Every mom can attest to needing 10 minutes for a shower, to prepare dinner and sometimes even just to put down a colicky baby that has been crying nonstop.
If you’ve seen the new iPad baby seats, from infant activity seats to toddler potty seats, featuring an attachment for an iPad complete with “developmentally appropriate apps,” you might wonder if they are better than a traditional baby seat.
But don’t choose it for educational advantages.
The “educational merit of media for children younger than 2 years remains unproven despite the fact that three-quarters of the top-selling infant videos make explicit or implicit educational claims,” according to the American Academy of Pediatrics updated 2011 statement, Media Use in Children Younger than 2 Years.
The academy “discourages media use by children younger than 2 years” for some very good reasons.
The medical group reviewed all of the scientific studies on media use in children under 2 (mostly television viewing) before coming to that conclusion and no research over the past four years has prompted it to revise that opinion.
Yet nine out of 10 parents say heir children younger than 2 years watch some form of electronic media. So where does that leave parents faced with the decision to buy and use one of these iPad baby seats?
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