What applications do you recommend for 18 months on iPad. Looking for educational advice, please:)

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Elfrieda - posted on 02/18/2012

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There was just a study that showed any screen time before age 2 is really harmful to the baby's brain, so I think you need to be careful about that. Of course the apps are going to say "educational", but they would say that, they're trying to sell their products!

Jodi - posted on 02/18/2012

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In fact, just to add to what the other ladies are saying, at this age, it isn't only that they don't NEED iPad time (or flashcards, as per your other question), it can actually be detrimental to their development in other areas. At this age, they are so heavily stimulated by their normal environment, this is more than enough. If you start adding additional mental stimulation, it can have the effect of DELAYING normal areas of development at this age, because the brain can only cope with a certain amount of development at one time. Normal age appropriate play and lots of love and cuddles and interaction with parents is all they need before the age of 5 in order to set their brain up for optimum learning.

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MY daughter has all that and more. We read books daily and explores everywhere She has free play all day at school and only looking for suggestions. Not like I am focusing my childs learning on IPAD and flash cards. Wow, I think I will not post anymore.

Stifler's - posted on 02/19/2012

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When my kid was 18 months he wouldn't have "got" iPad sort of stuff. Reading books is about as "educational" as I got with him. Reading short 5 words a page type of stories is great with kids that age.

Firebird - posted on 02/18/2012

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18 months? *shakes head* They don't need flash cards and flashy screens, they need real toys and attention.

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Infants don't need ipad time. They need hands on play and cuddling.



Plus ipads are made by virtual slave labor and people die regularly in the factories but that's another story.

Kate CP - posted on 02/18/2012

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The way infants and young kids learn best is through play and discovery. Let your child explore their environment. Don't put them in front of a screen. They need to move and touch and explore to learn and grow. Applications and flash cards can't do that.

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