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Best iPhone Apps for Babies, Part I

by verdemama on April 25, 2010

“How do you work this thing again?

I know what you’re thinking: “Yeah, right! Like I’m going to let my baby beat the everloving crap my $200 piece of awesomeness.” Well, that’s what I thought, too. Turns out, if your baby is at all dexterous/mobile/conscious, he or she, at some point, will INSIST on having your phone, or there will be screaming hell to pay. Usually while you’re in public trying to look like a respectable parent. Now, I’m not suggesting you plunk your kid down for a few hours with an expensive 3G babysitter, but when five minutes of quiet sanity is called for, this could be just the distraction baby needs.

Granted, my kid is only 14 months old and lacks some of the comprehension skills and dexterity to enjoy the more educational counting and alphabet games, so I’m not claiming any of the apps I’m featuring here will get your kid on the fast track to Harvard. They’re simply fun, and they may buy you a few moments of peace.

Without further ado: here’s a roundup (part one) of my favorite apps for a baby. They are Orion approved!

Peekaboo Barn

Orion’s favorite! An adorable little app featuring a bouncing barn and friendly animals that pop out when baby taps the door open. Baby learns animal sounds and names (in English and Spanish). $1.99

Peekaboo Wild

Peekaboo Barn’s younger sibling, but this time set in the African grassland. $1.99

Sound Shaker

Cute sound-making app featuring chime, whistle, drum, barnyard animal and mystery sounds that move and roll when tapped or tilted. Sounds change with repeated taps and reveal an animated surprise. $1.99

eliasZOO

A sleek and design-y app featuring flash cards with animal sounds and names. (I was always curious about what sound unicorns make. Now I know.) $1.99

Doodle Buddy

Baby can finger paint and stamp a blank canvas or photo from your iPhone library. And the best part? It’s FREE!

Stay tuned for part two next week!


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