Infants and iPads: How young is too young?

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - It seems like everybody has an iPad these days, even little kids. But how young is too young?

There are now tablet and iPad accessories for newborns.

Fisher-Price has a new product called the iPad Apptivity Seat. It's a traditional baby-bouncy seat that holds an iPad mere inches from a child's face. Designed for babies and toddlers, a promotional video for the Apptivity Seat shows a happy, cooing infant engaged with the screen.

The device also comes with free apps such as "Colors and Patterns" and "Music and Sounds."

There's also the iPotty, which is essentially a training seat with an iPad stand.

The product manufactures say that these new devices are made to stimulate and engage. However, others disagree. Some parents even go as far as calling these devices "electronic babysitters."

Thursday morning, Brenda Judd will join us on the FOX19 Morning News at 9:25 a.m.

Judd is an education specialist at UC's Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center. She will give us a full report on the educational value of these devices.

What do you think? What do you think about teaching babies to use a computer? When is it too early to introduce technology to children? Would you buy one of these carriers for your baby?

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