It took me a while to decide whether to buy a tablet for my tablet. I was afraid that once I bought him one, he will be so into it that he probably would not want to spend time playing with his other toys or outside. But I was wrong.
A couple of months ago, I bought him the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition. At first my son could not figure how it works, but after a few days he was able to. I downloaded education apps and books for him. The nice thing about this tablet is that it is really made for kids. I did set up the parental control which is really cool so the contents will be suitable for his age. He was so engrossed to endless reader apps, which I like because he is getting familiarized with numbers and letters.
I only allow him 1 to 2 hours of screen time. I didn’t set up the time limit in the tablet setting as he is good with giving it to me when I say, “time’s up”, although he cries sometimes afterwards. He’ll stop crying once I show him to play with his other toys. If we’re not going for a long road trip or even just going outside to eat, I don’t bring the tablet. I don’t want him to get used to having the tablet around all the time. Tablet is for in-house use only unless otherwise needed for in-flight or long road trips. Since he knows where I charge it, I transferred it to our room and I always keep the door closed. So sometimes if he wants it but he already maxed his allowed screen time for the day, he’d knock on the door but I would not still give it to him.
Sometimes, he will leave the tablet on the couch if he wants to go outside or if he found a new toy he likes to play. I’d say, tablet is a good tool for if it is used wisely.