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Infants and iPads

Rochester, N.Y. - A new toy for infants is getting a lot of attention.

It's a bouncy seat that has a holder for an iPad for the baby to view.

It's made by Fisher Price, which has also created free apps just for infants.

Putting them in front of an iPad, no matter what they say about the apps, no matter what they say the length is, no matter what they say about being geared toward certain age groups - it's not as good as interacting with your kids, said Dr. Edward Lewis, a Pediatrician in Brighton.

The toy is called Fisher Price's Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat for iPad.

[The] current stance of the American Academy of Pediatrics is no one under the age of two should be experiencing any screen time of any sort, said Dr. Lewis.

I would never purchase anything like that, said Michael Alo, a father of 13-month-old twin girls. He and his wife, Elizabeth, try to limit the twins screen time. I can see how they get mesmerized by it, and I just don't see that as a healthy thing.

Kid items that work with iPads are becoming more common.

Fisher Price isn't the only company making them.

CTA Digital has made a 2-in-1 iPotty with activity seat for iPad.

Another tool Dr. Lewis thinks isn't as good as parent interaction.

I love technology, I just think it's wonderful, said Dr. Lewis. But at the same time there are some things that we need to be doing with our kids that will benefit them in the long run.

 
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