ipad apps for 1yo?

(51 Posts)
GirlWithTheMouseyHair Wed 12-Dec-12 21:46:14

had really hoped to avoid ipad usage with DC2 until she's a bit older but have to face facts I live on the other side of the world and have 4 transatlantic trips coming up (3 of which on my own with aforementioned DD and her brother who's 4) and there's only a finite number of times I can read "Peek-a-Who?" to her in 11hours.

So - any ideas for ipad entertainment for a 1yo? (jesus that sounds ridiculous!)

tiredemma Wed 12-Dec-12 21:47:10


ShowOfHands Wed 12-Dec-12 21:52:47

Oh my. An Ipad? One? Are you talking in dog years?

My 1yo likes...

My breasts
Posting things he shouldn't post into things he shouldn't post them into
The toaster
The hoover
Winding the bastard bobbin
Eating things he shouldn't eat
Torturing the cat
Putting important documents and/or my purse in the bin
Turning on taps
Putting things into the bath after turning on the taps
Pressing people's noses

I reckon there must be something on that list you can use on a flight. Stealing glasses from strangers' faces is also fun. This you can definitely do on a flight.

PoppyWearer Wed 12-Dec-12 21:56:23

Get one of those Fisher Price iPad toy covers and the related apps?

My 1yo broke my iPad <sobs>.

GoldQuintessenceAndMyhrr Wed 12-Dec-12 21:57:23


You hang ipad on wall, give baby some darts.


pegster Wed 12-Dec-12 22:02:46

I have baby touch & hear lite on my I-phone, it would work on an I-pad too. It's pictures (both photos & cartoons) of animals which when you touch them say the animals name and then makes the appropriate noise - sort of like interactive flash cards. My 14m DS loves it.

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Wed 12-Dec-12 22:06:58

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa I know I know I know I know! but I'M FLYING ON MY OWN WITH THEM BOTH!! For eleven hours

Anything that might keep her quiet for 5mins on rotation with the various toys/food/random plastic tat/books/her brother/food/pulling on my skin and gouging my face/walking up and down the aisle 20,000 times/food

Good for you ShowofHands...my 1yo rejected my breasts and I'm pretty sure you can't take toasters, hoovers, cats, letterboxes, screwdrivers and taps on planes.

ShowOfHands Wed 12-Dec-12 22:09:51

Aww, I was joking around to cheer you up. I have never even touched an IPad. I think you're a hero for going on a plane at all, let alone with 2 small people.

Valium for the flight? For you of course. Or wine?

GoldQuintessenceAndMyhrr Wed 12-Dec-12 22:12:09

You wont be able to bring darts on a flight. Sorry.

cheesecheeseplease Wed 12-Dec-12 22:12:25

Ok in the night garden app
Various free stories apps dd really likes the toy story one
Leapfrog have some free ones
Flash cards
Matching pairs games
There's loads of freebies smile and good luck!

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Wed 12-Dec-12 22:13:17

my paeditrician already said to just dose her up with benadryl...and to do a "practise" dose a week before because apparently it just sends some kids hyper (yes, I live America hmm)

At least the 4yr old is easy...the ipad technically belongs to him anyway (godfather thought it was a good present for a 2yo, it is now the family ipad) so this thread might all be in vain because he probably won't share it with DD anyway


GirlWithTheMouseyHair Wed 12-Dec-12 22:14:42

thanks cheese

we have the toy story on already so will see if that floats her boat then download more...maybe I'm underestimating her but I thought story apps might be a bit boring....very scary how she sees anything with a screen and tries to "move" the screen with one finger already though

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Wed 12-Dec-12 22:15:45

shit I'm going to need silent apps as well aren't I?! to avoid all those nasty stares from childless people on the flight.

Oh just remembered that random fireworks one, that'll be good won't it???

helebear Wed 12-Dec-12 22:16:44

Baby touch Happy Babies was a hit with my dd & saved our bacon on a few long car journeys. If you put it on movie mode (I think) it just plays & they can watch without having to touch the screen to make the app do things. Would also suggest you introduce it before you fly so she's familiar with it, dd seemed to find it oddly comforting and was happy to watch it on a loop for a bit!

OoohTrifle Wed 12-Dec-12 22:19:43

What about that bubblewrap popping app? It might help with your blood pressure levels too. Can you get colour splash on iPads? I've got it on my android phone and it keeps my 2 yr old entertained for 30secs whilst he wipes his fingers all over the screen colouring in an existing photo on my phone that the app has turned black and white. God, that's a lot of words in one breath. It worked in church last week and sometimes that can feel like eleven hours...

Thornintherose Wed 12-Dec-12 22:20:55

I flew with my 1 year old and put Pingu on my iPhone - that kept him quiet for 10 minutes not sure about 11 hours though.

Sarae2201 Wed 12-Dec-12 22:22:10

My daughter is 2 next week but has been playing on the i pad since last xmas and yes it is a life saver for long journeys and plane journeys! she has old mcdonald app, it sings the songs and has various games puzzles with it. other good ones are stories such as jack and the bean stalk, cinderella, theres lots of different ones. if you just type into app store toddler games/puzzles lots of things come up. sorry i cant remember all the names, i know theres a few animal puzzles which she loves, oh and wheels on the bus is great, it sings the song and has games. hope this kind of helps smile

MrsDeVere Wed 12-Dec-12 22:24:17

Apparently there is a cover for the ipad called the Military cover (I think).
It was recommended to me by another mum with kids with ASD.

They use it in war zones so even my DC shouldn't be able to destroy it (doubtful)

Get some kid size earphones - I brought some on amazon before we flew to America this year and dd was about 20mo then. I downloaded lots of night garden, Mickey Mouse club house and ice age films and I have one of those cases where you can stand the iPad up.

The only annoying thing is trying to get them to stop touching the screen and turning the film off! But it worked for 10 minutes here and there mixed with other entertainment/distraction type toys/food.

You just gotta do what you gotta do on a longhaul flight with the little ones! I think between 1 and 2yo is the worst age for them too, so good luck smile

Nosy crow do great toddler apps. Beard of bees is free and my 3 dcs play nicely together on it rather than fighting over it.

My nearly two year old also loves the monkey preschool lunchbox app which is cheap she can do it all apart from the matching pairs which warrants either "Mummy do it" or she switches back to the main menu and back which restarts the game.

We have also loaded our iPad with night garden and humph episodes from our DVD collection for the dcs.

We do long journeys and hospital waiting alot.

SolomanDaisy Wed 12-Dec-12 22:33:12

My 1 year-old loves the iPad blush. He likes toddler flashcards and shapes (you burst balloons and shapes burst out). The youtube app is good for songs too. Oh and he really likes flicking through photos.

Floggingmolly Wed 12-Dec-12 22:35:35

A one year old does not need a fecking iPad.

Colliecollie Wed 12-Dec-12 22:36:34

I second monkey preschool lunchbox. My nearly 2 year old loves it and the matching pairs is the only bit that she can't really do too!

FelicityWasSanta Wed 12-Dec-12 22:40:47

If you can download some gigglebellies videos from you tube/the plane has wifi that's good for 4 or so mins at a time!

Also download 'ginger' the cat, it's free and the mini games are simple enough for a 1 year old to do! It's cute too! (My DH nephew loves it).

noblegiraffe Wed 12-Dec-12 23:18:23

Download a series of Timmy Time and get some earphones.
Phone4kids has a variety of games on it and can be used on an iPad as well as a phone.

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Thu 13-Dec-12 00:17:51

thanks everyone - really appreciated (thanks also for understanding that in some cases, needs must and if it means peace and quiet for 5mins out of 11hours it will be worth it for everyone on the plane!)

SolomanDaisy Thu 13-Dec-12 07:57:08

Floggingmolly, I don't think anyone suggest they need an iPad. But iPads are just normal stuff to have around the house now, so any one year-old is going to be interested, just like they are in everything else!

reddwarf Thu 13-Dec-12 08:10:37

I was a bit confused at he title, but you're aksing for suggestions for a longhaul flight. totally reasonable. floggingmolly, that was really harsh and judgy. OP is going on a longhaul flight with 2 little children, and will have the ipad with her anyway, why not ask for suggestions for it?

OP, as well as a few cartoons, peppa pig, octonaughts etc, i would put maybe some basic games on, like animal flashcards, my first words, my toy box etc.

And get a headphone splitter! Aside from the ipad, lots of little things, like the macdonalds toys, and sweet/snakck, drawing, books etc etc etc.

I have flown many a time alone with my 4 dc, but never long haul, so I don't envy you, and wish you luck!

Jims Thu 13-Dec-12 08:19:03

I've got a couple of nursery rhyme aps on my phone by duck duck moose which go down well - but are american and not v conventional in their animation! Wheels on the bus is the first i got when my ds was about 1. I also have play and learn animal flashcards. But both are sound based so you'd need headphones on a plane - unless you go with the attitude of better animal noises than a rampaging toddler!

Woodifer Thu 13-Dec-12 10:38:55

i got "i hear ewe" on my iphone - its lots of pictures of animals and when you tap the animal it plays the animal sound (very low tech)

PPL Thu 13-Dec-12 12:23:21

Toca Boca make great apps although they are not free. DS is 18mo and LOVES Toca Band. There is also a toca Robot Lab and a Paint My Wings (butterfly) app. They're great.

He also loves In the night garden app and Ladybird Baby Touch Hide and Seek. And Fisher Price have some freebies. That's all iphone though, I'm sure there are way more for the iPad.

I think you are very sensible planning iPad use for the journey. I think limited use is fine and kids will always be interested in the latest technology. I knew how to use the VHS before most of the kids at school even had one. I think I was 3 or 4. And I was using DOS code on the PC by about 4 or 5 having already mastered the olympic games and some prehistoric paint game. (my dad is techno geek). I am totally fine and have not suffered brain rot.

Good luck for the journey!

BurnThisDiscoDown Thu 13-Dec-12 13:02:16

Fisher price do some nice ones, also a few episodes of ITNG or some animated films. We use an iPhone for DS sometimes on long car journeys now he doesn't sleep all the way!

BurnThisDiscoDown Thu 13-Dec-12 13:02:46

We have a baby proof case as well in case he throws it!

NatashaBee Thu 13-Dec-12 13:09:05

I have one called Phoneyphone which is incredibly irritating but DS loves - makes phone ringing noises and says the numbers out loud when he presses the buttons.

Gigondas Thu 13-Dec-12 13:11:33

Duck duck moose apps are fab - wheels on the bus . Also peekaboo farm, wild and forest are very good - that kept dd1 happy for a few long flights. Just grabbing my phone also provides hours of amusement for dd2 (11 months).

ItsOkayItsJustMyBreath Thu 13-Dec-12 13:14:36

Ds has been using the iPad since he was about 1 and loves the Toca Boca range, particularly the train one. They're not expensive and a life saver on long journeys. I must admit that I was worried about just how much he loved it though so he only plays with it about once every 3/4 months now.

SuiGeneris Thu 13-Dec-12 13:35:37

Second the Duck Duck Moose apps and you could also try Nighty Nighty, which my DS used to love and, when he was smaller, helped getting him to sleep.

In the Night Garden, Peppa Pig and Teletubbies apps are also good for flights, especially if you have headphones.

In terms of strategies, we let DS stay up late, wake him early and then don't let him sleep until the flight. This usually results in a two-hour nap... Then bring books, treat food and lots of patience...

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Thu 13-Dec-12 20:15:44

you are all amazing, thanks so much for all your help!! ANy headphone recommendations, or just use the freebie ones on the plane? SHOuld probably introduce her to the concept of headphones before we fly....

I just took it that FloggingMolly hadn't read the OP, just the title, so no offence at the multi-coloured judgeypants being hoiked excessively in that corner of the room!

PoppyWearer Fri 14-Dec-12 13:51:45

You want JVC noise-limiting headphones for kids. They're fab and you can get them on Amazon in pink or blue (naturally).

reddwarf Fri 14-Dec-12 15:49:59

can't recommend a particular make, but get ones that go over the head and have a noise limit, and you must get a headphone splitter!

Yeah I think the JVC ones were what I got for my three dc PoppyWearer. Nice and robust too!

Misty9 Fri 14-Dec-12 22:36:02

Just to add, musical baby hands is an amazing app - but it isn't quiet! Also peekaboo barn is fun and easy to do (and not that irritating to listen to).
Good luck!

MrsMerryMeeple Sat 15-Dec-12 16:00:11

DS loves Monster Melody Mash. Same company does Little Bellas I close My Eyes.

Sitting here writing this while I download a software update for the ipad. Apparently if you install iOS6 there is a new function that blocks the home button, and stops them exiting the app. This will be a godsend! DS is constantly bashing the screen, exiting the app he's in, losing his video or game and ending up in safari or my email!

MrsMerryMeeple Sat 15-Dec-12 16:04:59
DoesntTurkeyNSproutSoupDragOn Sat 15-Dec-12 18:12:00

How about the bubble wrap popping one?

FeckOffCup Sat 15-Dec-12 18:38:29

We have an android tablet rather than a ipad but you could have a look for any apps made by super simple learning, I don't know if you can get them on itunes but they are a hit with 2 year old DD.

DoesntTurkeyNSproutSoupDragOn Sun 16-Dec-12 07:49:15

There are a couple of painting apps which might be suitable because they don't rely on artistic ability. I can't remember whether they are free or 69p though.

Flowpaper - this makes beautiful lines dragging a sort of net behind them rather than just plain lines so making patterns is easy. Patterns depend on how long you keep your finger in contact with the screen and stop developing when you remove your finger.

Line Art - this is good. The screen is filled with lots of little sperm wriggly lines and they react to you touching the screen. No skill or coordination required! Mesmerising.

Meritum Paint - With the right settings, instead of lines you get long flowing paint trails in a different colour each time you touch the screen. You can actually do far more sophisticated proper art stuff with it but I've never ventured into that.

happygilmore Sun 16-Dec-12 11:59:06

Toddler Lock is good.

poppy283 Sun 16-Dec-12 12:03:30

Yes toddler lock is brill and makes nice tinkly noises!

Satine5 Tue 18-Dec-12 12:40:25

Goodnight moon
Little Fox Studio
In the night garden app
It's a small world
Pat the bunny
Goodnight safari
Nighty Night

Some of those are paid, but all excellent-really worth it!

matana Wed 19-Dec-12 08:12:50

Oh gosh, a long haul flight with a 1 yo, I don't envy you! Some good advice here though. We took our then 18mo on a 2 hour flight and the results were not fun. At 1 ds had zero attention span and just wanted to be on the move and try out his walking. Is yours walking? There's more opportunity for walking around on a long haul imo. Maybe try some book apps where the animals make noises. We just got an innotab2 for my ds who is now 2 and he loves the book apps. There's one called what's that noise and he loves touching the different objects on the page to see what they do. While a 1yo may not have developed the fine motor skills to be able to touch the screen accurately, you can do it. An innotab is made specifically with children in mind, so it's very robust meaning you're not risking your beloved iPad! Also ime most people on planes are very understanding, especially if they have had children themselves and know how hard it can be. My ds tantrumed from the minute he stepped onto the plane till the minute it landed, despite taking him lots of toys to play with. He hates being restrained. All the passengers around us were really kind and played peek a boo to try to help keep him entertained. I do think they were relieved when the plane landed though... good luck.

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