Many young children are naturally nurturing and enjoy role-playing as parents. If your child is one of them, they might enjoy this new app from Sago Sago: Sago Mini Babies. As you might have guessed, the app involves taking care of cute, baby characters.
Learn to Care for Baby Animals
When you open the app, you’ll be able to choose from four baby-aged Sago Mini characters: Jinja the cat, Harvey the dog, Robin the bird, and Jack the rabbit. Tap the baby you want to play with, and you’ll be taken to the nursery room.
Tapping on either side of the screen, you can make your baby crawl to explore the other parts of the house. You can also pick them up and drag. Every once in a while, you’ll see an activity marked with a star; just tap it to play.
In all, there are eight activities to enjoy with your baby: drinking milk, eating, changing diapers, bath time, baby swing, dress-up, dance, and blocks. These activities are simple and require children to perform no more than simple gestures such as tapping or dragging.
For example, to change the baby’s diaper, you would first remove the diaper and put it into the trash can. Then, you’d wipe the baby clean so a new diaper can be put on them.
If the baby is getting tired, you can bring them over to the Yeti’s mat for a nap. You can then wait until you think they are fully rested before waking them up with a tap. Alternatively, you can tap on another baby to play with them.
Parents Need to Know
Sago Mini Babies features an open-ended gameplay with no rules and no scores. Children can play the activities in any order, repeat the ones they like, or skip the ones they don’t care for. The app is suitable for children aged 2-5 years, however multitouch support ensures that grown-ups can join in on the fun.
Like past Sago Sago apps, Sago Mini Babies contains lots of little details to discover. Most of the things you see on screen can be tapped to reveal animations; for example, you can tap the curtains to open or close them. An especially fun feature is in the dress-up activity. When you take a picture of dressed-up baby your baby it will replace their framed photo on the nursery wall.
Sago Mini Babies contains no ads, no in-app purchases, and no social media links. It’s also playable without an Internet connection. If you’re interested to learn more about the app, you can go to the secured section for parents to read a letter from the designer.
Things I Like
Sago Mini Babies may not be the first app to introduce children to baby care, but it is definitely the cutest. After all, who can resist such cute, baby animals? (Definitely not this reviewer, who squealed like mad at the sight of baby Jack dancing!)
Beyond the cute visuals though, I like the activities offered in the app. They’re simple yet realistic enough to illustrate what it takes to care for a baby. I think the app is especially useful if your child is preparing themselves to become an older sibling but if they aren’t, it’s still a nice app to promote empathy in general.
Just like real babies, the Sago Mini Babies display a wide range of emotions. They can show preference for certain food or things, look happy or confused, and even get exhausted if they’ve been dancing for too long. This can lead to meaningful discussions about how the babies are feeling and what you can do to keep them happy.
Sago Mini Babies help nurture empathy in children by having them take care of cute, baby animals. Through realistic yet playful activities from feeding to dancing, they’ll learn what it takes to care for a baby. It’s a great app for children aged 2-5, especially those who are soon-to-be brothers or sisters.
App was provided for our honest review.
About Sago Sago
Sago Sago is a team of designers and developers who create apps that children love and parents trust. They build on kids’ natural sense of wonder, creativity and curiosity to create apps that are positive and fun. Sago Sago empowers kids through play in new and emerging digital platforms.
You should also check out their other apps that we’ve reviewed:
Sago Mini Friends is a playful app that encourages kids to get along with their friends. It has a wide range of activities that deliver lessons on sharing and collaborating, and expressive characters to help kids learn social cues. It’s designed for two sets of hands but can also be enjoyed alone.