Nighty Night HD

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Lovely app lets toddlers turn off the lights for bedtime.
  • iPad
  • Free (with optional in-app purchases)
  • Books

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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

Ease of Play

All kids need to do is find the light switch on each page and tap it.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nighty Night HD is a short, nearly wordless interactive book about going to bed. Kids get to tap the rooms of the house (or barn) that still have lights on, and then, once they've entered that room, they get to turn off the light and put the animals to sleep. There's not much of a story and the few words are only spoken, not written, so parents shouldn't expect this to be a reading app. It does however, have nice cause-and-effect lessons for toddlers (and will be just plain fun for preschoolers and kindergartners) and is accompanied by soothing going-to-sleep music.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2-year-old Written bySatyr October 24, 2012

Sweet, interactive picture book

It's a very well executed and simply-styled interactive picture book. Unlike the reviewer, I think any words would ruin the effect of this book. Not ever... Continue reading
Adult Written byRenee W. May 30, 2018

Now costs money

Adorable, and all that is written about it here is true, except it it no longer free. $2.99
Kid, 3 years old May 10, 2012

Great soothing bedtime ritual

This app can be a great part of a bedtime ritual for toddlers/preschoolers who need positive reinforcement about what it means to go to bed (lights out equals s... Continue reading

Is it any good?

NIGHTY NIGHT HD has strikingly beautiful graphics, especially in its lighting effects. And toddlers will love having control over bedtime for the animals. They know they must eventually turn off the light in each room, and that when they do, the animal will go to sleep, but until then, they can keep tapping the animal to play with it for as long as they want. Once kids have given in to the temptation to turn off the light in a room (and it is quite tempting), they can try to wake the animal, but it won't work. The animals may blink or stir, but they won't get up again. Lesson: Lights out means sleeping -- period. It would have been nice to have the story's few words spelled out on the page for kids to read (rather than just spoken by the narrator), but you need to think of this more as an interactive version of a baby's board book than an older kid's picture book.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 14, 2011
  • Category: Books
  • Publisher: Shape Minds and Moving Images
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
  • Last updated: May 30, 2018

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