If your toddlers are anything like mine, then I’m sure you’d understand the daily iPad, telly and mobile phone struggles. However, If you’re rolling your eyes right now at the fact that my boy is even aware of an iPad’s mere existence, then this blog post is definitely not for you.
Looking back at my pregnancy days, i remember how obsessed i was with the idea of being the ‘perfect’, ‘magazine mom’. “My baby will never watch TV, let alone play with a mobile phone or iPad.” “My baby will sleep in his own cot and would be asleep by maximum 7:00 PM every single night.” “My baby will eat what i feed him, no matter what.” Ha!!! Little did i know that the above statements i confidently reiterated in my mind over and over again would never see the light of day. Actually, unicorns may be more realistic .
Over the months, i came to realize that i should stop beating myself up about all the things i wanted to achieve as a ‘perfect mother’.. To my boy, i am nothing short of perfect and that’s all that matters.
To be honest, i absolutely love co-sleeping with my baby.. He stopped waking up in the middle of the night and we all get so much more sleep. There are so many new and safe options for families that choose to co-sleep with their kids which i think is simply amazing! I will write a separate blog post on that soon.
I also realized that YouTube is an absolute God-send at meal time! My baby finishes his meals in peace and i stopped pulling my hair out in frustration.. A happy baby belly and a momma with hair on her head – sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.
My point is, don’t be embarrassed to do the things that some mothers feel are ‘taboo’ when it comes to raising a child.. Don’t be a victim to other people’s judgement towards how you choose to raise your own baby. Do what is right for your child and what is right for you!!! And don’t ever compare yourself with other mothers. Babies come in all shapes and sizes with all sorts of personalities too. What works for you and your child may not work for others – Remember that before you choose to criticize or judge. I always welcome advice, but only when i ask for it.. I also don’t give it to others unless they are willing to receive it.
Rants aside, let’s move on to the topic of this actual post shall we?
My husband bought Khaled an iPad for his first birthday.. You can imagine the excitement, giggles and absolute thrill on his face when he saw that big screen light up in bright red (YouTube)! My name is Marwa and my baby is a YouTube-o-holic *sigh*. Let’s just say that we sorta regret it now, mainly because he is too hooked on it and keeps asking for it at random times instead of just meal-time, which was the sole purpose of buying it.
I decided to download a bunch of toddler-friendly educational apps to broaden his learning skills and imagination. We now play on the iPad together as a fun learning activity.I found the below apps to be the most useful for his age (he turns 2 in May), we both enjoy them so much and i hope your toddlers will too!
Favorite Vocabulary/Phonics App- ‘Endless Alphabet’: Set the stage for reading success with this delightfully interactive educational app. Kids will have a blast learning their ABC’s and building vocabulary with the adorable monsters in Endless Alphabet. Each word features an interactive puzzle game with talking letters and a short animation illustrating the definition. Before you know it, your child will be using words like gargantuan and cooperate!
Favorite Nursery Rhyme/Music App- ‘Little Fox’: A sing-along songbook with more than 100 interactive elements in 3 songs and the little fox music studio where kids can record their own songs!
Favorite Counting/Numbers App- ‘Elmo 123s’: This is an app full of games, activities, and videos, which will help teach your child about numbers and counting.
** iKids Awards – Best Learning App: Tablet (preschool) **
Favorite Arabic Alphabet App- ‘Zee’s Alphabet’: This writing game teaches fundamental writing concepts to preschoolers: identifying letters, reading letter symbols, and associating letters with words.** Currently Number 1 in 8 countries, Kids and Kids under 5 categories **
Favorite Animated Story Book- ‘Another Monster at the End of this Book’: This is an animated storybook app, which will humorously help teach your child early reading and logic skills.
Favorite Role Play App Collection- ‘Sago Mini’: The Sago Mini apps build on kids’ natural sense of wonder, creativity and curiosity. They are safe, positive and fun. Millions of parents trust Sago Mini as the ideal first apps for their little ones.
• Promotes empathy, sharing, and creativity through pretend play
• Fun, relatable activities
• Silly surprises and reactions
• Perfect for playing with friends and family
• Make up stories to go with the actions
Feel free to share your favorite toddler apps, i would love to explore new ones! xx