Apps for Babies & Very Young Children
I’ll say it once, and I’ll say it again. The best kind of app for a baby (or young child) is one that facilitates the development of a relationship with another human being. There are a lot of “baby” apps on the market, and I have yet to see one that I think would actually do anything for the baby except maybe mesmerize them for a bit.
There are, however, a number of apps that can support parents as their child’s first and best teacher, so those are the ones we can try to highlight in our libraries, and be very explicit with parents that their babies can’t even really see the screen yet, but that these apps might give them some ideas for talking, singing, reading, writing or playing together. Babies need relationships, not technology, but sometimes the parents can benefit from knowing about these kinds of resources.