“Do you give him the iPhone or the iPad?” asked the peadiatrician.
Yes, we do. As a stay-at-home-mom, I need that short 5-minute video to distract him so that I could go to the kitchen to cook his dinner, take a shower, or to put out the laundry. I used to have him contained in his play yard but he has recently outgrown it and dangerously tries to climb out.
Our iPad is loaded with apps that are interesting and is hopefully educational. The ones my son likes most include interactive e-book Moo, Baa, La la la by Sandra Boynton (by Loudcrow), The Wheels on the Bus (by Duck Duck Moose) and interactive e-book Town Mouse and Country Mouse (by TabTale LTD).
The iPad has become a mobile babysitter for some parents. We do not bring it out with us to restaurants. However, when you’re on long flight with a young child and books and toys no longer work as a distraction, you’d be surprised how the iPad can keep you and the other passengers sane.
My husband and I control the amount of time our toddler spends on the iPad. But even with this, I am dumbfounded at how quickly my son learns to maneuver the gadget simply through observing how we use it. The good thing about this is it won’t be long before he can teach his grandparents how to use their iPad.