7 Great -- and Free -- Apps for Babysitters and Nannies
These seven great apps will help you keep track of kids, schedules, playdates, and your life.
Mary Poppins...Supernanny...Nanny McPhee...you have a lot to live up to. You love the kids you watch, but between entertaining, chauffeuring, and feeding them, you're exhausted. And we don't blame you!
Enter technology to the rescue. Your smartphone is a wonderful source of advice for getting organized, finding outing inspirations, and taking better care of your little charges. There are tons of fabulous apps out there, but we narrowed the list down to six that we think will be a huge help to you. And the best part is...they're all free. Share them with the family you work for and your fellow nannies and babysitters -- along with the apps listed in our article on 12 Great Apps for Busy Moms.
This website is every child care professional's greatest weapon. No matter whether you're looking for ideas for healthy after-school snacks, wacky arts and crafts projects, or fun indoor/outdoor activities, Pinterest's got you covered. With over 150 million users and counting, you're guaranteed to find the inspiration you need. All you need to do is send a request to join, and you're in!
This app from the U.S. Department of Labor makes keeping track of the hours you work simple. Enter how many hours you watched your charge and this system will keep it organized for you. It also calculates how much you earned based on your hours and salary, and lets you write comments about your day. Work for different families? You can create separate lists for each.
Need ideas for healthy meals you can cook for the kids you take care of? This app collects the best recipes from around the Internet all in one place -- top chefs, food magazines and blogs are all represented. You can search by ingredient or diet and find ideas for picky eaters or vegetarian.
Does your brain hurt from trying to keep track of your busy schedule, along with the schedules of the parents you work for, the kids you watch and your own family? Try an app like Schedule Planner. Plot out your day and organize any tasks you need to get done, such as taking kids to the doctor or soccer practice. You can also color code each entry based on whether it's for you, your family or your job.
Never again be stumped when you're out running errands or looking for places to take kids. This app uses your phone's GPS to find and categorize all the places around you: restaurants, drugstores, movie theaters, supermarkets, etc.
It seems like kids get sick at least once a week. With that in mind, this is an app to keep handy. You can check symptoms and make sure a simple sniffle isn't really something more serious. There's also lots of helpful first aid information -- useful when watching kids who have continuously skinned knees.
First Aid by American Red Cross
No matter how best you try to protect them children are always bumping their heads, or grazing their knees. Hopefully it’s nothing serious but with that in mind, this is an app to keep handy. First aid by American Red Cross gives you simple, easy-to-understand advice, videos, animations, and step-by-step instructions. And the information is all hosted on the app itself, meaning no internet connection is needed, making it fast and easy to access.
Tiffany Smith has written for All You, Time for Kids and the Boston Globe.