Wednesday, April 15, 2009
D. and I had a successful playdate with some friends yesterday. The tantrums were kept to a minimum at the museum; D. only demanded seventeen toys; and, at the restaurant afterwards, we all managed to eat without (1) garnering angry stares from other diners; and (2) being kicked out. See? Success!
This was in part because of my trusty iPhone. I am so beyond wringing my hands over whether it's right to use television and video to assuage my toddler. It's right as rain. (What does that mean?) At the first hint that D. was going to take a sugar packet and throw it at our waitress's face, out came Youtube on the iPhone; D. watched some random 9 minute "Fireman Sam" clip; and the only face that sugar was thrown in was mine. (Success! is relative...)
Apparently I am not alone in using the iPhone as a parachute. Check out some of these great applications made just for toddlers and be better armed to face restaurants, lines at the airport, the grocery market check-out wait, and other facets of everyday life that have become nail-bitingly suspenseful in our post-baby days! While ABCWheels seems like it will grate on my nerves as much as D.'s tantrums, I confess to being psyched to try out Lil Pinata and BubbleWrap myself!
Do you have a great idea for an iPhone application? Something that you know would work to appease your child, perhaps? Apparently there is a growing number of people trying to strike iPhone gold by creating these sorts of things and, in terms of content for kids--who could be better than moms in creating this stuff?
We all make fun of the "baby industrial complex"--the ever-growing array of products, good and services catering to parents. And, yes, there is much to bemoan (wipe warmers come to mind). But I see the opportunity for good here. Imagine creating the most perfect diversion for crying children ever! The iPhone is only going to be the wild wild west for a little bit longer. If you have an idea, get to it ladies. Moms-- and restaurant owners-- across the country will thank you, buy your application, hold parades in your honor.