How To Baby-Proof Your iPad Using iOS

Technology is the savior of busy parents. Hand a child an iPhone or iPad and you’ve bought yourself some “me” time. Recently, my husband and I traveled from Utah to New York. Now that our son had hit the incredibly busy 14-month old mark, a longer flight wasn’t going to be as easy as when he was 6-months.

Cue iPad to the rescue. We have downloaded several toddler/baby friendly apps over the lasts few months. However, Baby Zog is an expert at pushing buttons, and that home button can be trouble.  Don’t worry, there’s a solution, and here it is.

First off, you must be using i06.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Scroll down, and tap Accessibility
  4. Scroll down, and tap Guided Access, which is located under the Learning heading
  5. Turn Guided Access on by swiping the button from “Off” to “On.” Set your four-digit passcode, and then choose whether to Enable Screen Sleep
  6. You are ready to blaze! When your baby or toddler is ready to play, open the desired app.
  7. Push the home button three times. This will open a dialogue asking if you would like to use Guided Access.
  8. Now choose from these options
    • Begin immediately by tapping Start in the upper right corner. This will have disabled the home button
    • Draw circles on your screen with your finger to determine which areas you would like restricted
    • Tap Options at the bottom of the screen. You can now choose to completely disable Touch and/or Motion
  9. Have at it! Your baby or toddler can now play with your phone without messing it up too much. Might I suggest a case that protects it from teething and dropping, though?

What about you? What are your favorite apps for babies and toddlers? How do you keep them entertained with technology?

Alison J. Herzog is an eater, shopper, traveler, and most of all, a proud mama to Baby Zog. She pays for these by working as a social media strategist. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram or at In The Land Of Zog and catch ramblings about all of the above.

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  • derek

    I didn’t know about this, so I can’t speak to it’s benefit, but I
    disabled the 4-finger swipe (called Multitasking Gestures). She kept
    doing things that I couldn’t explain and that was the culprit. She’s
    approaching 3 now, and I she knows her way around, so Guided Access
    would probably annoy her. When she was little the Home button was a big attraction though.

  • joe

    Neat trick, how do you UNDO that if the Home button is disabled? You’ve protected the device from you child, what about you?

    • Melissa

      I’ve heard about this method before…in answer to your question regarding how to revert back, you push the “home” button 3 times quickly.

  • Robin

    I tried this a few times when IOS 6 first got released and more times then not, it locked up my iPad – as in I couldn’t disable it and the screen would stop responding completely. Not fun.

  • Brock

    I have been using this for about a year now. It works wonderfully. To address the first comment, I am pretty certain it is the specific apps that fail, not iOS itself. It happened to me in Skype and I think Elmo Loves ABCs. Kind of problematic, but a reset of the iPad fixes the problem (I think the proper way is to just hold the power button and the home button until the iPad restarts). Other than that, this works for movies, drawing apps (can disable the color choosers or other settings portions of apps, and that disable touch altogether helps a lot with Skype/FaceTime versus a 1 year old who loves anything with screens and lights. And unless your child is very particular or is old enough to use one finger, do disable multitasking gestures.

  • MommaLincoln

    How about giving your children a BOOK. Or you can just let them hunch over the iPad until they’re old enough to sit too close to the computer screen when they’re not locked into their iPhones. And people wonder why children have migraines, bad attitudes, no social skills and no personality these days.

  • Chalky

    Yeah I think books are the way forward not iPads for kids

  • Steve

    I just want to protect the “settings” app