BabyFirst Video

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Stream or download baby-oriented shows, but with balance.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Although BabyFirst Video was created with educational intent, we don't recommend it for learning. Babies and toddlers learn best though observing the (real) world around them and interacting with people. Passive video watching, especially for long periods, is not the best educational experience for kids under 2. BabyFirst Video does include songs and exposure to colors, letters, shapes, numbers, and social play, and parents can watch with kids and get ideas for real-world experiences, but it's not a stand-alone teaching tool for babies.

Ease of Play

Settings easy to adjust; videos start with a tap.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

A logo on the start page links to more apps from the developer.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that BabyFirst Video is a subscription service offering dozens of programs geared toward babies and toddlers. Programs can be streamed or downloaded onto the app for offline viewing. Parents can restrict the shows that are available in the programs section of the settings. The content is all toddler-friendly, with a focus on songs, colors, numbers, and letters. Some of the programming is billed as educational for babies, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids wait until age 2 to watch videos. Shows are available in six languages, though not every program is available in every language. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Adult Written bykkkklooo October 17, 2018
Adult Written by[email protected] August 8, 2018

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 che... Continue reading

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What's it about?

BABYFIRST VIDEO presents kids with large pictures representing each program available with a subscription. Free content is marked with a red badge. Kids scroll through the pages of shows and tap their choices. Then they can select a specific episode. From there, the show plays continuously, automatically starting new episodes, until a parent stops it. Dozens of programs, such as Harry the Bunny, Color Crew, and Rainbow Horse, are included, with multiple episodes of each. Many shows revolve around colors, letters, words, and numbers.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what they see on the shows. Use the images on the screen or the situations the characters face as a conversation starter; remember that TV programming billed as "educational" still isn't necessary or important. The youngest kids will learn the language and concepts they need to from listening to you talk and observing the world around them.

  • Find tips on choosing your baby's first videos in our article 5 Tips for Picking your Preschooler's First TV Shows.

  • Use our media tips for little ones and consider how much screen time you want to give your child.

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