*This is a sponsored post. I received a free limited time login to Kidloland in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are solely mine!
Now as a parent, there are so many rules, recommendations, and regulations thrown at you from every parenting and child agency and group that it can be hard to keep up with what you are supposed or not supposed to and when! However, when the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with new guidelines for how much screen times kids were have, I made sure to tune in. The guidelines below are straight from the AAP website!
Recommendations for families – Full article of American Academy of Pediatrics Guidelines
- For children younger than 18 months, discourage use of screen media other than video chatting.
- For parents of children 18-24 months who want to introduce digital media, select high-quality programming/apps and use media together with children.
- For children 2-5 years, limit screen use to one hour a day of high-quality programming, and co-view with children.
- Avoid using media as the only way to calm a child.
- Keep bedrooms, mealtimes and parent-child playtimes screen-free for all. Stop using screens an hour before bedtime and remove devices from bedrooms before bedtime.
- Avoid fast-paced programs, apps with lots of distracting content and violent content.
Now after reading these, I will be the first to admit that there are times when you just need to pull out your phone or tablet to help your child in dire need of distraction. We do it when necessary (long car trips, anyone?), but we do try to limit the amount of time our 22 month old spends in front of a screen. And when he does, we like to make sure that it is high-quality educational content. Figure that is a way to kill two birds with one stone, right? Well, enter Kidloland!
What is Kidloland you ask? Kidloland is a downloadable nursery rhymes app for your phone or tablet. A full list of Kidloland’s features and more info can be found on their website, but a few of my favorites are listed below along with my experience using this app with my son.
Now I have an active and rambunctious toddler who doesn’t stay still for very long or for long periods of time EVER and to be honest, I was quite skeptical when I imagined my son actually using an app or having it keep his attention long enough to get use out of it. Most of the other apps I have purchased and downloaded have proven to not be very engaging for him and he usually loses interest quite quickly. So imagine my surprise when I am having to rip the iPad out of my son’s hands for dinner because he is so enthralled by this app!
My favorite features:
- Age-old classic nursery rhymes are featured, ones that I can sing along with him! Yup, we use this app together a lot!
- Super easy to navigate and even my son was able to manipulate his way through the app (this generation I tell ya….)
- Over 100 different educational activities that help with hand-eye coordination and cognitive skills
- No ads!!!!! Do I need to repeat this one? Definitely a selling feature for me!
- Designed specifically for kids 0-5 years old so everything is large and easy to see or read (because I’m not always there to help him and I love that he can see the pictures and click on the large icons)
- Songs can be downloaded and played even when you don’t have wifi available which is helpful with our iPad especially
- Animals.Animals.Animals – my son is obsessed with these activities as animals are kinda his jam right now!
- Engaging songs and games – I may try to steal the iPad at times to play the balloon pop game…just saying.
- Each song or story has interactive features hidden on the page. My son is too young to find and enjoy them yet, but I see so much potential for this app to grow with him as he gets older as there are multiple hidden features on each page.
The app really speaks for itself once you see a child playing with it in action. My son truly loves the songs about animals and vehicles and I know that as he gets older, this app will grow with him. I have truly never seen so much content in one app! If you are looking for an educational app to share with your toddler or preschooler, one that will actually keep your child engaged, then I encourage you to check out Kidloland (links to download below).
If these photos don’t speak for themselves, then I don’t know what will. He is truly so enthralled by this app. And the best part is that he doesn’t just watch it like a television, but rather sings along, makes animals sounds, insists on pointing everything out to me, and best of all, laughs and smiles through it all (of course every time my camera caught a smile it was all blurry because he was so excited, so trust me when I say that he was loving every minute!).