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Top 5 Streaming Apps for Toddlers

Updated: Aug 8, 2023

Toddlers are a curious bunch, never sit still, and have 7-second attention spans.


Streaming apps have become a necessity for keeping toddlers engaged and entertained, while also providing them with educational content.


If you travel a lot, you'll quickly learn, it is one of the best ways to keep your toddler happy.


If you're looking for streaming apps for your little ones, we've got you covered. We've put together a list of the best options out there based on things like quality, ease of use, and price.


And don't worry, all of these apps come with parental controls that make it easy to filter the content your child sees. We also made sure to check out what kind of content is available for parents too, because we know that's important.


Check out our top picks below!


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Top 5 Streaming Apps for Toddlers

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Price

$9.99/mo with ads

$12.99/mo Disney + Hulu + ESPN w/ ads

$19.99/mo for all 3 + no ads

Quality of Content

Wonderful for both new and nostalgic shows. Movies are the major selling point.

Frequency of Ads

Like watching a show on cable

Download Options

Can download anything to watch on the go

The Disney+ and Hulu option takes the cake for best streaming app for toddlers, and you can get access to ESPN+ as well. The price points for the individual Disney+ and Hulu subscriptions make the bundle a no-brainer and is why they are lumped together.


Disney+ has a wide variety of shows and movies, as well as content from other brands like Pixar and National Geographic. Disney+ also has a number of educational shows that can help toddlers learn about science, history, and other subjects. From Winnie the Pooh to Star Wars, Disney+ has it all.


Hulu is a nice complement to Disney+ for toddlers who are familiar with some of the popular TV shows on broadcast television. Hulu also has some exclusive content, such as "Peg + Cat" and "Curious George". Similar to Netflix, Hulu offers movies and educational shows as well.


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Price

Free with Amazon Prime ($139/year)

Quality of Content

Great variety; popular shows use less stimulating illustration. Does not have as many well-known shows.

Frequency of Ads

None

Download Options

Can download movies, episodes, or entire seasons of shows for no added cost

Amazon Prime Video is the runner-up for top streaming apps. The best part is its likely free if you're one of the many Prime subscribers. They have a number of shows and movies from around the world, as well as educational content that can help toddlers learn about different languages and cultures. The favorites in our household are "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and "The Stinky & Dirty Show".


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Price

$5.99/mo with "limited" ads

$11.99/mo - no ads + Showtime

Quality of Content

Offers primarily Nickelodeon shows, both the new and original versions

Frequency of Ads

Like watching a show on cable

Download Options

Only available with ad-free subscription

At number 3, we have Paramount Plus. We think it is the dark horse in the streaming world. It's often overlooked, but its lineup of shows is strong. It has all of the Nickelodeon shows you grew up with and the modern remakes of them (Blues Clues & You, Rugrats). The platform is definitely skewed to entertain rather than educate, but still better than Blippi in my eyes.


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YouTube takes the #4 spot for my top streaming apps. You can find the YouTube stars, such as "Ms. Rachel" or "Blippi" (I don't recommend him), as well as full episodes of most TV shows. The best feature of YouTube is the ability to search for anything your kid is interested in. We have watched plenty of montages of snow plows and garbage trucks in our house.


While the ads are annoying, you can usually skip them after 5 seconds. Plus, maybe it helps with the instant gratification issue kids these days will inevitably have.

Price

Free; ad-free option is $13.99/month

Quality of Content

A+ endless variety and content available

Frequency of Ads

Varies, but is ad-heavy

Download Options

Only with premium subscription

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Price

$6.99/mo with ads

$15.49/mo - no ads

$19.99/mo - no ads + better video quality

Quality of Content

​Create more new programs than other competitors

Frequency of Ads

Like watching a cable TV show

Download Options

Only available with ad-free subscriptions

Maybe surprisingly, Netflix comes in at number 5 in the rankings. While it offers a vast amount of content for parents to enjoy, I have found the toddler content to be lacking. There are shows like "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood," "Sesame Street," and "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse", but these can largely be found for free on YouTube. They do have a wide assortment of movies and educational shows, but movies aren't the selling point for a toddler.


Conclusion

These are my handpicked favorite streaming apps that cater to young children. When choosing an app, it is important to consider the interests of your toddler and the type of content that you want them to be exposed to. It is also important to make sure that you set up the parental control settings that are included in each app.


I hope this blog post has helped you find the perfect streaming app for your toddler. Leave a comment on which one you chose below!


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