By Brittany Vonow, thesun.co.uk, 7 November 2018
|A baby looks at the screen built into the cot, designed by|
Birmingham-based furniture company Babeek
PARENTS have been left outraged after a new £1,500 baby cot was released - complete with its own iPad.
The cot, designed by Birmingham-based furniture company Babeek, was created to hold the technology so parents can play white nose and help babies go to sleep.
But Dr Gary Allen, a chartered educational psychologist, described the creation as "outrageous".
He warned: "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.
"Cots are a safe place for sleeping and resting - period."
Gary Taylor, owner of the Birmingham-based furniture company, defended the decision to include the iPad, saying he used it to play white noise to help his own nine-month-old baby girl go to sleep.
He said: "For me, it’s about getting our child to sleep."
Speaking from his own experience, he said he and wife Gemma had used their own phones to play white noise to baby Graysie sleep.
But the music would often cut out when they received a call or message, disturbing the tot.
To solve the problem, he said the white noise could be easily played from an iPad in a designated spot in the cot.
He said: "I’m looking at it from an outside point of view. If you are a hard working parent, sometimes even in the morning, I know some people put their kids in front of the TV in the morning, is that safe?
"I was thinking that if they could put it in the cot it could be a lot safer.”
He added the iPad didn't have to be on constantly.
He said: "It’s not to sit your child in the cot all day watching Peppa Pig.
"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.
And he added he was merely giving people what they wanted.
Mr Taylor said: "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."
But parents took to social media to raise concerns about the built-in iPad design.
Ana Belem said: “This is wrong on so many levels. There’s a limit for technology and this is just way over that limit!!! Shame on you.”
Beth Cooper said: “Ffs! What is this world coming to, what a sick joke.”
Danielle West added: “This has got to be a joke the most ridiculous thing ever. What’s wrong with reading/singing/talking about the day with your child to settle them for bed!”
Research from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has suggested it is the nature of screentime that is the most important factor.
Jocelyn Brewer, a psychologist who specialises in the concept of "digital nutrition", said: “It’s not just about whether you consume any potential digital junk foods, but also your relationship to technology and the role it plays in your family life.
“We know that using screens to soothe or pacify kids sets up some concerning patterns of relying on devices to calm or distract a child (or teen, or adult) from their experience of unpleasant or uncomfortable emotions – so we want to avoid using screens to placate tantrums, just like we want to avoid eating ‘treats’ to calm emotional storms.”