From making mornings run like clockwork to finding a last minute babysitter for date night, these apps make family life that little bit easier
To stop boredom in its tracks...
Never be lost for something to do with Hoop. This clever listings app that shows you all the family-friendly activities in your area, filtered to your child’s age and your preferences. It’s aimed at parents with children from babies to age 11, so there’s everything from sensory play and baby music groups to parkour and coding classes, with one in five activities free to do, too.
Free, iOS and Android, hoop.co.uk
To keep in touch with family...
Share photos and videos of your child with loved ones all the over the world while still keeping them private (and without baby spamming your social media) by using Lifecake. The app keeps them in a dated timeline and access is by invite only. You can also order prints and photobooks. A great way to keep family feeling involved day to day.
Free, iOS and Android, lifecake.com
To make mornings run like clockwork
The name means ‘good morning’ in Japanese and Ohayo is designed to keep your morning routine on track, scheduling time for essential jobs as well as a relaxing breakfast and even playtime. The predictability is supposed to make children happier and the timings ensure they don’t dawdle.
Free, iOS, ohayoapp.com
The Ohayo app helps you to time manage your morning tasks
To keep a break-up amicable...
The app 2houses allows separated parents to keep track of their child’s schedule, childcare arrangements, finances and key information to make co-parenting run more smoothly, even in difficult circumstances. The app has a function to share photos, videos and news too.
£4.49 per month per family, iOS and Android, 2houses.com
To keep loneliness at bay...
Not a fan of your NCT group? Mush will connect you with like-minded mums in your local area when you need adult company and offers useful parenting guides, forums and a marketplace for secondhand baby gear.
Free, iOS and Android, letsmush.com
To stay organised...
Forget about scribbled notes and calendars that no one reads. Cozi is a one-stop family organiser that keeps all your reminders and engagements in one place. Offer to-do, shopping and packing list functions, plus a recipe and meal planner, shared schedule and a chores reminder, all shared between family members.
Free, iOS and Android, cozi.com
To never miss a thank you...
Avoid offending that elderly aunt or one of the school mums with Who Gave Me What, an app that keeps track of gifts received by your child. You can list the presents, the giver, the occasion and whether you’ve sent a thank you yet. Also has the option to add photos to prompt your memory and to send automated messages.
99p, iOS, whogavemewhat.com
Who Gave Me What has a photo function to jog your memory
To share the lift load…
Set up a carpool with other parents using GoKid, so that lifts to school, for sports team and to clubs and classes are shared amongst you. Helps you keep track of who is picking up which children and when, and includes route planners, mapping and notifications.
Free, iOS, gokid.mobi
To arrange childcare you can trust...
No one free to babysit tonight? Bubble lets you find sitters recommended by friends, each one vetted and security checked by the company. You can even pay them within the app.
Free, iOS and Android, joinbubble.com
To keep on top of chores...
Never need to nag again with Homey, a chore planner that schedules household tasks for kids (and adults), offers reminders and give rewards on completion. Has the added bonus of teaching children the value of money and work, as they can see progress towards a particular incentive.
Free, iOS and Android, homeyapp.net
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