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iPhone Apps for Parents

We've all been there. You’ve tried everything to get your baby to fall asleep but nothing’s working. Or you're in the grocery store and need a five minute distraction for your toddler. Or maybe you’re visiting friends and they don’t have a baby monitor.

Well, if you’re an iPhone owner, then help is right there in your pocket.

Among the thousands of iPhone applications that are available for download are dozens that can help you soothe, entertain, distract or monitor your young child. Here are a few of the best:

•    Baby Monitor – The iPhone is slowly but surely rendering other gadgets obsolete. Case in point: the baby monitor. Now you don’t need the clunky walkie-talkie to keep an ear out for your sleeping tot. Simply place your iPhone near the napper, and it will detect noise when the baby wakes up, and even movement if the baby tries to pick up the phone. When the app detects movement or noise, your iPhone will call you – at any number – and let you know it’s time to play.

•    Baby Tracker: Diapers – Certainly not the most glamorous aspect of parenting, diaper changing is nonetheless important to monitor and keep track of. This app will help you record changing times, as well as the contents of the diaper – even getting specific as to color, size, and shape, if you’re not too grossed out! This information could help you answer a doctor’s questions, especially if you tend to be a little foggy on the details of the 3 a.m. change.

•    White Noise – Parents of kids who have trouble sleeping don’t need to invest in a costly noise machine. With the free version of this app, you can simply turn your iPhone into one. Lull little ones to the land of nod with 8 free sounds, or for 99 cents get the storm version, full of thunder booms and lightening crashes. An upgrade to the full $1.99 gets you over 40 sounds.

•    Preschool Adventure – The most curious youngsters will undoubtedly want a turn using your fancy iPhone. This app contains six simple activities parents can do with their toddlers and preschoolers, including matching animals, shapes and colors. Activities are accompanied by realistic sounds and voice-overs.

•    Koi Pond – When you launch Koi Pond, you get a screen filled with lots of swimming fish, and tranquil outdoor sounds playing in the background. When you touch the screen the fish swim away, only to swim back into view after a short wait. There are lily pads to move around and food to feed them too.

•    Bubbles – Bubbles isn't the same as Bubble Wrap, although it may seem like it. With this app you draw your finger across a blank screen to create the bubbles. Then, as they fall down the screen, you pop them with your finger. A simple concept but we know kids love bubbles and this is definitely one that will soothe that toddler crying in the shopping cart!

•    Color Tilt – Color Tilt is an app that lets you draw by bringing your finger across the screen, but the color you're drawing in is determined by which way you are tilting the iPhone. It's a great use of the iPhone's capabilities, making any scribble look very cool!



Comments:
Comment by Marevic, posted 11/30/2010, 5:04 AM:

Another good app I can include from your list is Intuition aka "mom's personal assistant". It is efficient in scheduling the to-dos and other appointments. Another thing I love is the detailed grocery to-buys. When they I say detailed, i mean really itemized and complete (from particular canned good to a specific vegetable) And, it's free!
Comment by Zakia, posted 5/8/2010, 5:25 AM:

Hi, I developed an application for my toddler and to share my experience and work,I submitted that into App Store. It makes some sweet music scening toddler's noise to catche his concentration and makes him cool down when he get bore and start to bother us(actually when he want to sleep). This application 'iSleepy' to help your toddler to sleep again in the middle of night or give company when you are busy with something else. You can get it from following link: http://bit.ly/cHz15g Thanks
Comment by Momzilla, posted 6/4/2009, 12:09 AM:

I have 2 kids (4 and 6), and they have been in LOVE with the “Kids Songs Kwiz Game” lately…it’s a sort of ‘name that tune’ but for little ones. So cute and it keeps them entertained while I am stuck in traffic (which is the best part). I’ll include a link… http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=314660548&mt=8
Comment by Jackie Ashton, posted 5/26/2009, 3:10 PM:

I am a mother of two young babies (6 months and 22 months!). My husband and I just launched an iPhone app called Baby Brain. We teamed up with delivery nurses and created the iPhone app we needed as new parents. You can easily time and log feedings (breast or bottle), diapers and sleep with just a tap on the iPhone or iPod Touch. Daddy duty? No problem. Just a tap to email reports to spouses, caregivers or a doctor. Site: http://www.babybrainapp.com/ Download: http://tr.im/BabyBrainApp
Comment by brdgolf1, posted 5/7/2009, 8:26 PM:

I saw your article and thought you might be interested in a new app that is coming to the App Store that is just for Parents. The app is called "My Kids Info" and is an Information Manager for all of your Kids stuff. With this app you can keep track of important information for each child like: Current Medications, Allergies, Clothing Sizes, Teacher contact info, Important Upcoming Dates, etc. Also you can keep track of the Doctors office and Dentist office contact information as well as keeping track of a complete Weekly Schedule for all of your Kids so that as a Parent you can quickly see where you have to take your kids each day. If you are interested in learning more about this app, please email me at info@mobilesimplified.com
Comment by Michelle, posted 5/7/2009, 10:23 AM:

Hey there. My name is Michelle and I'm a mom who makes video games. I just wanted to promote our latest game for the iPhone. It's called Tic Tac Paddywhack and it's super cute, simple and fun for both young children and parents alike. It was designed so parents can play with their children and siblings can play with each other. It's sweet and fun and we are proud of it! http://www.smerc.com/paddywhack/
Comment by Erich, posted 4/14/2009, 8:24 PM:

I made an app that is more of a "toy" than a game, something that is just non-stop fun and kids can't lose at, and you can't break the game. It's called TowerSmash and it lets your kids stack up blocks and smash em down. Simple, but my kids (and others, from the reviews) love it! It's got great physics, and it's fun to try throwing the balls as the blocks are falling and timing it just right. More info if you want to check it out: http://brattonbrothers.com/towersmash/ Cheers! --Erich
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