iPhone Baby and Toddler Apps Review

Amongst the myriads of different baby and toddler apps available today there are only a limited few which are of any real educational or entertaining value. It sometimes is nearly impossible to choose. And although most of them are fairly cheap (ranging from 99 cents to $3) the cost can still add up if you want to keep a variety of them on your phone. Regardless of what critics might say about babies and toddlers using electronic devices they are part of our modern daily lives and they DO help enormously, especially in situations like waiting for an appointment at the doctor’s office or attending your older child’s school concert. And if your baby manages to learn how to count to ten or adds a few new words to their vocabulary than that’s a bonus, isn’t it?

But choosing is hard and I found that the best way to choose is to download trial apps, give them to my toddler and help him decide what he likes. Of course, recommendations from friends and reading on-line reviews from other mums are also invaluable. So, here is a list of our favourites (I will add some brief descriptions and photos soon):

Look Baby! by Deadline
(Cost – $0.99)

I believe that the best baby and toddler iPhone apps are those that are simple yet very interactive. They allow the child to do an action (touch, press, slide, shake) and see an immediate effect of that action. The Look Baby! app is a perfect example of such an application. It is the first app that my toddler ever used and it was one of his favourites for a long time.

The current version has 8 different activity screens. The best ones are the Tickle Teddy, Laughin’ Rabbit, Shakin’ Shapes and the Glitterfly. The Tickle Teddy was my little boy’s favourite – it allows the child to do just what the name says, tickle the teddy by touching or shaking the phone. The teddy will laugh and giggle with an adorable baby laugh. The Shakin’ Shapes are also great – a collection of moving shapes that the child can touch or shake and make jump up and down. I have to say that since the upgrade this app became less user friendly with transitions from screen to screen and the child will probably need assistance from an adult with moving to the next play screen.

Age suitability: 1 to 3 years

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Baby Touch by Ladybird
(Cost – $2.99)

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Bananas in Pyjamas Beach Fun
(Cost – $0.99)

Age suitability: 1 to 3 years

I would have to say that this adorable creation is the best toddler app I have ever encountered. It’s beautifully designed, interactive, very easy to use and just lots and lots of fun.

The kids have a choice of two games in this app –  play with B1 and B2 or create a beautifully decorated sandcastle … and then destroy it.

Playing with B1 and B2 will get lots of laughs from your toddler and from you, too. Keep squirting that sunscreen until the bottle is empty and then rub it all in by sliding your fingers across the screen.

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Once the sunscreen is on, it’s time to put on some hats. Change them as many times as you like and see which one suits B1 and B2 best. Then, it’s time for some sunglasses in lots of fun shapes.

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Building Sandcastles portion of the game is also lots of fun. The castle can be decorated by many beautiful sea shells, flags, leaves and twigs…

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and when it is finished it can be smashed by sliding your finger across the screen and the vibrating added to the image of breaking castle makes it very real.

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First Words from Learning Touch

Animals Video Touch
(Cost – $2.99)

The concept of this little app is elegantly simple. The child sees a screen with hand-drawn pictures of 12 different animals. When a picture is touched a short 10-30 second video of that animal in real life is played. There are 4 different videos available for every animal. Every video shows the animals engaging in different activities, sometimes different varieties or breeds of the same animal are shown. For instance, for the Cat picture there is a video of a cat drinking water from the tap, another one of a cat playing with the toilet paper roll, one with a cat sitting on a window sill, looking at something outside and making noises and the final video is of a mother cat playing with her little kittens. All videos are of beautiful quality. A very entertaining, easy to use and engaging app.

Age suitability: 1 to 100 years

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