Parents' Guide to

BabyFirst Video

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

Stream or download baby-oriented shows, but with balance.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 2+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

Great channel...until tonight

We normally turn to BabyFirst TV when our younger children (2-yo and 5-yo) want to watch TV. They love the shows, dance to all the songs,...or relax to the bedtime episodes. They have been great. Until now. This evening at 7pm when their show So Yummy aired episode "Top Down Challenge-Michelle Khare Tries to Recreate Penguin" husband and I were shocked at the language used by the women in the video. Had this been another channel, or a MUCH later time, the language wouldn't have been such a big deal. But to hear grown women telling each other to "shut up", calling the other a "b****", and finally one bleeped "f***"...let's be real. It was as 13-min episode...was the language necessary? But more importantly, do our children really need to be exposed to that on a BABY CHANNEL?? The people on shows BabyFirst TV airs represents their channel. Apparently we cannot guarantee that if we leave the room for a minute, their channel will continue to air appropriate content for our children. Which is disappointing because besides this channel, we've only been able to trust Disney Junior to be fully child appropriate. After tonight, we will no longer be watching BabyFirstTV. We cannot support a station which appears to cater to babies and condones such disrespectful and degrading behavior...especially while most children are still awake and possibly watching their shows.

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 2+

Options are not available despite the app claiming so.

Maybe it is me, but the app states you can download content. I cannot seem to download anything. The app is so simple that there are not very many places to check. I think i need to use a different app for travelling without wifi connections, and forget trying to use the BabyFirst app.

This title has:

Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say: (2):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Though BabyFirst Video offers a nice selection of shows for the youngest viewers and some controls parents will find helpful, it's missing a few controls that some parents may want. Parents can select languages and choose which shows are available to kids, but there's no way to pause a show in progress or limit viewing to one show or a specified length of time. The biggest standout for parents on the go is the ability to download shows for offline viewing. As for the content, it's pretty standard fare for toddlers, with mostly animated shows and a few live-action and puppet shows. The "Fan Favorites" selection includes four popular shows, easily accessible in one place. New episodes are added frequently to keep content fresh and are marked with a red badge. Marketing any media as educational for babies is tricky, as experts assert that a screen just can't teach the way a caregiver can, so be aware that any possible educational benefits for babies and toddlers are likely limited and screen time should always be balanced with interaction and real-world activities.

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