Category Archives: 15 months

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Baby Sign Language App

I bought this Baby Sign Language app by EverydayASL.com a few months ago, but she hasn’t seemed ready for it until now. I know ASL pretty well, so I’ve been teaching her basic signs without the app since she was about 6 months old. Lately her attention span and level of interest in learning new words has jumped, so we gave this app a try today.

The app offers two very different experiences for horizontal or vertical modes. Each flash card includes a picture of a word, audio of the word, and a video of the word signed. I tend to draw more towards flash card apps that use more realistic pictures, but Stella seemed to understand the cartoon drawings just fine. My only complaint is that when you are in horizontal mode, the video for each sign skips really fast the first time you watch it, so you have to tap it again. (You’ll see it happen in the video.)

It’s not an app that Stella can run independently yet because you have to manually tap to hear the word or watch the video. When left alone with the app, Stella just wants to paw the screen to see the pictures move. By the time she’s old enough to use this app on her own, her speech will probably be advanced enough that she won’t need signs to communicate. But for $1.99, it’s still a neat app—even if you use it to teach vocabulary without the signs.

Big Grips, Big Relief

I started shopping around for a new iPad 2 case early last summer because I needed something more durable than the Targus Versavu. The Targus is great for an adult—especially for travel—but it was clunky for Stella to handle, and it frequently slid down whenever she would play with the device. Thanks to Jason Huber at Kids iPhone Review, I held out for the release of the Big Grips frame for iPad 2.

Stella can now paw as hard as she wants at the device, and it rarely slides out of the stand. The best part is watching her tiny little hands easily maneuver the iPad now like it’s just another toy. Wait…I take that back. The BEST part is knowing MY precious toy is also safe after watching her hurl the iPad onto the tile floor in this video: