Here is a list of the iPhone and iPad apps for babies that have proved the most popular with our family. They are all very basic in operation, with the only interaction required being to touch the screen, which makes them ideal for babies or young children with no previous experience of touch screen interaction.
Please note all prices were correct at the time of writing, but are subject to change.
BabyTap – 42 LLC. (iPhone – £1.49) and BabyTap HD – 42 LLC. (iPad – £1.99). A very simple app – each time your baby taps the screen a different shape appears where they have tapped, accompanied by a sound. Great first app. You can make some configuration changes in your iPad Settings section – I recommend starting with “multiple view” and “mixed sounds”.
Baby’s Musical Hands – Streaming Colour Studios (Universal – £0.69). Puts coloured squares all over your device’s screen. Yellow squares make piano sounds, blue squares play guitar notes and red squares (iPad only) make percussion noises. Stars appear when your baby touches the screen, enabling them to make the association between the touch and the noise. Most importantly, the noises are not too irritating!
Baby Explorer – Emantras Inc (iPad only – £1.99). Turn your iPad into an activity centre. Lots of buttons to press, and this app also introduces the swipe action as well. This app has a long life potential as it appeals to toddlers as well.
Peekaboo: Ladybird Baby Touch – Penguin Books (Universal – £1.99) and Happy Babies: Ladybird Baby Touch – Penguin Books (Universal – £1.99). A delightful pair of apps from one of my favourite book publishers. Based on the print books by Ladybird, each app features four different sequences. After a small animation, the app pauses until baby taps the screen to advance. Lovely bright colours and British narration make these apps distinctive. I have written a review of Peekaboo: Ladybird Baby Touch, and featured Happy Babies: Ladybird Baby Touch as an app of the week.
Why not leave a comment and tell me your favourite baby apps? And if you’re looking for apps for a slightly older child, check out my favourite toddler apps.
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