So we got this Newbaby a year ago from 12/6/13. So far it's been pretty great. It poops a TON though. I tried calling their customer support to see if it was normal for that to happen, and they just told me to clear it's history and cookies by changing it's diaper. Didn't really work...but oh well, what can you do? They don't have very good warranty coverage, you pretty much have to take care of everything on your own; and get this, you can't even bring it back! They never gave me a receipt, so I have no proof I got it there. Crazy, I know. IT'S 2013 PEOPLE, GET WITH THE PROGRAM! Anywho...
It interacts with our current Bigkid pretty well I'd have to say. Sometimes their programming can conflict with the other's, but as long as you keep an eye on them they can't hurt each other TOO badly. They have a pretty strong bond now, so even if I could take it back, I probably wouldn't. I have to say though, watching the different versions play and interact together is very adorable. The Bigkid actually has the ability to teach the Newbaby how to do certain things. It's learning things at a much faster rate because of the teamwork. They sure did a great job in the R&D department when they developed these things. I can't wait for the Newbaby to get updated to a Wobbly Toddler. It's almost there now, and as long as we keep nourishing it, clearing all the crap out (history and cookies), and putting it in sleep mode and taking good care of it, the update will happen all on it's own!
It's actually starting to walk now! While not only being insanely cute, being able to walk increases it's productivity value exponentially. Soon we will be able to train it to do menial tasks like getting me a beer from the fridge, or clearing it's history in the recycle bin (aka the toilet) instead of all over the desktop. Although, as we have learned from when our Bigkid was running on an earlier version, the ability to walk also increased the amount of things they can destroy, and viruses they can upload to the house. So be careful. You have to be preemptive, and install Adblockers (corner pads and outlet covers); we got a little cautious and even installed a firewall between our kitchen and living room, so the Newbaby can't get in.
Not everything is easy with a Newbaby. For example, here are a few of the issues we've been having
Has anybody ever seen their Newbaby do this? It's been a recurring issue. The back of the package guaranteed us that it would be free of any defects, but here it seems to be displaying some sort of cannibalistic behavior. I'm pretty sure it's harmless (and downright adorable)
It's also developed this habit of climbing on everything it sees. It moves the object around and puts it in front of different things to try to use it as a boost up. While this is a good sign of intelligence and ingenuity, it seems to be a bit of a programming mishap; as this behavior is very self-destructive, and may end up in the Newbaby being harmed.
It is sticking EVERYTHING in it's mouth. Irregardless of what it is; food, toys, paper, dirt, pens, markers, etc. It's good that it has a decent appetite, it speeds up the nourishing process. But there should at least be a patch to help it differentiate between items that are food and items that can kill it...seems like a serious programming fail. Maybe they are trying to create repeat business by making sure to have to bring it back to get it repaired? Good thing we got insurance...
It's also probably the most photogenic Newbaby ever! It doesn't matter what it is doing/eating/destroying, it always looks super adorable and innocent as an angel. It's perfect for my wife, who loves to take photos.
All in all, the Newbaby experience has been a great one. There have been some ups and some downs, and some angry calls to Newbaby inc.; but overall we are pretty happy. The Newbaby adds a whole lot of happiness to our family dynamic, because of it's consistently bubbly and excited demeanor. It's super intelligent, and calm as a cucumber. I can't wait to enjoy the time when the Bigkid update comes around, so that our current Bigkid can have a permanent play mate. It's been a fun year, and we are looking forward to many more!