Technology toys for babies under 12 months
Great technology gifts for babies
Are you looking for a cool technology gift for a baby or toddler? Do you want to find a great baby gadget for a christmas present?
If so, take a look at the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn baby technology gadgets. Not only are they a great way of introducing your baby to technology and through that giving them an advantage later in life when they enter our technology fixated world, but they are also a neat way of protecting your own expensive iPhone, iTouch or iPhone, while still allowing your little one to be curious about moms or dads toys.
All parents know that when there is a baby in the house there will be drool on their iPhone or iPad. We say we wont let out babies and toddlers play with the expensive gadgets, but some way or another, they end up using them as teething toys anyway.
The Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn cases are great electronic learning tools for babies as young as 6 months and they will teach your child anything from numbers, shapes, letters to cause and effect.
Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Monkey
This adorable monkey plush toy has a storage room in the stomach where your iPhone or iTouch can be inserted. The case protects the device against baby drool and other things that could ruin your gadget.
When the baby squeezes the hands or feet of the monkey they can interact with the app currently loaded on the iPhone inserted in the Monkey Plushie.
You can download 5 different free Fisher-Price learning apps from iTunes so your baby gets some variety when playing with this gadget. The apps teach cause and effect, numbers, shapes and letters, making this a great interactive learning device for babies from 6 month and till toddlers at 3 years old.
The Apptivity Monkey is compatible with iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation Apple devices
See the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Monkey in action - How does the Laugh and Learn Apptivity Monkey work?
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Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case
The Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case for iPad is a great technology gift for parents with babies as young as 6 months.
The case protects the expensive iPad from scratches and baby drool. It is water resistant, but not waterproof so make sure you keep liquids away. Still it will help ensure that no harm comes to your favourite gadget even when your little one is playing with it.
The case has a carry handle with small beads that gives the case a phsyical aspect alongside the virtual learning features.
Free age appropriate apps can be downloaded from iTunes and the whole device is easy to use for both the baby and its parents.
See the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case in action - How does the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case work?
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case: iPhone / iPod Edition
Cute protective case for your iPhone. Comes with free downloadable Laugh and Play apps from Fisher-Price.
The beads and handles allows the baby to play both off and on the screen.
How does the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case: iPhone / iPod Edition work? - Video review of Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case: iPhone
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Screen Laptop
The Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn laptop introduces your baby to technology and computers.
There are 3 activity settings, learning, music and spanish. While the latter might not be very valuable to most english speaking parents, the two former works great for engaging your little one in educational play.
How does the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Screen Laptop work? - Video review of Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Screen Laptop
Is playing with iPhone and iPad good for babies?
Will it hurt my child to play computer games?
One of the worries I hear from parents when it comes to the Laugh and Learn iPad and iPhone cases, is whether or not it is good for babies as young as 6 months to be playing games on a gadget.
This is I believe a valid concern. My take on it is, that as long as the playtime is limited and more importantly done together with a parent, then the act of playing with iPhones or iPads or even computers can be a great learning tool in developing the babies understanding of cause and effect and helping developing their fine motor skills.
We are living in a world where being a proficient technology user is ever more important, in fact not being comfortable using computers and other electronic gadgets is often a great disadvantage.
Furthermore, studies have shown that kids do in fact get smarter if they play video games as it develops their problem solving skills.
That being said if you as a parent utilize the gadgets, computer or even the TV as an electronic babysitter, then I believe that there is cause for concern.
The 3 first years of a childs life is crucial for their brain development and they need social interaction from grown ups as well as other children in order to stimulate them during this development.
As such my advice would be. Do buy one of the cute Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn cases and do let your baby and toddler play with your iPhone or iPad, but be present when they do and limit the time so there is room for ol'fashioned toys as well.
Babies and Gadgets
There is a great ongoing debate amongst parents on whether babies should play with technological gadgets. On one side it is argued that learning to handle technology gadgets early in life, will make them more proficient in navigating our ever more technology fixated world.
On the other side of the argument you have the concern that kids will lose the learning that comes from exploring physical toys. That if they don't spend time building their abilities with traditional toys like building blocks, they will be hampered later in life as the time spent staring at electronic gadgets is causing developmental damage.
What is your opinion?
Should Babies and Toddlers play with electronic gadgets?