the perfect combination to suit your tastes. It even offers music box sounds to help calm a crying baby.

17. Dinner Spinner

It’s 5:00 p.m., you’re leaving work to pick the kids up from school and you have no idea what the dinner plan is. With’s cool ‘Dinner Spinner,’ you can select a dish type, ingredients, and prep time and ‘spin’ to see what kind of options pop up. Complete with photos and a search function, this is a great app for anyone who is responsible for meal planning in the house.

18. IsWhen

IsWhen is a very simple app that lists upcoming holidays and their dates for 2009 and 2010. The calendar that comes with the iPhone does not designate holidays, so when scheduling a family vacation or time off, it is a simple resource for finding specific dates. It’s also useful for planning for those tricky Monday holidays like President’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Columbus Day when schools are closed and businesses are not.

19. Events Finder

This app locates all events in your designated area. By identifying everything from concerts to festivals to sporting events, Events Finder is a good resource for parents who are looking for something fun to do with the kids on the weekend.

20. reQall

reQall is an innovative voice-enabled service that allows you to capture passing thoughts, reminders and to dos in an easy way through your iPhone. But, this just scratches the service of everything it is capable of. Not only does reQall keep track of things you need to remember, shopping lists, etc., it also organizes your reminders, integrates into Outlook and even shares them with others. reQall works with both its free web-based accounts and paid subscriptions for added functionality.

[Contributed by: Jeana Lee Tahnk is a writer and high tech PR consultant who focuses on a variety of topics including, social media, family & parenting and health & well-being. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, MommyTrack’d and You can follow her on Twitter.]



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  6. sallyp
    10/28 2010

    Great list, I like allrecipes! I am a very busy mom because I have just given birth to twins a couple of months ago and I already have a 4 year old son. Life is very tough and tight with so many kids to look after plus the daily chores. And you know what? My iPhone is my lifesaver! Once my son sets his eyes on it, it is very hard to make him forget it – all he wants to do is flip to his favourite song or games. Such a relief when he is too occupied with the apps, really! And speaking of apps, Intuition ( is also such as life saver! It serves as my personal assistant, real big help for busy moms specially when tracking tasks.

  7. 11/7 2010

    Well I hope the list helps then. And good luck with the new baby.

  8. 11/23 2010

    Really good list here. One thing that seems to be missing is an ability to share lists(shopping and tasks), schedules, reminders, etc. across you and your other family member’s phones. My company just created “ToDo Together,” a new app that addresses this and it’s free! Thanks again for compiling this list!

  9. 03/8 2011

    Great list! I have a list of my own of iPhone Apps for Moms that are mostly free as well –

  10. 12/2 2011

    Cool list! I picked up a few I didn’t have! Lately I’ve been reminding my kids to behave for Christmas by using this free Santa Scanner app. Unlike most naughty or nice scanners I can secretly control the results each time… My kids like the sounds and graphics and they have even ASKED to be scanned when they’re being good!


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