How to Choose Baby Friendly iPAD Cases?

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After I posted “How to Child-proof iPAD”, I got a lot questions about child-proof iPAD cases.  I did some research and found 3 cases that are good for babies and toddlers.  For iPAD cases for older kids, please visit HERE.

What to consider when choosing iPAD cases for babies and toddlers:

First of all, it is the drop protection.  You want a case that can absorb the shock.  Next, you want to have a screen protector that is liquid proof.  In addition, you want to make sure the ports for charger, headphone, camera, and speaker are all protected.  How about the home button?  Do you want it be covered as well?  The tricky part about covering the ports and home button is – although you want all the ports be protected, you still need easy access to these ports.  Other things to consider: easy to grab by the little hands, easy to carry with when travel, and can stand babies’ abuse (chewing, banging, …).  At last, the iPAD case is to protect iPAD, it should not interfere iPAD’s functionality.

iPAD cases for babies and toddlers:

After looking through about 20 iPAD cases, I found 3 that meet all the criteria mentioned above.How to choose baby friendly iPAD cases

Griffin Survivor: the maker of the product claimed it meets or exceeds US Department of Defense Standard 810F.  I don’t know exactly what “810F” mean, but it sounds very impressive.  Information from their web site is quite helpful: “Survivor is built on a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame clad in rugged, shock absorbing silicone. A built-in screen protector seals your Multi-Touch display from the outside environment, while hinged plugs seal the dock connector, camera lens, headphone port, hold switch and volume controls. The included stand clips on, then folds open for landscape viewing and typing.”  The stand allows you to put up the iPAD without hand holding it.  This could be handy with babies.  Here is a video with a lot details about the case.

It is $80 at the manufacture’s site, but it is only $40 at Amazon right now.  If you are shopping around, this is a really good deal.

Gumdrop Drop Series: Similar to Griffin Survivor, Gumdrop Drop series has drop absorption, screen cover, and port covers with easy port access.  One thing it doesn’t have is the stand, which is offered by Griffin Survivor.   It is $60 at manufacture’s site.  Amazon has it for $56 right now.   

Trident Kraken: Similar to the two above, but with no stand.  It is $70 at manufacture’s site.  Currently it is $34 at Amazon.   

Did you use any iPAD cases?  Which one do you like the best?

If you would like to check it out or purchase it, please use the Amazon link provided below.  The cost is the same to you, but iGameMom gets a small percentage. Thanks for your support!    

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Joy May 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Hey igamemom.com, Just came across your website in my search for a toddler-proof iPad case. I’ll be checking out your recommended products, Adios, Joy

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iGameMom May 28, 2013 at 12:15 am

Great to know you are from web search. There are a lot good apps for toddlers. Hope you noticed we have section dedicated to apps for babies and toddlers. It is under the tab “Age 1-3″ above all posts. You can also go there by visiting the link App for Age 1 to 3.

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Melissa May 10, 2013 at 9:35 pm

where did you find stands that work with the trident kraken? We have them on both ipads, but havent found a stand that can fit around it.

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iGameMom May 12, 2013 at 2:03 am

maybe this is something you can suggest the company to add to their product line?

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Jenn December 19, 2012 at 8:53 am

My kids dropped my iPad in a recent scuffle and it shattered… Thank goodness I bought the extra warranty! I’ll be buying a protector for the replacement for sure!

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iGameMom December 19, 2012 at 10:25 am

Glad you get a replacement. A case really helps. Hope it will give you some peace of mind.

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Angela October 24, 2012 at 6:39 am

Is there a ‘Lifeproof’ iPad protector available? I love my Lifeproof iPhone cover and it truly is baby chew and drool proof. I don’t find it interferes with the phone performance either.
Thank you for sharing this – we’re going to be purchasing an iPad soon, and are investingating cases etc…

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iGameMom October 24, 2012 at 10:37 am

Yes, there is. You can check it out: LifeProof Case for iPad 2/3

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Multimummy October 15, 2012 at 10:31 am

This is so useful, thanks!

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Lara October 10, 2012 at 12:13 am

I use a Griffin survivor case myself. I have a severely autistic 7 year old boy and it is fantastic. He mouths things and is very rough and this case just takes the knocks. It’s easy enough for an adult to take the cover off in order to clean all the muck and fingermarks(and in my case dribble of the screen protector) but this would be very difficult for a young child to do. I choose to remove the stand as my son literally runs around while holding his ipad and I worry that is might get broken, but again it’s easy for an adult to remove and replace. The only downside is that in order to use the camera you have to bend the camera port cover back and push it into place but it doesn’t stay there very well. I highly recommend the Griffin survivor case to anyone with preschoolers, special needs or busy kids.

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iGameMom October 11, 2012 at 9:22 am

Thank you, this is great feedback on the iPAD cases!

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Kureen August 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm

thanks for the tips. shall start looking for it now :)

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iGameMom August 17, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Easy way to find them is to use the Amazon link I had at the bottom of the post. It will lead you to the right product on Amazon. It is an affiliated link, so I will get some small %, but your cost is the same no matter you use the link or not.

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Colleen H. August 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Thanks for these great tips! As a public school speech pathologist, I can share this info with many parents.

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Emily. L August 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm

This is very timely for me. Thanks for the great info. I will be buying one of these today.

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Colleen August 8, 2012 at 8:24 am

I don’t even have an iPad but always thinking about getting one. This is good info to have if I do, with all of the babies in my world. :)

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Kellie Kaminski on Facebook August 8, 2012 at 5:12 am

We have the Trident for my 3 year old who is on the Spectrum. I swear it is indestructible and I get so many complements on the cool color and sturdiness. He regular throws and drops it and the iPad remains unscathed. Highly recommend.

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iGameMom August 9, 2012 at 12:18 am

Good to know other people’s experience. Thanks for sharing!

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