From Baby to Toddler

Matthew will turn two in just under two weeks.

I’ve been in complete denial about that for a while now.

His delayed speech has made him feel more like my baby than a toddler.

Though the wheels are in motion for some early speech help, we’ve continued to work with him every day, hoping that new sounds would finally emerge.

When his LeapFrog My Own Story Time Pad arrived in the mail, I thought that of all of the features, he would most enjoy the music.

What I didn’t expect is that he would start talking.

Well, saying his letters counts as talking, right?

He went from saying ball, hi, and Da, to being able to identify and say the names all of his letters.

Today’s favorite letter is U…

His little voice makes me swoon.

One thing that I love most about the My Own Story Time Pad is the way it syncs up to my computer, so that the stories can all be personalized to include his name, favorite food, and favorite color(all of which can be changed by syncing up again). Every time he hears his name, he giggles.

Within a few minutes of receiving the pad, he figured out how to navigate through the four different learning modes: story time, messages, music, and alphabet.

Though the My Own Story Time Pad comes loaded with one story, three songs, and an email, once you sync up, you can load five stories, nine songs, and three emails.

When he’s finally (!) had his fill of the alphabet mode, he switches over to the music mode and plays the Alphabet Song on a constant loop. This boy is nothing if not focused.

As he gets older, I anticipate that he’ll love some of the other cool features, like the email personalized messages.

I love that Matthew has fallen so completely in love with his My Own Story Time Pad. So often, toys are exciting for a couple of days and then their shine fades. But this toy? Wherever Matthew is, so is his pad.

But if I’m honest, the thing that I love the most about Matthew’s new pad is the sound of his voice when he plays with it.

Thank you to LeapFrog for sponsoring this review. While LeapFrog provided the product to me for this review, the opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest point of view.


  1. Rachel

    His little voice is so precious!! That thing is awesome! I should get one for Tyler.


    I cannot believe Matthew will be 2 in 2 weeks. Say wha???

  2. Amber

    My nephew def needs one of these… so cute! Im glad your little guy loves it so much :)

  3. Alison@Mama Wants This

    What a fantastic product! Love his little voice.

  4. Tracie

    So awesome!!

    When my daughter was little we loved all the Leap Frog products. They are so great. She watched their phonics dvds over and over and over again! (and I give them some of the credit for her reading at 3 – but I'm keeping the rest for myself. lol)

  5. Aw, I love hearing him! Onto my list of possible Christmas gifts for Dylan :)

  6. Kirsten

    Wow, what a gorgeous little voice! I love Leap Frog stuff…it has been a favorite in our house for a long time…from Tad to the magnetic alphabets to Scout (when Scout says "snuggle up Giovanni" my heart flips around!). So glad you are enjoying this so much and so is Matthew!

  7. Evonne

    I love his little voice!

    Leap Frog makes awesome products! My son has an Explorer. I thought he would just enjoy playing games. I didn't expect him to learn so much from using it.

  8. John

    Awwwww . . . and now I'm contemplating this. CJ just turned two, and isn't really speaking . . . he repeats some of what we ask him to (some he just ignores). I'm not overly worried, because he obviously understand spoken speech quite well, but I'm wondering if we'd get the same turnaround from him.

    Leila, the little monster, is going to be speaking in full sentences any day now.

  9. Sherri

    Oh, my kids would have loved this! I can't believe how far some of these things have come in a short while.

    And Matthew?? How can he almost be two!! I missed seeing him when he was napping, but loved hearing his voice here this morning….sigh.

  10. I'm impressed it's helped him so much – how exciting!

  11. Jess

    What a neat toy! And how exciting how much he's learning. I'm going to have to get one of these for Allie because in the blink of an eye she'll be there.

  12. twertman

    How exciting for you!!

    Children's voices are like magic.

  13. Jessica

    Two is so old isn't it? Sounds funny to say it but when my youngest turned two it was so tough, two just isn't "baby" enough.

  14. Courtney K.

    Ohhh…I'll have to check this out! Noah got a Mobi Go for his birthday with the games that teach letters, numbers, etc. and he's loving it. But we have been looking for something with a little more emphasis on letters and words. This might be it!

  15. polwig

    YEAH !!! His voice is so cute and I am glad that this technology will help his word blockage and maybe give you emotionally and physical breather.

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