As an update to my post about iPhone Apps for Babies, I have an expanded list of games our toddler loves to play with on the iPhone. Comes in very handy for long plane rides or time in a waiting room, she will entertain herself with these for an hour at a time! I know no other 'toy' that can accomplish that.
But first, some practical advice to prep those of you who are newbies to this.
Protect your phone contents
Assuming this phone belongs to you, not your toddler, you will want to have it back in the same shape. Follow these simple tips to keep your settings safe before handing it over.
* Airplane mode- so there won't be any accidentally placed calls, texts, or emails.
* Restrict ability to install or delete apps, found in your general settings.
Two ways to let your toddler enjoy playing with your iPhone.
You may weight the pros and cons for either of these methods for introducing the iPhone apps to your child.
1. The One App at a Time method. This is where you allow access to just one app by using a device to block the home button (see Toddler Proof iPhone post for practical suggestions). Advantage is less fear about getting into places you don't want them to go (say you are expecting a call and so can't put in airplane mode). Disadvantage is that your kid will bother you each time he wants to change the screen.
2. The Freestyle method. In this case, you allow full access to your phone, no blocking of home button. You start by teaching them to swipe your phone on, swipe to move screens, tap on their personal folder for games, and move through the steps to play them. By far this is what your child will prefer, and you may be surprised at how quickly they learn to maneuver all the way from start to finish. This method plays into their short attention spans, allowing freedom to select, start and stop games when they want. This will also buy you more time from having to step in and help load up each new app for them.
|Create a fun folder of apps|
Three ways to listen to the sound
1. Straight from the source. Turn up the volume and let your little phone's speakers do their job. This works great in most situations, even on an airplane. I've never had any passenger complain about softly playing music or cute sound effects that come from the games. (I'm sure they'd MUCH rather hear that than screaming!)
2. Headphones. This is a great little set made just for kids, and has option of volume control so the sound can never get dangerously high. We got this for our daughter but she refuses to keep it on- probably because she's used to using the phone without it. If you start this way from the beginning your child may be more accepting.
3. Speaker. We love this speaker and use it lots to play songs, especially when traveling. The sound quality is really great, especially considering the small size. Easy to charge by USB cable. AYL Portable Mini Speaker System.
List of Recommended Toddler Apps (BEST ones listed first)
This is a list of apps not included in my iPhone Apps for Babies post (though she does still play with all of those, I thought I shouldn't repeat them here). I selected only the ones our daughter selects frequently, and put them in an order of her favorites.