We all know moms are experts at multitasking, but sometimes, disasters happen. Keep calm and carry on with these five apps that can bail you out when you need a hand.
1. Waze (free)
Waze is a traffic app, but it’s much more than that — it gets all of its data from other drivers who are on the road at the same time. So if there’s an accident on the freeway, Waze has the most current information from other cars just down the road. Use Waze just before you leave for your destination, and the app will design the fastest route for you based on up-to-the-minute traffic information. Not to mention, it gives spoken directions, so forget about getting lost. (i0s, Android) Favorite of Kelly McGinnis.
2. TaskRabbit (free)
Sometimes we all need an extra hand, and sometimes we really need that extra hand at to show up at our house and build those shelves from IKEA because it’s taking all day. TaskRabbit has you covered. With TaskRabbit, you can hire a fully-vetted, background-checked helper to come to your house and help with a wide variety of tasks, from cleaning up to running errands, even assembling those IKEA shelves. Let a TaskRabbit helper do your heavy lifting so you can focus on something else. (ioS, Android) Favorite of Lane Kennedy Levy.
3. Uber (free)
Uber is one of several apps that can send a driver to your door within minutes. Think taxi, but… nicer? With the Uber app, you can get a ride from a local Uber driver in many major metropolitan areas and pay your driver via smartphone. Whether you need a ride to the airport or a lift home from a party, Uber can cover last-minute pickups. And if you’re totally lost, don’t worry — Uber’s app can find you via the GPS in your smartphone. (i0s, Android) Favorite of Allyson Downey.
4. Instacart (free)
Say your five-year-old just got the flu, you’re out of food, and you can’t leave the house. Enter Instacart, the grocery delivery service that can bring groceries to your house within an hour. Use Instacart’s app or web interface to place an order from familiar local grocery stores, and a personal shopper will arrive with your groceries. Delivery is free for your first order, with delivery fees ranging from $3.99 to $5.99 per order depending on how fast you need your food. And yes, they’ll even bring wine or beer. (i0S, Android) Favorite of Diana Rothschild.
5. Skype (free)
Another free app that can help you out if you can’t leave the house, Skype is one of many video conferencing solutions that connects you face-to-face when you can’t be there in person. A perfect solution for moms who don’t have enough hours in the day, or for parents and kids who want to connect with long-distance family members. (i0S, Android) Favorite of Andrea Garry.