Fisher-Price is selling a baby bouncy seat with an attachment where parents can insert an iPad so baby can watch video content aimed at the youngest children — an idea that is being criticized by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. The Boston-based advocacy group started an online petition campaign Tuesday, urging Fisher-Price to recall its Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat for iPads.
"The seat is the ultimate electronic babysitter. Its very existence suggests it's fine to leave babies all alone with an iPad inches from their face," said Susan Linn, the group's director, in an interview. "Babies thrive when they are talked to, played with and cuddled, not when they are alone with a screen." Of course in the 50’s that is what everyone was saying about television. “The Electronic Babysitter”. Oh yeah, we were also warned about sitting too close to the screen as well.
Something on the horizon is Intel’s wearable technology in the crib “The Smart Baby Onesie” parents may now have the added opportunity to keep track of health related data regarding their infants in the crib—including their respiratory rate, and thus be more aware of any potential discomfort or illness developing.
Two green stripes across the chest–sensors which record respiratory rate–provide parents or caregivers with changes in respiratory rate. Potentially signaling breathing difficulty, this data could be valuable in management of patients with asthma or even croup. An additional removable turtle shaped device clipped on front allows monitoring of body temperature, heart rate, as well as activity level.
The reported cost for three onesies and the turtle clip-on will be $199.00 as a starter kit. A 2-pak of onesies will retail for $29.00 for sizes from 0 to 12 months.
I’m not sure what the practical use is for the average infant but I can see it being very reassuring for at risk children or children with special needs.
Since I have no grand children I'm not as informed about the latest gizmos or gadgets for kids. I'm sure some of you who have grand children have witnessed their technological expertise first hand.
It is a new world!