There are a number of baby toy phones out there in the market today but none come with the same level of features and sophistication as the VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone. Toddlers love imitating what their parents do and the VTech Baby Phone is an excellent toy just for that purpose.
The VTech Baby Phone was designed for toddlers between 6 months and 3 years old. It comes with 12 pretend apps such as camera, calendar, clock, weather, etc. These app icons respond to touch and will light up with accompanying sounds or music. A slide is also available at the bottom of the phone for children to toggle between app screen and music mode screen. Accompanying the slide are two phone icons similar to the “answer” and “reject” call buttons on conventional smartphones and a “star” button.
In product photos, the VTech Baby Phone looks rather gimmicky and fails to impress when compared alongside other baby toy phones. However, things get a little bit interesting once you actually get your hands on one.
The VTech Baby Phone will impress you with its premium build quality, plastics and impressive features (for the price you pay). This is one toy phone that feels solid enough to withstand the abuse of any 2 or 3-year-old. Bear in mind, though, it is not waterproof so care should be taken not to expose it to moisture.
The phone comes loaded with catchy tunes and educational songs that help teach basic numbers and first words. A total of 15 melodies, various phrases and sing along songs will certainly keep your toddler engaged for many long hours. This is one toy that was designed to help children develop their hand-eye coordination while allowing them to have fun with role-playing.
The Baby Phone also has a feature that lets you record your phone number in it so your child can pretend to call home by pressing the home icon. When the home icon is pressed, the phone will read out the contact number that you have recorded in it. This is a particularly useful feature if your child gets lost in public with the phone. By pressing the home icon, he/she will able to tell strangers how to contact you.
Some parents may feel that the speaker volume is a bit soft but I think this is a safety feature to prevent the phone from causing hearing damage to children who place it too close to their ears.
The VTech Baby Phone comes in baby blue, pink or orange and is priced at approximately $13. This is a few dollars more than its closest rivals but with the VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone, you get what you pay for.
As a parent, I wouldn’t mind paying a few dollars more for the extra sophistication and quality it offers.
VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone
Fun Factor8.5 /10
Build Quality8.7 /10
Educational Value9.2 /10
Features 850.0 /10
- Excellent build quality and plastics
- Good educational and role-playing features
- Reasonably affordable
- Provides many hours of fun for children
- Programmable home phone number
- Speaker volume not quite loud enough
- No volume control