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If you’re a parent of a small child, you probably spend a lot of time rushing around dealing with the day-to-day needs of your kid and not so much time reading those “What To Expect” volumes you swore you’d read. Somehow, you never seem to get the time to read books like that from cover to cover, yet you still need to know all the useful information on the inside. Also, you never seem to have the book with you when you’ve got time to read for 10 minutes or when you’re actually faced with a parenting problem you need an answer to immediately.
Does this sound like you? If so, we have a solution. Install some great parenting apps on your Android device: it will mean you have the information on hand when you need it and when you’ve got time to browse a little. Some of them even tell you when there’s something you should know. It doesn’t get much more useful than that!
Parenting Ages & Stages Android App [No Longer Available]
This app is Parenting Magazine’s amazing searchable reference. Anything they know about kids is made easy to find and handy to browse. There is information for babies, toddlers and school-aged kids, so there’s plenty for everyone.
The fist thing the app does is to ask you to enter birthdays, names and photos for your children, so they can tailor the browsing to the needs of your kids. This means you’re faced with a picture of your little ones in the section most relevant to their needs. It’s a cute little add-on to what is already an extremely useful app.
Browsing through the app, you can view different ages and stages, read the various blogs, see product recalls, check out the Twitter page and more. It’s a handy and fun way to kill time learning about the needs of your kids, much like the Parenting Magazine itself.
My Baby Today [No Longer Available]
The My Baby Today app is by Babycenter and it helps take you through the stages of your baby’s life. You enter in your child’s birthday and it will give you a calendar of things to expect in the near future, linking through to articles and videos on each topic. It also encourages you to create a diary of your baby with stats and photos, chat with the relevant community of people with kids the same age as yours, and follow a checklist of things to do at this age.
The app requires you to log in to BabyCenter and give the age of your baby. Once your baby is 1 year old it redirects you to the website for information on toddlers rather than adding all that information into the app. You are limited to entering details for one child and all units are imperial.
The calendar updates can be sent to you with push notifications in order to give you the information when you need it. This is a great way to get the information in dribs and drabs at the right time for the child’s development.
The WebMD apps are well received for a reason: They’re great! WebMD Baby is focused on your baby and toddler, ensuring you get good advice when you need it. It requires you to log in and set up details for your children so that it can feed you articles in a timely manner for your child’s development. In the baby’s first year you get tips every day and articles and videos weekly, which drops to weekly tips and monthly articles in the baby’s second year.
The “Home” section for each child offers short snippets of advice tailored to their age. The app encourages you to keep a journal of your child’s height and weight statistics, milestones and the like.
The Baby 101 section is the most important, as the “Illness and Emergencies” section gives you the vital information you need in a crisis. It also has access to general parenting advice and baby care lessons.
More Reading For Techy Parents
You might also want to read about how to stop your toddler from ruining your tech, how to monitor your baby’s health with BabyConnect, websites for parents who are expecting a baby, Android first aid apps for emergencies, how to child-proof your Android phone, interactive Android eBooks for kids and some inspiring and funny parenting blogs.
What Android parenting apps do you love? What makes them great?