There are so many apps on the market designed for parents, too many for my poor little brain to comprehend! I have found a small group of apps that I love and use on a regular basis. Here are my top five:
- Wonder Weeks – Gives you information on where you baby is at, developmentally. It warns you about leaps they will be making and the impact these can have on their behaviour. It’s not a free app, but it’s worth the money. Available for iOS and Android.
- Artkive – I’ve recently started using this app now that Ivy has started to draw. It’s free and simple to use, just take a photo of the piece of art and it stores it chronologically. Once you have at least 20 photos, there is the option to create a book. You can have numerous children, so you can assign the art work to the artist. One more fantastic perk, is you can create a “share circle” which is where you invite family and friends to connect with you so they can see the art work too. Artkive is free and available for iOS and Android.
- Knoala – This app offers 1000’s of ideas for fun and developmental-boosting activities for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. The activities cover areas to develop their artistic skills, motor skills, language and cognitive abilities to name a few. You have the option of going through a checklist of your child’s abilities which you enter YES, SELDOM, NOT YET your answers to these questions helps to compile a list of activities suited to their capabilities and activities to help build on them. You check off activities as you do them and bookmark any you’d like to repeat. The app is free, but only available on iOS.
- Santa’s Bag – I’ve downloaded this app ready to track what we buy Ivy so I know how much we are spending, as while starting early is good for the budget, it’s also easy to get carried away and buy more than we realise. The app is free, but only available on iOS.
- Storybook – This is another app I’ve got ready for when I want to use it. The premise of the app is to record yourself reading a story to your child. You use books that you already have by taking photo’s on the pages. You finish it off by recording yourself reading the page, placing your recording on the page (a video of yourself) and adding background music if you choose. You can download it for iOS for free, this gets you the option of uploading two books. For a small fee, you can unlock the app and have as many books as you want.
Do you currently use any of these apps? If so, what do you think? Any apps you’d recommend I try out?