A British baby furniture company has created the world’s first cot with an iPad – prompting an backlash from experts and parents.
Gary Taylor, owner of Birmingham-based furniture company Babeek, designed the cot after he had trouble putting his nine-month-old baby to sleep.
According to Mr Taylor, he included the iPad in the crib so he could play his young daughter white noise to help her nod off, shares Daily Mail.
But parents have slammed the ‘ridiculous’ creation, claiming the smart cot was a way for lazy mothers and fathers to occupy their children.
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Creator Mr Taylor, who lives in Birmingham, explained how the iPad could be used as a way for parents to make life easier for themselves.
He said: ‘For me, it’s about getting our child to sleep.’
Child psychologist Dr Andy Allen also criticised the creation.
He said: ‘Given the available literature surrounding screens and sleep and that of early attachment, creating a cot with a built in iPad is simply outrageous.
‘Whilst it could be argued that it could be used as a nightlight, to play soothing melodies or be a means for a parent to keep their eye on their child.
‘It won’t be long before apps are developed simply to occupy a baby or child.
‘Cots are a safe place for sleeping and resting – period.’
Mr Taylor defended the placement of the iPad and said that only lazy parents would even think of leaving their child in a cot for longer than half an hour.
‘It’s not to sit your child in the cot all day watching Peppa Pig. That’s not the idea.
‘People who work for a living thought it was a great idea. Without me being nasty, people who would leave their kid in the front room all day were hammering it.’
He said he is simply selling a product parents want.
‘People are saying it’s an early start but that is just the modern day. Sorry to say it. I don’t see any kids playing outside any more.
‘Kids are stuck on their computers. That’s not my fault. That’s the way the generation is going. I’m giving people what they want.’
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