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Monday
Dec022013

Kid-Friendly Tablets

I bought an iPad for personal use about a year and a half ago, and that's the last time I saw it.  It's been highjacked by my now 3 1/2 year old daughter.  So, for Christmas this year, my husband and I have started looking into what we may get her so that we can once again use our iPad that we bought for our use.  It's been surprising to me how many tablet-like devices are out there for kids now, so I've done some research into the best options:

1. The good, old-fashioned iPad/iPad Mini

Pros:

Good for the whole family.  Sturdy, long-lasting, proven product.

Cons:

Expensive. You have to get a good, sturdy case for it or a kid WILL break it.  Trust me.  No parental settings to limit daily play-time for the kids.

2. Kindle Fire

Pros:

Cheap option.  Good for education and entertainment.  Parental time settings.  Parents can use it, too.

3. Nabi (Android tablet)

Pros:

Cheaper than iPad.  Netflix-ready.  Ability to watch videos, play games, and surf the web.  Parental controls.

Cons:

More expensive than Leap Pad.  Parental use can be limited.

4. Leap Pad

Pros:

Cheap.  Durable.

Cons:

Small screen.  Not ideal for parental use.