Playtime is a big part of your toddler’s day. Their minds and bodies develop during this time. They learn how to make sense of things and also how to socialize. There are endless toys and games for bubba to get busy with but some digital time is also quite useful for your little one (and your sanity lol). I know there are some mommies who would disagree, but each to her own.
My husband and I have downloaded and deleted stacks of apps and I thought it would be quite nice of me to share my favourites with you. Spare you some time and let your kiddo get to the fun part. Please remember, there is a lot of learning and development in store for your kid so let go of that guilty conscience. And no, your child won’t become antisocial or develop eye problems, just have time limitations and rules in place.
Ok so on to the list…(insert drumroll)
Must have toddler apps
- Youtube Kids – this app is soooo necessary. It is safe for your child to watch and browse through videos and you can tailor it to the age of your child. Read our review here
- Kids Doctor – I was more addicted to this game than my daughter. In this role playing game your child gets to play doctor with a selection of patients with different illnesses. They provide medication, medical equipment and everything needed to make the patient well again. My daughter loves being a dockshta. It’s too cute!
- Junior Chefs Cafe – Your child gets to be a master chef with a choice of baking cupcakes, pizzas and donuts. This game is so user friendly and teaches your toddler what you do in the kitchen when you are busy for a few hours. Its the perfect app to pull out when you busy with your own cooking.
- Shapes and Colors – This cute app is all about educating your little one on different shapes and colours with the use of animations, sounds and sing along songs. It is perfect for babies 6 months & up.
- Happy Bear – is another game that you might get lost in and will make you hog the game from your child. My husband is currently addicted to this app. The aim of this game is to keep the bear happy, LOL. You can feed him, bath him, pimp his house and so much more. Below is an image of our bear who isn’t so happy at the moment, due to being neglected for some hours. The clingy bear doesn’t quite understand that we have day jobs!
I hope this quick list helps, please let us know what apps you use and what your thoughts are on toddlers playing on phones and tablets at that age. To balance screen time with other playtime activities,click here for our playtime ideas.