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Wwyd. Would you buy a kindle fire for a 2 year old?

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UmbongoUnchained Wed 20-Jul-16 08:16:03

Just out of interest.

MephistoMarley Wed 20-Jul-16 08:16:49

No I don't think so. They are fairly cheap though so not a great risk if you do.

mamapants Wed 20-Jul-16 08:18:30

No, I think I would consider a tablet from about 5 maybe.
I do know two year olds who have tablets though.

mollie123 Wed 20-Jul-16 08:19:58

no - unless the 2 year old can read and is interested in doing so. 2 year olds should be interested in colourful books IMO
wait a few years as these things (technology rubbish) are getting better/cheaper by the year

PotteringAlong Wed 20-Jul-16 08:20:08


Septbaby Wed 20-Jul-16 08:20:08


Stillunexpected Wed 20-Jul-16 08:20:25

No. Why would you?

lanbro Wed 20-Jul-16 08:21:24

My 4 and 3 yr olds have Leappads and are occasionally allowed to use our tablets. I wouldn't buy a 2yo their own Kindle.

BastardDailyMail Wed 20-Jul-16 08:22:15

No. What's the benefit? What would they use it for and when?

2 year olds are easily entertained with all sorts of other things. Kindle fires are also rubbish.

arethereanyleftatall Wed 20-Jul-16 08:22:21

Although I'm not sure exactly what that is, sounds gadgety.

MiddleClassProblem Wed 20-Jul-16 08:22:36

No. My DD is 18 months and she loves board books and touching textures, opening flaps etc. You can't get that in a kindle. She does play games on my iPad but it's a very different thing

dizzyfucker Wed 20-Jul-16 08:25:00


P1nkP0ppy Wed 20-Jul-16 08:25:13

Dear god, the world's gone mad! Why on earth would a 2 year old want one?
What's wrong with books and crayons, paints and playdoh?
In a few years time there will be an AIBU about them always being on their iPads 😟
Sorry if IABU but I struggle to understand why toddlers need technology instead of imaginative toys etc.

minisoksmakehardwork Wed 20-Jul-16 08:28:36

What's your reasoning for wanting to?

The kindle fire is great because a) its comparatively cheap at £50 and will allow them to use it for much, much longer than say a leap pad.

B) you can set a time and function limit so it automatically turns off after a set time and you can easily prevent it from accessing Internet/non-child friendly media.

But... Why does a 2yo need one of their own? At that age I was happy for mine to use my tablet occasionally.

The elder 2 turned 6 and 8 this year and have only just got their own kindle. The youngest are 4 and the only reason we are considering one for Xmas for them is because it will save fights over doing homework on the apps school use and because I can restrict its use better than I can on my iPad. Weirdly they are happier with the kindle suddenly switching off access when their time is up than by me setting a timer and removing it.

Artandco Wed 20-Jul-16 08:32:48

No. I wouldn't get my 6 year old a tablet either

Mrsantithetic Wed 20-Jul-16 08:41:28

We are having the same discussion but about my four year old.
Both my four year old and two year old play on my tablet probably more than I would like but not excessively. It's old and about had it so we are considering buying the four year old one for her birthday.

I have always hated children on them and it's kind of crept in. They do colour and play out it isn't their only form of entertainment but I have to admit I'm impressed with how both of them can navigate it. The games they play are educational (memory jigsaws etc) they have the actual physical version of these games too which they also enjoy.

I'm a bit of a tech phobe prefer books and it worries me how much is screen and computer based now but my dp had a point that this is what their generation will do. Like it or lump it schools are getting more technology now and as they grow it's going to get more and more so they are going to need to be able to use them properly and in a way they have a world of knowledge at their finger tips.

But I shudder at the thought. Im not there yet but if it's not used for endless YouTube kinder egg opening or peppa pig Im starting to think it might not be the end of the world.

off to stroke a book

NotBadConsidering Wed 20-Jul-16 08:42:32

No. Literacy at that age doesn't develop from the reading of black words from a white page/screen. It develops from interaction, excitement, visual connection with a story and the associated pictures, the anticipation of what's on the next page. While the benefits of e-books over paper books for adults can be debated (personally I don't buy into their benefits), for me there is nothing that will ever replicate or should ever replace turning the pages of good paper book with a toddler snuggled up under your arm.

UmbongoUnchained Wed 20-Jul-16 08:48:30

She plays on my ipad and navigates it surprisingly well. She has a few language apps on there that she uses as she is trilingual but myself and my husband work full time so she doesn't get to hear our spoken languages everyday so she plays on them when we are not there and her language is coming on so much better and can now converse in all 3 languages.
She hates books. Has never let me get past the first page of any book, but will read along with a story on the iPad and since playing on it has learnt a lot more vocabulary and her alphabet.
I am a bit torn but then I work in technology and love all things electronic and I think it's great as this is the generation for it. I'll have more of a think. I think she will hugely benefit from it but I do worry that other people will think I'm a shit parent.

sh700 Wed 20-Jul-16 08:50:54

This won't go down well but yes I did! We bought one for my DD shortly before her 3rd birthday. It was after DS came along and I'm afraid it does get used as a babysitter so I can shower/put him to sleep,etc. DH is a bit precious about his iPad getting sticky fingers on it. I like it because of all the parental controls and it was relatively inexpensive. Obviously we still do books, colouring, etc too. It doesn't replace all that stuff just another option.

baringan Wed 20-Jul-16 08:54:03

I've never met a 2 year old that hates books.

Crankyblob Wed 20-Jul-16 08:55:35

Yes I bought my one at 2 years (Black Friday deal and very cheap)

Reasons were because he has 4 much older siblings and was grabbing at their electronics so we got him the kids kindle version which has a free child's app. They also included free replacement should the screen crack or it break no questions asked.

We limit it to nusery rhymes and download movies for long journeys. It is fine. He by no means is left to his own devices and We sing all day from songs that he has learnt.

Although I do not agree with children this young playing them all day, I do think that it can add another dimension to their play on top of real books, colouring books and everything else pp's have mentioned.

baringan Wed 20-Jul-16 08:56:12

I wouldn't buy one for a 5 year old let alone a 2 year old. And I'd judge any parent of a NT child who did.

I also 'work in technology' and I still think it's lazy. What's wrong with Dear Zoo??!

baringan Wed 20-Jul-16 08:58:04

How can it add anything to their play? It's the same as watching TV. So let her watch TV for a bit every day. confused

BeaArthursUnderpants Wed 20-Jul-16 08:58:07

I don't feel comfortable with small kids havinh ownership over something like a tablet. They should be using one on an occasional basis, if at all. If they have their own tablet at age 2 it's hard to set limits and supervise appropriately when they are 6 or 7 and start messing about on YouTube and the Internet. I also wouldn't want to send the message to my kids that it's appropriate for them to have expensive electronics at a young age. I know the kindle fire is probably cheaper than some of the toys they have but they don't get that. They understand that electronics are delicate and should be handled with care, and giving them their own at such a young age totally contradicts that.

UmbongoUnchained Wed 20-Jul-16 08:58:08

Well congratulations baringan, but my child does hate books! Funny how they're all different isn't it?

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