5 iPad Apps Moms Need to Get Their Hands On

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With the much-anticipated launch of the iPad 3, I thought it would be fun to highlight a few cool apps for busy moms. Everyone has their own favorites, but these are a few that my wife and I particularly enjoy.

Most of these apps work on iPads (including the latest model) and all of them are free or relatively inexpensive. They're a high-tech way to help your wee ones feel and act better -- and some of these tools may replace cumbersome notebooks and guides.

Yelp - When you have the opportunity to go out, Yelp ensures you don't argue over where you'll eat. Just open up this free app, look for a nice restaurant nearby, and plop down in a booth. Yelp has been our go-to app for restaurant discovery in nearly every city we've visited, and I've even started submitting reviews on the go. The restaurants are ranked by citizen reviewers who let you know what to order and where to go. 

FreePriceAlerts - This app finds the best deals on any shopping site you visit. It works on the iPad and on your PC or Mac and compares prices on any page with the lowest prices around the web. Looking for a printer or a camera? This baby will scour the Internet for better prices on the fly.

The iPhone version can also scan bar codes so you can grab good deals right in the store. It also allows you to create a price watch that will notify you when prices go up or down. It works with most e-commerce sites, including Walmart and Amazon.

BabyConnect - It's hard enough remembering what time Junior ate last, let alone how how long he slept and, more important, what he did when the baby sitter was over. I've seen plenty of moms depend on a little notebook and pencil to note down feeding times and food intake, but this app records it all, including diaper changes, moods, and milestones. It make seem like overkill, but there are plenty of parents out there who would love this record of baby's first years.

BabyTravel - Hitting the road with the little ones can be maddening. This free app makes things a little easier by automatically creating a must-have packing list -- including a number of items you might have forgotten in your rush to get out the door. By telling the app where you're going - whether a warm, cold, or somewhere-in-between place - and the number of adults and kids, you get a customized list of things to bring and buy.

iRewardChart - Finally, there's iRewardChart, an app that lets you rate your children's behavior and reward them accordingly. Each kid has their own account, and you can give each on star ratings based on behavior, chores, and schoolwork. 

It may not beat a whiteboard in the kitchen, but it's great for keeping the little ones motivated on trips or during visits to Grandma.

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Images via Holtsman/Flickr; FreePriceAlerts; BabyConnect; BabyTravel; iRewardChart

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lalas... lalasmama2007

I don't have any parenting apps on my iPad. I'll have to check these out.

Kaela Wheeler

I have a request for you, John. Could you do a post on the best Android apps for toddlers? There are lots of great lists out there for iPhone apps, but a lot of them aren't available on Android. You'd be my hero if you could help me out.

coppe... copperswifey

I don't have an ipad or iPhone. I have an Android too! I don't have any apps for them. I just have games for them to play. That seems to keep them busy. They also love playing with my flashlight app. They tend to leave it on though and run my battery down quick lol :)

Mrs.P... Mrs.Pool2Be

I don't have an Iphone or Ipad.  Or anything that gets apps, I hope one day though that I can get a better phone and maybe a tablet.

elasmimi elasmimi

I never thought of YELP as a parenting app, cuz it has been pretty useless as far as I'm concerned. What I do have are lots of children's games, which keep her entertained, and let me have time for scrabble on my i phone.

daerc... daerca574

I don't have any apps any more designed specifically for my toddler.  he is way to involved with technology.  We bought him a swingset instead of letting him play video games and such.

dixie... dixiegurl223626

 I dont have an iphone or ipad. I hope to get an ipad soon

the4m... the4mutts

I don't see why parents need an app to help them become more organized/better parents. Seems like relying on an app to tell you things, would actually make you more emotionaly detached from the situation, instead of helping you plug in.

The shopping price app though, that one I could get down with!

Kayla... KaylaMillar

Awesome. I'll have to check these out!

Leele... Leelee1008

I dont have an iphone or ipad. Maybe this christmas DH and I will get one as a dule present to ourself lol

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