Baby World App Review
Have you ever wondered what the world looks like from your baby’s eyes? We’re told that newborn babies have very poor vision, but it is hard to imagine what this would look like. What can they see? How do I look to them? What colours are they able to see? How does this affect what images / toys I should be giving them? That’s where the Baby World App comes in with some answers!
When ‘Appetite for Education‘ asked me to undertake this Baby World App review, I was really intrigued to know how beneficial it would be to parents of newborns. The app itself is designed for babies up to 6 months old. The overall concept is that it has specially designed activities to help support your baby’s developing vision & stimulate their interest.
Once I had downloaded this app from the app store, I knew that this was aimed at younger children than Sophie. As Sophie is no longer a baby (sob), my friend kindly ‘lent’ me her newborn to evaluate this app!
The first thing that struck me once the app had downloaded was that the whole user interface is black and white with splashes of red and yellow – this is clearly aimed at the limited colour scope within a baby’s vision. Despite this simplistic look it actually works really well and captured the attention of my friend’s 1 month old straight away.
This is my favourite part of the app! After allowing the app to access your own camera, you can actually get to see how your baby’s eyesight develops from day 1 through to 6 months old. All you need to do is toggle the slider at the top of the camera to input your baby’s age (down to the exact day!) ranging from day 1 up to 6 months. You can either look at the world around you or flip the camera so you can see what you look like to your child! If you are anything like me, you will be surprised at how blurry and little your baby can see! Colours are either black and white or really muted. This aspect of the app is really fascinating.
You can also save your photos from Baby World App into your pictures allowing you to share them on social media.
There is actually a button in the bottom left corner of the camera screen which is Virtual Reality mode, completely immersing the user in a baby’s world! Sadly I don’t own any VR Goggles (yet!) so I was unable to use or review this part of the app.
There are baby friendly flashcards for you & your baby to watch on your phone or tablet. The first set of contrasting illustrations are in black & white aimed at the youngest babies. As your baby’s focus improves there is a further set with additional colour blocks e.g. red, green or yellow added.
If you go the settings page, the flashcards can either be swiped through manually or put on auto-play with you choosing the transition time.
The flashcards themselves are really simple with no text, animation or sound effects. There is a really good range of images from animals to household objects. I do think that maybe some of the images could be more ‘known’ objects to a baby to help prepare them for their immediate world around them rather than, say, a windmill.
Whilst using the flashcards you can have background music/sounds too. This can be classical music, a lullaby or nature sounds/birdsong (or mute)!
These allow you to choose the background music & the flashcards & their transition. It also gives information on the apps purpose & the background of the team of developers.
Baby World App Review: What did we think overall?
Well the baby certainly loved this app! My only reservation with this app is the old debate of whether young children should be exposed to screens so early on in life. There are plenty of arguments lying on either side. To be honest, I am quite liberal with screen time if I feel they are getting some benefit out of it and as long as it is not for a prolonged period of time. There are no definitive studies that show screens should not be used on children under the age of 2, but of course it is up to each parent to decide. There have certainly been studies that show screens with back-lights before bed time are a bad ideas as they can negatively affect our sleep patterns. My own view for little ones is to not use them before they are due to sleep/nap.
We loved the camera as it gives a really interesting insight into the world little babies see – or can’t see! I think that parents can really benefit from seeing this as they can empathise more with their baby.
The flashcards are simple & seemed to have the desired effect on our little guinea pig! He was fascinated with them for a good few moments (bearing in mind he is only a month old!).
Overall I would highly recommend this app to anyone with a newborn!
*In return for this Baby World App review, Appetite for Education gave me full, free access to their app. All opinions are my own.