Alisha Huber

I love the Talkie! I should note that we are *not* a tech-toy family. My kids have zero toys that light up and make noise (not counting the talkie). I used to work in the education technology industry, and I know that most of those products are triumphs of marketing and little else.

However, I often travel for business for up to a month at a time, and I typically take my kids (ages 4 and 6) with me. The last time, the hardest thing for them was that they could only communicate with my husband when he and I were both available to facilitate a video chat. I remember saying to my friend, "I wish there was just voicemail for kids!" Lo and behold, TALKIE appeared just weeks later.

It's simple enough for my younger child to use, and they love getting messages from their aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents, as well as us when we're away.

I like that it's safe and intuitive; it gives the kids independence in communication while also allowing me to ensure that I know who they can talk to.

The app needs a little work--it's not super intuitive and many family members have found it confusing. But the customer service people at Toymail are incredibly responsive and helpful, and I've been impressed with the changes they've made in response to user feedback.