As I’ve mentioned, my 12-year-old son has Type 1 Diabetes. Even though he has gained 20 pounds since diagnosis (he was underweight and sorely needed it), I am hoping to instill healthy food and health habits while he and his younger siblings are still young enough to listen to me. That includes making exercise a daily priority. Right now my oldest son is healthy and even though he has an autoimmune disease (which is what Type 1 Diabetes is) he needs to do whatever he can to make sure he stays healthy. I want to build habits that last into adulthood. The Fitbit Ace Activity Tracker for Kids is made for ages 8 and up and this showerproof wristband tracks steps, active minutes and sleep — and rewards kids for making their goals. While my son does exercise, he isn’t wild about it. However, he’s competitive and I was wondering if challenging him to do 10,000 steps would do the trick to get him to reach that daily goal. Did it? Read on for our verdict and the chance to win one for your child! Fitbit Ace Activity Tracker for Kids 8+
Fitbit Ace is sized for kids. It fit my 12-year-old son’s wrist perfectly and was secure on his wrist (with a watch-like closure). Here are all the features.
Rewards and Badges
Battery Life up to 5 days
Sized for kids
Reminders to Move
Fitbit App: Parent view
Fitbit App: Kid view
To set up:
If you have a Fitbit account, log into it on your smartphone to start setting up. You want to do this so you can then set up a child account and then set up your child’s Fitbit Ace.
Your child doesn’t need their own phone, but if they have a phone, you can set it up so your child’s Fitbit Ace can connect to the child account on their phone. The Fitbit app literally walked me through it and while there were several steps, it was super easy. Once you install the Fitbit app on your child’s phone, sign into your account and then go into your family account on your child’s phone. Select that child and then switch to “Kid View” and then set up your Fitbit Ace.
I do limit what apps I put on my child’s phone, but I want him to really get the most out of his Fitbit Ace, so I was happy to put it on his device.
Your child will need to have their Bluetooth on, as the app will ask to pair to it.
Your child can choose which wrist to put it on.
Then you add a nickname. I tend to leave my children’s names off anything that would be displayed, so I picked a name that he likes to use on social media. And no, this isn’t the name we really used for this, just an example.
What I’ve always liked about Fitbit is that you can customize – I let my son pick the way he wanted his clock face displayed.
It will let your child know the ways to access it. I did tell my son to be gentle, as I didn’t want a broken Fitbit Ace on my hands if he whacked it too hard.
The Fitbit Ace has reminders to move. This is great for squeezing it at least 250 steps an hour.
Keeping A Charge:
Let’s talk charging cables. This is the only thing I don’t really like about Fitbit. I want a universal charging cable. I lose cables and I need a cable that I can run out and buy from a big box store, not a special cable that costs $20 and I can only get online. I’ve owned several Fitbits over the years and I always end up having to buy extras, and the ones that I still have in the house aren’t compatible with the Fitbit Ace. Make it a micro USB Cable or something that is widely available. The good news about the Fitbit Ace is that you can charge around every 5 days. However, if you are going on vacation or maybe travel often, I would see about ordering another one to keep on hand.
My son challenged himself to reach 10,000 steps on day 2 of wearing his Fitbit Ace and has been able to keep that up daily.
The Fitbit Ace is certainly inspiring my son to move around more and in my opinion, this is something I can totally recommend. Buy here: Amazon
Win one for your child!