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5 iPhone Apps for Babies and Toddlers
If you are an iPhone owner and a parent, there's no doubt that you have some great apps on your device that your child just loves to play around with. Since my son was born, we've tried many different apps to either soothe our baby to sleep or to start teaching him numbers and letters. Here are just a few of the apps that have actually gotten my son's attention and kept it for more than thirty seconds.
Baby Rattle Toy
Baby Rattle Toy ($1.99) is a simple app that features a a lone sun spinning and bouncing around the screen while stars, swirls and colors catch your baby's eye. Every time the sun touches the side of the screen, a single pitch is played from a children's song, such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. If you leave the star alone, it will bounce around very slowly. But, if your child touches the star, it shoots around the screen rapidly, playing the song with a fast tempo. The great thing about this app is that your baby can touch the screen all he/she wants without accessing an "about" screen or settings menu.
Elmo Calls ($0.99) is a fun app that captures the attention of any baby or toddler by allowing them to receive a phone or video call from the famous Elmo. What child doesn't love Elmo's high pitched, energetic voice? After tapping on one of three colored tiles, the phone rings and Elmo quickly appears with either a voice or video call. The video calls also turn the front facing camera on, so the child can also see their own face on the screen. All of the content in these calls are both entertaining and educational. Of course, babies won't understand much, but the visuals are sure to grab their attention. Toddlers will giggle and start repeating what Elmo says. The app comes with a preset number of calls, but parents can purchase more at a reasonable price. There are also settings available that provide the option to receive calls at a specific time of day. This is absolutely one of those apps you'll use at least once a day, if not more.
The Moogies ($0.99) is another app that plays on the phone call idea, but this one is geared for older children, ages two to six. There are nine characters your child can tap on to call. After choosing a character a new screen appears with the character in their own unique room. Every object in the room can be touched, and each one triggers a different reaction from the Moogie. These reactions are meant to be comical and make the child laugh. For example, the horse Moogie runs on a treadmill. The treadmill eventually goes too fast and the horse falls off. Even though parents may have to tap on the objects to activate the silly animations, younger children will still be captivated by the beautiful colors and well designed sound effects and music.
Cute Baby Flash Cards
Every child can benefit from starting flash cards as early as possible. Cute Baby Flash Cards ($1.99) has nine categories in ten different languages. Categories include food, colors, people and others. Once a category is chosen, a picture is shown with the word underneath. Tapping on the picture triggers the pronunciation. There are several options as well, such as autoplay and random card order. Each category, with the exception of numbers, has approximately thirty to forty cards, with no option to purchase more. The numbers category only has one through nine.
Wee Sing & Learn ABC
Wee Sing & Learn ABC ($2.99) may seem a bit pricey for a children's app, but it combines several educational components into one well designed package. The main idea of course, is to teach the alphabet. However, the child is also learning animals, instruments and music. Each letter has a corresponding animal and instrument that begins with that letter. For example, the first one is Abe the alligator that plays the accordion. Not only does the child get to see the letter, animal and instrument, but he/she also gets to hear the accordion being played and the alligator make whatever sound alligators make. This is just like a flash cards app, being very beneficial to older children. However, for those fussy babies who just won't stop crying, there is also a very soothing version of the ABC song. This app is very interactive and has some really great features that make it worth the purchase.