Buying a tablet

So. I plan to buy my two year old baby boy a tablet. Decisions. Decisions. I have an iPad that he uses but I don’t like the fact that he can click anywhere / everywhere and do what he wants. (Half the time playing music) I want something way more kid friendly. I’ve been looking into the Amazon fire. Any recs? Do any of you have a fire? And what size? The 10 looks huge. Thanks.

  • Ira
    Dec 17, 2018

    Hi. In my opinion, 2 yo is too young to have their own tablet/gadget. If you don’t mind me asking, why do you want to give your baby boy an iPad?

  • Jennifer
    Dec 17, 2018

    I got my 3 year old an iPad mini she uses the iPad Air we have now and does great with it. I’m putting her new one in child protective mode which prevents unwanted purchases or apps without parent permission. I looked in amazon kid fire tablet because i liked the kid friendly set up. When I found out kids YouTube was not available and she uses that a lot to watch learning stuff it went out the window. The iPad mini 2 ended up being a great choice because it had what I was looking for, still newest ISO update and not as expensive as a brand new one

  • Ashlie
    Dec 17, 2018
  • Ashlie
    Dec 17, 2018

    This would be the best option for you then it has built in parent control that you can access from your cell phone so say your son's not paying attention to you and he's probably like 6 years old he's not listen to you he's not doing what you're supposed to be doing you can shut his his tablet off with your phone

  • Jennifer
    Dec 18, 2018

    We are doing the kindle kids version. It has big bumper case so it can be dropped and they replace for 2 years of broken

  • Niashya
    Dec 18, 2018

    Hi Ira. We mostly use it for entertainment during long car rides. He uses a couple learning and puzzle apps. Also to watch a few of his favorite shows.

  • Niashya
    Dec 18, 2018

    Oh! Thanks for the heads up Jennifer. He likes kids YouTube as well.

  • Jen
    Dec 18, 2018

    Leapfrog has a tablet i got for my daughter for her second birthday she is almost 4 and still plays with it it has internet to access YouTube and sites still

  • E
    Dec 18, 2018

    iPad has a parent lock (triple click) and can block in app purchases. I’d look into it. You may be able to just use your current device by turning on these features.

  • Niashya
    Dec 18, 2018

    Oh good to know @ A. Thanks a lot!

  • Anonymous
    Dec 18, 2018

    Niashya, The Kindle Fire from Amazon is awesome. You can download free apps for a year. My kids LOVE the vocabulary games and Elmo’s tracing numbers game. Use your best judgment on screen time. It’s a great tool for learning, Ira.

  • Johnpaul
    Dec 18, 2018

    iPad Create a family account and you can completely lock it down via your iPhone. It’s easy to setup.

  • Nana
    Dec 18, 2018

    No iPads at two. Way too young. Lots of books and building toys.

  • Casey
    Dec 18, 2018

    We use a amazon kids fire hd with freetime. Works well. Son has already thrown one down the stairs (dropped it), and got it wet in the kitchen sink. Both replaced for free.

  • Niashya
    Dec 18, 2018

    Thanks Johnpaul. I didn’t know that!

  • Ivy
    Dec 19, 2018

    We have a Kindle Fire HD. It’s pretty solid, easy for kids to hold, and came with a year subscription to a lot of wonderful stuff. I will say, the screen sucks, the response time or speed of software is slow, but if your kid doesn’t know any better, it’s not something bothersome and probably better for their patience building. I leave it in the car for our son as it lets you download lots of books and apps. We also have an iPad where we have limited screen time and can even limit whichever app we want to. My 3 year old son knows when it’s locked up, he needs to use a different app, or play with his other toys around the home. He has no time limit on his educational apps, like the Homer app or and reading apps. I believe reading and interacting on a screen helps my kid so much. He is a sponge and looooves documentaries and science. He loves puzzles and problem solving. Instead of constantly buying new wooden puzzles or tanagrams, we just download him a puzzle app. Our 2 year old, has zero interest and they’re wired totally differently. Studies say watching TV (screen time) is bad, and I agree. But studies haven’t been done on interactive learning through screen time. It’s kinda the future. To be honest, I never wanted to let my kids use tech, but I had an iPad I wasn’t using and it has a better owner now

  • Beverly Vantine
    Dec 21, 2018

    We feel our 3.5 year old is too young for his own screen, but we have an old iPhone and we put a few learning games on there. He's only allowed to play with it in the morning for about 30-45min while my husband and i get ready for work. If it's a rainy day or he's sick we'll let him get a little mroe time with it. But ultimately, my solution for you is get an old phone that someone has lying around and just use that.

  • T
    Dec 21, 2018

    I bought my son a refurbished iPad off Groupon. Put a kid friendly case on it& only age appropriate learning apps. He’s done great better than his teenage siblings 😬 now I’m debating on purchasing abc mouse for the yr or not.

  • Beja
    Dec 27, 2018

    We got her the Amazon fire at 2 years old, mostly for videos and movies during long car rides. The prime video options allow you to download different shows and movies without needing wifi or data to view it. The Netflix app allows you to do the same. It has been a life saver since we take trips frequently. We got this foam case that has a handle on it so she carries it like a little briefcase, she's had it for a year and it's still in excellent condition.