Raising a child is no easy task, rewarding, but difficult. A lot of it comes from trial and error, which can be a scary thought. Nothing can tell you exactly how to do things, but these apps can help a little. Find a bathroom near you, make sure you never forget something at the store and have your kids check in with these five free apps. They can’t babysit for you but they will make your day a little easier.
Traveling with children can be difficult, and it’s important to find family-friendly activities in whatever town you’re visiting. RedRover is a great way to see what events are happening. Simply search for the city you’re going to and bring up a list of what is happening today, tomorrow and in the future. Each listing comes with a summary, map, hours and contact information. You can even see restaurants close by and get ticket information. Unfortunately, the app is only available for New York, the Hamptons, Atlanta and San Francisco but the company is working on more cities.
Have your kids check in when they get to their friends houses with MamaBear. Every family member has an account so you send messages for everyone, see where your kids are and get updates from them. Instead of calling when they want to be picked up, your kids can send quick emergency, or come get me messages. You can even see how fast your kids are driving and let them know when they are going too fast. The app goes both ways, so you can send your location to your children to make it easier to find you.
Something that always comes up when going anywhere with kids is the sudden need for a bathroom. SitOrSquat uses your location to find the public restrooms nearby. Read reviews and even see photos of toilets and add your own thoughts. Rate the bathroom yourself and choose Sit if you would return to the bathroom or Squat if things could be improved. Add notes and photos and even share certain ones with friends. Filter results by changing tables, paid toilets or handicap accessible. You’ll never have to change your kid’s pants again.
Sit and Squat is great for older kids, but if your kids aren’t using the toilet on their own yet, opt for Time to Potty, the potty training app. The app works as a timer so you remember to take your child to the potty to try to go it he or she hasn’t yet. Make an account with your child’s birthday, bedtime and how long your child should wait before trying to go. This takes the thinking out of potty training. If you child successfully uses the toilet, let him or her play one of the few mini games within the app.
When you have kids you have more things to remember and pick up at the store. Remember the Milk makes sure you don’t end up going back and forth to the store. Write in your tasks for the day, week and month. Mark them by priority, add a location and even say if it is personal or business. Add in how much time you think it will take so you can better plan your day. You can even log into your account on your computer and pull up your tasks from anywhere. You will never miss a dance recital, school play or soccer game again.