I don’t have a problem with my kids playing with my iPhone; I usually use it as a last resort while out shopping or out to dinner. But the one thing that has me fighting my toddler is the home button. I’ll look at my happy child only to find that he is no longer playing his matching (sounds to animals) game and is navigating through my phone book, emails and pictures (sometimes even attempting to delete my apps). I usually freak at the thought of him deleting emails and calling China and then grab my phone… he freaks cause he has no idea why one second we were both happy and the next? I’m grabbing the phone from his tiny little (kung-fu grip) hands.
I came across the BubCap and had to try it.
What is a BubCap?
BubCap home button covers are just rigid enough to deter toddlers from pressing the home button, yet they are flexible enough that adults can activate the home button with a firm press. It’s a similar concept to many child-proof caps for medicine bottles.
Will my toddler benefit from using BubCaps?
Whether your toddler has never seen a home button before, or they just love to press it for fun, BubCaps are the best way to share an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with toddlers who have not yet learned proper use of the home button.
Which BubCap should I order?
Due to subtle differences in the home buttons on different devices, please refer to our guidelines and choose the right model(s) for your situation:
BubCap is our less rigid model, which is great for most toddlers, particularly toddlers using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch for the first time.
BubCap Ultra is more difficult to press through, and is better suited to stronger toddlers or youngsters who have a stubborn desire to press the home button. It is also preferred more often on the iPad (due to the iPad’s shallower home button activation depth).
BubCap Max is the most difficult to press through, and is intended for older / stronger kids on an iPad.
For most toddlers, we recommend starting with our Intro-Pack, which includes two BubCap (regular) and two BubCap Ultra home button covers.
Do I remove the BubCap when my toddler isn’t using the device?
We recommend keeping your home button cover on permanently. It may take a little getting accustomed to, but if you regularly share your devices with your toddler, the benefit of having 24-hour protection on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is well worth it. You may decide you prefer to remove the BubCap when you know your child won’t be using your device for awhile, particularly for those who find it too difficult to activate the home button with the BubCap attached. Please keep in mind, the less often you remove and reapply a BubCap, the longer it will last.
Anything else I should know before ordering?
1) BubCaps may not work with all skins and cases, or may require skin or case removal to install and remove.
2) While many people report good outcomes using a BubCap over a screen protector, the results can be unpredictable; do so at your own risk.
New Product- BubCap Max
We have a new product, the BubCap Max, which is our most rigid home button cover to date. Our primary goal with the BubCap Max is to help educators and therapists expand the use of educational and assistive technology to a broader range of children. But parents of children (of all abilities) beyond the toddler years may also find the new BubCap Max useful. BubCap Max is primarily intended to be used on iPads (due to a more sensitive home button), but can also be used on the iPhone and iPod touch.
My advice: Read the instructions and follow them! I made the mistake of not doing this and found that the BubCap wasn’t properly installed. Basically I didn’t let it sit (untouched) for at least 15 minutes. In reality, and because I have a Hulk for a child, I should (and eventually did) leave it to set and properly adhere overnight. The adhesive bond increases after 24 hours.
Another thing to consider is that you cannot use a protective screen cover with a BubCap. I had a second screen cover so I decided to try using a BubCap with my current screen cover (the one that was installed on my iPhone) to see what would happen. Again, they suggest you do not do this but I wanted to try it because I also have the fear of my son dropping or throwing my iPhone and cracking the screen. It actually worked but it did cause bubbles between the screen cover and the iPhone.
My iPhone has a protective case that covers the sides and back so the BubCap did not interfere with my case.
I first tried the regular BubCap but my 16-month-old was able to eventually figure it out. At that point I removed the regular BubCap and installed the BubCap Ultra. He has yet to be able to push the home button with the Ultra in place BUT the Ultra does take some getting used to on the parent’s side. (I’d rather leave mine in place and get used to it than remember to carry it around).
My next suggestion to BubCap? Make a power button cover! Since diverting my toddler from using the home button, he has since figured out how to power my iPhone off with the top button. I’ll take that over him emailing gibberish to a business contact and calling long distance but he is one smart cookie.
Bottom line: I can see this being a key accessory to have for an iTouch and iPad as I see more kids (toddlers) using those devices over iPhones. But because we don’t own an iPad or iTouch, we feel it to be even more important to have one to protect our valuable data while letting our son play with his educational and musical apps. Also, check out BubCap’s post on How To Prepare Your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for Toddlers for helpful tips. I especially love how BubCaps is expanding and including accessories (the new BubCap Max) for uses beyond frustrated toddlers
Head over to Facebook where I’m giving away FIVE BubCap packs!
ONE Mandatory entry (you must do all four steps)-
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Rules for Entries:
This contest is open to US residents, excluding residents of Puerto Rico or any other US territories, of at least 18 years. The deadline for entry is Friday, May 2o, 2011, 11:59 p.m., when 5 (FIVE) winner will be chosen by random dot org, notified by e-mail and posted on this page. A valid email address (in the Facebook post) OR response to winner announcement within 72 hours is required to win and contest is void where prohibited.
Disclosure: Paperclip Robot sent us multiple BubCaps to test and try. I was not paid to write a review and all my words and opinions are my own.