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Nighty Night HD

Lovely app lets toddlers turn off the lights for bedtime.
  • Device: iPad
  • Price: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
  • Category: Books

What parents need to know

Ease of play

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

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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.

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

Price:Free (with optional in-app purchases)
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:April 14, 2011
Publisher:Shape Minds and Moving Images
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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Parent Written byZizy_zizy September 5, 2013

So cute

Lovely calming app
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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 every app needs to be a reading experience, sometimes cause-and-effect and the overall lesson (lights out, go to sleep) and the repetitive narration is all you need. I found this to be a lovely, gentle kind of book, perfect for nighttime play. My daughter plays with this app now even during the day, as she worked out where all the light-switches were even before she turned 2. I would recommend this app even for a 1 year old, where a parent could show a child all the animals and talk about them before turning out the light. There are too many apps around trying to be everything for a parent, like a one-stop shop. This app doesn't do that, and in its simplicity, there is beauty.
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 sleep and sleep is a lovely thing). The narrator has a beautiful comforting voice and the story line is repetitive which helps it become a soothing and sleepy. My 3.5 year old loves it. A two year old may need help with the app, but would love the story.
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