#BabyLove: My Toddler Life tells the story of a mum and toddler capturing moments of fun together on Mommy’s smartphone. When the inquisitive toddler finds his mum’s phone left unattended, he can’t resist taking a few selfies. His mum uses this as a perfect opportunity to look back through some of those moments together. She realises that time goes by quickly, babies grow up fast and sometimes it’s good to just put the phone down and play together.
I have to confess that when I first heard what the book was about, I was a little wary. Many parents, myself included, spend a lot of time with a phone in their hand. We often read articles and posts about how we should put the phone down and focus on our children. Many of those articles come with a large side-order of parental guilt. I wondered if this book would also serve its message with a helping of guilt. Thankfully, this was not the case at all.
#BabyLove: My Toddler Life is written and illustrated by Corine Dehghanpisheh. It is a charming story, written in rhyme with bright colourful illustrations that little ones will love. Yes, there is that reminder that children grow too quickly. The story ends with Mommy putting down the phone to play but it’s a matter-of-fact statement rather than a message urging other parents to do the same. Recording and saving the moments is a positive thing. It’s clear that there are benefits to the smartphone too.
Of course, my children don’t have my mummy-guilt hang-ups when it comes to smartphones. For them, this was just a lovely story that we sat and enjoyed together. They enjoyed looking at the pictures and describing what was happening in the book. Like the toddler in the story, they’ve found my phone in the past and taken selfies too. They could relate to the story – they love to look back at photos of themselves on my phone but they also love it when I put the phone down and we play together.
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