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A Toy Smartphone for Tech Savvy Toddlers

Sometimes I hate to admit it, but smartphones have changed how I conduct my daily life. This in turn has affected my toddler. It’s a mixed bag of pros and cons, but it is what it is, right?

My daughter doesn’t really recognize what this is…

rotary phone from amazon

They still sell these on Amazon!

To her that is not a phone. Rotary phones have been pretty obsolete for awhile so I’m not sure why they still use them to represent phones to our children. I mean, I know what it is because we had them when I was really little, but when is Rissa going to run across one (outside of a museum)?

Granted she often uses anything to put against her ear and pretend she’s talking to a Yo Gabba Gabba character, one of the cats, or Gramma, but what she recognizes as a phone is our smartphones.  She’s pretty good at using them too. Too good if you ask me! She can slide to unlock (I had to password protect it) and knows where to find her favorite apps. Rissa also knows we can listen to music, watch videos, and take pictures.

She has a few toy telephones – some old school looking and a flip phone. For awhile she preferred the flip phone and would pretend to take our pictures with it. But, there were days she would throw a fit over wanting my iPhone!
Now she is happy because she finally has a phone more like mom and dad’s – the Smooth Touch Toy Smartphone from One Step Ahead.

It doesn’t have a touch screen like ours, but it looks more like ours.  She has fun pressing the buttons and chatting away on it.  It’s really cute when it rings and she’s like “What’s that?” then answers it.  Rissa even started repeating some of the Spanish words it says when she changes the language on it.

toy smartphone

I like that it captures her interest more than her other toy phones, but also glad it’s not identical to a real smartphone.  When Rissa really wants access to an app on my phone she is not fooled by her toy phone, but we have some entertaining phone conversations!

Do you have a tech savvy toddler who shows a lot of interest in your phone?


Disclosure: We received this toy for review purposes. I’ve done my best to translate my daughter’s thoughts on it.

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  1. Mary Gallardo November 18, 2012 Reply

    This is so cute, but my toddler has never been interested in stuff like this. My mother ended up buying her an iPad and she loves it! It really is a great learning tool for her too!

  2. Janet W. November 22, 2012 Reply

    My grandson loves to press the buttons on my cell phone. There are a ton of buttons to press on this toy phone and he would love it!

  3. Laura Miller November 22, 2012 Reply

    I love this! My baby is obsessed with my phone, so this would be great!Krazed79

  4. Carrie Phelps November 23, 2012 Reply

    How cute is this!! I have an old phone handset my baby granddaughter puts up to her head to “talk” on, she would LOVE this!!

  5. Amanda Alvarado November 23, 2012 Reply

    I think this would get given as a gift because it would not satisfy dd! LOL She knows what a real phone is!

  6. Leann L November 23, 2012 Reply

    My son is obsessed with phones. He is always “talking” to someone on the phones he has & would definitely love this one in his collection. :-)

  7. Bekah Kuczenski November 24, 2012 Reply

    My toddler does love my phone, unfortunately this momma does not have a smart phone :( So if my daughter had this phone she would have a smart phone before her mama lolMrsKucz

  8. Jan November 25, 2012 Reply

    I don’t even have a smart phone! lol My great niece thinks the remote control to the tv is a phone because of all the buttons on it, haha Actually anything hand held that has buttons is a phone, LOL She loves the camera phone, wants to see her picture on it all the time. I know she would love this, and it would actually BE a phone!

  9. Darlene Ysaguirre November 25, 2012 Reply

    My daughter is constantly wanting to play with my phone which drives me crazy since cell phones aren’t on the cheap side..i think this toy would be a lifesaver lol

  10. beth c November 25, 2012 Reply

    aw man my son would love this!! i don’t have a cell phone but he always wants to play with the portable home phone.. meaning push buttons while i’m talking on the phone!! :D this would be great for him!

  11. polly November 25, 2012 Reply

    so cute…our 4 year old grandson loves his parents smart phones…great in resturants so he keeps busy!

  12. Priscilla Benavides November 25, 2012 Reply

    We don’t have the most up to date cell phone either! But kids love cell phones and this would be perfect for them!prissybenavides

  13. Dree Getz November 25, 2012 Reply

    My daughter loves to play with phones. I think she would enjoy this.
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  14. Lindsey November 26, 2012 Reply

    I NEED this to keep my daughter’s hands off mine!

  15. Shannon November 26, 2012 Reply

    My 1.5 year old son loves my phone. He can even make calls since it you push the send button then it calls your last caller, I need to keep it out of his hands

  16. Summer Hansen November 28, 2012 Reply

    Seriously this is perfect for my 18 mo old!

  17. Lauren O. November 28, 2012 Reply

    I think my daughter would love this. She likes any toy that mimics technology!

  18. Candace November 28, 2012 Reply

    My son would love this. He loves his daddy’s iphone but this looks similar.

  19. JoAnn Gibson November 29, 2012 Reply

    Children, especially babies, learn by watching and copying behavior. Although I would like to limit the amount of time my daughter spends with technology (I would rather she be outside playing), I do see benefits from things like this phone. Not only will it help with cause and effect but also with language skills.

  20. hollylynn December 1, 2012 Reply

    My toddler is always going after our phones. I think this might occupy him in the carseat. I feel like he would recognize the difference and get upset though sign the screen stays the same.

  21. Austin Baroudi December 2, 2012 Reply

    My daughter is always stealing my girlfriend and my moms phone, pretending to have conversations with people and what not, so this would be sop great for her! Thanks for the post.

  22. jenny green December 3, 2012 Reply

    I need this. My son takes my phone all the time

  23. Stacey B December 3, 2012 Reply

    What a cute idea for a toy. What kid doesnt want mom and dad’s cellphone??

  24. Deborah December 3, 2012 Reply

    My granddaughter would love this! She always wants to get hold of a cell phone.

  25. Roberta December 4, 2012 Reply

    My 15 month old daughter is OBSESSED with my phone! It drives my husband nuts that I let her play with it!!!

  26. Gianna December 5, 2012 Reply

    All my babies love phones, this one’s cute!

  27. Stephanie Thompson December 5, 2012 Reply

    My 1 yr old grandson is very interested in phones and likes to listen to music on them. My 6 yr old grandson can probably use them better than I can so his grandpa gave him his broken screen Iphone which he uses to play games and several other things.

  28. Nikkie Cossairt December 6, 2012 Reply

    These are so cool! Now they can have there own phone so they don’t steal mommies!

  29. Erin Massey December 6, 2012 Reply

    This is adorable! My son would love this and I love the idea that he has one just like mommy and daddy!!

  30. Karen Propes December 6, 2012 Reply

    I think this is a great toy, we use to have something like this for our granddaughter. She loved it so, nothing like having a phone especially when everyone they see is talking on some sort of cell phone.ncjeepster

  31. Elizabeth Parker December 6, 2012 Reply

    That is so cool! My 3 year old has mastered my iPod, but my youngest hasn’t had the chance to mess with it yet. This could be a temporary deterrent. :P

  32. Jem November 7, 2014 Reply

    Not in a million years would my son (20 mths) be fooled by this. The thing he likes most about my phone is the swipe feature. if it don’t swipe it ain’t a smart phone as far as he is concerned. I reckon he would have more fun with the box.

    • Darcy Zalewski November 10, 2014 Reply

      Considering this is a toy I posted about two years ago, I’m sure there are toy phones with swipe features now. At the time there weren’t really. It wasn’t about fooling kids anyway. My kids had fun playing with it but still knew it wasn’t the same as my phone.Syrana

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