09 August 2009 ~ 38 Comments

iPhone Apps That Make Parenting Easier

Contest Closed. Congrats to Jay from Big Lug Land on winning!

If you follow me on Twitter you may already be aware, but Kijiji, eBay’s free, family-friendly, local classifieds site, recently launched a new iPhone application that allows you to search local classified ads, reply to lists and post listings all from the comforts of your iPhone.

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Families can search local classified ads, reply to listings and post items with just a few simple taps while on the go. The Kijiji iPhone app makes it even easier to buy or sell everything from clothes to cars, find a job, adopt a pet, rent an apartment and do so much more, right from your iPhone or iPod Touch. Plus, it’s completely free, safe and family-friendly (no personal ads or inappropriate content), just like Kijiji.com!

As part of the launch, they reached out to 10 tech savvy Moms (including yours truly) and asked us what our favorite family-friendly iPhone apps were. They then took our recommendations and shared them with their readers (SQUEEEE!!). You can view the complete list, which includes games, savings, navigational assistance, a recipe finder app and more, here – Top Recommended Family Friendly iPhone Apps.

In addition to myself, bloggers who contributed to the list include:

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Tiffany Dockery of Living As Mom

Nicole of Soapbox Mom

Ciaran Blumenfeld of Car & Caboodle

Alicia Hagan of Gadget Goddess /The Mommy Insider

Shannon Shaffer of For the Mommas

Heather Leister of The iPhone Mom

Jamie Reeves of Blonde Mom Blog

Kris Cain of Little Tech Girl

To help kick off the launch, Kijiji has given me a $25 giftcard to iTunes to giveaway!  To win it, all you need to do is leave a comment with the name of your favorite family-friendly iPhone app. It’s that easy. Winners will be drawn at random.

Contest ends Sunday, August 16th at Midnight. Must be a U.S. resident to win.

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38 Responses to “iPhone Apps That Make Parenting Easier”

  1. Lu 9 August 2009 at 10:54 am Permalink

    Oh, yay for you, Shannan. Believe it or not, I love Pocket God. My kids can not get enough of it and find it super fun. They look forward to every single upgrade.

  2. Brian Keenan 9 August 2009 at 7:09 pm Permalink

    OldCamera and QuadCamera are two awesome photo apps for catching great family moments.

  3. My favorite iPhone app is definitely Evernote. Not sure what i’d do without it.

  4. MarcomMom 9 August 2009 at 9:46 pm Permalink

    I do represent the company, but I love FamilyVault from IconApps — if it weren’t for that, I’d never have my family member’s blood types or SSNs when I needed them without going home and looking them up in folders.

  5. Melanie 9 August 2009 at 10:31 pm Permalink

    I love DOTS for my kids (ok, my hubby and I play too) It’s great entertainment for waiting for appointments and keeping restless kids quiet.

  6. Jeff @DaddysToolbox 9 August 2009 at 11:11 pm Permalink

    I’ve been using SightWords for my pre-K son who’s been doing very well with learning how to read.

  7. Amy W 10 August 2009 at 8:53 am Permalink

    Considering I have over 6 pages of apps on my iPhone, this was a tough choice!

    Word Magic is a great application for beginning readers – helps with spelling.

  8. Cheryl Beth 10 August 2009 at 1:11 pm Permalink

    SitorSquat – the toilet locator!

  9. Margaret 10 August 2009 at 11:11 pm Permalink

    I’m seconding Evernote. :)

  10. LaVonne 11 August 2009 at 4:46 am Permalink

    My husband has the Ipod touch and he has apps on it. We let our toddler daughter play with a bubbles app and a bubble wrap app. she loves them both. I can’t wait to find more apps as she is older that she will love.

  11. Deb 11 August 2009 at 8:00 am Permalink

    Traveling with kids this summer meant that the Yelp app got a workout, giving us great info and reviews.

  12. I could leave a list about 100 long of my favorite family apps. My kids are obsessed with the SpongeBob Lite app. They love squishing SpongeBob and making him talk. Entertains them while we’re waiting out in public.

  13. Bri 11 August 2009 at 4:12 pm Permalink

    The yelp app is great, perfect for traveling and needing to get reviews on the go.

  14. DesignHER Momma 11 August 2009 at 7:57 pm Permalink

    the bubble wrap app hands down. Saves me everytime when waiting in line to pay for grocerys…

  15. Meg S 11 August 2009 at 9:58 pm Permalink

    We love the SpongeBob app!

  16. PsychMamma 12 August 2009 at 8:00 am Permalink

    Wow! Hard to narrow it down, but I think my absolute favorite is AroundMe, which uses GPS to locate where you are, then tells you where things around you. You can choose what to search for from a list including gas, restaurants, hotels, coffe shops, hospitals, etc. It has saved us lots of times. Worthy of mention are also FirstWordsVehicles & Tozzle which keep my toddler busy (and teach her!) for long stretches of time. And MotionX GPS is fantastic for helping me find playdate locations, garage sales, etc & keeping me from ever getting lost.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!!

  17. sandra 12 August 2009 at 11:11 am Permalink

    Spazzle: Midnight Mask sounds like fun

  18. Natalia Mejia 12 August 2009 at 11:28 am Permalink

    My favorite app would have to be Lose It! It keeps track of what you eat and helps you stay within a calorie limit. Kids have fun checking out each food and how healthy it is for them. Interactive way to eat healhty.

  19. Felicia N 12 August 2009 at 11:35 am Permalink

    With so many apps to choose from I would have to narrow it down to CoolFacts. This app has over 6,000 neat little facts for people to browse through. Great as ice breakers for parents, and allows kids to learn new and unusual facts along the way. Did you know the most popular name in the world in Muhammad? Check this app out and find out more fun facts.

  20. Jennifer 12 August 2009 at 10:40 pm Permalink

    Love Dots.

  21. Katherine 12 August 2009 at 10:55 pm Permalink

    More Toast! is so fun the kids get to butter their toast, change toppings and “eat” it. It is so fun and yummy!

  22. Brian S 14 August 2009 at 8:00 am Permalink

    My kids are getting addicted to Peggle. I’m already addicted to it, so it must be a genetic thing. At least that’s what I’m blaming it on!

  23. Cortney @ evanhaslanded 14 August 2009 at 8:39 am Permalink

    My 2.5 year old LOVES the FirstWords App and also the Shapes App

  24. Ayelet 14 August 2009 at 9:06 am Permalink

    Love love love Evernote. Not sure what I would do without it.

  25. Karen 14 August 2009 at 9:07 am Permalink

    The bubble wrap app can be so fun for little ones

  26. Randi 14 August 2009 at 10:06 am Permalink

    Love Spongebob

  27. Greta 14 August 2009 at 11:19 am Permalink

    First Words App is great!

  28. Melanie @ Mel, A Dramatic Mommy 14 August 2009 at 1:19 pm Permalink

    So far my on loves the games the most. He plays Pac Man and air hockey all the time. I have several spelling and math apps there for the new school year. I enjoy the recipe apps most.

  29. Clarissa 14 August 2009 at 6:59 pm Permalink

    The Basket Toss game!

  30. DG 14 August 2009 at 11:31 pm Permalink

    FamilyVault from IconApp is great! I definitely recommend it!

  31. rachel-asouthernfairytale 15 August 2009 at 10:19 am Permalink

    SO difficult!
    Ummm my kids love tic tac free and the bubble wrap and DRESS CHICA. Because they can dress her in costumes and then send her to people! IT’s soo much fun ;-)
    I love Millionaire. I am a tad addicted to Millionaire, let’s call it educational, K?

  32. JaytheBigLug 15 August 2009 at 10:42 am Permalink

    My favorite family friendly app is Shazam – I use it to identify the Kids-songs my Sister plays for my niece… I can’t tell an Imagination Station from a Wiggle without it :)

  33. Marie R 15 August 2009 at 2:22 pm Permalink

    I love playing the bubble wrap app on my husbands phone. My son who is 14 months try to play too but he is to small but I bet in a few months all three of us will be playing it.

  34. momof2monkeys 15 August 2009 at 4:56 pm Permalink

    I LOVE DOTS!!!

  35. Secret Agent Mama 16 August 2009 at 9:23 am Permalink

    Boring here, but I love my dictionary app (for iTouch as I’m not cool enough to have iPhone..YET!)

  36. Jennifer 16 August 2009 at 9:31 am Permalink

    I would have to say the First Words App. Love it!

  37. Mary 16 August 2009 at 9:42 am Permalink

    I will go with the Yelp app we travel a lot with our kids so this works perfectly.

  38. Shannanb aka Mommy Bits 17 August 2009 at 7:01 am Permalink

    You guys are amazing! These apps are great!

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