I recently received a free signed copy of #BabyLove: My Toddler Life in exchange for my honest review. I love this book. It’s a really cute story that teaches both kids and parents when to put the phone down and play.
A little about the book
#BabyLove: My Toddler Life is the second book in Corine’s #BabyLove Book Series. The first book in the series, #BabyLove: My Social Life, won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Picture Books 0-5.
In #BabyLove: My Toddler Life, a curious toddler loves to play… especially with his mommy’s smartphone!
When Mommy finds him using her phone without permission, it’s the perfect teaching moment. Mommy reminds her little one that what matters most in life is time together filled with love and attention.
Her simple reminder: Put down our phones.
The book is about Mommy and her son playing. While the little boy is playing, Mommy is snapping photos of him. Sometimes she shares them on her favorite social media platform. So the book goes through the different kinds of play. Coloring and painting, playing with toys, making noises and music, etc. Mommy keeps taking pictures because she like to capture as many moments as she can.
When she puts the phone down, the little boys gets it and starts playing with it himself. Taking his own pictures like his mommy does. But then he hears Mommy and drops the phone on the floor. This is where she teaches him that he’s not supposed to play with her phone.
She shares with him all the pictures she has taken and tells him why she takes so many pictures. It’s a great time for her to reach her child not to play with an adults phone without permission but it also teaches her that as much as she wants to capture as many moments as she can, there is a time for her to put her phone down as well.
The illustrations are really cute. I love the simplicity of them and they are really colorful making them fun and easy for little ones to see what’s going on in the story as the story is being ready to them. The story is simple and easy to follow. I love how it’s written. I also love the rhyming scheme in children’s books so I really appreciate that this is how this book is also written. I think it makes reading more fun for the younger kids.
I am a mom myself. I have three kids and I am very guilty of taking a lot of pictures. I am a lot like the mommy in this book. There are also other things that I do with my phone as well. Since I have my blog, I also have social media pages to stay engaged with, emails to check and reply back to and the occasional game that I like to play. But my husband and I have always tried to minimize our usage when we are with our kids. So if we are doing something with them, we don’t use our phones much at all. Unless I of course am taking pictures. We also have a no phones rule at the dinner table and for the most part, we have found the balance that works for us that doesn’t interfere with our kids.
But no matter how much we have it figured out, sometimes we still need a reminder. Do I really have to take 50 pictures in a matter of 30 minutes? No, I really don’t. As much as we want to document every moment of their life, it isn’t necessary to overdo it. You miss out on the real thing if you spend more time capturing those moments rather than actually living and enjoying those moments.
I think this book is a really well written book that gets the point across to both kids and parents. There’s a time for play and a time for the phone.
About the Author
Corine’s inspirations for writing and illustrating come from everyday life. When she is not busy being creative, she is most likely having fun taking pictures of her family.
Corine is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient and a Next Generation Indie Author Finalist for her debut children’s book Can We Play Again?. Her inspiration for this book came from her work as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NYC. She is also the author of Buddy’s Dream.
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. However, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed in my review are 100% my own.