12 Great Apps for Moms

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12 Great Apps for Moms
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Moms are busy people, no ifs, ands or buts about it. They work, shuttle kids, clean up, manage finances and sometimes, if they're lucky, try to find a little time for themselves. That's why more and more moms are turning to smartphone, iPhone and iPad apps to help organize schedules, simplify lives and even provide a bit of entertainment, for both themselves and their children.

Baby Connect
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Baby Connect

Keeping track of a newborn's feedings, sleeping, moods and milestones can overwhelm a new mom, but the Baby Connect app provides some help, allowing you to record every movement your baby makes in a single, secure place. Best of all, you can add authorized users, like babysitters, to make sure everyone stays on the same page.

Mom, freelance journalist and host Carlene Davis used Baby Connect when her child was a newborn. "It helped me track his feedings, how long he fed, et cetera. I lived by it!" she says.

Track feedings easily with Baby Connect

Spinning Meals Smart Meal Planner
Spinning Meals Smart Meal Planner

Spinning Meals Smart Meal Planner

No matter how busy you are, you have to make time to eat. Even more important is making time to feed your family a healthy, delicious meal. Spinning Meals Smart Meal Planner helps get every meal on the table. With the planner, you can budget for groceries, plan dishes around seasonal foods or even according to how much, or little, time you have to prep the meal.

"Spinning Meals makes planning meals fun and can help take you out of the dinner rut," says Heather Leister, mom and founder of The iPhone Mom blog. "Using the app's recipes, as well as your personal recipes, you spin a wheel to receive random meal plans for a selected number of days. The app creates your grocery list, and you can customize the amount of time you'd like to spend cooking."

Start planning your meals with the help of a blogger's review

Lose It!
Lose It!

Lose It!

Whether it's the baby weight or because bikini season is just around the corner, we all could use some assistance when trying to lose a few pounds. The Lose It! app is perfect for helping establish calorie goals, setting up meal plans and keeping track of results.

Dana Wilkey, mom and star of the Bravo reality series "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," is a fan of Lose It! "I love that this app allows you to set a goal and a timeline to get to that goal," she says. "I think the idea of filling a budget of calories is fun and makes you feel like you're accomplishing something, especially if you log exercise."

Take the first step to losing pounds with the app

Women's Health Workouts
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Women's Health Workouts

Staying on track with a workout regimen is good for the body and for the mind. Whether you find a bit of time at home or you manage to make it to the gym, the Women's Health Workouts app will help you sculpt your body into a lean, toned and sexy one. With plenty of workouts that specifically target women's problem areas, as well as timers, logs and online expert support, this app will keep you looking and feeling your best.

Get your work out on with Women's Health Workouts

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SigAlert.com

When you find yourself racing between the office, ballet practice and the grocery store, turn to the SigAlert.com app. It helps you avoid traffic jams, giving real-time road speeds and round-the-clock traffic reports.

"This app is best for working moms who have to take the freeway," says Linda Bassett Puertas, mom, director of academic support and adjunct assistant professor at University of Southern California's Gould School of Law. "SigAlert has saved me on several occasions when I'm rushing home to pick up my son after work or running late into the office."

View traffic conditions in your area with Sig Alert

Mom Maps
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Mom Maps

While the Google Maps app is certainly handy, the Mom Maps app is even better for women with children. Mom Maps helps moms find kid-friendly parks, restaurants and playgrounds. Use it to find the perfect play-date place in your neighborhood or a fun kid-centric museum or attraction when you're traveling. You can read reviews from other moms, share your own thoughts and read tips from parent bloggers and family travel experts.

Find the kid-friendly places in your area

Scramble With Friends
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Scramble With Friends

Games are not just for kids; they're also the perfect way to stay in touch with friends when you just don't have time to sit down for coffee.

"This is my go-to app when I have spare extra minutes here and there," says Leister. "I've tried Words With Friends and Hanging With Friends, but Scramble is by far my favorite in the series. I like the faster turnaround time and the ability to score those points! Scramble is friendly enough that I can even play against my kids."

Why people love Scramble With Friends

Lucky at Your Service
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Lucky at Your Service

Don't have time to make it to the mall? No problem. With the Lucky at Your Service app, you can still indulge your shopping habit. It's perfect for keeping up-to-date with trends, perusing editors' picks, finding the perfect LBD at a store near you, getting great discounts and sharing your favorite finds with your friends. After all, every mom deserves to look her best.

Let Lucky at Your Service do the shopping for you

Mint.com Personal Finance
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Mint.com Personal Finance

Finances: Yuck. To alleviate the stress of balancing budgets and paying bills, as well as tracking your spending to better manage your cash flow, make use of the Mint.com Personal Finance app. It's the perfect way to simplify your finances so you can spend more time doing something nice for yourself.

"Mint is great," says Sarah Pollack, mom and founder of SimplyStylist.com. "It's great for reminding me to pay bills, and it really helps when it comes to budgeting."

Get your finances on track with the Mint mobile apps

LetterSchool
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LetterSchool

Apps are a great way to keep kids entertained. And if you can give them a jump-start to the head of the class at the same time, why not do so?

"My youngest loves LetterSchool for learning to write her letters," says Leister. "Children trace the letters on screen in a variety of ways. They watch them sprout with flowers, turn into caterpillars, shoot rockets and much more. The app is completely engaging, as educational as it is entertaining. Even my pre-teen is captivated by this one."

Read more about the Letter School app

Baby Shusher
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Baby Shusher

When your baby gets fussy, the Baby Shusher app just might do the trick.

"Luckily, I haven't had to use this yet, but my friend swears by Baby Shusher," says Davis. "Basically you put your iPhone or iPad in the crib or stroller, and the app will shush the baby until he falls asleep."

See Baby Shusher in action in its demo

Instagram
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Instagram

As you snap pics of your child's special moments, use the Instagram app to share the shots with family and friends. You can even make the images extra special by adding filters and borders. Store them on your phone or print them out to add to the perfect refrigerator collage.

"I love Instagram," says Pollack. "It makes every photo kid- and parent- approved."

Check out Instagram for the iPhone and Droid

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