Headspace: Meditation and Sleep

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Practical meditation for adults and kids; hefty price.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn the basics of meditation and mindfulness. As kids follow the instructions and are reminded by the app to meditate each day, they can develop the habit of making time for personal growth and self-reflection in different situations, such as bedtime and waking up.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. Beautiful, simple, user-friendly app. New users are guided seamlessly through the tutorial and the free Foundation Course.

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Sexy Stuff

Most content is locked, including the kid-specific meditations. All locked content includes promo videos so users can get a peek at the content prior to subscribing. Tap on any locked content and you're directed to the "free trial," which requires you to sign up for a monthly or annual membership that will auto-renew unless you cancel prior to the end of the 30 days.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Headspace: Guided Meditation and Mindfulness is a meditation app for adults and kids. The app's beginner course is free, but the other content requires a paid subscription. The meditations created for kids include very brief, one- to nine-minute meditations, while longer meditations are available for teens and adults. Created by a former Buddhist monk, this app presents meditation in very straightforward ways and for specific circumstances, including walking, sleeping, kindness, and focus. It also includes reminders, rewards, and ways to connect with friends for motivation. It's compatible with the Apple Health app and Apple Watch. Though there's a free trial, you can't see much without a subscription, which is $12.99/month. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjwslc November 9, 2019

Great app - but expensive with horrible customer service

Used the app for over two years - in the middle of my renewed subscription ($100 annual) when the app stated that I didn't have a valid subscription. Two w... Continue reading
Adult Written byleahb711 April 22, 2019

Worth a try

I did not pay the extra money for this app, but I think It would def be worth it. The meditation exercises are relaxing and step by step tell you what to do.
Teen, 13 years old Written byJustsomekidwhol... June 1, 2021

I mean it worked for me

I for weeks had a relly hard time sleeping and headspace relly helped me and though the price to unlock everything is pricey it was worth it for me and helped m... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old January 14, 2021


I think it is for 5+ because of that it is meditations, I think the courses and there friendly ages.
1-5 For 5 years old
6-8 Well, the name explains it
9-12 sam...

What's it about?

To use HEADSPACE: GUIDED MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS, first create an account (using Facebook, Spotify, or email), and then watch the tutorial. The app uses common meditation techniques -- such as body scans, becoming aware of environmental sounds, breath awareness, breath counting, and more -- to establish a serene, aware space for the mind to rest. Watch the promos about the other meditation options, including the kids' meditations, which are separated into age groups: 5 and under, 6 to 8, and 9 to 12. If you choose to unlock the rest of the content, sign up for the 30-day free trial (which will auto-renew unless canceled). Set reminders, share with friends, and use other settings to customize the experience.

Is it any good?

This app makes meditation accessible, modern, and practical. From suggestions on how to sit while meditating to specific sessions for everyday moments -- getting out of bed, walking, eating -- Headspace: Guided Meditations and Mindfulness takes a calm, relaxed approach to bringing calm relaxation into the lives of adults and kids. That said, for some younger kids who need visual cues, this app may not be as effective as other meditation or breathing apps that use images to slow down breathing, focus the eyes, and calm kids. Also, the one-minute meditations for kids go by so quickly that they may lose any usefulness. The free, introductory 10-minute sessions may be a good way to test whether you and your kid like the app's methods enough to purchase a subscription; however, the kid-focused meditations are somewhat different from the free intro meditations. Of course, how effective it is will depend solely on if and how regularly users take the time to sit and listen. The app's creator suggests finding a specific time and place to use the app daily and setting the in-app reminders to improve chances you'll create a habit. Also, since the price is prohibitive to many, parents could use the app for a month or two and then try to keep the habit going without the subscription.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why a daily meditation practice can be valuable. Ask your kid: When do you feel like you could use some "headspace?" After school? Before homework? At bedtime, when thoughts may be swirling? Does Headspace: Guided Meditation and Mindfulness help?

  • The app encourages kids and parents to meditate together. Can meditation become a regular family activity?

  • Talk about situations where "chill skills" can be especially valuable. When is it a good idea to take a deep breath before doing anything? Do you think meditating regularly would help you feel calmer?

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