Tuesday, December 17, 2013

This iPad Baby Seat Certainly Isn't Pacifying Parents

I don't think I'm overly strict when it comes to screen time. Our kids are no stranger to the iPad (though they probably only spend an hour or two a week with it, at most). And our household wouldn't function if we couldn't use the television to occasionally immobilize the children.

Still, we've tried to wait until each of the kids was 2 years old before relying on electronic babysitters.

Fisher-Price's Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat

So the idea of plunking newborns in front of a tablet — nay, strapping them down in front of it — horrifies me on a visceral level. (As I said on Twitter, it's like seeing a baby smoking.)

Apparently a lot of other parents feel the same way, judging by the reaction to the Fisher-Price Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat. A petition requesting that Fisher-Price recall this $80 product is nearing its goal of 12,000 signatures.

Is this reaction entirely rational? That's hard to say. The fears of iPads turning babies' brains into mush are probably overblown, and the app does time out after 10 to 12 minutes.

But if parents want to buy an iPad seat, I would prefer they get the iPotty.

At least if the kid is potty-training, he or she is already at least 2 (or quite advanced).