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Nintendo DS Review: My Baby: First Steps

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Ever wonder what it would be like to nurture your own 12-month-old cyber-baby? My Baby: First Steps gives you the opportunity to dress, feed, diaper, wash, and teach your very own computerized offspring. 

Nobilis and South Peak have created this innovative game which allows you to make a number of choices to help your baby develop and grow. I chose a baby girl, because, well I'm pregnant with my second daughter.  I love that I got to pick out her name and decide what color eyes, hair, and skin tone she'd have.  It feels as though there are just enough options to choose from without it being overwhelming.

There are many opportunities for customization in this game.  Things like scenery in the nursery, clothing and hair, and even what you do with your baby can be changed to suit your whims. 

Taking care of your baby is hard work, but this game makes it fun. At each level/month of life, the pediatrician gives you two main tasks to complete (aside from your normal basic needs.)  Some tasks are verbally focused while others are more physical.

Verbal tasks are accomplished by the player saying actual words to the baby or by touching her body so she can say the word that correlates the body part touched. For the physical tasks you use your baby's favorite toy to teach them how to walk, run, and climb. Varying the types of involvement the game requires with the physical and verbal tasks adds a wonderful level to the game. 

Each task you tackle will either result in small accidents or mistakes for the baby, but also some great accomplishments. When you and your baby complete a task you're rewarded with baby blocks that add up to fill your baby meter for that month of your baby's life.  Little extras like cooling the baby's food, changing both poopy and pee-pee diapers with a risk of being peed on, (yes it happened to me twice,) and curing diaper rash help make tasks a little more real. 

 Along with diapering, feeding, and changing the baby's clothes you can also go shopping in the baby boutique. The boutique not only carries cute clothes for your baby but also toys, hairstyles, and sale items. You can earn money by taking photos of your baby when they are happy.  I never got more than two bears (bears being the rating system for how much money you can earn with the photos.) There are apparently, of course, various cheats available to increase one's cash reserves. 

The graphics in this game are actually pretty impressive. While the baby does not look true to life, the food, (eggs especially), bath bubbles, and unfortunately the dirty diaper contents are all good (graphically speaking), and help add to the atmosphere of this game.

Being a real-life mom, I can attest that one thing that does not align with true babies in this game are the baby milestones. In the 18 months you take care of the child they learn to walk, talk, climb, but they don't necessarily do it on the same timeline as the average child. 

Generally, My Baby: First Steps helps teach responsibility and while the player can still shut the game off, it definitely shows how needy little ones really can be when you're the one taking care of them.  So, if you're looking for a game that will keep you busy with baby chores and a lot of choice then you'll love My Baby: First Steps, just make sure you realize it's not the real deal. In general, a fun, once and a while, game to play.  The tasks, while interesting, do get repetitive, thereby decreasing the amount of time one will want to play it in a single sitting.

 

My Baby: First Steps is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB. This game can also be found on: Nintendo Wii.


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  • Daniella

    Hello,

    I just bought My babies first steps and I LOVE IT!!

    But only 1 problem i cant make my baby run with assistance…It’s impossible!!

  • http://www.mommybknowsbest.com MommyB

    Have you tried to move the stylus back and forth quickly???

  • Johanna

    yea you move the bunny across the screen fast the baby will fallow the bunny. my problem is I cant seem to get my baby to jump off the step.any ideas?

  • http://www.mommybknowsbest.com MommyB

    Jump off the step??? Hmm what month is that?

  • Meagan

    Daniella grab her/his hand make sure you keep holding on and she/he will run with assistance. hope it helps!

  • lashay

    yea im having problems with the running thing its hard

  • http://www.mommybknowsbest.com MommyB

    Yeah it can be difficult but if you keep moving your stylus back and forth pretty fast you should get it….good luck!

  • Lexy

    yea im having problems with running also

  • Lexy

    I cant grab her hand i help her stand up with the bunny i make it so ses walking i ry to grab her hand and it isnt working i tried having her stand still and trying grabbing her by the hand and it wont work impossibilty.

  • alia

    Help me! Running with assistance!

  • niyanthi

    help running with assistance

  • niyanthi

    she just gives me a hud & a kiss

  • Jenna

    I can’t get more than 2 stars for my photos, what am i doing wrong?

  • katelyn

    i cannot get my baby girl to run with assistance please help me and i tried everything

  • http://www.mommybknowsbest.com MommyB

    Jenna- there are sites to cheat to get more stars but that’s all I got when I tested this game out too.

    Katelyn-you need to move the bunny fast to one side and make sure you hold baby’s hand after, it’s a little difficult.

  • hswhtjwjj

    i need help on how to change the dipars

  • Baby Mama

    I too need help on diaper changing. The dirty diaper will not go in the trash.

  • http://www.mommybknowsbest.com MommyB

    Are you using the cotton ball to wipe the baby? The diaper will not go into the trash if baby is still dirty.

  • jamie

    Running with assistance is very difficult. I’ve tried everything and he keeps falling.

  • makenna

    i am trying to chang the babys dirtty diapper but she just weird crys and a purple exclamation mark shows up please help

  • LU

    What will happen when you cared of four babies on baby first steps?

  • sexy-foxy and mother

    i bought my babys first steps and love it! have 2 girls and 1 boy what a handfull no trouble!

  • sexy-foxy and mother

    aahh love kids

  • sexy-foxy and mother

    scared— almost finished with them what will happen?

  • Jordan

    I am having trouble with the walks on his own and every time I shake the little bunny beside him he keeps falling down please help me.

  • Jordan

    Jamie you have to hold her hand through the whole thing

  • Mad

    Hey im very frustrated. (month 20) i touch her hand and she keeps saying tummy! PLEASE HELP!