These 10 Android apps can help out any dad who wants to be better, smarter and more committed to his role as a father in his family. Whether your child hasn't arrived yet or your toddler is sitting in your lap right now, there is something here that can benefit you. Learn about pregnancy, keep your family members connected, put a crying baby to sleep(!), plan for college and more using these apps.
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Fussy baby? Baby Shusher app to the rescue! This app stops a baby from crying by emitting a rhythmic "shush" sound. The app adjusts the volume of the shush automatically, so when the baby is crying loudly, the volume of the shush is louder. When the baby calms down, the shush is only a quiet background sound.
02 of 09
Cozi is an online group calendar for families that includes a shared shopping list, to-do list and family journal. Every busy and connected family can appreciate a resource like Cozi. If you have a Cozi account, this app allows you to access all the calendar, shopping, to-do lists and journals on your Android device.
03 of 09
Register at life360.com and you can connect all your family’s cell phones to your account, and then use this app to locate your family members, understand risks that are near their location and find resources like hospitals and fire stations. Your family members can press a “panic button,” which sends an email or text message to others showing your GPS location. There is also a one-touch feature that lets your family members know you are safe. This is an indispensable resource for a family in... case of a natural disaster or an emergency.
04 of 09
The iStory Books available for Android devices help you share stories and entertain your children. You can choose from fairy tales, animal stories and a variety of educational books to let you use your Android device to have some quality time with the kids—or to keep them busy when you need a few minutes to get something done.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
This is a great app for keeping a fussy child entertained. This app locks your Android device and displays colorful shapes, patterns, and colors to keep your little one entertained without worrying about him placing calls or launching apps. The moving shapes and colors keep your toddler engaged for quite a while. When you're ready to reclaim your device, just enter touches in a predetermined pattern to unlock it.
06 of 09
This app projects your finances into the future showing income, expenses and the results of saving and investing. It is an excellent tool for family financial planning, retirement planning and saving for college. You can create different scenarios and then modify your assumptions to see how a little extra savings or a slightly larger investment return can change your bottom line. This is a great tool for any dad concerned about his family’s financial future.
07 of 09
YouTube Kids is full of family-friendly videos that can keep your little one entertained while you get stuff done. Kids can watch their favorite shows, or they can surf the offerings and watch whatever captures their imagination. The app is designed for kids and comes with parental controls so you can fine-tune their viewing options.
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Gro Garden is an easy way to teach your kids about sustainable and organic gardening while they play games on your Android device. The characters include Connie the Compost heap and her friends the microorganisms. Fun characters include Banja the rabbit and other animals. Your players will start off digging in the "dirt" on your device and then plant and care for seeds before harvesting the crop.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
There can be times in the life of any dad when something is going wrong with his child’s body—or his own. The Web MD app for Android devices helps any father find medical information from the respected Web MD website. You can enter symptoms and take a look at the maladies that relate to the specific symptoms. There is even a pill identification tool for when you find an unknown pill or tablet on the floor before your baby does.