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10 Must Download Apps for New Verizon iPhone Parents


If you’re one of the tons of people that will be grabbing the new Verizon-ized iPhone, there’s a good chance you’re new to the vast world of iOS and her apps.  If you’re a parent, after you grab your choice of social media apps (check me out on Facebook and Twitter if you want) you might be interested in some of these must have apps.

In no way to I consider this a “Top” type list for apps for parents, but am highlighting a few that I feel deserve a look at.  If you come across one you think is worth mentioning, or have your own personal favorite, please leave your comment below so all the masses can check it out too.

1. Camera+

download-1One of the many perks of having, well, nearly any new phone these days is that it comes with a camera.  People love the ability to grab quick pictures of something cute their kids do, or a sweet pose as they nap.  Sure you have the native camera app, but Camera+ gives your camera a steroid injection with all the advantages and none of the nasty side affects.  Giving you a wide variety of filters, frames, and affects to apply to your pictures, along with sharing options to your social media pages and email, Camera+ is a bragging parents dream.


2. Screen Time

screen-time-app-for-dads-jpg_thumbDeveloped by a dad with 3 young boys, Screen Time is a time tracking app with the goal of encouraging kids to spend less time watching TV and playing video/computer games.  It allows you, as the parent, to set daily limits on the amount of time allotted for TV, while also providing kids the chance to earn more TV time as a reward.


3. Peekaboo Wild

peekaboo wildThe “sequel” to the original “sanity savior” for myself the first time I had my son in a waiting room with me.  Although you won’t go wrong with any of the Peekaboo apps from Night & Day Studios, Peekaboo Wild, with its upbeat music, wonderful artwork and selection of “wild” animals makes it my favorite of the 3, and has been a staple and a standard app on my iPhone since before my Bug was 1.  For infants and Toddlers, this app will save you headaches in the end!


4. Zoo Train

zoo trainZoo Train is one of these special apps that I feel not only set the standard for what all children’s apps should be, but also highlights a developer that will need to be watched for more greatness.  Zoon Train is relatively new, and already hits a homerun.  From bright, sharp, amazing graphics, to interactive and challenging tasks for toddlers on up to preschoolers, Zoo Train is one of those special apps, that can grow with your child and be one of those special apps that they’ll be asking to play.


5. Netflix

netflixThis one might be slightly more selective, but if you’re a Netflix subscriber, you need to have this app!  Not only does it allow to you manage your Instant Queue, but it allows you to stream TV and movies directly from your phone.  A great life saver if you’re stuck in traffic and have an impatient child in the back seat.  Its those times that I’m thankful to be hearing Kai Lan!


6. omBooks

ombooksInteractive books are a big market in the App Store, but if you’re looking for the cream of the crop, with some of the most classic of all children’s book, look no further then Oceanhouse Media.  The have the market cornered with Dr. Seuss, The Berenstain Bears, Little Critter and more.  Fun to sit there and read with your child, or simply give it to them and let them watch the book read to them, omBook is another one of those must haves.


7. Mom Maps

mom-mapsMom Maps can help you as a parent, find fun, kid-friendly location.  A user-created directory of all child friendly places and points of interest in your location.  Currently the database contains 26,000 locations from 27 metro areas, and is constantly being updated.  When you’re on the go, what’s better then to have a kid-friendly travel guide?


8. Chore Bank

chore-bankChore Bank is the best way to keep track of your child’s allowance, completion of chores, and spending money. It is your own personal ‘Bank of Dad’.  I’ve just now started playing with it, but felt it was worth putting on this list because it fits perfectly with what I was looking for in terms of chores for the kids, and I’m sure I’m not the only one that would be interested in it.


9. ABC Song Piano

abc pianoTeaching your child the ABCs is as much a staple of parenthood as changing diapers.  So what better way, then to incorporate the ABC song in with an interactive piano/music app?  I started enjoying Kiboomu’s apps when they released their first app, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Piano, and have since grown to respect the women behind Kiboomu, along with considering them friends within the parenting and blogging community.  With new apps on the horizon, why not start off with singing your ABCs?


10. Angry Birds Seasons

angry-birds-valentinesOf course, all parents need something for themselves to help maintain sanity, and what better then the ever growing and ever popular Angry Birds?  However, everyone knows about Angry Birds, but not all are aware of what you could call its sequel, Angry Birds Seasons.  What started off as just a Halloween specific app, soon added a Holiday Season level, and is getting ready to be updated with a Valentine’s Day level.  It’s a nice extra spin on the Angry Birds, and who can deny a pig dressed as Cupid?

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Its Peekaboo Time Again with Peekaboo Forest



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Peekaboo Forest

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The fine folks at Night & Day Studios have released their third app in their Peekaboo line of apps for toddlers and preschoolers.  This time, their latest, Peekaboo Forest, features the stunning art of Charley Harper, which separates it from previous Peekaboo iterations, and sets it atop its own pedestal.  Peekaboo Forest doesn’t just take the same equation that equaled success for Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Wild, but they evolved it all around.

In the previous apps you had animals hiding behind barn doors or grass, making noise, then appearing once your child touched the screen.  Now you have teases like a leaf moving or a tail wagging, before the animal makes its appearance, the its name being announced, making this interactive app, much more like an actual game of peekaboo.  Not only that, but this version builds upon a foundation wrapped around the seasons, where after every 3-4 animals, you have a littler intermission with music and announcing the next season.  Not only is this a way of teaching the seasons, but it helps break up the repetitive pattern of getting animals appear.  Bug enjoys this part of the game, and dancing with the music just as much as she does seeing the animals, making this addition a great and welcomed one.

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However I do feel inclined to point out, the pace and feel of Peekaboo Forest is much more low key then with Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Wild.  If I was to suggest to a parent, especially one younger then Bug who is at 21 months, I would suggest starting off with Peekaboo Barn or Wild before moving on to Peekaboo Forest.  Bug loved is (as can be seen by the video below) but I can see where this one might not captivate younger kids like Peekaboo Barn did for her last year.


BOTTOM LINE

Peekaboo Forrest is a fun, education and interactive game that you’d expect from Night & Day Studios, and features the stunning vivid art of Charley Harper.  It is a unique take on the peekaboo app concept and is an universally entertaining app fr any preschooler.  If younger then around 2, I’d suggest Peekaboo Barn or Peekaboo Wild prior then trying out Peekaboo Forest, but don’t question the greatness that this app offers!

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Top 10 iPhone Apps for Infants for 2010


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Well, its that time again, to give out the list of the top apps I’ve been fortunate enough to use with Bug.  Consider all these that I list as tried and true apps, that I have used and are approved by Bug and that can save you as a parent when you have a squirming, impatient infant/toddler.  Some are new, some are from previous lists, but I consider this my top list for iPhone apps for infants for 2010.

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Bubbles

Price: $1.99     Developer: Hog Bay Software

Yes, the concept is simple, buy hey, sometimes simple is better!  If you need a quick distraction for your little one, Bubbles is just the ticket for you.  All it is, is a simple app with animated bubbles that you pop by touching them.  An easy distraction for that squirming, impatient little man or lady.
Admittedly, the simplification of the app leaves a lot to be desired, such as different colors, but none the less, it does what you strive for it to do

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Cat in the Hat

Price: $3.99     Developer: Oceanhouse Media

Dr Seuss’s Cat in the Hat is a musical, interactive version of the book we loved as children, but is now on your iPhone for the new tech savvy generation!  Admittedly this might be slightly more advanced for the smaller ones, but still great entertainment as they sit in your lap, and is a great way to introduce them to Dr Seuss in a new and entertaining way.  The best part is that Oceanhouse Media is offering more and more apps based on children’s books, way too many to list here, so you’re not limited to just The Cat in the Hat

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My Very First App

Price: $.99     Developer: Night & Day Studios

This is the first of 3 apps that make this list from Night & Day Studios (and let me say, they are not a sponsor and I’ve paid for these apps, these are simply apps that Bug loves and entertained with).  My Very First App is a fun and interactive educational app based on Eric Carle’s My Very First Books.  The apps comes with 3 levels – Easy (ages 1-3), Medium (ages 2-5), and Hard (ages 3-6) along with offering additional levels and options through in app purchases, giving this app long term value as your little one grows.

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Old MacDonald Piano

Price: $.99     Developer: Kiboomu Publishing

Kiboomu Publishing also makes more then one appearance on this list as both apps have proven themselves, and just like with their first one, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybook Piano, Kiboomu has taken a favorite and classic children’s song, and put a fresh, entertaining, and equally educational spin on it.  Old MacDonald comes with the four modes that users of Twinkle Twinkle have become familiar with; Play Sing Along, Learn The Song, Karaoke Mode, and Freestyle Mode.  What, in my opinion, sets Old MacDonald above Twinkle Twinkle are the entertaining images that accompany the song as it plays, along with, what we’ll call the “commentary” from the farmer himself.

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Peekaboo Barn

Price: $1.99     Developer: Night & Day Studios

This is the app that started it all and made me realize how important an entertaining and educational app could be to have! The second appearance on this list by Night & Day Studios offers fun, education and entertainment, an equation they seem to have mastered.   And once you’ve gone through all the animals with your child, how can you not smile when you hear the little girl say “wooooster”.

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Peekaboo Wild

Price: $1.99     Developer: Night & Day Studios

The first successful app to calm my daughter was the wonderful Peekaboo Barn.  Both Barn and the sequel app Peekaboo Wild offer a entertaining, colorful experience that can be completely controlled by your child.  Unlike similar apps that offer animal names and sounds, what Barn and Wild offer is a simplified interface that opens a wild world of fun for your child.  One touch of the screen will reveal the hidden animal, allowing your child to hear the sound the animal makes, then says its name.  A second touch takes that animal away, and resets to play peek-a-boo with the next animal.  The simplified navigation and function makes this an easy app to just load and hand over while driving, because once they figure it out, they love playing with it themselves.

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Splish Splash Inn

Price: $.99     Developer: Short Stack

The app, in concept is simple, but in practice outshines all others.  Splish Splash Inn is self paced, as your child can select when and which door he/she wants to click next, only to enter the selected room and watch as they count a set number of a specific sea animal, not only helping with counting skills, but also throwing in a little marine biology in the mix (those sneaky Shortstack folks!)  I sometimes have to help Bug use this one, as its difficult for her to sometimes get back to the door selection screen, but its fun to listen to her trying to count with the narration, and enjoys touching the animals and seeing what noises each of them make.  If you haven’t checked this one out, this is a must have for your infant or toddler.

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Toddler Counting

Price: $.99     Developer: iTot Apps

Designed by parents in coordination with preschool teachers, Toddler Counting helps teach basic counting skills, and even makes it fun for your toddler.  The basis is somewhat a combination of a few apps already on this list.  You are given a random number of animals on a screen, like “3 Bears” and the app counts, as you touch each bear.  A very simple app, that Bug has really started to enjoy as she’s learning to count, and keeps her attention as much as any other.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Piano

Price: $.99     Developer: Kiboomu

This is another one of those apps that has proven the test of time and that my daughter loves!  Its another one of those apps that you can just go to and let them loose with, letting them play the piano as the song plays, or mix and match.  The app comes with four separate modes play; Play Sing Along, Learn The Song, Karaoke Mode, and Freestyle Mode.  Each mode offers its own method to allow kids to learn this great classic song, giving this app the unique gift of having a renewing interest, even with kids that get bored quickly, allowing for separate methods of integration.

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Velveteen Rabbit

Price: $3.99     Developer: Ruckus Media Group

If you’re looking for a unique and beautiful storybook app, Ruckus Media Group is the place to go!  Ruckus Media Group has began to feature some classic children’s books, that are absolutely gorgeous, some of the most beautiful apps I’ve ever seen, and up the aunty even more by having their storybook apps read by notable, actors, and accompanied by well-known musicians.  The app gives you the two typical options, where you can read to your child, or have the app read to them, but also offers a third option, which some parents might enjoy; you’re able to record yourself reading the story, for it to be played back to your child later.

Of course, as always, if you feel that I’ve missed an app, please comment below, as I always love finding new apps and/or have no issue with admitting when I’m wrong

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Looking for suggestions


I’m putting together a new “For infants” app list, along with a “wish list” for iPhone apps. If anyone has any suggestions or favorites for either, please throw me a line and let me know.
If you’re a company with an app you’d like to have highlighted in either list or simply highlighted on the site at some point, please you the contact page, link is at the top of the page.
Thanks to everyone in advance!

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An App in Review: Camera+


Title: Camera+ Price: $1.99 (currently on sale)   Developer: tap tap tap

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cameraAs a Dad, my iPhone isn’t my best, most advanced camera, but it is probably my most used camera, and is especially useful and irreplaceable in those rare moments when you just have to snap a picture.  In fact, being able to have a decent camera phone where I could save a number of pictures at any one time was one of the “excuses” I used when I was buying my original 3G after we found out Abby was on the way.

If you look in the App Store, there are what seems to be a million and 1 camera and photo related apps that you download.  One such app is Camera+ [iTunes link] which comes from photographer Lisa Bettany and developed and distributed by tap tap tap and is worth every penny!

On the straight forward side, when it comes to image capturing, Camera+ offers a grid, allowing you to help line up your photos, an image stabilizer, which takes advantage of the phones accelerometer.  By turning on the image stabilizer, the shutter button either will blink red, yellow, or green, depending on how still you’re holding the device.  Once you’re holding your phone steady enough for the shutter button to blink green, Camera+ will automatically take thePhoto2 picture.  This helps eliminate the blurry pictures you can sometime catch, but unless you have a steady hand or a surface to place to phone one to help keep it still, I’ve noticed its sometimes hard to reach the steadiness green requires.  Sure you could see it as a downfall, but the purpose is there, and the desire is a steady, clear picture, so you can’t really argue with the function of it.  Camera+ also offers a digital zoom, which when originally released, prior to iOS4, it was a bigger deal then it is now with digital zoom built in to the default camera app, but regardless of that, it’s a useful tool within this app.

In terms of social media, everyone wants to be able to share pictures you grab.  What’s the point in catching that once in a life time moment if you can’t show it off and brag about it, right?  Well Camera+ doesn’t disappoint in this area, as it offers the ability to share images directly to Twitter, facebook, and flickr, along with giving you the option to email directly from the app.  However where Camera+ truly shines and sets itself apart from other apps is:

Lightbox

This is when Camera+ starts separating itself from the crowd and truly makes its on of the top camera apps out there.  When you use Camera+ to capture images, it doesn’t throw the picture into your photo library with all your other pictures, but puts it in its own little album within the app itself.  I’ll admit when I first started using this app, I wasn’t sure about this function, after using the default camera app for so long, having these photos in a different area seemed alien at first, but after a couple of uses, I absolutely love this part of the app.  Basically The Lightbox allows you to store your photos you take away and out of the default photo album, giving you a chance to edit, share, save to your photo library or delete the photos you’ve taken.  One function I notice with the Lightbox immediately is that the possibility of duplicate photos is removed, where it has been an issue with other apps I’ve used in the past.

Editing, Effects, and Borders

Camera+ offers a robust selection of different editing possibilities for photos that you’ve taken.  You have the option to play with your photo’s exposure settings, with what is a very comprehensive set of tools, offering 11 different settings, or conditions including sunset and beach, but I have found that the auto exposure does a decent job of making your photo more vibrant.  Actually if you do nothing else with your photos, I’d suggest using the auto exposure.  I’ve even gone back to some photos I’ve taken prior to using Camera+ and improved theirPhoto1 quality using the auto exposure.

Another selection of tools allow for cropping of your photo, but where most apps will simply allow you to drag over what you want cropped, Camera+ offers you a good variety of presets that include 4×6 and square.

Camera+ doesn’t stop there, offering up a large number of special effects you can use on your photo, offering a total of 24 presets separated into 3 groups; Color, Retro and Special.  Although I’ve never been one for many effects past black & white (if you can call that an effect), I have found myself using a few of these more and more as just a fun way to spice my photos up.

Finally you have the border tool, which will allow you to finish your photo with 8 different selections including thin, classy borders, and gritty.  Giving you a chance to give your photos that extra “oomph” with that timeless Polaroid look!

Even though I can do any and all of these using Photoshop, but that takes away the fun and I find myself using this app more and more and simply having fun with it.   For a Dad, a parent, or just someone that likes to snap pictures at any given moment, this is a must have app to help open up your creativity on the go.  NOTE: Check out Lisa’s blog to see more info and a couple of short info videos on how the app works.

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Best iPhone apps for infants (Summer 2010 edition)


Its summer time!  Vacations and family outings, nearly guaranteeing you’ll be on the road, or another space that you will cringe at because you know, sooner or later, your baby, your joy, will become a screaming, kicking bundle of rage.  In the age of the iPhone baby, us as parents do have a tool to help easy the pain, one that is changing the landscape of the next generation in terms of tech savvy, hand/eye coordination, and methods of education.  Below are a few of the personally tested and approved apps, all for the iPhone, that gets the job done for this Daddy and his iPhone baby.

Peekaboo Barn/Peekaboo Wild  

imageThe first successful app to calm my daughter was the wonderful Peekaboo Barn.  Both Barn and the sequel app Peekaboo Wild offer a entertaining, colorful experience that can be completely controlled by your child.  Unlike similar apps that offer animal names and sounds, what Barn and Wild offer is a simplified interface that opens a wild world of fun for your child.  One touch of the screen will reveal the hidden animal, allowing your child to hear the sound the animal makes, then says its name.  A second touch takes that animal away, and resets to play peek-a-boo with the next animal.  The simplified navigation and function makes this an easy app to just load and hand over while driving, because once they figure it out, they love playing with it themselves.

Price: $1.99 for each (Peekaboo Barn Lite – Free)   Developer: Night & Day Studios   Link

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybook Piano

imageDon’t let the size of the name of this app scare you, in a very short time this has become a tried and true app that my daughter loves!  Its another one of those apps that you can just go to and let them loose with, letting them play the piano as the song plays, or mix and match.  The app comes with four separate modes play; Play Sing Along, Learn The Song, Karaoke Mode, and Freestyle Mode.  Each mode offers its own method to allow kids to learn this great classic song, giving this app the unique gift of having a renewing interest, even with kids that get bored quickly, allowing for separate methods of integration.

Price: $0.99   Developer: KIBOOMU  Link

BabyFirstTV’s Peek-a-boo, I See You! Lite

imageThis one I accidently ran across as I was searching for Peekaboo Wild in the app store to get the link for above and had to try it, I mean it has the BabyFirstTV’s name on it!  The app is a fun colorful little game where this character basically plays hide and seek with your child.  Limited to only 2 tries, the lite version gives you a chance to see how your child responds, and after showing my little girl once or twice what she needed to do, she caught on and started loving it!  The basis of the app is you have a character that comes out and says hi to your kid and then disappears!  The next thing you know you see a hand waving behind one of 3 objects on the screen, and once your child touches the appropriate object, our little cute character pops out and yells “Peek-a-boo!”  The only drawback I have with this compared to the others listed is its more of an app you let your child sit in your lap and play rather then just hand over, but that’s definitely not bad because its so much fun seeing how excited they get then they realize where the little character is hiding and they take their little finger to the screen.  This is just one of many apps under the BabyFirstTV’s name, and I will be checking out the others shortly, hoping they all match up to the level of this app.

Price: Free or 1.99 for paid version  Developer: BFTV, LLC   Link

Sound  Touch Lite

imageWhat makes Sound Touch Lite (and the paid version) unique is the vast amount of sounds it offers your child.  Boasting 120 pictures and sounds for the free version, and 240 in the paid version, Sound Touch gives your child 5 separate categories of pictures and sounds to go through.  Farm Animals, Cars, Zoo Animals, Music Instruments and Household sounds are the options available and give a fresh approach to a category of flashcard games that is growing for the younger ages.  Once your child figures out the concept of it, its another one of those you can just hand over to them and let them play and listen to their favorite sounds.

Price: Free or $1.99 for paid version Developer: Sound Touch   Link

Dr Seuss Classics

imageThis might be more of a favorite of mine right now then my girls, but I can’t help but put these on the list.  Oceanhouse Media has been rolling out what are basically interactive audio e-books of everyone’s favorite Dr Seuss classic books.  Already offering a handful of books including The Cat in the Hat, with more on the way, there is no doubt your favorite will show up if it hasn’t already, and what better way to introduce the iPhone Baby generation to the greatness that is Dr Seuss?  Offering you the control of reading and turning page by page, or just sitting back and watching as the book reads itself, these are great updated adaptions of everyone’s favorite classics.

Price: $0.99 – $3.99   Developer: Oceanhouse Media  Link

As always, if you feel I’ve missed an app that worthy of being looked out and tested, feel free to leave a comment.  All the above apps have been tested and entertained my 14 month old daughter, and thus are Geek Father Approved

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iPhone Apps for infants keeps growing! A look at an up and coming star…


star I’m not going to lie, I’m not sure how or why I became a fan of Kiboomu Kids on Facebook, but it has so been worth it!  They have just released their first of what will hopefully be many more apps with distribution through OneApp Applications Inc, Kiboomu Kids first app Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybook Piano (iPhone App) is a knock out hit! (And will be one of the featured apps for my new “iPhone Apps for Infants: Summer Edition” coming this week).

What Kiboomu did, has taken the classic song that we all learned when we were little, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and in my opinion, made it into an entertaining, educational, awe-inspiring NEW classic for what I deem the iPhone baby generation.  Twinkle, Twinkle comes with four modes to play; Play Sing Along, Learn The Song, Karaoke Mode, and Freestyle Mode.  Each mode offers its own method to allow kids to learn this great classic, giving this app the unique gift of having renewed interest, even with kids that get bored quickly, allowing for separate methods of integration.  (My girl prefers the Sing Along mode, and will both sit and listen, or play on the piano while listening and “singing” with it, so the toughest critic I have to offer, has a ball with it).

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As from the parental perspective, I enjoy the app greatly.  I can sing along with it, or be goofy with it to get Abby to laugh, or on what I consider a pretty cool note, you can play the Learn The Song mode, and the app teaches you the notes and how to play the song.  As far as apps go, this is a knock out hit and shows great promise for future apps coming from Kiboomu Kids. Highly Recommended and Geek Dad Approved!

*Head on over to Kiboomu Kids to learn more about this great app and to enter to win a free copy!  And don’t forget to check them out on Facebook and Twitter

 

UPDATE:  Kiboomu Kids has been kind enough to give Geekasms a promo code for a free copy of their great app!  Simply comment on this post for your chance to win a free copy of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybook Piano!!

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iPhones and infants


I’ve realized that there is a growing demand for information for apps for what I’m calling iPhone Babies. I’m in the process of testing other apps with my baby girl (but Peekaboo Barn is still the take all home run).  What I’m looking for are suggestions for apps.  What does your baby enjoy, what gets their attention?  Paid or free, doesn’t matter, I’m curious to see what other magic apps are out there for us tech savvy parents.  Feel free to comment below on what apps you feel fall under the category of “Must Have”.

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The best gets better…Peekaboo Barn gets updated!!


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When things are good, most people just sit back and enjoy it, but Night & Day Studios, the people behind the brilliant Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Wild are not nearly that easily satisfied, as they have put out what is arguably a sizeable update to their already amazing and popular iPhone and iPad app Peekaboo Barn.

For those that do not know, Peekaboo Barn looks and feels like a virtual popup book for your child.  Starting off with a bouncing barn, if you listen you can hear a sound coming from the barn, giving you and your child a chance to guess that animal before touching to screen to watch the barn doors open up, listen to the noise again and then have the animals name announced, giving your child the chance to learn the names of some of their favorite animals, who are illustrated by Divya Srinivasan, whose work is regularly featured in the New Yorker.  With the brilliance of that formula, there is no doubt that Peekaboo barn is the #1 must have app for all parents who have toddlers and infants.

If you check out Peekaboo Barn at the iTunes store, the update is listed as follows:

New features:

* New animals — You’ve asked and we’ve listened!  Now there are three new animals in the barn: chicken, rabbit, and a mouse. 

* New English pronunciation option — In addition to the child narrator, there is now an adult narrator who pronounces all animal names correctly. Choose which narrator you would like to use in the language section of Options.

* Detects Mute Switch on iPhones — if your Mute Switch is on, an indicator appears telling you that you won’t hear any sound.

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Anyone that knows me, knows that I am a huge fan of this app.  Its simple, yet pure genius.  One of the very few apps out there that not only can entertain a toddler and up, but educate them as well.  My 1 year old daughter has been entertained by Peekaboo Barn since she was old enough to look at the screen (I had originally downloaded it to entertain my son one busy day waiting at a doctor’s office), my daughter now can work the phone herself, loving the rooster and rabbit the most right now.

I originally called this one of the best apps for a toddler (and infant) on the iPhone.  I was wrong in narrowing it down so much.  Its the top app for any parent with a young child.  Its one of the top reasons I as a parent am getting the iPad!  Not only have they updated Peekaboo Barn with all that’s listed above, they’ve also made both Peekaboo Barn and the sequel Peekaboo Wild compatible for the iPad!  Making these vibrant, creative animals come to life on even a bigger screen, and you know watching your child’s eyes light up, or in my case, light up and dance, will be well worth it.

Priced at $1.99, this app is an absolute must for any parent!!  If you need further proof, they also offer a Free version of Peekaboo Barn, and as an extra bonus, I have a promo code available for one lucky reader that comments on this article.  Now go a download Peekaboo barn, and if you don’t smile when you hear “piiiig!!” well…my good sir, you’re not living!

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5 Great iPhone apps for infants and toddlers (yes infants)


Its a general rule for parents that you’ll find anyway possible to make your child happy, to get them to laugh, especially when you’re out in public or stuck in a car.  Although most people don’t see their iPhone as an entertainment tool for their infant, as a father of a 10 month old, I can tell you that a select handful of apps have saved me from a crying little girl and kept her entertained for how long I needed her to, and saved my sanity.

1. Peekaboo Wild

Image51 The current cream of the crop for me!  Peekaboo Wild from Night & Day Studios, Inc offers up a fun, colorful educational delight.  It gives your child the chance to learn the sounds and names of some of the animals of the wild, including elephant, lion, and hippo in either English or Spanish.  Offering colorful images and animation, along with animal sounds and the name of the animal, my little girl already knows how to use this app all on her own, and gets mad when the animals all are sleeping at the end.  At $1.99, it has been worth every penny!

2. Peekaboo Barn

Image1 The app that started it all, at least for me, also comes from Night & Day Studios, and offers the same fun, education and entertainment that Peekaboo Wild offers, only this covers farm animals, including a cow and a horse.  And once you’ve gone through all the animals with your child, how can you not smile when you hear the little girl say “wooooster”. Also at $1.99.

3. eliasZOO

Image3 eliasZoo comes from the same vein as Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Wild in that it covers animals, their names and sounds.  What eliasZOO offers though is 22 brightly colored animals that your child can poke at to hear the name and the sound they make.  My little girl loves this one just as much as the others, and it gives her a different group of animals that she can learn, see and hear.  (Plus, I never knew what sound a Unicorn made until I got this app). $1.99.

4. Old MacDonald & Itsy Bitsy Spider

omdicon1ibsiconBoth these apps come from Duck Duck Moose, along with Wheels on the Bus.  These apps take full advantage of the iPhone’s touch screen, allowing your child to explore each page of these colorful musical books.  Being able to play and sing along with your child makes this app a fun little moment to have with each other.  Although not as simple as the apps previously listed in terms of controls, my little girl still loves sitting in my lap as I get the book to move forward through the songs. Old MacDonald is $1.99, while Itsy Bitsy Spider only will cost you $.99.

5. The Cat in the Hat & Dr Seuss’s ABCs

Icon_Tiny_WhiteCornersj Icon_Tiny_WhiteCorners Both these apps come from Oceanhouse Media, where they offer up a couple more Dr Seuss inspired apps.  The Cat in the Hat and Dr Seuss’s ABCs are musical, interactive versions of the books we loved as children, now on your iPhone for the new tech savvy generation!  Like the apps from Duck Duck Moose, these are slightly more advanced for the smaller ones, but still great entertainment as they sit in your lap, and is a great way to introduce them to Dr Seuss in a new and entertaining way.

As parents, we’ve all been in a situation where we wish we had that magic wand to make our babies happy.  Well they might not quit be that magic wand, but these apps are simple, safe distractions for those times when you need it!

Do you or your child have a favorite app?  Any suggestions or input?  Feel free to leave any comments, as my little bug will be getting bigger and needing new ways to be entertained very soon I’m sure.

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