10 Ways My Apple Watch Makes Life As a Parent Easier

When I made my Christmas Wish List for my husband, I threw the Apple Watch on there as the very last thing, never actually thinking he’d get it for me. I didn’t even know if I truly wanted it, but my list needed more stuff for him to choose from. I wondered if maybe it was more gimmicky than practical.

And then he got me one- a beautiful 38mm rose gold with lavender band. I love her, I love her, I love her! Not just because she’s gorgeous, but she makes my life easier. No gimmicks. Definitely practical.

A photo posted by Jill Krause (@babyrabies) on

Here are just some of the ways my Apple Watch makes my life as a multitasking, work at home parent easier.

Calendar reminders

I can’t tell you how many times this has saved me already. Most days I get so immersed in work that I used to look up at the clock and couldn’t believe my 2nd grader was going to be walking through the door any minute. No more surprises, and no more moments when I see a strange number calling through and suddenly remember it’s time for an important call. Whether I accept a meeting invite for a business call, or a set a reminder to go off 10 minutes before my son gets out of school, the watch alerts me with a gentle buzz that’s impossible to overlook.

Calendar function
Beyond the alerts, it’s easy to access and scroll through my calendar, and even input new events via voice dictation. I hardly ever use Siri on my phone, but she’s a natural extension of the watch and she does a pretty great job of understanding me.

A photo posted by Jill Krause (@babyrabies) on

Weather at a glance

The current weather, including temp and chance of precipitation, is displayed on my watch face. Seems small, but it’s nice to glance down and know whether I need to wrap the toddler in his warm coat or if a jacket will do before we run out the door.


It’s SO nice to immediately receive all texts and reply quickly without having to keep my phone on me. Our two oldest spend their afternoons running up and down our street, playing with all the other kids (best. street. ever), and all the parents keep in touch by texting to let each other know where they’ve all landed. It’s pretty key that I get texts on time, especially when someone is looking for their kid or letting me know mine is at their house. I can reply with the quick phrases that are already in there (you can add your own too) or I can use voice dictation.


Love me some Evernote. The best marriage of Evernote and the Apple Watch that I’ve uncovered is the list function. Make a grocery list in Evernote, access it from your phone, check off items on your watch as you pick them up in the store. AMAZING.

Phone calls

I think everyone realizes you can take a call on your watch. That seems like the most obvious use. BUT did you know that your toddler can be on your phone playing a game or watching YouTube and you can still make a receive calls from your watch? I’m just saying this really comes in handy when I’m grocery shopping, checking off my Evernote list, and my husband calls to tell me to add a few more items to the list. No need to rip the phone from the toddler’s hands, causing a meltdown in aisle 9.

Directions while driving

I try very hard to keep my hands off my phone while driving, and take distracted driving seriously, especially when my kids are in the car with me. But sometimes I need directions to places, and I use my maps app on my iPhone. With the Apple Watch, the directions pop up on my watch face, and it buzzes to let me know a turn is coming up. Far safer than holding my phone in one hand while I drive, or looking down at it on the dash.

Staying active

The watch comes with an activity tracker that tracks your daily steps, calories burned, distance walked. It also reminds you to stand up every hour, and gives you a goal of 30 minutes of exercise a day (you can adjust that, that’s the default). Throughout the day, I get gentle buzz reminders to stand or encouragement to keep moving, along with a visual of where I am for all my goals for the day.

In addition to that, I’ve added Seven, a 7 minute workout app, to it. I try to do at least one 7 minute circuit a day because it’s just 7 minutes, right? Meanwhile, while I’m doing that, my activity tracker is counting all of it.

Killing time

Just like the iPhone, it’s great for getting a whole lot of nothing done, which comes in handy when I find myself rocking a nosy toddler to sleep who is too distracted by my phone these days. I’ve downloaded the Rules! app- a game (though I think I hate how panicked it makes me feel), and have some apps I like to browse, like Zulily and Craigslist. They are really paired down in comparison to their phone counterparts, but still fun.

Distancing myself from my phone

Yesterday I saw an important email come through via watch notification. I could tell from the first sentence preview that I needed to reply ASAP, so I asked the kids to sit tight for a minute and hopped on my computer. Most of the time, though, my emails can wait. It’s nice to know I can leave my phone behind and still know when/if something urgent comes in.

If you have the BabyRabies app (and I mean, you do, right?) you’ll get notifications every time I put up a new post. You can get notifications for a lot of your apps that are already on your phone.

I’ve only had my watch for a few weeks, so I’m sure I’ve yet to unlock loads of potential. And some of you who have one, I’m sure, probably have some other cool ways you use it to make your life easier, so PLEASE tell us in the comments!





50 Things to Do Before You Deliver: The First Time Moms Pregnancy Guide
Available now: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

  • 254


  1. Jennifer aka Baby Making Machine on

    I’m commenting from your pretty new app! I was going to write you on FB then I was like “no no, I’ll use the app” anyway… My favorite new Apple Watch app? Swift Finder. I use it when I can’t find my phone! It makes my phone ring even when the sound isn’t on. It also can tell you where you parked your car so you can find it but I haven’t tried that yet.

    I’m excited to see what else comes to the App Store cause I also feel like I’m missing so much with its potential.

  2. Jennifer aka Baby Making Machine on

    I came back to say never mind… I didn’t realize you can ping your phone essentially from the home screen haha. A coworker showed me today. He’s also still learning ?

  3. Wow, that thing is pretty rad! Now as far as the activity tracking goes: does it have a heart rate measuring function?

  4. I have to express thanks to this writer just for bailing me out of such a incident. Right after surfing around through the the net and finding methods that were not powerful, I figured my entire life was done. Being alive minus the approaches to the difficulties you have sorted out through your main article content is a critical case, and those that might have in a negative way affected my entire career if I hadn’t discovered your blog post. Your actual talents and kindness in playing with almost everything was valuable. I don’t know what I would’ve done if I hadn’t discovered such a point like this. I can also now look ahead to my future. Thanks very much for your reliable and sensible guide. I won’t think twice to endorse the sites to anybody who requires care about this matter.

  5. I have to show my appreciation to this writer for bailing me out of this condition. After checking throughout the the web and meeting tips which are not powerful, I assumed my life was gone. Being alive without the presence of answers to the difficulties you’ve solved through your good write-up is a crucial case, as well as those which may have negatively damaged my entire career if I had not come across your blog. That knowledge and kindness in touching all the stuff was helpful. I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t come across such a point like this. I can now look ahead to my future. Thanks very much for your impressive and effective help. I won’t hesitate to recommend the blog to any person who should receive recommendations about this topic.

  6. I want to show my respect for your kindness in support of visitors who need help with your topic. Your personal dedication to getting the solution around was wonderfully significant and has in most cases permitted many people much like me to arrive at their ambitions. Your new valuable instruction indicates so much a person like me and still more to my peers. Many thanks; from everyone of us.

  7. I’m commenting to make you understand of the excellent encounter our girl went through studying your webblog. She realized many things, which included how it is like to have a marvelous giving mindset to let others very easily fully understand chosen complex topics. You truly exceeded readers’ expectations. Many thanks for presenting the precious, trusted, edifying and in addition easy guidance on that topic to Emily.

  8. I precisely wanted to thank you very much once more. I’m not certain what I would have created in the absence of the tips and hints shared by you on this industry. It was before an absolute hard problem for me, but taking a look at a specialized approach you processed the issue took me to cry with happiness. I’m thankful for the support and believe you really know what a powerful job you’re getting into teaching men and women by way of your web page. More than likely you’ve never met any of us.

  9. Pingback: The Best Smartwatch Apps for Parents - All Purpose Flours

  10. Pingback: The Best Smartwatch Apps for Parents - Aerotz

  11. Pingback: The Best Smartwatch Apps for Parents - CorporetteMoms

Leave A Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.