Toddler MP3 Player
It may surprise you to find out how many mp3 players for toddlers are on the market today. With so many choices it seems like it should be easy to find a high quality option for your kid, but the reality is that so many of those toddler mp3 players are gimmicky and low quality and won’t hold up over time to the hands-on use of a real toddler.
Most toddlers have one speed, all the way, it’s not realistic to expect them to be gentle or take extra care with something so it’s important to get a really durable mp3 player. The bad news is that it’s going to cost a little more up-front to buy a toddler mp3 player that will hold up well over time. If you want something that’ll still be functional a few months after you buy it the extra cost is well worth it.
Below is an overview of one of our top picks, to read more about this particular model you can check out our article “A Kid Tough Toddler MP3 Player.”
The SweetPea3 isn’t the only option when it comes to buying a toddler mp3 player, but it’s definitely one of the best ones out there and it’s price point ($50-$70) is comparable to the other good players for this age range and even cheaper than some lesser alternatives.
If you’re in the market for an mp3 player for a toddler or a child under 6 you can’t go wrong with this one.
- Kid Tough, rubber over-molded, very durable
- Simple to Use
- Built-in Speaker
- Hidden Volume Control puts mom and dad in charge of the volume
Whatever You Get, Keep it Simple
Whether you go with one of our recommendations or not there are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a toddler mp3 player. Durability is the most obvious quality to look for, no matter how good it is in every other way it won’t last if it’s not durable enough.
Simplicity is the next quality to consider, it should be easy to use for both you and your toddler. It should have very few buttons and they should ideally be easily distinguishable for a toddler, different shapes or colors can be helpful. It should also be easy to connect with your computer or laptop and transfer music onto the device.
To read more about some things to consider when buying an mp3 player for a toddler check out our article, Keep Simplicity in Mind When Choosing an MP3 Player for Kids
Storage Space: MB, GB, What Does it All Mean?
Something to consider while shopping for an MP3 Player is how much storage space the device has. A toddler mp3 player doesn’t need to have a lot of space, compared to video files music files are very small and since you’ll only be shopping for mp3 players that play music only (no video / touch screens for the little ones in most cases) you really don’t need that much space.
On the other hand, you will want to get enough storage space to comfortably fit a dozen or so album’s worth of music on the device so you’re not constantly having to plug it into the computer and manage the music that’s on it at any given time.
Alright, so how much space does that mean I need? In my opinion, 256MB is a minimum comfortable size. If you’re ok with regularly plugging the device in to your computer to switch out which music is on it then 256MB is an acceptable base size. 512MB or 1GB (1024MB) or more would give you more room for music and could significantly decrease the amount of time you end up spending managing the music on the device.
Here’s a quick size to # of songs conversion chart for your convenience, it’s based on an average song size of 4MB which is conservative for the average kids length song.
128 MB = 32 songs
256 MB = 64 songs
512 MB = 128 songs
1 GB (1024 MB) = 256 songs
2 GB (2048 MB) = 512 songs
If you have $40 or less to spend…
Under $40 won’t get you an mp3 player that will survive a toddler’s use for very long, but you can find lots of nice cd players for toddlers in that price range. A cd player up on a dresser or bookcase or something in a toddler’s room can be a great way to bring some extra fun and joy to your little one’s life.
A toddler cd player could be anything from a princess or Lego cd player to a small inexpensive boom-box style player that isn’t directly targeted at toddlers.
Below is a look at one of the cooler options in the market at this price range, you can read more about shopping for a toddler cd player and this particular cd player in the article Build More Fun with the Lego CD Player
This makes a good toddler cd player because of it’s simplicity and durability. Another great benefit of a cd player like this is that it isn’t themed after a kids character that your child is likely to outgrow in the next year or so, making it something your kid will love to have in their room throughout their childhood. The auxiliary jack makes it useful for times when you want to plug an mp3 player into the device and play your music through bigger speakers.
- AM / FM radio
- 3.5mm auxiliary in-jack that you can use to plug an mp3 player into to play its music through the Lego CD Players speakers.
- 1 Year Warranty
- Stackable with some other Lego electronics such as their alarm clock.
There are a lot of options for sale under $40 that would make a good toddler cd player but aren’t necessarily marketed for toddlers. Many compact boom box style players come in a variety of colors that would mesh well with just about any little boys or girls bedroom décor.