Giggles Software for Babies & Toddlers
Thank you to Adrienne of Baby Toolkit (and sharer of numerous and excellent hacks and comments) for writing this review.
Babies of geeks love technology. From the buttons on the answering machine to the bright light of the cell phone screen, their internal compasses seem to be set toward microchips and motherboards.
And, problematically for parents, they can distinguish the real items from substitutes. Sure, our son gets moderate play value from a blue plastic phone with lights and sounds, but he'll drop it in a heartbeat for any real cell phone.
The same discernment of real technology is also true for computers- which causes real problems for parents. How is it random keyboard banging always tends to result in questions like "Format drive?"
Giggles: Computer Funtime for Baby removes the possibilities of data destruction and unwittingly horrific changes in general properties. This fun software keeps your 6 to 24 month old child away from the desktop and makes even the function keys benign.
Our two year old is currently a huge fan of the ABCs and 123s software. There's a block stacking game in this suite that makes him laugh hysterically as the wall of blocks tumbles down. While the repetition of letters, shapes, animals, and numbers is not something an adult would seek to entertain themselves, it's delightful to watch your child enjoy seeing computer cause and effect in action.
The music is good and comes in 5 channel options as well as OFF, so you don't have to later Google "brainworm DIY lobotomy."
This software would be phenomenal for traveling with an older infant and a laptop. We used it this weekend to distract our two year during much-loathed toenail cutting. It wasn't a total distraction from his pedicure, but he was willing to behave well in order to keep playing with Giggles.
This entertaining software is $20 per version (download or box) and comes with a matching Giggles screensaver. Giggles' Shapes and My Animal Friends appeal more to younger toddlers and infants while the ABC's & 123's is most engrossing for kids closer to 2.
For more info, visit the Giggles website.