10 Must-Have Organization Apps for Busy Moms!
Let's face it – ALL mothers are busy. Whether you're a working mom, stay-at-home mom, or work-at-home mom – just being Mom means you have a million things to do and remember day in, day out.
I have two kids: a preschooler and a toddler. In a few short weeks, we are adding two newborns to the mix. What are the chances that in my sleep-deprived mode I'll forget which twin I fed at what time, and how long their naps lasted? How likely is it for me to forget that my preschooler has homework that needs to be done and handed in on a certain day? How do I make sure that our doctor appointments and my son's speech therapy sessions are not forgotten?
Apps, that's what. I love apps, they make our lives easier; and the organizational nerd in me is leaping with joy at all the technology that helps me stay focused.
I'm beyond pleased to share these 10 awesome apps for mothers with kids of all ages.
For Moms with Babies
Total Baby ($4.99)
This app is great for mothers in the first-year trenches with a newborn. According to the creators, Total Baby “combines 14 separate timing, tracking, and logging functions into a single complete solution.” You can track and time diaper changes, nursing, pumping, when they had their last bottles, sleeping hours, bath time, and when they're older, when they ate solids. You can also customize up to nine single events, such as medicine administration.
The app also allows you to log various milestones, growth, doctor visits, vaccines, and allergies.
Baby Monitor & Alarm ($2.99)
I love that the Baby Monitor & Alarm app is so customizable. Some of my favorite features include the phone alert – “when there is a noise in your baby's room, the Baby Monitor & Alarm app will call you on any pre-selected phone number (and it does not have to be an iPhone!).” The app can even play Mom's voice (that you record) or any song from your iPod library, should your baby wake up and fuss, with the hope that this will put him or her back to sleep.
The app also has an activity log, which records every noise, that you can later replay, or forward in an email. The night mode on the app works as a night light, or displays a friendly animal image.
The great thing about this app is that it has many settings that allow you to personalize it to suit you and your baby.
For Moms with Toddlers
Goodnight Safari (free)
Bedtime routines are important to help your toddler get to bed as fuss-free as possible (yes, it is possible!), and it's also a great opportunity for child and parent to spend some quality time together. The Goodnight Safari app, suitable for kids aged 2 to 4, is an interactive app where “children help the animals prepare for bedtime through seven scenes.” As noted on the app store, “Beautiful original artwork by Luciana Navarro Powell invites curious fingers to bring the African savanna to life in the hands of your child.”
You can either read along or allow your child to read alone, which offers another outlet to help build early literacy skills.There is also the “Pick-a-Page” menu “which allows you to skip ahead to your favorite scene, or play the same scene over and over again!”
For Moms with Preschoolers
Ringya is really an app for everyone, but especially great for parents. With Ringya, parents can get in touch with other parents for various things, such as scheduling playdates or car pooling in a pinch. If your child is in any team sports, you can also contact other team members' parents about change of time, date, and venue for games. It also has handy invite and reminder features for birthday parties via text or email in just one click.
You can also chat with other parents who have the app, and share contact lists with babysitters, housekeepers, or cleaners!
Lala Lunchbox (free)
Busy moms can testify to the fact that mornings can be tough. Getting kids ready for school, and packing lunches, especially for multiple kids, can be stressful. Enter LaLa Lunchbox, featured in various parenting magazines and websites, a best-selling meal planning app for kids and parents.
What's great about the app is that “it takes the stress out of lunch planning for families, and empowers kids with their meal decisions. Kids select foods for their meals with fun monsters, colors and sounds (and a completely customizable Food Library) and those choices turn into a handy grocery list for parents.” It's also a great way to involve picky eaters in the process, because when they are involved in the decision process, they tend to eat what they choose. That means less waste, plus time and money saved!
Among the key features of the app are “an extensive, completely customizable library of fruits, veggies, proteins, and snacks”; “an always updated, easy-to-use grocery shopping list”; easily saved meals to the library of favorites; and the ability to sync everything on multiple iOS devices with just one click.
For moms with kids of all ages
My Kids' Health ($29.99)
Yes, this is a fairly expensive app, but it has some fantastic features, and it is for your kids' health — what could be more important? This app is ideal for newborns to teens, and especially useful for larger families.
Among its key features:
- All the basics of date of birth, blood type, allergies, social security/national health number, as well as your child's photo.
- Growth records: height, weight, head circumference, plotted beautifully on a graph.
- Personalized vaccination schedule: keeps records of previous vaccinations, and reminders for upcoming injections. Vaccination data is calculated using your child's date of birth, with data provided by the World Health Organization and national authorities.
- Upcoming doctor appointments, and it also keeps a history of visits, with details of diagnosis, and treatment.
- Upcoming dentist appointments with a history of visits.
- Childhood illnesses – keep track of which common childhood illnesses, such as Chickenpox (varicella), your child has had.
- Accident and illness history, such as coughs, scrapes, fevers, and accidents — all can be recorded for a full history of your child's health.
- View upcoming appointments and vaccinations for all your children on one easy screen.
- Appointments and schedules are synced with your iPad calendar with notifications and reminders.
Mom Maps ($2.99)
I love this app, because no longer do you need to ask yourself, your spouse or your kids, “Where do we go?”, especially when you're visiting an area unfamiliar to you. Mom Maps finds kid-friendly playgrounds, parks, restaurants, and indoor play areas anywhere you are, and shows parents' favorites.
The features includes a GPS with maps to help you get to where you want to go, as well as an average rating of the location with a recent review and photo. You can also submit your own ratings, reviews, and photos, and share them with your friends via Facebook and email.
Additionally, “the premium version of Mom Maps lets you tap the collective wisdom of parents everywhere to find kid-friendly fun when you need it. You can search their extensive list of parks, playgrounds, restaurants, museums, and indoor play areas, as well as reviews by parents, for parents.”
Kids Meals Deals (free)
Who doesn't love a deal? The Kids Meal Deals app “provides users with localized information about kid-focused dining promotions. Through user-defined search criteria, Kids Meal Deals provides instant access to thousands of restaurants offering ‘kids meal deals' and ‘kids eat free' promotions.”
The app allows you to automatically find promotions near you using GPS, or you can customize a search for city or by zip code. You can then browse the day's deals that meet your search criteria, and view restaurant details including address, phone, specific promotion and the map. The app also allows for direct calling and directions (so handy!). You can save and share your favorite listings too.
This awesome app is not just an organization tool for you and your kids, it's a great way to teach responsibility and keep children accountable for their good behavior.
It's easy to use. To start, just add a child, select the desired tasks from a list of suggestions, and “reward their accomplishments with a single tap in the weekly chart.” After earning stars, your child can choose from the default list of suggested rewards, or you can opt to create custom rewards, from television time to actual money earned.
Children love to feel “responsible, challenged and respected, but most children don't like being told what to do” outright. This app is a wonderful way to empower them to achieve tasks to your satisfaction, and keep them motivated. You can even “set up abstract goals like ‘patience' and ‘sharing with others', so rewards teach the virtues you want your child to learn.”
“If you have ever felt overwhelmed with motherhood, this app is for you. Is coming up with creative activities on the spot stressful? Are you tired of hearing ‘Are we there yet?' and ‘I'm hungry. What can I eat?'”
- Mealtime solutions: Kid-friendly and healthy meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner.
- Travel activities: Easy, fun activities for all ages when you're traveling or stuck in traffic.
- Stuck inside activity ideas: Break the monotony of bad weather days with dozens of activities that are easy to adapt and require little to no preparation.
- Hundreds of kid jokes.
- Creative discipline techniques when time outs just aren't working.
- An inspirational quote per day.
- Comic relief: Real quotes from kids and moms to keep you laughing all day
What is your favorite organizational app?