The Information Age has made our lives more sophisticated in many aspects, but it has also added layers of complexity. Modern moms are more likely to manage complex households and even juggle work and home life. Moms these days are likely to be the busiest members of society, and some smartphone apps seem to have been specially designed for them. Here are five smartphone apps that busy moms will appreciate:
1 – Food Planner for Android
Frugal moms know that one of the secrets to saving at the supermarket checkout register is to prepare accordingly beforehand. Food Planner encourages moms to save time and money with comprehensive meal plans, recipe collections and grocery shopping lists. This app lets moms go beyond the typical breakfast, lunch and dinner daily plans. Recipes can be input manually or gathered from many Internet sources, and shopping lists with adequate quantities are created right from the recipes.
2 – Toddler Teasers for iOS and Android
With Toddler Teasers, moms who with young children can take them along on errands and visits without having to worry about them running out of distractions. This app displays simple games that are not only attractive and distracting for toddlers but also educational. Toddler Teasers offers colors, shapes and letters for children to enjoy.
3 – White Noise for iOS and Clean Noise for Android
Moms raising babies know about the challenge of putting their children to sleep, and one of the major obstacles seems to be the lack of external relaxing elements. White Noise for iOS and Clean Noise for Android provide moms with soothing ambient sounds for their babies to listen to as they relax and drift off to sleep. The sound of waves crashing or water streaming can work wonders in this regard.
4 – Cozi Family Organizer for iOS and Android
The concept behind the Cozi suite of organization tools is to provide a single account for all family members to use. The Cozi Family Organizer is a comprehensive parenting application that can be accessed from just about any Internet-connected device, but it works wonders on smartphones. The heart of Cozi is the smart family calendar that synchronizes all appointments and activities and autmotically sends email or text message notifications. Other components of the Cozi Family Organizer are shopping lists, task managers and family journals.
5 – SpringPad for iOS and Android
SpingPad is a wonderful note-taking app that is widely used by professionals in many fields, including journalism, science, finance, sports, etc. It just happens to be perfect for busy moms. SpringPad is a platform for information gathering and organizing. The art of parenting involves dealing with a lot of information, which is why smartphones have become very useful tools for modern moms. SpringPad allows different forms of input, from typed text to web clippings and from audio recordings to photos and video clips. Moms can organize information into notebooks for later evaluation and retrieval. Notebooks can be set up for children, budgets, recipes, home improvement, etc.
Moms may be busier now than ever, but smartphones can make their lives easier with useful mobile apps such as the ones mentioned above. Some apps are free to download, or at least offer a generous trial period prior to purchase. All moms are hereby advised to evaluate apps thoroughly before making a commitment to integrating them into their family lives.
Jenni Hillocks is a freelance writer in San Francisco. She writes for mobilephones.org.uk where you can research the most current technology for cell phones.