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As far as parenting goes, I don’t claim to be perfect. And while I try my best most of the time, there are moments when mommy just needs a break from her regularly scheduled program of food preparation and diaper duties. Is it a crime that that sometimes involves plopping my kid in front of a Sesame Street app on my smartphone?

The exact moment I decided that my phone was probably not the best toy for my child was when my son decided to accidentally call 911, who kindly informed me with a call-back. I needed an alternative. (Besides, it’s hard to share with a 2 year old anyway.) Enter: LeapFrog Epic Academy tablet, the kid friendly (read: drop proof) tablet that grows with your child. Ideal for kids aged 3 – 6, the tablet is wi-fi equipped and contains hundreds of games that explore subjects and skills like math, science, reading, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking.

Best of all, it’s not a phone, so rest assured the fire department won’t be knocking on your door anytime soon.

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WHO IT’S FOR:

Your favourite toddler.

HOW MUCH?

$149

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Walmart

Tis the season to be jolly (and a bit stressed from shopping, list-making, cooking and more shopping). But don’t get yourself too worked up, because we’re here to help you cross those names off your list one day at a time, one gift at a time. From now through December 24, we’re wrapping up daily gift ideas, Monday through Friday, so you can get back to more important festive pursuits, you know, like drinking eggnog. We’re going to make this so easy, you’ll want to shop this way every year.