The Talkie is an excellent way to keep young children in contact with loved ones... I purchased Bitsy the Bat for my 16month old niece and nephew they love it! It was purchased because their father works away from home and has been gone for months at a time... they hear the tone and know it's him on the other side!! I love that their parents can control who speaks to them so it's safe!! Super easy to set up and the app and messages are free of charge!! It stores I think up to ten 30second recordings... that they love to replay! I give 4 stars because there are time when it seems the messages are VERY delayed! Other than that I and they love it... so do their parents!!