Now that he’s two, Greyson has started to cutely request, “Do iPad!” Between mine and my husband’s tablets, iPhones, and laptops, limiting screen time can be somewhat of a challenge; I’m sure you can relate! We both work in design fields so it’s important to us that our son finds creativity not just through technology. Here are a few tips we’ve found to keep balance:
Keeping the tablet out of eye sight. It sounds simple, but out of sight really is out of mind especially in the case of a toddler.
Trying to limit use to once a day. Sometimes there is a mom-needs-to-get-out-the-door-in-5-minutes emergency but we make our best effort to stick to this rule and play games or watch short videos WITH Greyson. Toddlers will go from app to app and video to video endlessly without supervision! When we watch with him, we choose ONE and we talk him through each game or show.
Being selective about content. Grey could watch his favorites Peppa Pig and Caillou on repeat but I’ve also narrowed in on what I think are the best educational apps for toddlers that I like to weave in; Phonics Island, Abby Monkey Basic Skills, and Lego Duplo Train are learning and motor-skill apps that he also really enjoys.
Do you set screen time limits with your tot and which are your favorite apps? -Olivia