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Best Tablets for Toddlers 2013

Updated on April 16, 2013

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A guide to the best tablets for toddlers in 2013. Toddlers love technology, they've been borrowing their parents smart phones for years and now we're seeing tablets designed just for toddlers aged around 1 to 3 years old.

What do toddlers use tablets for? They love coloring and drawing apps, learning their letters and numbers, watching videos and listening to music.

Does a toddler need a tablet? Of course not! But they are great fun and educational and they mean that parents can get their gadgets back.

I'm Mum to two young boys and have a computer science PhD and IT background. We like our gadgets round here :-)

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Fuhu Nabi Jr 5" Tablet PC

The Fuhu Nabi Jr is a new tablet for 2013 designed specifically for infants and toddlers. It's aimed at the sticky-fingered little ones who don't want to give the smart phone or tablet back to Mom or Dad! Once toddlers have used a proper smart device they're not keen to be distracted with a toy phone. And little ones want to be like Mom and Dad so they want to use an electronic device at the same time as their parents.

The Fuhu Nabi Jr has a 5" screen so it's like a big smart phone or a mini tablet (or what's coming to be known as a Phablet.) This is just the right size for toddlers.

One of the neat features of the Nabi Jr is that you can add a remote camera to turn it into a baby monitor so it can be used from birth. Young babies will also enjoy music and videos.

The Nabi Jr comes with the Wings Education System for kids from Pre-K up. This is comprehensive and doesn't require you to buy lots of separate educational titles like other tablets.

VTech InnoTab 2 Baby

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The VTech InnoTab 2 Baby is a special version of the InnoTab 2 kids tablet. This tablet has the full capability of the popular InnoTab 2 so kids can grow into that functionality. But the Baby version has apps specifically designed for infants and toddlers including nursery rhymes.

The InnoTab Baby comes with a soft gel skin to protect the tablet (and it hurts less when they accidentally bump themselves or you with the tablet!)

The camera and video camera can be used to take pictures or videos for the child to look at and as they get older they can use these features themselves.

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case: iPad Edition

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Now the iPad is an expensive gadget for a toddler! But if you have a hand-me-down tablet or maybe purchase a used iPad then it is worth considering. There are lots of iPad apps for toddlers and you can get apps that prevent a child from exiting an app so they only use the content you want them too.

But you will want to get a protective case if you consider this option for an infant or toddler.

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case: iPhone / iPod Edition

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An iPod Touch or iPhone makes a mini tablet for a toddler. This is a great way to use old technology.

Fisher Price Kid-Tough Apptivity Case for Kindle Fire, Pink (will not fit HD models)

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Fisher Price Kid-Tough Apptivity Case for Kindle Fire, Blue (will not fit HD models)

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Kindle Fire 7", LCD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB - Includes Special Offers

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The Kindle Fire is another option if you want to share a proper Android tablet with a child. Again a protective case designed for this age group is worth getting.

The Kindle Fire has lots of apps for toddlers and is particularly good for kids eBooks - color picture books with interactivity -- which will appeal to toddlers.

When my kids were toddlers we spent time looking at books together using a proper Android tablet. it's much more convenient to take on vacation than a big pile of picture books!

Do Toddlers Need Tablets?

Whenever I write a page like this about technology for young kids, someone gets upset at the idea of such young children using tablets. Now clearly the amount of time a young child spends using a tablet should be limited and their use should be supervised, but tablets are wonderful for toddlers.

Toddlers don't think tablets are cool modern technology. They just use them. It's like stone age toddlers learning to use, well, stones. Of course tech age toddlers will want to use tech, just like their parents.

My kids are only just past the toddler stage and they've used smart phones and then tablets in moderation since they were tiny. Drawing apps were their favorites when they were little, very handy for when it's not possible to get out the paints.

Do toddlers need tablets? Well clearly not, but I'd say they are positive overall if parents can afford them.

More Tablets for Toddlers

Coming soon. I'll be updating with new tablets for toddlers throughout 2013.

You may also want to check out my page on tablets for preschoolers which covers kids from around age 3-6:

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