With a nine-year-old and three-year-old, tablets and screen time have been a part of our household for years—and I wouldn’t have it any other way. While I thought I had it all figured out with the devices we were using, being introduced to an Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet was a game changer for me as a mom. From Amazon’s worry-free guarantee to their FreeTime Unlimited library with over 20,000 books, videos and apps, there is so much to love about this device. I only wish I had discovered it sooner.

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Reason #1 Why We Love This Tablet: Two-Year Worry Free Guarantee

When my son was born I quickly discovered what the phrase “we can’t have nice things” really means. Like a miniature version of Wreck-It-Ralph things just seem to break wherever he goes. Of course most things can be replaced, but that doesn’t mean you want to be constantly shelling out money just because you have kids at home. That’s why I instantly fell in love with the two-year worry-free guarantee that comes with every Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet.

If anything happens to the tablet, return it and Amazon will replace it. No questions asked. Simply return it and they’ll send you back a new one for free. If there’s anything I can appreciate as a mom, it’s having one less thing to worry about. I’ve got 99 mom problems, but the Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet definitely isn’t one.

Reason #2 Why We Love This Tablet: The Kid-Proof Case

If your toddler is anything like mine, things get dropped. A lot. While I often hesitate to hand over my own devices for screen time, I feel as fearless as Wonder Woman when he handles the Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet. Not only does it come with that worry free guarantee, but, unlike our previous tablets, it arrives out of the box already safe and snug in a Kid-Proof Case.

And, within minutes of turning on the tablet for the first time, sure enough it had slipped from my three-year-old’s hands and bounced to the floor. And when I say bounced, I mean bounced. Thanks to the Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet’s durable, lightweight and totally squishy case it landed without breaking, perfectly safe and ready for more play. Now I don’t even bat an eye or bother to utter the “be careful” warning I repeat each time he handles something remotely fragile because I know it’s perfectly safe even in his little (slippery) hands.

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Reason #3 Why We Love This Tablet: One Year of Free Amazon Unlimited FreeTime

With our previous tablet a day never went by without my kids begging for a new game. It seemed like the battles and whining over earning a new app were endless. Amazon FreeTime Unlimited changed everything. Every game they could ask for is right there at their fingertips and for an entire year FreeTime is included with the purchase of an Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet. No extra downloads or “Mom I want a new game.”

Even after that first year, FreeTime Unlimited is just $2.99 per month for a single child for Prime Members—less than the cost of a typical single app purchase. The best part is: since we switched to the Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet I haven’t had a single demand for new apps. Now that’s priceless.

Reason #4 Why We Love This Tablet: Parental Controls

You shouldn’t need a degree in rocket science to make sure your kids are using their devices safely. The parental controls for the Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet make protecting my kids a breeze. I can easily adjust the age level and types of content I allow my kids to watch simply by toggling a few switches in the Amazon Parent Dashboard.

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Reason #5 Why We Love This Tablet: Amazon Parent Dashboard

Besides creating profiles for each individual child set to age appropriate settings, the Amazon Parent Dashboard has several other features that make life as a parent in the digital age much easier. The Dashboard not only allows you to see how much time your kids have spent using the their tablet, but it also breaks it down into the types of content.

You can see how much of that one hour time limit a day (or whatever time you set it to) has been spent specifically on games, books and videos. The Dashboard also provides summaries and discussion points for certain apps so that you can engage your kids after they’ve been playing.

Starting at $99.99 on Amazon, check out all the Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablets to pick the best fit for your kids.

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—Shahrzad Warkentin