The product is called a “Newborn-to-toddler Apptivity Seat for iPad device.” As your baby sits in a comfortable infant seat, he or she can look at an iPad screen for both learning and entertainment.
Is this the worst baby product ever?
Fisher Price says…
This seat provides all kinds of learning apps.
- Black and white images enhance visual skills.
- Soothing apps show nature scenes.
Laura Perrins says…
“This is perhaps the biggest piece of advertising nonsense I have read for some time.”
- “As for enhancing visual skills with black and white images, you could just tape some newspaper to a wall and that will provide contrast.”
- “You could take baby for a walk in the park to see living trees and touch real leaves which is the best nature you do not need money to buy.” and “Mum’s voice is soothing enough, and for free.”
Dr. Sally: Thank you Laura for sharing your point of view. Yes, people of all ages and stages were meant to move and experience to learn. “Hands-on learning” has been a pillar in the field of education from the beginning of education.
Here is some old parenting learning advice. “Check that your baby has appropriate stimulation for one or more of the five senses–sight, sound, taste, touch (real arm, hand, and/or finger movement), and smell.”
Laura is a former barrister and stay-at-home mother with two small children who campaigns for “Mothers at Home Matter”: