Yo Gabba Gabba! Babies

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Cute baby versions of TV favorites but lots of crying.

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Educational value

Kids can learn empathy and nurturing skills as they care for the babies and comfort them. They'll also learn about routines, which parents can use to help reinforce their own routines for bath time, mealtime, bedtime, getting dressed, and even visiting the doctor. Dancing and singing along with the song can help develop vocabulary and gross motor skills, and coloring the pages can help develop creativity and fine motor skills. The simple interactions and gestures make this a good choice for beginning app users, and it's a great conversation starter for parents and kids.

Ease of play

Kids just need to drag items into place, but there's no verbal or visual prompting of where to drag items. Toddlers may need some adult guidance, though older preschoolers will be able to figure it out easily.

Violence & scariness

The whole premise is about nurturing and comforting babies, which means there's quite a bit of crying. Some kids may identify with some of the crying; others may find it scary, especially during the water-in-the-face bath and the administering of a shot at the doctor's office.

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An icon advertising other apps sits front and center on the home screen but is accessible only by entering an adult's birth year.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Yo Gabba Gabba! Babies features characters from the Nick Jr. musical show Yo Gabba Gabba! as babies, and kids get to care for them through daily activities. There's quite a bit of crying as the babies encounter unsettling situations -- such as getting a shot at the doctor's office, getting their faces wet in the tub, and lying alone in the crib -- and the babies are comforted by objects, such as bottles, lollipops, and stuffed animals, rather than hugs and cuddles from parents. In addition to five caretaking scenes, kids can watch the video for the song "Babies" and color pages of the monster babies.

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What's it about?

Kids take care of baby Brobee, Muno, Foofa, and Toodee by bathing them, dressing them, feeding them, putting them to bed, and taking them to the doctor. Every step is presented to kids in order -- Muno is sitting in the high chair, and a bib pops up for kids to drag into place, for example. Kids choose the character, but the scenario is selected for them. The baby ends up happy by the end of every situation. Kids also can watch the video for the song "Babies" or color pictures in the coloring section.​

Is it any good?

YO GABBA GABBA! BABIES includes quite a bit of young preschooler-friendly content. The song is really catchy, and the video will have kids dancing along. The coloring pages give kids lots of creative options, from choosing colors to adding stickers. It's a mess-free experience, as kids can't color outside the lines; rather, they'll fill in their choice of color on each section of the picture. The main part of play is caring for the babies, and, although it is delightful fun, it presents a pretty narrow view of caring for babies that some little ones may not identify with. Regardless, if parents play alongside, they can explain their routines in relation to the Yo Gabba Gabba babies' routines. Families expecting a new baby may find it especially helpful to play with the future big brother or sister to familiarize them with babies (and crying).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Ask kids how the Gabba babies might be feeling in each of the situations wherein they're sad. How else could they be comforted? 

  • If you aren't a bottle-feeding family, explain to kids that some babies drink from bottles.

  • Relate the babies' experiences to your own routines. For example, "Foofa gets in her crib and then has a bottle, cuddles her bear, plays with a toy, gets her pacifier, and goes to sleep. You are going to get in bed, read two stories with Dad, have a sip of water, kiss Dad goodnight, and then go to sleep."

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For kids who love apps for preschoolers

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