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iPads for Babies Are a Great Idea if You Like to Throw Money Away

by Jeanne Sager on April 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM

iPadNeed more proof that today's parents have lost their minds? I've got four words for you. Babies are using iPads. And by babies, I mean kids who have not yet reached their first birthday. Infants!

This is the new start 'em young. And it's proof that parents will buy just about anything -- as long as it's being marketed as a way to make their kid smarter. Key word: marketed.

Attention! Parents! Just because there are apps for babies for sale on the marketplace doesn't mean giving your little drooler an iPad is smart!

The experts can debate the intelligence of putting an electronic device in a baby's hand until the cows come home. They'll argue whether the iPad has the benefits of books or the harm of the TV. And you can follow everything they have to say until your neck gets whiplash from the way they go back and forth.

But I'm going to go ahead and bring this one down to brass tacks.

People make things to sell. We live in a consumer-driven society, after all. But the mark of an intelligent person is one who can discern what's worth buying and what is a waste of money. And nothing wastes money faster than putting a $600 item in the hands of someone who still thinks the world's best game is "throw it so they'll go get it." The iPad can wait until they at least understand the meaning of the word "No," can't it?

Do yourself a favor. Save the money you'd spend on apps and buy your baby a few board books. At least there are no electronics to fry in a book when a crawling kid plunks it in the dog's water bowl.

Would you give an infant an iPad? What age is "old enough" for using the iPad?

 

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Filed Under: baby gear, apps, ipad

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  • Momin...
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    MominPa74

    April 26, 2012 at 10:31 AM
    If someone feels the need to buy an iPad and they only have a baby, they can buy me one... Just kidding.... But seriously get baby a stuffed toy, soft blocks or a board book. My youngest (now 9) started playing on my computer at 3. So around 2 or 3 is early enough. I would maybe get an iPad as a present once they're potty trained. Any younger is just too young in my opinion.
  • jodie
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    jodie

    April 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM
    I will admit that I am one of those poor saps who bought an iPad for someone who is too young for it, I think he was about 1 or so at the time. However we did it because many of my son's physical and occupational therapists were using their iPads in their sessions and my son responded well to it. We do not bring it out during each session or everyday and all activity is monitored because we hope to keep it in working condition.
  • Shannon
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    Shannon

    April 26, 2012 at 3:51 PM
    The apps are helpful for traveling when you are low on space for a bunch of toys and books.
  • Kmakk...
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    Kmakksmom

    May 7, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    I would buy an iPad for my son who's 3.  Up to this point he has been very gentle with his toys.


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    Caitlyn Elise Page

    June 25, 2012 at 9:18 AM
    my son just turned 1. he plays with his grandmothers ipad all the time. he has a 20 word vocabulary and knows a few colors already. he learned all of it on the ipad. i wouldn't even think of buying him one of his own but i'm all for him using hers and i'm thinking about getting myself one to have around as well.
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