It seems like kids are getting cell phones at younger and younger ages these days. Instead of fighting the inevitable, parents of little ones can use the age of the mobile phone as a way to teach their children good habits.
Since the very young ones have no idea what a cell phone really does, parents can give their children the VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone and teach children how to count and spell while also teaching them how to use a phone.
When your child gets a little older, they will already know how to use a real cell phone that you can give them to use if they ever need to call home in an emergency.
Unlike many play cell phones, the VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone is actually the size of an average phone. It is not scaled down to fit in your child's hand more comfortably, which can help to get your child ready for their own phone some day.
The buttons all light up when you touch them and make sounds. The phone also has songs it plays when your child presses certain buttons.
Parents can put their real home phone numbers into the VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone, and then your child can press the home button to pretend to call home. The phone also plays 15 different phrases your child can respond to and pretend they are actually talking to someone.
This toy has been developed for children ages six months to three years old. The retail price for this toy is $14.99, but there may be sales tax and shipping charges added to your final sale price. Parents should check out a variety of online retailers to get the best deal.
There is a lot packed into this little toy that your child can use for fun, and to be educated at the same time. The list of interactive features on this toy include:
This toy has colorful lights and inviting sounds that are designed to engage your child in play. But there are a few features that are just for show that parents should be aware of. Those features include:
This toy requires very limited assembly, which can easily be handled by a parent. The VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone requires two "AAA" batteries which are included in the packaging.
The VTech Call and Chat Learning Phone is a bit more robust than the VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone, but it falls in the same price range. The Call and Chat includes an LED display with a friendly looking bird that children can actually talk to and get a limited number of responses. The app buttons are all play on the Call and Chat, but this toy is actually a little bigger than the Touch and Swipe.
LeapFrog has a product called the Chat and Count Smartphone that has a layout similar to the VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone, but includes an LED display with an interactive dog character on it. The layout of the Chat and Count is much more simplistic than the Touch and Swipe, which might be something more appealing to parents of smaller children. The Chat and Count also offers a library of conversational phrases and a music selection similar to the Touch and Swipe.