How To Baby-Proof Your iPhone Using iO6

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 iPhone 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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  • Jenntexas0709

    Too bad it doesn’t work in FaceTime! Our daughter hangs up on our Aussie in-laws all the time! :(

    • Grace

      It works on Facetime! We use guided access to lock down the mute/end/turn camera around buttons when talking to grandparents in Australia :)

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  • Thania Anglin

    FYi.. This works on iOS 8