The Best Parenting Apps 2021

Let’s face it: we all know parenting is hard. It’s incredibly difficult to manage every aspect of parenthood alongside all of your other responsibilities in the day, but this is where technology can help! We’ve put together 13 of the best apps you’ll need as a parent, right from the beginning.

For tracking pregnancy
For babies
For child development
For education
For helping with schoolwork
For online safety
For outdoor safety
For helping around the house
For staying organised
For managing finances
For a community
For professional help
For co-parenting

From pregnancy to late childhood, we have all of the best apps for you to use. And we’ve even included a bunch of helpful apps just for the parents themselves, from finding other mothers and fathers to talk to, as well as seeking professional help for mental health. Scroll through our chronological apps to find the best, and most relevant ones, for your life. 

For tracking pregnancy - Pregnancy +

Apple

Android

Free with in-app purchases

We’ll start at the beginning, from finding out you’re expecting a baby. This can be a very scary and exciting experience for many people, and you’ll no doubt want to track every minute of it. 

Features:

  • Daily and weekly pregnancy information, like the size of your baby and what trimester you’re in
  • Visual, interactive images of your baby’s appearance each week, like an ultrasound scan in high-definition
  • Diary logs for doctor appointments, diet, exercise, and pregnancy weight
  • Kick counter to measure how active your baby is inside
  • Contraction timer for when labour starts
  • A baby shopping list so you don’t forget anything you need to buy
  • Thousands of baby name suggestions to help you and your partner pick the right one

Stay updated on each stage of your pregnancy with this app, and detail everything in your personal diary to show your doctors.

For babies - Baby Connect

Apple

Android

Free with in-app purchases

Stay updated on everything you need for your baby with this app. You can sync all of the information that is inputted to share with your partner, babysitter, or other family members. This app is best for tracking the health and activity of your newborn. 

Features:

  • Record feedings, naps, nappy changes, milestones, sleep, pumping, baby’s mood, temperature, and vaccinations
  • Track your baby’s weight, height, and head size
  • All information can be converted into a growth chart and weekly average reports so you can stay on top of their health and report any worries to your doctor
  • Set up notifications and reminders
  • Integrates with Siri for voice-activation
  • Customise for toddlers and older children, with potty training and solid food tracking
  • Timers for naps and feeding sessions
  • Convert reports and graphs into excel sheets to email to other people

This app has everything you could want to keep track of your newborn’s development as they grow, and keep you organised as a new parent with reminders and notifications throughout the day. 

For child development - Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame

Apple

Android

Free

This is a research-based app that helps children learn to deal with everyday challenges in a calm way, by increasing their problem-solving skills in an engaging manner. Children are exposed to vital vocabulary through playful monster interactions and decision-making activities. 

Features:

  • Explore five interactive activities and everyday challenges
  • Focus on developing decision-making skills by tapping, popping bubbles, and more to help the monster breathe, think, and solve problems
  • Personalise the encouraging phrases that your child will hear when they succeed in the game
  • Participate in the “Breathe with the Monster” activity to help children practice calming down in stressful environments
  • Access the Robus Parent Section for resources

This app is best suited for 2 - 5 year olds, and is part of the Sesame Street Little Children, Big Challenges initiative. 

For education - Cbeebies

Apple

Android

Free

From the well-known TV channel, Cbeebies, comes this app partnered with the BBC. For 0 - 6 year olds, this app includes games and videos to help children learn the basics before attending school. 

Features:

  • Numberblocks ‘Number Magic Run’ to learn mathematics
  • Alphablocks ‘Fun Run’ to practice phonics, learn the alphabet, and pronunciation of letters to read full sentences and books
  • ‘Your Mindful Garden’ encourages focus, creativity, and calmness while learning new skills
  • Go Jetters ‘Glitch Switch’ helps children learn more about the world and its different habitats to encourage environmentally-friendly perspectives
  • Bing ‘Camping’ to learn about how to identify and manage feelings and behaviours, such as stress or anxiety 
  • Hey Duggee ‘Partytime’ helps children recognise and label shapes and colours
  • The Furchester Hotel teaches children about self-care and how to be more aware of their personal health and wellbeing
  • Biggleton ‘Busy in Biggleton’ offers children a wider perspective on other communities and ways to communicate with different types of people
  • Maddie’s Do You Know? ‘Technology Trip’ teaches children about technology

You never stop learning, so we have a whole article dedicated to the best educational apps you can download for babies, toddlers, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. 

You may also be interested in finding the right tablet for your child to use for online learning. 

For helping with schoolwork - Photomath

Apple

Android

Free with in-app purchases

Photomath is great for parents who struggle to understand their child’s maths homework when they return from school (it’s not that uncommon!). If you’re struggling to solve an equation, this may be the parenting app for you to download. 

Features:

  • Parents can take a photo of an equation and have it solved for them so they can correctly guide their child to the right answer
  • Works without Wi-Fi or data 
  • Helps you learn all types of maths, from basic to advanced
  • For children and parents alike to develop their understanding of specific topics like algebra, trigonometry, and statistics
  • Includes step-by-step explanations for every solution
  • Includes ‘how-to’ animations for children who learn best visually
  • Has a multi-functional scientific calculator available on the app for the most advanced maths problems

If you dread your child asking for help on their maths homework, download this app to prove you still remember everything from school. 

For online safety - FamilyTime

Apple

Android

Free to download, but requires payments for subscriptions

If your child has graduated onto the internet, and has started using the web for both education and entertainment, now might be the time to invest in a parental control software to ensure they stay safe online. There are loads out there to choose from, but we recommend FamilyTime for small to medium households. 

Features:

  • Create custom internet filters to block certain websites, like adult content, violence, and bullying
  • Activate SafeSearch on Google, Bing and YouTube to instantly remove any unwanted search results from appearing
  • Block categories like drugs and dating so that they don’t show up while your child is browsing online
  • Receive reports about how long your child is spending on specific apps
  • Schedule how long they are allowed to spend on each application
  • Block apps from being accessed
  • Receive alerts and GPS locations to track your child’s whereabouts
  • Monitor the calls and texts being sent and received
  • Set limits on screen time
  • Includes an emergency panic button for your child to press if they’re in danger

Learn how to keep yourself safe online too, so you can be a good role model for your child. 

For outdoor safety - Find My Kids

Apple

Android

Free to download, but requires payment for subscription

Every parent’s worst nightmare is losing their child outside. Kids start to get adventurous as they enter early adolescence, and while you don’t want to force them to stay inside, you also naturally want to keep them safe. You can use Find My Kids, like Find My iPhone, to track your child’s GPS location. 

Features:

  • Receive notifications when your child enters or leaves locations, like the house, school, or other commonly visited areas like a friend’s house or the park
  • Receive an alert when their phone battery is low
  • Includes an emergency SOS button that your child can press if they are in danger
  • Can connect to a GPS watch too

Install the app on your (the parent) phone and connect to your child’s to allow you to keep track of where they are and be reassured of their safety. 

For helping around the house - EarnIt!

Apple

Android

Free with in-app purchases

EarnIt! is a task-management app that allows parents to create lists of chores for their children to do. If you need more help around the house, you can use this app to remind your children of tasks they need to do each day, and teach them what it means to be responsible. 

Features:

  • Create lists and assign tasks to the child or children in your family, so they can see what they need to complete each day
  • Receive notifications when tasks are completed with pending approval
  • Children can attach comments or pictures to their to-do list to show their parent
  • Set due dates and be reminded when tasks are overdue
  • Block children’s apps if they aren’t doing the work
  • Set certain tasks, like ‘make your bed’, to recur every day, week or month to build routines and teach your child how to abide by a schedule
  • Includes a panic button that children can press if they need help, which then sends their location to the parent

Teach your children how to be responsible while benefiting from having more hands around the house. 

For staying organised - Cozi

Apple

Android

Free with in-app purchases

This is the ultimate app for parents to stay on top of everything they need to juggle. Use the Cozi app to organise key areas and to-do lists for each day, so you don’t have to worry about remembering everything. 

Features:

  • Keep track of everyone’s schedule in the Family Calendar, using colour-coding for each member
  • Set reminders for events, which can alert everyone in your family or just specific people
  • Send automated daily or weekly emails to family members
  • Everyone can edit shopping lists in real-time so that you don’t come home without forgetting an item
  • Create multiple to-do lists for any tasks, and share across the whole family
  • Organise cooking recipes in one place so you never run out of ideas for dinner
  • Activate the no-dim button to keep your screen on, so you don’t have to keep unlocking your phone while following a recipe or creating a list
  • Accessible from multiple devices and syncs instantly across everyone’s app in the family

Stay on top with the Cozi app, and make sure everyone in the family is on the same page. 

For managing finances - MoneyDashboard

Apple

Android

Free

Children are expensive, and adding the price of their food, clothes, school supplies, extracurricular activities, and everything else they might want or need to your yearly budget can be overwhelming. Plus, you’ll still want to save money for holidays and luxuries. You can use MoneyDashboard to track your finances and make sure you’re not overspending. 

Features:

  • Uses the same security standards as banks to keep your data private
  • Monitor your activity across all of your accounts
  • Transactions are categorised so you can keep track of where all of your money is going, and check if you’re putting too much into one area of your life
  • Set budgets and saving goals
  • Receive notifications when you’re nearing your set budget limit for a category (like dining out), or if you’ve exceeded it
  • View your transactions in easy charts and tables to gain a better understanding of how you spend your money

This app, when used right, can help you identify parts of your life where you can save more money, so you can easily save up for your next holiday. 

For a community - Peanut

Apple

Android

Free

Peanut is an app which provides a safe forum space for women to meet one another, no matter what stage of parenthood they’re at - from trying to conceive, to in their second trimester, to newborns, to children at school, and so on. If you’re craving connection with like-minded mothers, you can use Peanut to find other women nearby. 

Features:

  • Meet women near you and send a wave to ask to connect (this gives you the opportunity not to connect with some people, if you don’t want to)
  • Chat with your connections
  • Video call to talk more intimately with your new friends 
  • Explore groups and labelled communities to join people with shared interests
  • Ask questions and share advice

If motherhood has you feeling isolated, or you simply want to find more women with the same interests or experiences as you, you can download this app for free and get talking. Maybe you can joke about your child’s text talk and try to figure out what their acronyms mean together. 

Dadapp is an alternative version for fathers to connect with other new and experienced dads - download it for Apple or Android.

For professional help - TalkSpace

Apple

Android

Free to download, but requires payment for subscriptions (at half the price of a traditional therapist session)

Parenting is hard work, and sometimes it can completely overwhelm and destabilise you - and that’s ok. If gentle mood-boosters like meditation and exercise aren’t helping you out, you may want to talk to someone professional. Therapy is not a taboo, and everyone deserves to feel comfortable expressing that they need help. But if you don’t want, or don’t have the time, to attend a session in person, then you can use TalkSpace for virtual counselling. 

Features:

  • Tell the app your preferences and match with the most suitable and experienced therapist for what you want to discuss
  • Send unlimited texts, audio files, images, or video messages whenever you want
  • The service is also for teenagers between 13 - 17 years of age
  • Change therapists at any time 
  • Covered by insurance 

For co-parenting - Our Family Wizard

Apple

Android

Free with in-app purchases

The ultimate app for co-parenting: Our Family Wizard. If you and your partner are divorced, don’t live together, or are separated long-distance, this app will keep parents connected so that they can best look after their child or children. 

Features:

  • Access a calendar to view parenting schedules and to-do lists
  • Stay on top of pick-up/drop-off duty, as well as other events like Sports Day or Graduation
  • Review parenting time trade requests with the Trade/Swap function
  • Verify your presence at exchanges and other locations with GPS check-ins
  • Tag locations and photos to journal entries
  • Each message that is sent is time-stamped
  • Review payments like reimbursements and child support
  • View medical records, clothing sizes, school schedules, and more
  • Share private documents
  • Accessed via Face ID or Touch ID
  • Activate push notifications for reminders

Make co-parenting easier with this organised app to ensure everyone is accountable, no matter your personal situation. 
 

And there you have it - 13 apps for all types of parents and all stages of raising a child. Stay updated on your child’s wellbeing, prioritise your own mental health as a mum or dad, track pregnancy changes, stay organised at home, and teach your child how to grow into a responsible adult. 

For more helpful apps and tips like this, follow us on Twitter!


No contracts, no limits

With no contract you have the freedom to flex your usage whenever you need to.

Powered by Vodafone

Powered by Vodafone with up to 99% UK population coverage.

Cap your spend

Put a limit on how much you spend every month so you don't need to worry about getting a big bill.

Great service as always, friendly and helpful!!

Keith, Coventry

I have really enjoyed being with Asda mobile and it is always a pleasant experience if I have any problems (although I never have) thank you ASDA Mobile and all your lovely staff!

Catherine, Hartlepool

Have always found ASDA mobile customer service extremely helpful and friendly

Sue, Yorkshire

I wish all people could have good communication skills like Asda colleagues, he was very helpful thank you xxx

Janet blackwood, Wales