The Newborn to Toddler Apptivity Seat by Fisher Price is one of those things that when you’re exhausted, and baby or toddler will not let you put them down for long enough to pee (and you’re sick of either peeing with someone small screaming at door OR peeing with someone small sitting on your lap) or it’s the middle of the night and they won’t sleep and you’re streaming Peppa Pig on your smart phone while resting your eyes and you thinking “wouldn’t it be great if someone invented a seat with a dock for my smart device that I could strap my baby into so I could just have 5 seconds to myself for sanity” BUT in the clear light of day you know it’s a terrible idea. Much like when you have a baby who loves their dummy, is old enough to take their dummy out, but not old enough to pop their dummy back in and you think “wouldn’t it be great if there was some way to keep it in their mouths” and again, it’s something nobody should never actually invent. (and unfortunately someone has.)
Rather than going into why I think the Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat by Fisher Price shouldn’t be on your Santa’s wish-list this year, I’ll offer some alternatives.
A regular bouncer. These things are great without being compatible with an IPad. Take them around the house with you if you’re busy take them from the kitchen, to the bathroom, to the garden, as you go about your day. Talk to baby, sing to baby, narrate what you’re doing as you’re doing it, you are still WAY more interesting to your baby than a shiny screen.
Baby wearing. If you need your hands free, baby wearing can give your baby the comfort and interaction they’re looking for, while still allowing you some flexibility to get stuff done.
Take care of yourself. If it is a situation where you are feeling overwhelmed and you need a moment to yourself that you just aren’t getting, maybe ask friends or family for support, or talk to someone like a Maternal and Child’s Health Nurse, your GP or have a look at our Support directory page for more links and numbers.
A baby/toddler friendly phone case. If you really want to give your toddler a smart device to play with, which I personally have no issue with doing occasionally, what about one of these phone cases. These are handy if you want to give toddlers your phone in the car or at doctors appointments, they’re far more useful overall, and quite a lot cheaper, than a bouncer with a ipad dock.
Go for a walk. If you’re looking for something to relieve boredom or an unsettled tot sometimes just getting outside for some fresh air can give them enough stimulation while also helping them to wind down.
Playgroup or library. A playgroup or your local library might run baby or toddler readings or activity sessions, will provide much better interaction and education than any interactive or educational app your Ipad might possess.
What do you think of the Apptivity Seat? Is it something you would want or use for your child?