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Do you remember Sprout? It's now UniversalKids
There are many shows nowadays made specifically for toddlers. Disney Channel has Disney Junior with shows like The Lion Guard, Puppy Dog Pals, and Vampirina. Nickelodeon has Nick Jr. with shows like Paw Patrol, Shimmer and Shine, and Blaze and the Monster Machines.
My son loved the Sprout Channel when he was little. Sprout came on channel 128 on Comcast in my area. It was an all day cartoon channel for kids and my son LOVED it. It featured shows like Caillou, Thomas and Friends, Poppy Cat, and Monkey See Monkey Do. It also had Sprout Live Shows throughout the day where the show's hosts would come on and interact with kids. The Goodnight Show, for example, came on every night and was put on by Nina and her Star puppet.
Unfortunately, it became a thing of the past when UniversalKids took over. However, shows like Remy & Boo, PowerBirds, and FlooGals are now available from this station. You can also still find Caillou, Thomas, and some of the others on Hulu, Amazon, or other streaming services.
Now there's NetflixKids
Streaming services like Netflix have become incredibly popular. You pay a per-month fee and receive unlimited access to shows. You can even make a kid's profile that only accesses PG content. It's great if you want to keep your young children away from things they shouldn't be seeing. What's also nice is that Netflix allows you to make separate accounts for each member of your family. You can add up to five profiles. Have one for mom and dad, one for sis, and one for brother, for example.
Netflix for kids features shows such as Tru and the Magic Kingdom, Go!Go! Cory Carson, Charlie's Colorforms City, Dragons: Rescue Riders, Hello Ninja, Motown Magic, Ridley Jones, and more. They're all colorful and short -- perfect for little ones.
Tru is one of my daughter's favorites, and they've created many specials
Just like Netflix, Hulu offers its own kid's page. You can search by specific age groups, finding shows ideal for babies, toddlers, or kids 8-12, for example. You can even search by network or find exclusive content made by Hulu.
Some of the popular options include the old shows us and our children used to watch. Rugrats is available, as are The Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time, Chuggington, My Little Pony, and Nina's World. Things like Pororo, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and The Bravest Knight are also featured.
Hulu allows for six individual profiles.
Amazon Prime Video
Lots of content for kids also exists on Amazon Prime Video. If you pay for Amazon Prime service, which gets you free shipping and your packages to your door faster -- you also get video included. There are originals, such as Lost in Oz, Creative Galaxy, and Pete the Cat, as well as old fan favorites, like SpongeBob and Clifford. You can search by Network, with lots of PBS options available, or search by age range. You can even search by popular characters. Shows for preschool age range and younger will be what your toddlers need.
Amazon Prime Video allows you to simply select Kids to see all available content, or you can create a separate kid's profile for each child. You get up to six separate profiles with Prime.
Disney+ debuted November 2019. Now, you and your kiddos can enjoy shows and movies both new and old. Your kids may enjoy the line-up of Disney Junior shows that they can watch on the app rather than waiting to see on TV. Alice's Wonderland Bakery, Spidey and His Amazing Friends, and TOTS are some top choices. There's also movies like Finding Dory, Frozen II, Toy Story 4, Luca, Encanto, and much more.
You can check out Star Wars and Marvel movies for yourself or look back at some of your old favorite shows and movies, such as Boy Meets World, Lizzie McGuire, Jungle 2 Jungle, Flubber, and many others.
You get seven separate profiles with Disney+.
YouTube has a separate kids app that your kids can use for watching their favorite streamers or shows. Even without paying, you can find lots of content on the traditional YouTube by simply searching for their favorites and seeing what's available. Many full-length episodes are not featured, but they can watch clips, see toys related to the shows and movies they enjoy, and watch specials about them.
Brandi Goodman (author) from Holland, MI on April 18, 2012:
I have Comcast and it's on channel 128.
This is the link for their website.
This is such a great channel with great learning shows for kids. It's basically an extension of PBS.
Colleenmt from Milwaukee, WI on April 17, 2012:
I'm not familiar with the Sprout channel, but my two-year-old niece cannot get enough of Caillou! Great hub.