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  • 'Dati Ayoko Kay Blippi, Pero Dahil Kay Meekah, Na-Enjoy Namin' Parents Love Meekah, Blippi's Female Best Friend

    Meekah has made Blippi shows more inclusive, and now, she stars in her own episodes!
    by Judy Santiago Aladin .
'Dati Ayoko Kay Blippi, Pero Dahil Kay Meekah, Na-Enjoy Namin' Parents Love Meekah, Blippi's Female Best Friend
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  • Tell me you have a toddler without telling me: You know Blippi.

    My daughter is turning 3 in a few months, and she likes to watch videos on YouTube, most of the time, with my supervision.

    That's why I was the one who told her not to watch certain videos, like Peppa Pig, and other shows that I've read have bad reviews from other parents. 

    But my child was the one who doesn't like to click videos of Blippi, the jolly guy wearing blue and orange. I have friends who are moms with little boys who love Blippi. For some reason, my daughter just skips the thumbnails of Blippi when it appears on her YouTube Kids screen. In her own words, "kasi makulit siya."

    Plus, she is also not really fond of other men except her dad. This includes his teenager cousin and some security guards, which could be the reason why she doesn't like Blippi too.

    Recently, I learned that Blippi has a girl bestfriend named Meekah

    Meekah was added to the Blippi universe in October 2021. She's known as a cartwheel-loving and kindhearted best friend of Blippi.

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    So I asked my toddler to watch an episode with Meekah in it, and I was waiting for her reaction.

    Moreover, we watched an episode of Meekah, one without Blippi, when she toured a trampoline park. We watched it together, and enjoyed being toured by Meekah.

    My toddler watching an episode of Blippi with Meekah, she watched it til the end
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    She said, "Okay lang yan, andyan na si Meekah."

    What other parents say about Meekah, Blippi's Female Best Friend

    Parents in the Smart Parenting Village also thought the same. With Meekah's addition to Blippi's adventures, moms and dads say that their toddlers loved watching Blippi more.

    "Nagustuhan sya ng daughter namin. Lalo na ung mga songs nya sa Blippi's treehouse," said Daddy Wang Cruz, whose daughter is 21 months old.

    Mommy Sharm Dino, whose son is 3 years and 6 months old said, "Like ng son ko yung partnership ni Blippi and Meekah. Di nya fave before si Blippi pero nahilig din sya bigla."

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    Mommy Jhastine Santos Elariog also said, "My daughter who's 2 likes to watch Meekah. She would play pretend with her dolls na si Meekah daw yun. I like [her] too!

    She adds, "Dati ayaw ko kay Blippi pero nang dinagdag si Meekah na-enjoy namin."

    Another mom said, she likes it better when Meekah was added because she's more gentle than Blippi. Her daughter even calls her Meekah!

    "Mas gusto ko siya kasi since babae po baby ko, mas gentle kilos niya kaysa kay Blippi, ginagaya kasi ng baby ko si Blippi eh pang-lalaki mga kilos kaya natuwa ako nun meron na sarili si Meekah."

    How to cut your kids' screen time

    Although Meekah is well-loved by toddlers, parents should try their best to keep them from too much screen time. A study shows that it can slow down a child's brain development.

    According to Rachael Mason of WebMD, while it's hard to cut down your child's screen time because there are screens everywhere, you can try these tips:

    1. Don't give your child their own tablet or smartphone.

    While it's tempting to just give in to our child's wants and give them their own device so they cannot interrupt us when we do our chores or work, Steven Gortmarker, PhD, professor of the practice of health sociology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health said, "Interact with your children. Do that instead of handing them an electronic device."

    2. Set limits to screen use.

    Agree on some rules while watching, like allow them 10 minutes of screen time, then rest. You can set an alarm clock and when it goes off, that's the time they have to stop watching. 

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    3. Help your child find other ways to have fun.

    Invest in art supplies, books, bikes and other tools that can keep them busy instead of watching shows.

    Mom of two Marian Rivera said in another article,  “Maglalaro kaming dalawa, or maglalaro sila ng nanny niya or ng brother niya.”

    4. Be a model.

    Watch how often you use your own devices. If they always see you using your phone, chances are, they will also want to. Put down your phone, and be present in your playtime, and you'll both forget about screen time.

    “To be completely honest, my husband and I are guilty of not having screen rules for ourselves versus imposing screen rules on our kids, which is a conflict for me," said Bianca Gonzales, mom of two girls.

    Experts little screen time is okay, but make sure that your child gets out to play. Here's where you can go.

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