Buying Toddler Gaming System vs iPod Touch?

Pauline - posted on 01/30/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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MY DD has couple of game systems that you have to attach to a TV, and few that are Vtech , leap pad but these ones do not have the screens like my phone. She seems into to my phone more every time she gets a chance...Now I am debating about getting her a used ipod touch on Ebay or getting her something like leap pad or leapster..I think like the ipod touch these games on my phone I have most of them are for free and are just perfect for her right now though they are not like those license characters but she seems to enjoy the most..What are you having for your kids?..

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Veronica - posted on 06/05/2012

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I bought a used ipod touch for my daughter, and luckily it was used and cheap because it disappeared. But she absolutely loved it .... she loved playing the games she can play on my phone, and she had a blast using the camera and taking pictures of herself, or making videos with my step daughter. She received a Leap Pad for christmas, and she really enjoys that as well. The up side to the leap pad is that the games are very educational, and definitely encourage learning while having fun, but the system itself is pricey as are the games. At least with the ipod, most games toddlers enjoy are free. Also, the leap pad needs batteries and if your child uses it alot, you're going to spend a fortune in batteries (i would invest in rechargable ones).

Dashanda - posted on 03/22/2012

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My son recived a Leapfrog Leapster Explorer for his 3rd birthday and he loves it.I would not buy a TODDLER a ipod,iphone,ipad I think all young toddlers need Leapfrog game systems.

Kate - posted on 02/17/2012

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My son loves my ipad but since he's so young we decided to buy him a leappad explorer tablet for his birthday. I wasn't sure how into it he was going to be but he loves it! There are a bunch of games on there and you can buy fun games to go with it, you also set their age so it gives age-appropriate games for them to play. It doesn't need to hook into a computer or anything except when just setting it up. It's also touch screen so he thinks it's cool. The only bad thing I can say is that it runs on 4 AA batteries. It'd be nice to just charge it with a cord but other than that it's been great :)

Jennifer - posted on 02/16/2012

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I had an iPod touch my parents gave me when they very first came out. It is now my 3 year olds. I use to keep it my car for music only. Then my hubby got me an iPhone and I downloaded some games for him. It got to the point that whenever we had a free moment he wanted it. So I cleared my itouch and downloaded preschool age games for him. Of course I work with him daily but he knows all his abc's, colors, can count to 25, spell his name, etc etc with these games too. I only download the educational ones for him but he is so in love with it! I def recommend an iPod touch. As they age, you can change the games an such to match :-). Most are free but the paid ones are definitely worth it too!

Brook - posted on 02/16/2012

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We bought an ipod touch for our 5 yr. old for Christmas this year. At first, I was very resistant. However, there are some very good points about the free and cheap games that are available on the ipod and the only things on there are what we as parents download. Most of these games are educational. And when we decide he does not need to be on netflix or other internet sites, we just disable the wi-fi feature giving us more controle over the system. We had let him play on our phones for awhile before deciding on this and it went well. And, all game systems need supervision because kids figure things out quickly but this will grow with him for some time. good luck!

Laura - posted on 02/08/2012

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i would not buy my child an ipod touch at all! my daughters father has just bought her an ipod touch and shes seven, i dont agree with it all! even tho she has nintendo ds lite and my three year old plays peppa pig games on that and finds it easy to use if watched while playing, and they are not bad price either, around £60 for a second hand one x

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