Controversial New Baby Seat Comes With iPad Holder

Controversial New Baby Seat Comes With iPad Holder

Kids manufacturer Fisher-Price has been delving into the world of tech peripherals for some time now (they even came out with an e-Reader a couple of years ago). Their latest venture, however — a baby bouncy seat with iPad attachment — has stirred up controversy like nothing else the company has done.

Labeling the Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat for iPads “oppressive and destructive to young children”, the Boston-based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood advocacy group is asking for a total recall — claiming that the product is not healthy for a baby’s development, and that its intended mission statement as the “ultimate electronic babysitter” encourages parents to leave their baby alone.

A 2011 report from the Academy of American Pediatrics suggested that children under the age of two should spend as little time as possible with screens.

So far Amazon has 129 customer reviews for the Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat for iPads — with 101 awarding the product one star out of five.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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