The other day I did something I swore I would never do. I download apps on my iPhone for my toddler. I know I know, it's really not a heck of a big deal, and while I know that many people let their kids play with their phones...I would just prefer if Lincoln had something else to do. I'm sure the hefty price of an iPhone might have something to do with my reasoning.
I wanted to see what was offered for educational apps. What I found was seriously A TON! Loads and loads of pages full of apps that can apparently "teach" my toddler. I downloaded a bunch of free ones. Some I liked, while others got deleted immediately.
Lincoln was quite impressed with this new "toy" Mommy discovered for him. His favorite app is this "game" where you pop balloons. The balloons have letters on them, & when you pop one, it says the name of the letter. Pretty neat! And, while Lincoln is probably more excited about actually popping the balloons & celebrating when he successfully pops them all, I am certain hoping he's learning little something!
So, I've mentioned I don't really like him playing with my phone. Hmm. What to do? I started to research specific tablets designed for toddlers. Here's what I came up with.
The Leap Frog LeapPad Explorer. Looks pretty neat, huh?
The VTech InnoTab. Looks like the screen is slightly smaller. But I like a lot of the features.
And last, is the VTech MobiGo. I like how compact this one is, and it has the most appealing price tag of the three.
So, which one do I go with? I also should add that the LeapPad and the InnoTab say for ages 4+, while the MobiGo says 3+. Not sure if that matters much, because I'm pretty sure an iPhone isn't designed for a two year old. A lot of people have recommended just getting him an iPod Touch. While this seems like a great idea, I had an iTouch before my iPhone....and I cracked the screen. I'm sure it would only be a matter of days before that would happen. And honestly, I kind of think it's a bit ridiculous to get a two year old his own iPod Touch.
Does your toddler have a learning tablet, or do you just suck it up and let him/her play with your phone?