Mumbler Reviews the Yoto Player: The All-in-One Storyteller, Radio, Night Light, Disco and Clock
At Mumbler we like to thorough test out any products before we tell you all about them, here we’ve tried the Yoto player with two different families, our chief Mumbler testers are Edward (4), Maggie (4) & Etta (5)
What Mumbler loved about Yoto player in brief:
Allowing your kids independence, without exposing them to the internet
A toy that grows with them
Interaction with grandparents/ friends & family for bedtime stories
Light function which tells them when to go to bed and when they can get up
Portability, take your bedtime routine with you
In order to help you decide which cards to invest in, we have put together a list of recommendations below based on your child’s age. Please do let us know how you get on with yours. We’d love to hear your feedback.
Where can I buy a Yoto player? Visit uk.yotoplay.com to purchase or to find out more.
Yoto player is £79.99 and cards are priced from £4.99.
“As every parent knows, the duration of your child’s attention span is the true measure of any high-quality toy. So, when it came to the Yoto Player, I had no idea what to expect as we are very much used to “screens” in our household. I am delighted to report that this did not phase my daughters, Maggie (4) or Etta (5) at all. Instead, the Yoto player provided non-stop entertainment throughout the weekend and beyond!
Similar to a portable radio, the Yoto Player is a durable, lightweight cube with a digital face display. It allows children to play their own content as and when they feel like it. If you choose to buy the player (which you don’t have to) it comes with a good selection of cards but you can buy additional ones to suit your children’s likes/dislikes.
In order to set it up, you will need to download the Yoto app and use it to connect it to your own wifi. This also allows you to remotely play content on their behalf such as music, bedtime stories and white noise so it can be used for babies or children under three. As you can see from the pictures below, they loved dancing around to the in-built Yoto radio station and listening to Enid Blyton read by none other than Kate Winslet! When it came to bedtime, we listened to the Yoto Sleep Radio which played soothing songs before turning it upside down onto ‘night light’ mode. You can even choose what colour to display depending on your child’s preference.
The Yoto player has been such a success that I have asked friends and family to buy additional cards for Maggie’s birthday. I fully expect the Yoto to be with us for years to come, and will definitely be taking it with us on holiday (whenever that might be!). Especially now that is acting as an alarm to tell her when not to get out of bed.”
“Previously, my son had listened to the radio and audio cd’s before bed on an old CD player of mine. This always helped him settle off to sleep since he was a baby. When the CD player packed up, I investigated alternatives and discovered Yoto.
It was a huge success from the off. Easy to use, Edward loves being in control, choosing the story, switching between tracks, and adjusting the volume (you can control this remotely through the app, don’t worry parents!).
Edward loves listening to the Snail and the Whale (among other stories). There is also a campfire sound card which he uses when he is playing in his den or pretending to put out fires with his fire engine! The Yoto really helps fuel his imagination and he really likes the range of stories you can get.
The night light feature is fantastic, with a range of colours and you can set it to change to a different colour in the morning so your children know they can get up. It’s also a Bluetooth speaker and you can control everything remotely through the app. The daily podcasts are brilliant – not just for kids!
Another great feature is that as soon as you pop a card in the Yoto, it stores it in your library (in the app), so if you accidentally loose a card (normally behind the sofa cushions in my house), you can still play the story.
Finally, you can create your own buy purchasing a pack of blank Make Your Own cards. This enables you to link an audio file to the card, so for example, you record Grandpa reading a bedtime story, link it to the card, and then your child can listen to a bedtime story by Grandpa whenever they want. Also great for parents who travel away during the week/work shifts or family that may be in another country. A whole bundle of possibilities.
My son is 4 ½ and absolutely loves the Yoto. It has become a part of our bedtime routine, like brushing his teeth, and I know he will use it for a long time as the story range is great, so it will be able to grow with him.”