Move over, mamaRoo. There's a new high-tech bouncer on the block. And it's sure raising some eyebrows.
Last week, Fisher-Price unveiled its new "Newborn to Toddler Apptivity Seat", which aims to engage and stimulate babies in a whole new way—by featuring an iPad holder. (You know, just in case your tot gets bored playing with baby toys and needs a little extra screen time.)
Needless to say, there are plenty of parents and experts out there who are not so thrilled about the new activity center, which has brought back some of the backlash we saw with the much-talked-about (but far more ridiculous) iPotty.
At first glance, the Amazon product description reads pretty benignly. "Lock your iPad device inside the case to protect from dribbles and drool," it says. "Play and learning are at baby's fingertips, with free apps you can download for your iPad."
But while that all sounds pretty fun and harmless, let's not forget that the American Academy of Pediatrics isn't exactly a fan of screen time. In fact, it strongly recommends no screen time at all for kids under 2. Considering these bouncers are made specifically for babies newborn and up, that doesn't exactly bode too well for its prospects.
Susan Linn, director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), spoke with the Washington Post this week about her concerns over the bouncer. “[It's the] ultimate electronic babysitter," she said. [Its] very existence suggests that it’s fine to leave babies as young as newborns all alone and with an iPad inches from their face.”
What say you? Would you consider buying this bouncer?