For the first year of my monkeys life, we were those parents. You know, the OTT ones that don’t allow their little ones screen time. I was so adamant about it that I didn’t even watch TV myself in the early days when he was a newborn and fed & slept all day. In hindsight, the second time mum in me is telling myself of for being so silly and not enjoying those first few months, as second time round there’s no such thing as a break or a cup of tea + biscuit sat watching a show while your baba sleeps!
So anyway, we managed to get to 1 years old with zero screen time. But then as my pregnancy progressed and I’d have tired days and sleepless nights where all I wanted to do was curl up and sleep all day, the rules relaxed. It started by us letting my monkey watch aeroplanes land and takeoff on YouTube as he was such a fan of planes. We then allowed him to watch the odd nursery rhyme. Mother Goose Club & Chu Chi TV, I can’t wait for the day my babies outgrow you!
So when Kidloland asked us if we would like to review their app, at first I was hesitant to allow my monkey to use the iPad and decided to wait until he was a little older. Well, just after he turned 2 I was running out of ideas to keep him occupied while I disappeared upstairs to feed his baby brother (note, the baba will only feed in a quiet and dark bedroom as he’s otherwise distracted). So, I decided to take Kidloland up on their offer and allow him some time on the iPad.
Because he has never used a phone/ iPad before, he did need assistance with most of the games/songs and navigating the app. But I was happy about this as it means the length of time he uses it is limited. I’m sure this will change as he becomes more accustomed to it though as he is getting the hang of it pretty fast.
What we liked about the app:
- It’s educational, and a great way for your kids to learn in a supervised way
- There are no adverts! And it’s safe. I was wary of allowing him to you YouTube independently due to all the bizarre vids that are of there that are aimed at children
- Once the app and different games/songs are downloaded it can be used anywhere. Now, we don’t allow him to take the iPad out, but I know lots of parents do. So this is great as you don’t need to be connected to wifi! On the odd occasion when he has point blank refused to go to nursery, I’ve allowed him to watch nursery rhymes on the app in the car and it has avoided major meltdowns!
- There is so much on there, they will never get bored! From games, to puzzles, and flash cards to songs. And every time we log in there’s even more new updates. We limit his use so he doesn’t even use it daily, but if he did, he literally would never get bored.
- It’s suitable for different ages kids 5 and under so I’m sure in a year or so his little brother will be fighting him for it! He already loves listening to the nursery rhymes, but as he’s only 7 months old he definetly doesn’t benefit from any screen time just yet.
- It’s affordable. There are few options, but the cheapest works out at £29.99 for the year. For its educational use and the ability to use it with no wifi connection, it’s well worth it in my opinion!
There is just one niggle that I have to mention! If you choose to download everything from the app as you go, then it does take up quite a bit of memory, saying that, I have a an iPad with very limited memory to start with!
Overall I would really recommend this app for busy parents looking for something educational for their little ones. I also think that as my monkey gets a little older (he’s currently 2 years and 3 months), the app will become more and more useful for both me and him!
The iPad + Kidloland is currently helping me to get my toddler on the loo and to stay put on the loo, so I may be the first parent to attribute it to a must have potty training tool also 😂..
As the weather changes changes and we spend more time indoors I also think he will start to benefit from using it a lot more often, so my next challenge will be learning how to limit IPad use, tips anyone?
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