Alilo – Kid’s Digital Player G7 (Big Bunny)

ABOUT

Alilo Singapore carries educational digital players suitable for infants and toddlers with its bestseller being the G7 Big Bunny. The G7 Big Bunny is the only Alilo product with a screen. It’s made from ABS plastic which is 30 times stronger than normal plastic and child-safe with no sharp edges, though it still gives me a mini heart attack when Elise drops it on the floor. Very sturdy. The bunny’s ears are made of soft touch silicone and the bunny head functions as a night light.

G7 comes with a remote control in the shape of a bunny!

FUNCTIONS & SPECIFICATIONS

The idea is simple. It’s essentially an MP3 player and voice recorder repackaged to appeal to kids and save parents from wailing babies. 

  • Nightlight
  • Educational tool
  • White noise machine
  • Voice recorder
  • MP3 player
  • Teether (ears)

The G7 Big Bunny can be charged with a standard USB 2.0 cable and can last for 4 hours on a full charge. Below the high fidelity, 52mm speakers are two buttons – one for activating the colour-changing light-up ears and another to switch the night light on and off. The bunny’s tail doubles as a power switch and volume control. The G7 is the only model with a LCD screen which I like because I can skip directly to the song I want. 

Specifications:

  • Includes
    • Bunny Remote Control
    • USB cable for charging and data transfer
    • 4GB Micro SD memory card (Supportable up to 8GD)
  • Playback – 128kbps
  • Recording – 96kbps
  • ~4hrs non-stop operation on full charge
  • Product dimension: 21.5 x 11.5 x 8 cm
  • 6 months local warranty against manufacturing defects

Switch between the various functions – Songs, Stories, Soothing Soundtracks, Voice Recorder using the buttons surrounding the screen. It would be a bonus if the control buttons glowed in the dark too.  

There is an assortment of soothing soundtracks, white noise and soft music meant to lull babies into sleeping. Elise has hugged it for her naps even though 90% of the exterior is made of hard plastic which makes it not so cuddly. I prefer this to a soft plushy exterior because it’s easy to wipe down with a damp cloth and dirt doesn’t get trapped. 

You can download your own tunes and transfer it into the player via USB or stick with the preset songs. I really like how the ears glow and change colours. The babies are fascinated by it. 

When I first handed the toy to Elise, she wasn’t quite sure if she liked it… until I switched on The Three Little Pigs. From then, she’s listened to the same story at least 10 times since. Toddlers seem to enjoy repetition. What I like about this gadget is that it’s able to divert her attention away from Big Bad YouTube. There’s only so much Blippi! and 뽀롱뽀롱 뽀로로 I can stand. The preset songs include perennial toddler favourites such as Baa Baa Black Sheep, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and ABC… which are all of the same tune. There’re other baby crowd pullers like Wheels on the Bus and Itsy Bitsy Spider. 

You can even record yourself singing their favourite song and let the kids play it back to save your voice, but it may cost you your sanity, so pick your poison.

In total, there are 9 stories, 10 songs and 11 soothing soundtracks pre-installed and you can download more off the official Alilo website.  There’re songs and stories in Chinese as well as more in English.

It sounds over the top to say this, but I owe this bunny one. Look at the photo below. It’s of a baby who had a crazy meltdown and thrashed about, screaming and yelling. I switched on the bunny, turned on some white noise… and IT WORKED.  😛  He calmed down enough to latch and he fell asleep! 😀 

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Alilo – Kids Digital Player G7 (Big Bunny)

*** I received an Alilo Kids Digital Player G7 (Big Bunny) for the purpose of this review.

What my Toddler has learnt from Screen Time

As much as screen-time isn’t recommended for children below 2 years old, in our household, it is somewhat inevitable because we do not have a domestic helper and I work from home. All her screen time is supervised by my father, who watches and explains them to her. The crux is to utilise YouTube as an educational tool and NOT use it as a convenient babysitter. We bring her downstairs to skate, kick soccer and if indoors, let her doodle, play with her train set, build bricks, puzzles and other non-electronic toys. When we’re out for meals, the tablet never follows. That’s one rule I intend to keep to strictly.

She is currently able to recognise colours, shapes and certain alphabets. We’re certain most of her knowledge came from watching the same few YouTube videos repeatedly. Should I be proud of her achievements, or ashamed that it wasn’t me who taught her all that? Mama is conflicted. 

Our favourite YouTube Channels

We mostly let her watch videos at home, but if you need to watch them offline, use a video converter to download the videos from YouTube and save them into your phone for emergencies or those long trips on trains and buses.

Dave and Ava

Dave and Ava is #1 on the list. Their videos are self produced and well made. Dave and Ava are two children who are never seen wearing anything other than their animal jumpsuits and appear in every single video. 

This is the colours song which Elise listens to (WARNING: the lyrics of the song do not flow with the tune). She’s so familiar with this channel, she now goes “No” to make my dad skip videos. Nursery rhymes, action songs, you name it. The free YouTube videos come with intermittent ads urging you to purchase their application to watch their videos offline, ad-free. The free version is good enough for us.

Little Baby Bum

Little Baby Bum is also a self-produced channel with animated characters. I quite like it because there’s a standard set of characters appearing in the videos e.g. there’s this little girl called Mia who had a little dog instead of a lamb who also bakes cakes in 1, 2, What Shall We Do? which provides continuity for followers of the channel. This channel has a video of 12 different versions of The Wheels on the Bus (how is that even possible?!) for children currently addicted to the song. We’ve all been through that phase… 

Little Baby Bum Junior

Little Baby Bum Junior is targeted at older children and focuses on life events that they encounter, like losing their first tooth, having a new sibling and growing up. This channel produces original tunes and everything is animated smoothly much like a music video. It’s frequently updated with new videos every week or so. 

Pororo

We show Elise the Korean version on weekends to expose her to the Korean language. They also have videos in English. There are entire cartoons and short song clips. Elise now wants to name her brother Eddy after her favourite Pororo character. 

Pink Fong

We’ve just started watching this channel because of baby shark (doo doo doo doo doo baby shark doo doo doo doo doo) but I personally don’t really like it that much because there’re fairy tales like The Little Mermaid and Sleeping Beauty where they talk about how the prince falls in love with the princess and they live happily ever after… not exactly something I want my 2 year old to be obsessed over. They do have many Aesop Fable stories though.

Elise’s favourite character is actually the wolf which appears in the 3 Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood. She’ll mimic how the wolf blows on the houses and do a jiggle to show how the pigs escape to the next house. 


More channels!

https://www.todaysparent.com/family/best-youtube-channels-for-kids-of-all-ages/

Conclusion

  • Screen time can be made educational but an adult should be on hand to explain certain scenes to the kids (playful shoves v.s. violent shoves, snatching, characters falling down and getting hurt…). This is also because there are perverts who edit scenes in otherwise innocuous nursery rhymes to scar the minds of young children. As the audio is unedited, if the child watches it unsupervised, the parent may not realise the kind of scene the child is being exposed to. 
  • Children should not be watching videos for the majority of their day. Mini couch potatoes are neither healthy nor cute. 
  • Ensure that your child is receiving enough social interaction throughout the day. 
  • Use YouTube Kids to prevent children from accessing undesirable content.