Hello and happy Marvelous Monday!
We’ve been battling a bit of a weekend cold (thanks warm weather + snow + warm weather), and staying inside and happy while being productive is a hard thing. For me, working every day means I have to have an hour or so of downtime, which rarely happens on the weekends (we’re a busy crew), so I was super thankful this weekend for our FarFaria app, which I bought Addie a few months ago (yep, bought it).
We keep it on my tablet so she can use it whenever we need a break. I resort to only one app, and FarFaria’s vast choices make it easy to stay that way. Addie gets to learn some technology, colors, symbols, like green and a triangle for “play”, but also new songs and clapping games (like Bingo!). The app is great because it reads the books aloud, if your child is pre-independent reading level- perfect for my sweet Addie!
So… what’s this awesome app have to do with Marvelous Monday? …well, I promised to bring some new info about dwarfism to the site every now and again, and I wanted to give ALL parents some interesting news: according to a study shared by Parents magazine, kids who play on a tablet before surgery have an easier time being sedated without prior medication than those who do not. For children with achondroplasia, sedation is even less safe than for typical children (or adults, for that matter), which makes me wary of any extra medication that may be pushed our way.
The “juice” that Addie is given to calm her before she is sedated is off-putting for me. Reading that there was a study that showed using a tablet to distract and relax, and was a great way to calm kids was fascinating. Definitely something I am keeping in my pocket for our next sedation… and I wanted to pass the tip onto you! Less medication is a good thing, right?!
FarFaria gives the girls access to new stories, classic fairy tales, songs and gives me peace of mind to shower(!), or work. It can provide solo activity time for Addie, which is valuable… but to have some peace before sedation is an invaluable gift from technology. I wanted to limit screen-time, and Dave and I have done a great job of that, but having parental backup is a crutch I am not ashamed to admit I use!
I purchased FarFaria’s lifetime subscription from the Google Play Store from my phone, and it links to everything I have associated with that email (which is currently just my tablet)! The app runs just fine on 4G and WiFi, so if you have a tablet that can only use WiFi (like me), your child can still access all the content (a lifesaver at the doctor’s office)!
So… venturing into new apps for toddlers… what’s your ONE favorite app? Please share (nothing Sponge Bob or Caillou). Thank you for sharing with me! I hope you have a beautiful week… and never have the need to take my pre-sedation relaxation advice- ever!