Crying baby? There’s an app for that. For the many times that we, as parents, want to take a time out, it’s nice knowing that we can give our baby an educational experience while also entertaining them. We’ve combed through the virtual stacks of smartphone applications to find the best of the bunch for your little one. Here are our picks:
Nothing very hi-tech about this app – all music is played using acoustic instruments. Share the songs you loved as a child with your children and experience anew the sheer delight of a child’s earliest musical encounter.
Read and sing along to baby’s favorite nursery rhymes! This interactive app encourages early learning with dynamic characters, engaging music, sung songs, animations and two great classic stories: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe and Itsy Bitsy Spider.
Peek ‘n Play Rainforest
The Peek ‘n Play Rainforest app brings playful animals to life through entertaining and interactive peek-a-boo play. Baby’s touch activates fun peek-a-boo animations, music and sounds. Interactions are designed with an action/reaction play pattern – perfect for even the youngest of babies!
What little one doesn’t like bubbles? With this fun and interactive app, your baby can spend as much time as they want watching bubbles of all different colors and popping them!
Infant Zoo Lite
Infant zoo has a lot of high contrast and bright colors that was made with your baby in mind. With two different modes, the app allows your little one to watch the animals move or allows them to interact and play with them. From showing bubbles when they shake the phone to vibrating with the animals make their animations, this app is great for your little one.
Baby’s Musical Hands
A simple, yet colorful app that your baby will love. The app is filled with colorful squares and each color makes a sound from an instrument. When your baby touches the square stars also starts bursting around the screen for an interactive and musical time!
Baby Piano Lite
Let your baby explore their love of music with their very own piano. This app lets your little one play all on their own or play to their favorite nursery rhymes. They can even play the sounds of their favorite animals. The bright colors and animals make it a fun and engaging app for your little one.
Baby’s Playground has everything you need to keep your little one entertained. With songs, bubbles for popping, animals crawling across the screen, and even a fun noise when the phone is shaken, this app is filled with fun. Doesn’t it drive you nuts when your little one figures out how to press the home button and you have to go back into the app they were playing with? Baby’s Playground knows how much your baby loves the play button and won’t exit while just pressing the home button.
Laugh and Learn Animal Sounds
Let your baby get to know their favorite animals with the Laugh and Learn Animal Sounds. We love that this app has multiple levels to grow with your child. The animals make their sounds and sing songs and will interact on screen with your child which makes for a fun time for all!
Play Phone by BabyFirst
Your little one sees you on the phone and wants to do the same things you are doing. With the Play Phone app, now they can. There is a fun interface with a pretend phone that they can dial numbers on. A texting section with emoticons that they will love to press, and even a contact section with fun characters that will call and “talk” with them on the phone!
Baby Sign and Learn
If you are trying to get your baby to communicate with you through sign language, this is a great app to help them learn along the way. With fun videos and flashcards, your child can interactively learn common ASL signs so that they can better communicate with you!
Love Elmo? Now he can give your baby a call with tis fun and interactive app! Elmo will call your baby or your baby can even call Elmo to sing songs, laugh, and play! Parents are even able to schedule times when Elmo can call your little one for a fun little surprise!
Peek-a-boo is a favorite of so many babies. Let them play their favorite game while learning the sounds of their favorite animals. Hear the animal’s sound and tap on the barn’s door to see who’s behind it. It also allows you to record your own voice so that your baby can hear you play peek-a-boo with them.
Laugh & Learn Shapes & Colors
Let your little one learn their shapes and colors through animations and songs! By tapping the screen your baby will hear the name and color of the shape. Once they get older, they can tilt the screen to help the shape move around the screen.
If you have a giggler on your hands, then they will love this app from Fisher Price. Your little one will have fun interacting with the Giggle Gang. Help them bounce around, move across the screen, and even dance along to the fun songs. We love the feature that allows you to record your own giggle for the baby
Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Sleep
If you are trying to get your little one to sleep better at night, this app is perfect for you. From advice to helping your baby sleep better to tracking their sleep habits, this app has it all. We love the lullabies and white noise sounds that are great to play in the middle of the night while the baby sleeps in your room during those first few months.
Where’s Puppy’s Nose?
Get your baby learning their body parts early with this fun app! Whether your baby likes to tilt, shake, or tap the screen, the puppy and kitty will teach your baby about eyes, ears, nose, mouth, foot, tummy, hand, and head! Your baby will have fun learning the body parts while listening to fun music too!
Let’s Count Animals
Let your baby learn about numbers with animal animations and sound effects. The fun music and interactive animals will have them counting from one to five in no time!