Why I bought my toddler an iPad
Whether to buy a toddler an iPad/tablet/Kindle/whatever-other-devices-I-can’t-think-of-right-now is a debate that can rage fiercely between parents. Some horrified by the idea, some giving their newborn an electrical device of some kind. I’m not here to tell you which is right, where the line should be drawn and I’m not even going to put my little toe into the arena of the classic debate: How much screen time is too much screen time? Every family is different, every child is different and it is a personal decision for your family to make. What I am going to tell you though is why I am so glad I bought my toddler an iPad.
Here is why I so happy I gave my toddler an iPad:
- Long drives. Pretty much all of our closest friends and all of Harrison’s god parents live 1.5-4 hour drives away. This means that we are doing long drives pretty regularly. Before we leave we download whatever his favourite tv show is and a couple of games and that will help keep him entertained for a good 75% of that journey time! Luckily if we turn the radio up to just the right leave we can drown out the sound of Peppa Pig playing in the back!
- It allows me to shower and put makeup on! Ok, this shouldn’t be such a big part of why I love the iPad but it is, ok, judge me if you will but we all have to do whatever works for us as parents! After breakfast me and Harrison go up to my bedroom, he climbs into my bed and I give him the iPad and he entertains himself (whether he is watching CBeebies on it, or playing games) for up to 30 minutes. Those 30 minutes let me shower, get dressed, put makeup on and if I’m really working at speed, sort out some washing! That is worth the cost of 100 iPad’s in my humble opinion. I’m sure plenty of mums manage to get those things done without resorting to iPad’s but I have a toddler who gets very upset if he is separated from me and being able to keep him entertained in my bedroom (yes I shower with the en suite door open because what mother actually gets to shower or use the toilet without an audience?!) lets me do these without him being heartbroken.
- Most importantly, it is educational! Harrison has learnt new songs and nursery rhymes, most of which either I have completely wiped from my memory or have forgotten most of the words to (if you know all the words to Hush little baby, I salute you!). He has learnt about dinosaurs, he has learnt about colours and most impressively one app actually managed to do what I had spent the previous 6 months attempting and actually taught Harrison how to count up to 10! There is plently of rubbish out there for toddlers and young children to get into but there is also a wealth of educational material available to get kids learning!