A Baby iPad? I Don’t Think So.

Last week, my friend Amanda posted about letting her toddler son play with her iPhone.  I laughed about this with my husband and said that I could see buying an iPod Touch for baby, but not a phone.  The husband agreed that an 8 gig iPod Touch for baby would be a reasonable Christmas present.   Plus, because of the internet access feature, we could get him unlimited Barney on YouTube.

Then the husband upped the ante a bit.  He suggested a baby iPad.  After all, an iPad is basically a big Touch.  Norton could really see Barney on an infant iPad.

A Baby iPad? I Don't Think So... (Cloth Diaper Addicts)I choked.  An iPad costs more than my laptop.  He’s right about it being basically a giant iPod Touch, and it just doesn’t really do anything for me.

But at the same time, the husband did have a point.  On a baby iPad dedicated just for Norton’s use, he could get use out of the educational iPhone apps that I had downloaded.  And, well, yeah, the screen is so much bigger that Barney would definitely be easier to see.

Okay, I had to be a practical mom and quickly nip that one in the bud.  If unlimited Barney access was really that important, then, fine.  The husband has an old 17” laptop that he hardly uses because the battery life now sucks (and it was his brand new laptop four laptops ago) and I have an old 15” that I haven’t used in a couple of years.  Andy used it over the summer, so I know that it works just fine.  Either one of those two can be used for unlimited Barney if we were really desperate for our kid to be glued to the big purple dinosaur.

End result?  There will be no baby iPad in Norton’s future.  If I truly believed that getting a baby iPad would facilitate Norton’s future in world domination make him a smarter baby, then I’d be all for it.  But, well, I don’t.  So we’re not.

But I do have to admit that I don’t think that it would be an entirely bad idea to get an 8 gig iPod Touch for baby for Christmas this year at all.

Hmm…  It’s definitely something that we’d have to negotiate and discuss.  Norton will be nine months old for Christmas, and there are some pretty cool toddler apps around.  And some of those educational iPhone apps could definitely help Norton become the brain child who will ultimately take over the world help in areas of literacy and such.

Did you buy an iDevice for your little?

Originally written August 23, 2010. 

Update: It’s funny how things change.  Back then, I couldn’t have fathomed giving Norton an iPad to play with.  They’re expensive, they’re fragile, blah blah blah.   But as I edit this, Eudora is playing with my iPad.  I do have an iPad with a Survivor Series case, but I’m planning to upgrade it to a Lifeproof case in order to better survive the children.  It’s still my iPad, but I hardly ever actually touch it and it’s filled with child-friendly apps.  Additionally, there are less risks of any of my children dialing 911 with an iPad.  That’s not, of course, to say that giving your children an iPad to play on is without its pitfalls.



About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. Anastasia says:

    Mine don’t get devices until Kindergarten AND they may not use them out in public without prior permission. (I am NOT spending 2 hours at Olive Garden because no one can turn their devices off long enough to order or eat, um no)

  2. We bought my youngest son is own android tablet, I found a deal and ended up getting it for 25 bucks after rebates. He loves playing on it without me giving up my own phone.

  3. Kelly Faber says:

    Oh jees! A baby ipad now!? Let babies be babies and kids be kids……

  4. Not sure if you know about this but if you turn on the guided access in your settings for either your iPad or iPhone your little ones won’t be able to exit the programs they’re in without hitting the home button 3 times and entering a pass code!

    You can do this bby going to Settings> General> Accesability> turn on guided access underneath Learning
    Once that’s in place check off guided access under the Accessability shortcut. Then you only have to click the home button 3 times to activate it!

    • Yup! The problem with that is that my kids like to app hop. 🙂 It’s a great tip, though. Thanks.

      • Anastasia says:

        Our Kindles have a “FreeTime” setting that keeps them in child mode without allowing to exit it. They can use anything in the mode freely.

        Biggest downside to the kindle, It links to your amazon account. I had to remove 1 click shopping, oh darn not a huge loss.

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