Happy Friday guys! I feel like today’s blog post might get some mixed reactions from people. But I wanted to blog about it anyway. Basically, I’m getting to a point in my, I guess I’ll call it “my journey of motherhood”, where I just need a break sometimes. And yes, at times I resort to technology to help keep my daughter Molly busy so I can get a few things done around the house. It’s funny because I used to be so anti-technology with her. In fact, we never even had the TV on in the house around her for basically the first year of her life. We would just leave it off all day until she went to bed and then enjoy one or two of our favorite shows. But after she turned one, we started to let the TV be on a little bit while she was in the room and now that she’s 19 months, the TV is on a lot more than I’d like to admit.
Same goes for using my phone to play with apps. I didn’t really let her play with my phone much at the beginning but then we introduced a phone app or two because it was the only thing that would keep her busy on a long cross country flight – read my flying with a toddler tips HERE. And we’ve done quite a few long flights with her in her short life time so far – so she quickly got used ot the phone apps. And unfortunately, now she absolutely loves my phone and wants to use her Elmo app all the time! Not good.
So that got me thinking, if I can’t keep the phone away from her all the time, and I do want to let her use it every once in a while (so I get a break/time to do housework), what are the best apps for her to play with that would be good for her development and age-appropriate for a one and a half year-old? So what do I do? I come to my blog for advice from all of you! I’m always in awe whenever I pose a question on my blog by all the amazing responses from all of you guys. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I absolutely love the community of support we’ve all built here on Ali Luvs.
But before I go and ask for your recommendations, I want to leave a couple of mine. So far there are two apps that I really love for Molly. Well, I guess I should say one that she really loves, but I’m not sure is very educational. And the other she really loves and I really love because I feel like she’s learning about animals and musical instruments and other things.
So here are mine and Molly’s favorites…
Sesame Beginnings – Molly absolutely loves this app because she absolutely loves Sesame Street. It’s really the only TV show that we let her watch because we feel like it’s very educational. Ever since she started watching it I honestly feel like her vocabulary has exploded. She knows all the characters names and has learned other things while watching too. So it’s no wonder she loves this app. However, the only thing the app really teaches her is the characters names plus a few other items. So I think it’s OK for her to play for a little bit but I don’t let her play with this one for too long.
Flash cards – Molly plays this one much more often. And it’s her absolute favorite! She loves it because of all the sounds and images she gets to discover and explore. And I love it for the same reasons, plus she’s learning words and sounds. I just think it’s a really great app for one-year-olds and even two-year-olds.
So there you have it! Those are the ones that we use. I would love to hear about the ones that you guys love that are also educational! Let’s discuss and share in the comments below!
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