If you’re one of the tons of people that will be grabbing the new Verizon-ized iPhone, there’s a good chance you’re new to the vast world of iOS and her apps. If you’re a parent, after you grab your choice of social media apps (check me out on Facebook and Twitter if you want) you might be interested in some of these must have apps.
In no way to I consider this a “Top” type list for apps for parents, but am highlighting a few that I feel deserve a look at. If you come across one you think is worth mentioning, or have your own personal favorite, please leave your comment below so all the masses can check it out too.
One of the many perks of having, well, nearly any new phone these days is that it comes with a camera. People love the ability to grab quick pictures of something cute their kids do, or a sweet pose as they nap. Sure you have the native camera app, but Camera+ gives your camera a steroid injection with all the advantages and none of the nasty side affects. Giving you a wide variety of filters, frames, and affects to apply to your pictures, along with sharing options to your social media pages and email, Camera+ is a bragging parents dream.
2. Screen Time
Developed by a dad with 3 young boys, Screen Time is a time tracking app with the goal of encouraging kids to spend less time watching TV and playing video/computer games. It allows you, as the parent, to set daily limits on the amount of time allotted for TV, while also providing kids the chance to earn more TV time as a reward.
3. Peekaboo Wild
The “sequel” to the original “sanity savior” for myself the first time I had my son in a waiting room with me. Although you won’t go wrong with any of the Peekaboo apps from Night & Day Studios, Peekaboo Wild, with its upbeat music, wonderful artwork and selection of “wild” animals makes it my favorite of the 3, and has been a staple and a standard app on my iPhone since before my Bug was 1. For infants and Toddlers, this app will save you headaches in the end!
4. Zoo Train
Zoo Train is one of these special apps that I feel not only set the standard for what all children’s apps should be, but also highlights a developer that will need to be watched for more greatness. Zoon Train is relatively new, and already hits a homerun. From bright, sharp, amazing graphics, to interactive and challenging tasks for toddlers on up to preschoolers, Zoo Train is one of those special apps, that can grow with your child and be one of those special apps that they’ll be asking to play.
This one might be slightly more selective, but if you’re a Netflix subscriber, you need to have this app! Not only does it allow to you manage your Instant Queue, but it allows you to stream TV and movies directly from your phone. A great life saver if you’re stuck in traffic and have an impatient child in the back seat. Its those times that I’m thankful to be hearing Kai Lan!
Interactive books are a big market in the App Store, but if you’re looking for the cream of the crop, with some of the most classic of all children’s book, look no further then Oceanhouse Media. The have the market cornered with Dr. Seuss, The Berenstain Bears, Little Critter and more. Fun to sit there and read with your child, or simply give it to them and let them watch the book read to them, omBook is another one of those must haves.
7. Mom Maps
Mom Maps can help you as a parent, find fun, kid-friendly location. A user-created directory of all child friendly places and points of interest in your location. Currently the database contains 26,000 locations from 27 metro areas, and is constantly being updated. When you’re on the go, what’s better then to have a kid-friendly travel guide?
8. Chore Bank
Chore Bank is the best way to keep track of your child’s allowance, completion of chores, and spending money. It is your own personal ‘Bank of Dad’. I’ve just now started playing with it, but felt it was worth putting on this list because it fits perfectly with what I was looking for in terms of chores for the kids, and I’m sure I’m not the only one that would be interested in it.
9. ABC Song Piano
Teaching your child the ABCs is as much a staple of parenthood as changing diapers. So what better way, then to incorporate the ABC song in with an interactive piano/music app? I started enjoying Kiboomu’s apps when they released their first app, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Piano, and have since grown to respect the women behind Kiboomu, along with considering them friends within the parenting and blogging community. With new apps on the horizon, why not start off with singing your ABCs?
10. Angry Birds Seasons
Of course, all parents need something for themselves to help maintain sanity, and what better then the ever growing and ever popular Angry Birds? However, everyone knows about Angry Birds, but not all are aware of what you could call its sequel, Angry Birds Seasons. What started off as just a Halloween specific app, soon added a Holiday Season level, and is getting ready to be updated with a Valentine’s Day level. It’s a nice extra spin on the Angry Birds, and who can deny a pig dressed as Cupid?