Of all the ‘picture perfect moments’ you’ve managed to orchestrate on camera, how many tries did it take to make your little one keep stillish, look in the right direction (ish) and not get bored to tears with your tedious distraction tricks?
Yep. Much like every other mum to own a smartphone, your picture gallery is crammed with at least a billion bad shots of the same thing.
London is bursting with fun things to do, fascinating places to see, and a great horde of fairly interesting people to squash up against in the Tube.
But when you have a tiny tot in tow, it is near impossible to experience the City without a military-style operation to facilitate your day out.
Whatever idealistic dream we may have for our kids’ childhoods – reading rather than television, bicycles over Playstation, and meaningful conversation in place of mobile phones – technology is part and parcel of our modern age, and it’s going find its way into our children’s lives, no matter how many embargoes we may try to enforce.
With summer hols upon us Disney’s new Disney Junior Play app might be a worthy investment – a very worthy, sanity preserving investment.
If you’re at all worried about your child gawking at yet another screen while you blitz around the house getting stuff done, the games are intended to be educational (if that makes you feel any better?); other activities included on the app are ‘placement games’ (to encourage logical thinking), ‘hide-and-seek games’ to reward observation skills and catching games (to reward fast fingers).
The app does not miss out on Disney junior’s most well-loved characters, from Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins to Mickey Mouse and his Clubhouse) to Jake and the Never Land Pirates. With the app, comes a (free) ‘Disney Junior Favourites’, with four games and a sticker book. Other theme packs can be purchased and added.
And if you have more than one DJ fan, you’ll be pleased to know that the app supports four player profiles – so everyone can have a go! Continue reading
Oh… the parents are up in arms and the blogisphere is hot with debate. “What’s new?” you ask – well, for one: the Newborn-to-toddler Apptivity Seat for iPad device by Fisher Price US.
Laura Perrins (former barrister and stay at home mother with two small children) writing for “The Telegraph” calls the Apptivity Seat the “worst baby equipment of the year” whereas mum Monica Bielanko writing for Babble.com tells the ‘Judgy McJudgersons’, in a brilliantly sarcy (and oh-my-goodness hilarious) article, that the contraption just “isn’t a big deal”. Two opposing opinions representing the parent divide on an invention that is sure to be the talk of mummy town for a while yet.
So, what do you think?
Before you decide how about a little product info?
The Apptivity Seat is a grow seat that reclines to three different positions and has a soft head support but it’s the adjustable toy bar that is causing dissension in the ranks: it has dangling activity toys that are always within reach and a large, 7” mirror with the option to insert your iPad into the mirror’s case.