Worst Baby Product Ever? Fisher-Price’s Apptivity Seat for iPad Turns Babies into Screen Staring Zombies

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In what can only be considered a total lapse of rational judgment on Fisher-Price’s part, the baby product giant recently released an iPad accented baby bouncer chair. Dubbed the Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat for iPad device, this contraption ranks up there with the most appalling ideas ever invented in baby care, as it encourages parents to suspend their iPad device directly over their child’s head in order to, as Fisher-Price puts it, “Sooth, entertain and teach” your baby. Are you kidding me!? Where do we begin with what’s wrong with this?

First of all, there’s not a single health organization on the planet who thinks any screen time is healthy or safe for babies. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has concluded that babies are not able to process television until age 2 and instead of TV and computers, little ones should be exposed to development-building playtime and quality time with their parents. Secondly, excessive and early exposure to screen time is linked to a host of health problems. From ADHD to poor parent-baby bonding to future higher risks of heart attack and stroke to tendonitis to obesity to sleep disorders to some serious future screen addictions and much more, excessive and early screen time benefits no one.

Would You Buy an iPad Bouncy Seat?

  • 30 Votes Yes - what a great idea!
  • 329 Votes OMG - no way, no how, not ever!
  • 13 Votes Maybe. I'm just not sure.

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Thankfully, if the reviews on Amazon are any indication, many parents haven’t been fooled into thinking this iPad seat is something babies or toddlers need. While a few reviewers are arguing that this is a great idea, especially if you only use the special free Fisher-Price baby apps included with the seat, most parents seem to agree that exposing babies and toddlers to such blatant screen use is entirely unnecessary. If you have a little one, avoid this baby seat. If you used to buy Fisher-Price gear, I’d highly suggest you knock it off until they pull this senseless seat off the market. There are much better ways to entertain your baby or toddler, such as:

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3 Responses to “Worst Baby Product Ever? Fisher-Price’s Apptivity Seat for iPad Turns Babies into Screen Staring Zombies”

  1. lynn72023 says:

    Not to be used as a babysitter, this is a learning item also a time for parents to lay down on floor be side baby and watch to see at what rate the child adapts or learns buttons and coordination skills children are using computers earlier in school than this will help to prepare them if used properly

  2. Jennifer Chait says:

    There’s no way to use this “properly” with a baby because screens aren’t recommended for kids under the age of two years. Blocks and other tactile toys also help little ones learn coordination. Plus, there’s no reason to be prepping a baby for school – that’s years off and if you manage all the basics, like giving your child attention, reading to him, etc, your child will be a-ok by school age in most cases, even without screen use.

  3. runjohnrun says:

    Because what a better way to insure your child will have ZERO attention span by the time he/she is 2. Please do your homework on this.

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