Lifestyle & Parenting

This Kids’ Audio Player Is A Bedtime Gamechanger (Win!)

July 17, 2023

If you’re looking for a new way to make bedtime a bit easier and keep your littles entertained—and off screens—this summer, Yoto’s adorable, just-for-kids audio devices should be on your radar.

The U.K.-based educational tech company was founded in 2015 by two fathers and self-described technophiles, Ben Drury and Filip Denker, who were inspired to develop an audio device for kids that is connected but also screen-free. The first prototype was developed a few years later following a successful Kickstarter campaign, and today, the company offers a third-gen Yoto Player for at-home use and the more portable Yoto Mini for kids to play on-the-go.

The latest Player, launched in June and recommended for kids ages 3+, can play music, audio books and even podcasts in English and French. Kids just have to insert a Yoto Card to listen, and parents can control the player and add new content via the app.

It offers acoustically engineered stereo sound, plays for 24 hours before requiring a charge, and can multitask as a regular Bluetooth speaker, room thermometer, night light and clock. And—perhaps most importantly—unlike your cellphone, tablet and the smart displays in your home, the player is microphone-, camera- and screen-free, and none of the free audio content includes advertisements.   

Simple to use and charmingly designed, the Player is fun for kids any time of day. But it can also be a major help for parents at bedtime—in fact, the company mentions on its website that “Ninety per cent of parents agree that Yoto has made bedtimes easier for their family.”

To wind down the day, kids can listen to everything from educational books to calming bedtime stories on the Yoto Player. It turns into a coloured night light in seconds and can stream sleep sounds, white noise or a dedicated “sleep radio” stream until even the fussiest sleeper has drifted off to dreamland. —Truc Nguyen

Win! A $234 Yoto Player Prize Pack!

Congrats Lily T. of Ottawa, ON, who will receive a $234 Yoto Player prize pack, including:

  • Yoto Player (3rd Generation)
  • Yoto Adventure Jacket
  • Yoto Wireless Charging Dock

Please note: if you are the winner, you will receive a DM (direct message) in Instagram directly from Please be wary of fake accounts, which often use similar handles with an extra or missing letter, number or symbol. We will never ask for a payment or for your credit card number, and we will never ask you to click through a link. If you are unsure whether you have been contacted, via Instagram, by us or a fake account, email us before responding.


  1. Melissa K

    July 20th, 2023 at 9:48 am

    We love listening to Harry Potter audio books

  2. Anita

    July 20th, 2023 at 10:35 am

    We Love listening to Chicken squad audio books. Instagram is @soanitaso

  3. Brenda Comeau

    July 20th, 2023 at 10:50 am

    my daughter is a huge taylor swift fan of course! just like her mama 🙂 swifties forever!

  4. Lily

    July 20th, 2023 at 10:51 am

    My kids love the Greeking Out, Grim, Grimmer, or Grimmest and Smash Boom Best podcasts. They also love the Land of Stories series via the audiobooks. It’s really nice to listen to a story being read by the author and hearing the various voices and sound effects. @tabbgirls

  5. Kirsten

    July 20th, 2023 at 11:21 am

    My kids love to listen to frog and toad or anything by Roald Dahl! We live in Ottawa, ON and my Instagram is @kbhinds

  6. Shirley O

    July 20th, 2023 at 11:30 am

    Anything Paw Patrol. @backinbloom2

  7. Nicole Hand

    July 20th, 2023 at 11:52 am

    We love the sleep time radio !

  8. Umar

    July 20th, 2023 at 4:31 pm


  9. April Ries

    July 20th, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    We love our yoto!! It’s my oldest and she used it to go to sleep and it is a must for travelling. However my toddler lovers her siblings yoto and totally stops tantrums in their place so we need to get her her own. I could not recommend it enough. We are from northern Alberta.

  10. Lauren

    July 20th, 2023 at 5:12 pm

    We love Frog and Toad and the music cards from Caspar Babypants!

  11. Erin

    July 20th, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    Love using the yoto to calm down with some “Dreams of the-” cards!

  12. Lauren Martin

    July 20th, 2023 at 6:12 pm

    Super simple songs

  13. Michelle

    July 20th, 2023 at 6:12 pm

    My kid loves the moana soundtrack! @_hobifanclub_

  14. Adele G

    July 20th, 2023 at 6:35 pm

    Both kids listen to the Daniel Tiger Sleep Stories every night right now, they love it so much! (a recent switch from the nursery rhyme lullabies)

    @adelegallogly on Instagram

  15. Jillian W

    July 20th, 2023 at 6:56 pm

    We love the Pixar collection of audiobooks!

  16. Katie MacLeod

    July 20th, 2023 at 6:59 pm

    Yoto daily is always a hit, magical stories is great for bedtime. @katiekrist

  17. Monique L.S.

    July 21st, 2023 at 4:10 pm

    My girls enjoy Taylor Swift.
    IG @minty_mo2020

  18. Denise

    July 21st, 2023 at 9:09 pm

    We’re Canadian (Vancouver) and we love the Snail and the Whale and all things Disney!

  19. Tracy Hamann

    July 23rd, 2023 at 12:43 am

    Our LO loves listening to Fleetwood Mac and any music with a great beat! Thanks for the great contest! (@the.tracy.hamann)

  20. Tracy Hamann

    July 23rd, 2023 at 12:46 am

    Our LO loves to listen to Fleetwood Mac and anything with a beat! (@the.tracy.hamann).

    Thanks for putting on this giveaway!

  21. Jodi

    July 24th, 2023 at 9:09 am

    My 4 year old adores Hotel Flamingo and Yoto Daily!


  22. Erin

    July 24th, 2023 at 10:55 am

    My daughters favorite yoto card right now is finding nemo!!

  23. Ashley Spooner

    July 24th, 2023 at 4:10 pm

    We love mo willems audio books! And all the fairytales and lullaby’s


  24. M. S. Thompson

    July 24th, 2023 at 10:54 pm

    lullabies @SThompson788

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