LeapFrog Introduces Scout’s ABC Garden – An iPhone App for Preschoolers

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on April 6, 2011

I know I’ve been saying for quite some time that I am going to publish a post with our favorite iPhone and iPad apps for the kiddos, but the problem is that I keep finding more to add to the list! For now I’ll share our latest favorite – discovered just today – and I promise to publish a “top list” soon!

From LeapFrog comes Scout’s ABC Garden, available now in the Apple Store for just $3.99.

Our lovable puppy pals have gone digital in this first game of an upcoming LeapFrog series designed specifically for the iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch®! With Scout’s ABC Garden, parents can personalize the learning by choosing either Scout or Violet and “teaching” them their child’s name and favorite things. And as children follow their furry friend’s lead to alphabet fun, they can collect achievements for learning letters!

We had the opportunity to preview Scout’s ABC Garden this afternoon. Josh, Ben and Noah were all able to set up profiles where they taught their newest furry friend their name, favorite colors, favorite colors and favorite foods. Being that all three of them wanted a turn to play the game, we have yet to discover how these fun facts will play a role in learning and playing throughout the game, but each of the boys are excited to find out.


One of the things that I love about this app is that there are three different challenge levels, so all three of the boys can play at their own level. In levels one and two, Noah and Ben started out matching uppercase letters in the Letter Garden. In level three, however, Josh had to match uppercase letters with lowercase letters.


Being that the app is geared for ages 2-4, Josh did become a bit bored after just a few minutes, but still enjoyed trying a new game for my sake. Ben and Noah, on the other hand, played for quite some time. They mostly enjoyed playing fetch with Scout, counting bubbles, and watching the colorful musical notes.

It will be fun to see how the game develops past letter matching in the Letter Garden, but for now Ben and Noah are hooked!

Win it!

Five of you will be able to try the app free of charge, courtesy of LeapFrog! Just leave me a comment telling me about one of your kiddos’ favorite apps. On Sunday night I’ll choose five lucky readers’ comments and each will receive a gift code so they can download this app for their own preschooler on their iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone.

Watch for more of our favorite apps and a big announcement… coming soon!

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I am a Strong Mom!

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on February 25, 2011


I am currently breastfeeding my seventh child. I breastfed four babies exclusively. I pumped for my oldest two, my twins, while supplementing with formula simply out of necessity. I’ve discovered how to successfully potty-train five boys and one girl. I’ve worn babies in various contraptions. I can stave off a kiddo’s cough and make the boo-boo all better. Most importantly, I know the most effective way to show love and discipline to each of my seven very different children.

I have bad days and I don’t claim to be a supermom. But, I am a strong mom. Just like you.

Here on my little ol’ mom blog, I often share about the products and services that bring some ease to this extremely difficult job we call mothering and I would like to tell you about one of these things now, if I may.  In fact, I am excited to announce that I was asked to be a Similac StrongMoms Ambassador. It’s my pleasure, as an Ambassador, to tell you a bit about the Baby Journal App that Similac created to help moms track such things as eating, sleeping, and growth.

How many of you keep a journal to track when baby eats and needs diaper changes? I was advised by my postpartum nurses to track these very things with all of my babies. It was most important, however, to keep a record of my twins’ feedings and growth, since they were born so early. In fact, it was imperative.

Now, over ten years later, our family life is not typically governed by strict schedules, nor is it controlled by timed activities. In fact, we all thrive on flexibility. I love it this way. My kids love it this way. This simple fact is perhaps the secret to my sanity as a busy mom. Or, perhaps it just makes me crazy.

That said, my 4-month-old munchkin, Timmy, has brought some predictability to our days. He has developed a routine for himself and for me. This, mind you, was not something that I had much control over. I breastfeed on demand and let him fall asleep at my breast, or even sometimes in the arms of an older brother, whenever he needs the rest. When he’s upset, I seek to discover what is bothering him and I comfort him. Every single time. Even when I think he should be sleeping.

I’ll be honest, I don’t use the Baby Journal app to it’s full capacity with Timmy yet, but… oh, how I wish I had this app 10 years ago. It is extremely helpful to any mama, new or novice, who keeps a journal of this magnitude.

What does this free app do exactly?

Sleep Journal Example Growth Journal Example

  • It records the length of each nap.
  • It records the details of what comes out, including stool color and consistency.
  • It tracks key developmental indicators, like weight, length, and head circumference.

I’ll tell you a bit more about this app, and how I’ve been using it, over the next couple of months. But, in the meantime, I want to invite you to a Twitter party next week. Plan to join me and my fellow Ambassadors at 11am on Friday, March 4th. More details, including prize information and an RSVP linky, will be announced on Monday.

I’d love to hear about how you currently keep your baby journal. Do you keep a written journal? Or, have you found an app that helps you keep track of what’s going on with Baby?

I have been compensated, through Collective Bias, as a Similac StrongMoms Ambassador for the Baby Journal iPhone App. Of course, all opinions and thoughts are my own, unless otherwise noted.

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