A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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.
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."
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
- Subjects: Arts: dance, painting, singing
- Skills: Emotional Development: developing resilience, empathy, identifying emotions
- Price: $1.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: March 27, 2014
- Category: Education
- Size: 49.10 MB
- Publisher: Cupcake Digital
- Version: 1.0.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up
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