VTech Innotab 2 Baby
I recently took home the VTech InnoTab 2 Baby, a new tablet designed for babies and kids ages 12 months to 9 years. It sounded like a great interactive toy for both my children, my 4-year-old son and my 14-month-old daughter.
Set up was nice and easy, not unlike other technology toys; I downloaded the software on my laptop and synched up the tablet within 5-10 minutes. Four AA batteries are needed to power the tablet.
Part of start-up includes creating user profiles for my kids. The tablet has a camera (for pictures and video) that I used to take portraits of each child for their user profiles. The tablet then can track the skills built on the tablet for everyone.
InnoTab 2 Baby has some great features that make it ideal for babies. It comes with a protective gel sleeve for the inevitably rough treatment it receives from little ones. It has a touch screen, but comes with two stylus pens that seem to be just the right size for my daughter’s little hands. I found that the touch screen responds better with the pen than a finger even when I used it.
InnoTab 2 Baby comes with a number of pre-loaded activities including sing-along nursery rhymes, drawing/coloring, and a Noah’s Ark e-book. But my favorite thing about this tablet is that it comes loaded with a video with 100 popular signs to teach baby. In addition, the tablet is compatible with all the InnoTab content of VTech’s Learning Lodge, where you can purchase and download more games and e-books.
My 14-month old has shown a lot of interest in the InnoTab 2 Baby and seems to love the nursery rhymes and a couple of the games. The one thing that has been frustrating for her is the loading time when switching between applications. The tablet takes about 25 seconds to load at the start and about 12 seconds to load a new application. That may not sound like a lot, but one can’t expect a 14-month-old to wait that long before tossing it in favor of another toy. Plus, she has a habit of touching the “home” button or the on/off button over and over, so we do a lot of waiting before getting engaged in an activity.
On the other hand, my 4-year-old can play with the InnoTab 2 Baby with ease and, after downloading an age-appropriate puzzle game, he gets a lot of enjoyment out of it. I love that I can trust he won’t break it or be exposed to inappropriate content if I let him play with it independently.
At $89, The InnoTab 2 Baby is an age-appropriate and affordable alternative to other tablets on the market.
Thank you to Megan for covering The Big Toy Book Baby Palooza event for Raising 3 Savvy Ladies. I was not compensated for this post. We did receive a goodie bag for attending the event.