iPad Baby Seat: Bad Parenting or Sign of the Times?

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Posted: Monday, December 9, 2013 11:20 am | Updated: 11:25 am, Mon Dec 9, 2013.

It's likely you've seen a child that's too young to speak in complete sentences operating his mom's iPhone better than, well, his mom.  But what about a product that's geared specifically toward babies -- like an infant seat -- that comes with a iPad holder?

The Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat by Fisher Price is just that. It features, in addition to the iPad holder, bat-at toys on the removable bar and a mirror that reflects the baby's image when the iPad is removed. But it's that iPad holder feature that's got moms up in arms.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends screens be avoided for children under 2. "A child's brain develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens," the website reads.

The description on the Fisher Price web site reads, "Soothing, entertaining and technology all in one great grow-with-me seat for baby! Lock your iPad device inside the case to protect from dribbles and drool." Though the name of the seat is the Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat, the product is found on the baby section of the site.

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