Yoto Player: A Bedtime Game Changer for Parents

by Bailey Bouwman

Many parents will struggle navigating their kids bedtime - myself included. For a while, I thought it was going real good, and then the elementary school years began and some of the struggles reemerged - like kids wanting to stay up but also really needing that down time and quiet time in their room. 

My kids are really sensory input seekers and through bedtime battles, I find that they want and crave noise from stories to music to white noise. So, when we discovered the Yoto player earlier this year we knew it was going to be a great addition to the family but we didn’t realize how much of a game changer it would be. 

The Yoto Player: A Versatile Bedtime Companion

The Yoto Player, now in its third generation, is a game-changer for parents. And I truly believe it’s perfect not just for moms of 6 & 8 year olds but also new parents who are welcoming a baby into the world. I really should add it to my baby shower gift list. 

It offers a level of versatility that makes it a must-have for new moms and dads. It's not just an audio player; it's also a white noise machine, a night light, and a room thermostat. What sets it apart is its ability to be controlled from your phone, adding an extra layer of convenience to your parenting journey.

One of the most remarkable aspects of the Yoto Player is its ability to grow with your child. Just like any other alarm clock or white noise machine, it becomes an integral part of their sleep routine. However, as your child ages and develops new interests, the Yoto Player adapts to accommodate these changes. It supports your child's evolving bedtime needs, from bedtime stories and podcasts to their favorite music.

Better Bedtimes with Yoto

Here are some fantastic features of the Yoto Player 3rd Generation that have made bedtime a breeze for our family:

  1. Day-and-Night Clock: The Yoto Player features a visual clock that shows the sun during the day and the moon at night. You can set your child's nighttime and wake-up time in the Yoto App, making it a helpful tool for teaching them about time management.
  2. Nightlight: The Yoto Player can double as a nightlight, and you can control its brightness and color using the Yoto App. This feature creates a comforting atmosphere for bedtime.
  3. Sleep Radio: At night, Yoto Radio transforms into Sleep Radio, a carefully curated radio stream that helps your child drift off to sleep. You can also set Sleep Radio to play during nap times.
  4. Sleep Sounds: Yoto offers a range of sleep sounds, from white and pink noise to natural sounds like rainfall and lapping water. These sounds are available for free and can be played from the Yoto App or linked to a Make Your Own card.
  5. Sleep Timer: You can set the Yoto Player to stop playing audio at a specific time, ensuring that your child's sleep is not disrupted by noise.
  6. Alarms: Yoto provides a selection of cheerful alarms, which can be used to help your child wake up in the morning or signal other daily routines.
  7. Sleep Cards: The Yoto Store offers a wide variety of sleep-focused Yoto Cards, including sleep sounds, sleepy stories, and meditation sessions. These cards can be a valuable addition to your child's bedtime routine.
  8. Button Shortcuts: The Yoto Player features button shortcuts to play different pieces of audio for daily routines, making it easier for your child to manage their morning and evening activities.

Many of these features are also available on the mini - excluding the nightlight and thermostat. The mini can be fantastic choice for parents looking for a smaller player without the light. My oldest uses the mini, and it ends up in his bed with him as a little handheld radio. 

My kids aren’t really into cards - but they love the podcasts and sleep sounds. My oldest currently lists to Sleep Tight Science for bedtime, and my youngest is into Story train. They’ll listen to the same facts, and just like my partner enjoys having the noise to go to sleep.

The Yoto Player has undoubtedly made bedtime easier for my family, and it's something I would highly recommend to parents of children of all ages. Its versatility, convenience, and adaptability are second to none. Whether you're dealing with a newborn or a teenager, the Yoto Player can be a cherished addition to your family's nightly routine, making bedtime a time of ease and enjoyment rather than a nightly struggle.

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