Best Kids Apps

Baby’s First Apps

10 apps that will keep babies exploring, learning, and laughing
Jamie Pearson. and work as an Freelance writer, a mother of two, and the publisher of two popular-ish websites: Best Kids Apps and Travel Savvy Mom. at BestKidsApps.

The decision about when to allow children to use technology is an extremely personal one and these days it’s happening earlier than ever.  While we’re busy debating whether and how to let kids use our phones, they’re busy grabbing them.

If you’re ready to dip your toe into the world of apps for babies, here are ten high quality choices you can feel good about:

1.  PEEKABOO BARN
Age rating: 6 months + | Price: $1.99

Open the world’s cutest barn doors to see who is hiding (and very often oinking!) inside.  With a parent helping, tots can record their own animal sounds too, which is unspeakably cute.

Obviously, they can play alone just fine too.

>>Read more about this app on iTunes

2.  PEEKABOO WILD
Age rating: 6 months + | Price: $1.99

Same exact idea as Peekaboo Barn.  Except, you know, with wild animals.  I think they have a forest-themed one too!

>>Read more about this app on iTunes

3.  SPARKABILITIES
Age rating: 3-18 months | Price: $4.99/2.99

Eight sets of fun, appealing interactive flash cards featuring animals and shapes and set to classical music.  Claims to build neural pathways in the brain, but at a minimum will keep baby happy while you make dinner.

>>Read more about this app on iTunes

4.  INTERACTIVE ALPHABET
Age rating: 1+ | Price: $2.99

A longtime favorite of ours!  This iPhone and iPad app is such a lovely way to experience the alphabet, that kids will want to play it over and over.  Maybe adults too.

Each of the 26 letters has an age-appropriate original illustration (like “D is for Dinosaur”), background music, and an animation for your child to discover.

>>Read more about this app on iTunes

5.  WHEELS ON THE BUS
Age rating: 1+ | Price: $1.99

A wonderful award-winning first app with music, beautiful illustrations, and lots of funny interactive touches for babies and toddlers to discover.

Spin the wheels, open and close the doors, spin the wipers…you get the picture.

>>Read more about this app on iTunes

6.  FISH SCHOOL HD
Age rating: 1+ | Price: $1.99

An educational app is disguised as a fish tank of fun!  Colorful fish turn into letters, numbers and shapes.  Best for toddlers and preschoolers starting to learn the alphabet.

If your kids get tired of the educational mode (which isn’t heavy handed, don’t worry!), they can just play with the fish

>>Read more about this app on iTunes

7.  MOO, BAA, LA, LA, LA!
Age rating: 6 months+ | Price: $3.99

We would not be happy if anyone messed up the subtle perfection of this book, but luckily for us all it’s pitch perfect!  As interactive as this storybook app is, it’s one of the few that’s not a bit overstimulating — a perfect use of technology in our estimation.

>>Read more about this app on iTunes

8.  THE GOING TO BED BOOK
Age rating: 6 months+ | Price: $3.99

I have read this book dozens (if not hundreds) of times and it’s just about the most soothing bedtime ritual I can imagine.  It’s every bit as good as the other Sandra Boynton books too.  You won’t discover every hidden thing the first time through, which is nice.

>>Read more about this app on iTunes

9.  ELMO LOVES ABCs for iPAD
Age rating: 1+ | Price: $4.99

Elmo Loves ABCs is a fun and interactive way for your child to learn the alphabet. Trace upper case and lower case letters to unlock 80 Sesame Street video clips.

Touch the star and Elmo guides your child to touch letters and find visual word associations.

>>Read more about this app on iTunes

10.  ZOOLA
Age rating: 6 months+ | Price: $2.99

This is an iPhone and iPad app that asks babies and toddlers, “What does the cow say?”, and answers the question four different ways.  You get a male pig, a female pig, a baby pig, and two pigs snuggling.   This sweet app gets a lot right and we like it.

>>Read more about this app on iTunes

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5 thoughts on “Baby’s First Apps

  1. Teresa says:

    My toddlers favorite iPad app is called Baby Tap & Learn. They can play for awhile and really learn. http://itunes.apple.com/app/baby-tap-learn/id520540178?mt=8

  2. Mike says:

    This is a whole series of apps that are great for young kids. Check them out, they’re all free too!!

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/old-lady-match/id522845574

  3. Elynn says:

    Wow, what a series of high quality apps!
    We also have a newly released app: Baby Plants Flowers. Hope kids will enjoy it!
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/baby-plants-flowers/id547151776?mt=8

  4. Anshu says:

    We have recently launched and action based flash card system of learning in our toddler app called BUZZLE. You can download it here http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/buzzle/id452974777?mt=8

    Its an unique way to learn ABCs, 123s, names and sounds of animals, birds, bugs, fish, different types of planets, dinosaurs, musical instruments and lots more!!

  5. Martha says:

    Pretty good list, downloaded few of them for my baby.

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