At the end of November I signed up for the one free month of Netflix soley for the purpose of watching the Gilmore Girls revival.
I was home alone on maternity leave with nothing else to do than watch it all in one go while I still had a baby that slept through anything and everything all day.
Now I knew how Netflix worked in general. But I didn’t know it had useful little features like each person in the house could have their own profile and they had a dedicated kids section.
So The Munchkin has his own Netflix profile – what a time to be alive y’all. But I prefer it to the YouTube rabbit hole which is filled with nonsense and then the next thing I know he’s watching a video of Spider-Man pushing Lightning McQueen around while Incy Wincy Spider plays in the background (who even takes the time to make those?!).
Netflix to the rescue
I really like the selection of kids programming on Netflix. A lot of the shows he likes are educational but also fun. Except for some stupid show that he really loves called Horseland. It’s about a group of teenage girls and their stupid teenage problems and their horses. I have no idea how he relates to it but he LOVES it and it’s so annoying!
Thank God, it’s the only brain cell killing show he likes. The others are all educational, fun and cute and even though he’s watched a few of them over and over, I haven’t gotten sick of them (because when you have a kid that watches TV, the parental annoyance level factor is very important!)
First up is Dinosaur Train. This one gets asked for a lot. It’s a PBS show from the Jim Henson Company which teaches kids all about dinosaurs from the Mesozoic Era. The series features a curious young T-Rex named Buddy who, together with his adopted Pteranodon family, takes the Dinosaur Train to explore his time period, and have adventures with all kinds of dinosaurs.
Dr Scott, a real paleontologist, teaches the kids about the dinosaurs that appeared in the episode and which modern day animals they’re similar too. It’s very cute and even I learn from show. Everyone wins.
Probably my favourite and another winner, where even I learn something is Story Bots. Each episode a child asks the Story Bots a question like “Why is the sky blue?” or my favourite “Why do I have to brush my teeth?” and they endevour to answer it by going on adventures. The songs are pretty fun and catchy too.
Animal Mechanical Mission Time! This is one of those shows that has no real point but to entertain. But it has all his favourite things in it: A dinosaur that turns into a forklift digger thing, a unicorn and they’re all basically robots. This show isn’t too annoying and it’s also only 11 minutes long.
Transformers: Rescue Bots
This is the perfect introduction to the Transformers franchise for toddlers and preschoolers. Again, it has all The Munchkin’s favourite vehicles: a fire engine, a police car, a bulldozer and a helicopter. It’s a bit tamer than regular Transformers, which can be a bit higher grade for a 3-year-old in terms of story line (although this is a child who will spend hours watching freakin’ Horseland if we allowed it) and explosions. But I can’t wait to introduce him to Optimus Prime and Bumblebee one day.
So is Netflix worth it?
Well after the first free month, I’ve decided to keep our subscription. It’s $10 a month which works out to around R150 depending on the exchange rate at the time. But it’s so much more worth it than the +-R800 that DSTV costs. Whenever I go to my parent’s house and I flip through the channels there is nothing that catches my interest. It feels like such a rip off and the only reason they still have it is because of Supersport’s monopoly on rugby and other sport.
With Netflix there are so many series to keep me entertained even though it won’t be the latest season of something. I finally caught up on Vikings and they have so many amazing original shows (have you guys seen The Crown? It’s so good!), which is why I signed up in the first place.
I only have one gripe. While I like that the next episode plays automatically, this means I don’t have to get up repeatedly while I’m feeding The Potato, I do wish they’d implement some sort of time limit function on the kids profiles. We currently use an alarm, so when it goes off TV time is done but sometimes I forget and the next thing you know it’s 2 hours later. Whoops!
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