Hey loves! Happy Tuesday.
A few weeks ago I posted about Dave and Ava on my instastories. I wanted to put it out there first to see who would have what to say about mothering with electronics. I was on the fence about writing this because I know there are a lot of mom's who are against the early use of electronics in their child's life, which I completely understand and on occasion agree with. Too much too soon can halt any other kind of use of real books, real interaction with parents, family and other kids.
But I love this app because I have been able to brush my teeth, shower and use the bathroom without having J as a permanent attachment to my body, and no all of these weren't done in one sitting. Moderation folks, moderation.
J is super attached to me when we are home, he is my little shadow everywhere I go, and now that he is walking/running we are constantly trying to keep him occupied. Often we try to use something sensory driven like blocks, flash cards or toys. But sometimes he wants more, so we turn to Dave and Ava.
When I used to work I would always spend time watching dance videos I love music and I love to dance so of course when I started staying home with J we started watching them together. He started to love dancing and it was something we would do together at the house and now at the grocery store whatever occupies his attention. He loves to dance his current favorite is Camila Cabello's "Havana" it really gets him going.
Then J and I would have these great dance battles, kids got some moves and one day I was looking for some lullaby music to help him fall asleep when his favorite lullaby toy batteries went out.
I happened to see Dave and Ava and the rest was history. We listened and watched one and J picked up on it quickly. We mostly watched it on YouTube but once it would get stuck on his iPad in the car to the "skip ad" part and he would get mad I knew it was time to just get the paid version. It is 19.99 but it is for the life of however long your little one is interested in it, you don't have any in-app purchases to get more videos and they are constantly adding new ones.
They also do holiday themed inspired videos, so when it is Halloween Dave and Ava are dressed up, etc.
It is really nice that they incorporate that into the video because the kids can understand them earlier too.
There are captions so parents know what is coming next so they can sing along or join in. There are a lot of nursery rhymes but there are also a lot of educational songs, kids can learn their ABCs, 123's and colors too. J will ask to watch it every morning and is ready for them on his car rides, although I may be cutting back on how often we are watching Dave and Ava, to when we are in the car just because we are getting into books, flash cards, etc.
I do still plan to research more things that J and I can do togethwe once in warms up more here I want to start taking him on walks and not be inside so much.
Dave and Ava has been a tremendous help when you need to do the dishes, put laundry in, take a shower, drink hot coffee and for a few minutes feel like a normal human again.
If you guys want to know more about Dave and Ava, please comment or message me on social media I am very happy to share more.
Of course, not every baby or child will like it so I would recommend using the YouTube version to share with your little one first before purchasing.