Giggles Computer Funtime For Baby
March 8, 2008 12:59pm CST
I had never heard of this software before until I was searching the internet yesterday. It is a computer program that allows babies to bang on the keyboard. It has music and pretty colors. They can also learn their shapes, ABC's, 1 2 3's, and animals. I was just wondering if anyone had ever purchased this for their babies and how much entertainment and learning they got from it. I downloaded the demo to try it out with my son and it was only 5 minutes long! He got so excited banging on the keyboard and seeing the different responses to his banging. I believe it is $45 on sale for all three programs so before I spent that I wanted to know what others mom thought. Also, if you know of any other baby software I would love to hear about it.
9 Mar 08
Oh dear. What's wrong with just good old fun. If baby gets a kick out of it and by the sound of it so would I, where's the harm if used in moderation. Their attention span is pretty short anyway so he won't get too hooked on it. But how about you? Will you get hooked on it? haha Buy chapter 1 and have some fun!
• United States
8 Mar 08
To be honest, I don't think that any of these computer games, video games or videos have any benefit for baby, and in fact can be harmful. Babies and young children who are exposed to constant stimulation from outside sources will not learn to entertain themselves and have a hard time with playing alone and self-soothing. ABC's and 123's are concepts that babies do not need to learn. They do not become relevant until later when a child is able to understand that a symbol can be used to represent something real. I don't believe that there is any benefit in teaching these concepts early. A baby's time would be better spend looking at board books, playing with soft blocks, a mirror, or peekaboo with you. Overstimulation at this age can happen very easily, and should not be taken lightly. Children have the rest of their lives to use computers and to learn academic concepts. As babies they should be left to discover their immediate environment and the people around them.
• United States
8 Mar 08
Okay, we've all heard how Baby Einstein can actually make children dumber, and all that. But that doesn't mean at all that every one of these programs, and videos, and whatnot are bad. I've seen the program, it has bright colors and music, and it teaches cause/effect, which is something that is actually quite important for a baby to learn. Additionally, this software is no different from any number of baby toys that have bright colors, lights, and music. Babies love them, and will play with them until they get bored. Just like they will eat, or sleep, or chatter to you, or bounce in a bouncer; until they get bored. If all you do is set your baby up in front of the keyboard, then leave, then yes; it is bad for the baby. But if this is just another way that you let baby play, there is no harm in it. Overstimulation is just the ADHD of the baby world- over diagnosed, and misunderstood.