Well, okay so infants & toddlers can’t really dance, but they can wiggle..jiggle…criggle?? That’s a combination of a crawl and a…nevermind. But because of those dudes Scott Shultz & Christian Jacobs (of one of my favorite bands, The Aquabats), you know exactly what I’m talking about when I say dancey dance, and so do your children. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
My house was taken over by DJ Lance Rock and the Gabba Gang about 3 years ago. Jax fell in love with the bright colors, original music and graphics immediately. A lot of the lessons went over his head the first two years, but now the idea that he shouldn’t bite his friends has sunken in. Thank you Yo Gabba Gabba! But Jax is four, and while now he jams to Yo Gabba Gabba hits on his iPod shuffle, repeats lessons of sharing and love to the dog and party rocks at Yo Gabba Gabba live, the show was a little too advanced for him when he was an infant & early toddler. And the genius that is Scott Shultz realized this and so along with his equally talented brother, Ben, they have created Hi BabyBoo.
Here is what they are saying about Hi, BabyBoo on Kickstarter.
“Hi BabyBoo will be a magazine format show much like Yo Gabba Gabba, with small interstitials and skits full of fun, music and nature…IT STARTS AND ENDS — with a new cast of cuddly PUPPET friends who play with real KIDS. It’s also about the ADULT HUMAN characters who peekaboo in with a funny facial expression. And a cast wouldn’t be complete without cute ANIMATED characters to be friends with.”
I am in full support of this new venture they are on. When I first saw a quick clip of Yo Gabba Gabba, my initial reaction was that it was strange. But then I really sat down watched and listened to the program, I fell in love! The music and graphics are modern and current, while still flashing back to my time in the 80’s & 90’s. The music is catchy and hip, but with full of great messages. The characters are relatable and loving. Now if you take all the great things about this show, shorten it and make it more about imagery for younger kids, you’ve got Hi, BabyBoo.
I know a lot of people are apprehensive about allowing their children to watch television. But that’s because so many people will plop their kids in front and walk out of the room or go do something else. Jax and I watched these shows together and reiterated the message and the imagery. “That’s right Jax, look at Muno, he’s red. What color is he?” or “That’s right, you can’t always get what you want. That song is right!”. This show, Hi, BabyBoo, with its repetition, color and music will allow for your interaction with the baby and time for segments to sink in to the child’s mind. It’s slower than Yo Gabba Gabba, yet has most of the elements. Hoping they raise enough in the alloted time on Kickstarter for this show. It’s definitely a great concept. Check it out for yourself!