Babysitting Mama

Common Sense Media says

Play by placing the Wii remote inside an actual baby doll.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game promotes patience, gentleness, and responsibility. As a babysitter, you are responsible for the well-being of an infant (or toddler), and the game stresses the importance of that point. You need to be caring and gentle. There are repeated warnings to never shake the baby.

Positive role models

Mama demonstrates everything for you and is very encouraging with her words. She also exhibits a good level of patience, always keeping things under control.

Ease of play

The mini-games that require you to use the baby doll are all very simple to carry out. You need only watch Mama and mimic what she does with her baby onscreen. The games that use the controller can be a bit more challenging, but are never too difficult. All are designed with controls simple enough for young kids to learn.

Violence & scariness

In one mini-game, you need to swat flies to keep them away from the baby. In another, the tantrum-thowing baby tosses toys that you have to dodge.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Babysitting Mama is a simulation game with a unique control method: The Wii remote is tucked inside a real baby doll (included) which you actually carry, hold, and rock during the game. There are a couple of small slapsticky moments among the mini-game tasks, like one challenge in which you have to dodge toys thrown by a tantrumming baby and a multiplayer game in which two players can "race" their crawling babies. For the most part, though, the game has a very sweet and gentle tone to it.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

BABYSITTING MAMA lets you simulate caring for an infant by holding, bouncing, and cuddling a real plush baby doll. Your Wii remote is tucked inside the doll and registers the way you move the soft toy around. The nunchuck controller is also awkwardly sticking out of the baby's back on its long white cord, but it doesn't actually get in the way -- and you need the nunchuck controller for certain games that can't be simulated by simply moving the baby doll, like diaper-changing, photo-taking, and the more fantasy-like \"baby racing\" game.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

When you first see the big, round-headed baby doll that comes with Babysitting Mama, you may think: Gimmick! But using that doll (which is a very well-made, decent toy on its own, by the way), really provides a unique and enjoyable experience -- one that little kids are sure to like. This is a very sweet game that promotes patience, gentleness, and responsibility -- and it's fun at the same time. While most of the game is spent trying to calm the baby, it's not all about peace and quiet, though. There are a good number of more up-tempo mini-games as well (most of which use the nunchuck controller) and some suprise moments that pop up, in which Mama's older daughter interrupts to call for help somewhere else in the house. There are a decent slate of multiplayer games here as well, but unfortunately none of them involve the baby doll (there's only one doll, of course). Still they're pretty fun games, like speed-diaper-changing and blanky tug-of-war. All in all, this is a great fun package, and it is not just an attention-grabbing gimmick.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how much this game resembles real babysitting. What parts of the game do you think reflect real life? Which parts do you think are less realistic? What does the game teach you about real babies?

  • Do you like that the game has introduced this new "baby doll controller," or would you have rather played it with a regular Wii remote? Do you think bonus items like the baby doll are gimmicks to help sell a game, or do they genuinely improve the playing experience?

  • Families can also talk about setting time limits for playing video games.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Majesco
Release date:November 5, 2010
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo Wii)

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Kid, 7 years old March 15, 2011
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8
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maya babys

I love babysitting
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 7 and 11 year old Written byderbymom April 5, 2011
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7
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My 7 year old little sister has this game, and I tried it. All the baby does is cry, and it is impossible to beat even level one, Yuko. Kid, age 10
Kid, 9 years old January 21, 2011
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2
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BABY THINGS

COULD U THROW THE BABY AND SLAP AND BE MEAN 2 IT
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Too much violence
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