The compromise was buying her a refurbished iPod Touch on Woot.com. It looks like an iPhone, is loaded up with her favorite apps and she can even Facetime with Nana. Added bonus: she has her own gadget and we don’t have to give her ours.
iPod Touches still aren’t cheap, and my biggest concern has been whether this new “toy” will get broken.
Fisher-Price has come up with a great solution in their Apptivity case designed for babies as young as 6 months old.
In its Play Lab, Fisher-Price found that babies— only six to nine months old— who were just learning to sit up, already knew how to swipe and handle an iPhone and where the location and function of the home button was!
Charlie learning while I cook dinner. Translation: Charlie playing while I microwave mac n’ cheese.
Good for Fisher-Price for embracing this new kid tech era. I get so frustrated when I hear parents say, “Oh, I don’t let my baby play with my iPhone.”
My question is: Why not?
Technology isn’t going away. The more comfortable and curious our kids (especially our girls) are the better off they will be in the long run. You know who’s running the successful e-commerce and tech companies now? Kids who played tons of video games and were curious about how computers worked. You know what else? Not many of the people running tech companies are women.
So let them play. Now you can have piece of mind that your expensive gadgets are protected from drops and drool.
Fisher-Price has several offerings in the gadget case space:
Our daughter seems to love the Apptivity case, but at almost three years old, has just about outgrown it. One of the features of the case is an extra piece of plastic that blocks the home button, so your little one doesn’t mistakenly call Africa or erase important emails. Our daughter is savvy enough to move between apps now, and this blocked home button just serves to frustrate her. You can put the iPhone or iPod touch in upside down, but the home button is still difficult to push.
Looks like we’ll be moving to the Kid-Tough Apptivity Case made for 3 year olds and up soon.
Fisher-Price Kid Tough Apptivity Case
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