Best iPad Apps for Moms

Got an iPad? Lucky you -- there are countless apps that are perfect for moms! Whether you want to stay organized, get healthy or simply have some fun, check out what's available now.

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More Parents!

Digital issues of Parents is now available, and it's jam-packed with everything you love about the mag, and then some. The exclusive playroom tool allows you to preview the best new books, toys, games and more. There are also creative recipes for fun family meals, how-to videos on kid-friendly crafts and plenty of answers, advice and ideas on keeping your little ones happy and healthy. $.99 per monthly subscription; $9.99 per annual subscription

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Baby Basics

Total Baby was picked by Apple as a "staff favorite," and it's easy to see why: The app has everything a new mom needs to log and time all aspects of her newborn's care. From diaper changing and feedings to napping and bath times, this handy tool makes tracking your baby's progress fun and easy. $4.99

Baby Geek has many of the same tools as Total Baby, but also includes the "Express Milk Manager," which records the storage of pumped breast milk and estimates its expiration date for you. It can also detect your baby's sleep patterns to help you and your little one get more shut-eye, a temperature graph for fever patterns when baby is sick and a tool that can help potty train your toddler. 99 cents

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Heather Weston

Playtime Made Easy

Not sure what to do with your little ones today? Whether it's a sunny day or a wintry mess outside, Mom Maps can find kid-friendly spots in cities such as San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York City, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Portland, and more (new cities are added daily). There's a wide array of parks, playgrounds, museums and indoor play areas to choose from, and the best part is that they've all been reviewed by parents. You'll never hear "I'm bored" again! Free

When the family is ready to head out to eat, check in with Kids Eat For, which will help you find a local eatery where kids can eat for free or at a discount. The app can pinpoint your current location to give you the closest locales (perfect for family road trips), as well as reviews of each establishment. 99 cents

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Lara Robby

Health Help

It can be difficult to keep track of your family's health records -- especially when you have more than one child -- and you don't want to risk losing important medical documents. Let My Health Records do the work and store it all for you. Simply log everyone's medical records and let it remind you of appointments, maintain immunization records, record allergic reactions and let you know when a prescription is due for a refill. $6.99

Period Tracker can help you keep tabs on your menstrual cycle, and even help predict future period dates, as well as ovulation and fertile days, for moms that might be trying for another baby. You simply press a button at the start of your period every month and let this cute little app (fertile days are noted with flowers on your home screen) do the rest. $1.99

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Getting Fit

Looking to shed some baby weight? Lose It! makes it easier by helping you set goals and maintain them. After setting up your daily calorie budget, you can log in your meals, store recipes, track nutrients and record your daily workouts. And when you hit your goals, it allows you to share your progress on your Facebook and Twitter pages (hey, everyone deserves to brag a little). The average Lose It! user has lost more than 12 pounds and more than 85 percent of its active users have lost weight. Free

And, since busy moms don't have a ton of time to work out, Fitness magazine recently launched "Fitness Express Workouts." It features a variety of 15-minute workout routines targeting all areas, from abs and arms to butt and thighs, plus tips for a total body workout. There are also instructional videos and photos to help you with the routines, and you can log in your workout sessions to keep track of your progress. $1.99

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Money Matters

No one likes paying bills, but we all have to do it. Don't risk paying a late fee again with Bill Tracker, which keeps tabs on all of your household and personal bills each month. The handy app lets you see which bills are due within the next 30 days, and tracks each statement's due date and amount, confirmation numbers for online payments. and more. Bill Tracker will send out payment reminders and keep track of account numbers and customer service contacts. Best of all, your info is all password protected. $1.99

In addition, Budget helps you manage your dollars and cents by tracking -- you guessed it -- your budget by letting you easily view your total monthly income and expenses. Looking to take a vacation or redo the kitchen? This app can help you establish and maintain those financial goals. You can also share information with your iPhone, and it's password protected. 99 cents

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Food Finds

"What's for dinner?" is a phrase parents hear way too often. If your brood is getting spaghetti-fatigue, the Better Homes and Gardens Must-Have Recipes app has over 500 recipes and 75 how-to videos to help you get more creative in the kitchen. These recipes include everything from main dishes to sides and salads. When you get to the store you can also use the shopping list feature, which pulls all the required ingredients in one spot (and is ideal for those times you forget your list at home). Free

Cut your time at the supermarket in half -- and save money -- with Grocery iQ. Not only can you create shopping lists and check off items as you move through the store, you can scan the bar code of an item in your cupboard and have it automatically added to the list. And don't forget to use the app to search for coupons and print them before leaving the house. Free

Once your shopping is done, turn to Big Fork Little Fork for recipes, video guides and games that will help your family have fun together in the kitchen. Designed to help kids learn healthy eating habits, the app includes menu plans for both picky and adventurous eaters, games to help kids understand the food pyramid and how-to videos to help them learn basic cooking skills. After all, mom can always use some help in the kitchen. Free

You can continue the fun outside the kitchen with Tiny Chef. This addictive game lets you and your family design and operate your own five-star restaurant. You'll watch waiters serve your food, and customers enjoying their meals and (hopefully) leaving big tips. It's every Top Chef fan's dream come true. Free

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Shannon Greer

For Your Information

Moms are constantly on the run, so who has time to check all of their social networking pages several times a day? Flipboard allows you to create your very own magazine based on your Twitter stream, Facebook page, Flickr network, Google Reader feeds and so on. The layout is easy to read and only picks the best of the best, so you don't have to weed through endless posts to get the info you really want. No wonder it was named Apple's "iPad App of the Year" and one of Time magazine's "Top 50 innovations of 2010." Free

The Daily is the first digital publication with content created just for the iPad. It covers breaking news and sports to pop culture and politics -- all in one place. The app was built by a team of top journalists, making it the only news source you need for your iPad. Free

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Michael Partenio

Just for Fun

Kill some time while waiting in line or relax after the kids are in bed with Scrabble for iPad. You can play alone, snuggle up with your hubby or use it over Facebook to compete against up to three other players. $9.99

Doodle Buddy allows you to explore your inner Picasso through finger painting with various colors. You can \ connect with a friend to share your artwork, or distract the kids when you're waiting at the doctor's office or sitting at a restaurant. Free

Are you the next Celine Dion? Okay, maybe not -- but you can at least pretend to be, in the privacy of your own home. Gleeks young and old will love the chance to sing hits from the show -- with the cast singing backup -- using Glee Karaoke. And don't worry if you're a little off-key: The app will actually correct your pitch. You can also record your songs and share them on Facebook and Twitter. Download the app for 99 cents; new songs can be added each week for 99 cents

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