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How to find the best tablet for your toddler

Two-thirds of children use more than one screen at the same time after school, in the evenings and at weekends, according to research.

‌Tablets for toddlers are a friendly introduction to the world of interactive technology and equipped with engaging educational apps and games. But they aren’t just learning devices — they can function as kid-friendly gaming, streaming and reading devices, too.

To help you find the right tablet for your toddler, here are six features to consider when shopping.‌

Apps‌

Tablets for toddlers are designed to run educational apps geared toward preschool readiness and skill development with counting, pattern recognition and letter identification. Other apps help with fine motor skills like drawing, writing or tracing.

Tablets for toddlers usually have apps or games preloaded. More popular apps for toddlers, namely advanced educational or school readiness apps, require subscriptions or in-app purchases to access full content. There are also additional costs for some e-books or mobile games.

Durable design‌

Tablets for toddlers usually have thick bumper guard cases, shatterproof screens or extra-durable charging cables.

Some have moderate protection against liquids, typically indicated with an IP rating.

Parental controls

Tablets for toddlers provide parent dashboards for seamless navigation. Common settings include limited web browser access, daily usage limits, or restricted access to games or streaming apps during designated learning times.

Camera

Many tablets for toddlers come with a built-in camera. Taking photos or video usually requires approval through the parental setting dashboard, and video calls can come only from approved contacts.

Battery

Toddler tablets offer on average 10 hours of use with a full charge; more advanced models can go up to 20. Charge times vary; some newer tablets reach a full charge in as little as 2 hours, while others take up to 6 hours.

Price

Most tablets specifically geared toward toddlers cost $110-$160. If you’d rather purchase a basic model of a regular tablet for your child to use, you can find models priced between $50 and $100.

Outgrowing a tablet

When your child ages out of what their tablet has to offer, some devices allow all parental controls to be disabled so they can be used with regular access to web browsing, streaming and gaming. Or, consider donating the old device to a daycare center or children’s hospital.

Sian Babish is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers.

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