An MP3 player for three-year-olds

Most kids want what their parents have – it’s why there are so many toy mobile phones on the market. But most parents don’t want the kids playing with their grown-up toys and for good reason – things go wrong or get broken (recall the Great Babyology iPhone Fiasco of November 2009).

For kids who want to fill their world with music – and for parents who would prefer the music wasn’t from their iPod – check out the SweetPea3, an MP3 player designed for children.

Perfect for music and stories, load it up with what your kids like (and what you think is appropriate) and it can be played out loud through the inbuilt speaker or through headphones. The SweetPea3 holds up to 32 hours of content to keep kids grooving, has simple controls and can withstand being dropped (unlike the more delicate grown-up MP3 players). My favourite feature is the hidden volume control for parental access only – I’m wondering if a similar thing can be installed on all future sound systems entering our house (imagine four teenagers under one roof and you’ll get my drift).

The SweetPea3 is US$59.95 and can be shipped to Australia.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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