High-Tech Tablets Made Just for Babies Are All Kinds of Wrong

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InnoTab 2 Baby
InnoTab 2 Baby
This morning I opened my email to find exciting news! The first-ever tablet specially designed for babies is out for the holidays, and it's selling for the low, low price of nearly 90 bucks. Glory, glory, hallelujah! Another piece of crap babies don't really need to lure parents into the baby commerce trap!

Moms! Dads! You're going to need to learn the following phrase once your kid hits the toddler years anyway, so listen up: just because it's there doesn't mean you need it.

In fact, there's zero evidence in this world that babies need their own tablets. Not even the fancy schmancy InnoTab 2 Baby from VTech.

Hold on, I'm not some Luddite out here trashing tablets. I own an iPad, and my 7-year-old got a Kindle Fire for her birthday. But we're both of an age when we can actually do things like, oh, I dunno, read, and wipe our own butts. And neither of us has chewed on anything that's not actually supposed to go in your mouth in years (well, OK, so maybe she still chews her hair, but we've weaned her off gadget munching).

We both use our tablets for exciting things like reading (both of us), playing My Little Pony (her), going on Facebook (me). We both put them away after we're done with them, safe on a shelf.

I think of putting a tablet in a baby's hands, on the other hand, and I envision a several-hundred-dollar item that they will now use for the following games:

1. Throw the tablet on the floor. Cry. Let someone pick it up. Throw it on the floor. Cry. Let someone pick it up. Throw it on the floor ...

2. Taste test the tablet. Watch someone remove it from the mouth. Cry. Get tablet back. Shove tablet back in the mouth.

3. Abandon tablet in the middle of the living room floor in favor of something really fun. You know, like the box it came in.

Putting a tablet in a baby's hands seems to be this parenting generation's version of the special baby TV programs that sent parents scurrying for the DVD aisle a decade ago. Everyone wants to raise the next Einstein, after all. And why stick with the old-fashioned, have worked for decades (even centuries) baby toys when you can get something new, flashy, and expensive?

Well, because babies still need to crawl before they can walk. They still need the basics, all the silly little traditional baby games that are really their way of developing their brain.

That throw the item, get it picked up game? That's how babies learn what happens when something is thrown. It's simple, but it's something they don't know until they try. Shoving everything in their mouth? It could be because they're teething, but it's also a means of learning about texture and preparing the mouth for speech.

Getting your baby a tablet may seem like a great idea because, aww man, you love that kid and want to give them everything. I believe you. But trust me, a board book will suffice. They can shove it in their mouth and throw it off the high chair as many times as they want.

What do you think of tablets for babies? 


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nonmember avatar nicole

Tablets are not made for just babies. my son was 3 when I bought him the first InnoTab it has done amazing things for him. The tablets help develop cognitive skills, fine motor skills, math, reading, and many other things.. The tablet is not used as a toy for him he only gets to use for an hour a day then he knows to put it away he also knows how to recharge his batteries.. The tablet is ment for toddlers and young adolescents not infants.As for the price yes im willing to pay 100 dollars on a something my child can benefit from in more than one way rather than blowing 100 on some random toy or toys that teach nothing but imagination..

Amy Whiteside Thorne

My three year old is getting one for Christmas, but I don't think the baby (9mos) needs one. She is still happy chewing on wooden blocks and cruising around with the stuffed animals.

Allicyn Luckie

I am getting my 2 year old son one for Christmas and I think it's ABOUT time someone made something for babies that will develop skills and learning in a fun way! GO Vtech!! If you READ about the tablet it is designed for younger children but will go up to age 9. Yes the TABLET you just posted about because it takes games/learning cartridges just like the other innotab 2 does except this one comes preloaded with 17 apps designed for younger toddlers not just age 4 and up. Really you need to do your research. I also think this tablet could be a breakthrough for many autistic children that need those skills to communicate. My best friends son is autistic and has an IPAD now but before my best friend used cell phone applications designed for younger kids and he is speaking and in school now. Maybe you can't justify spending $100, but it is an investment designed to grow with your child. And as far as it breaking, that is why stores offer protection plans but I know my 2 year old and almost 4 year old had a leapster and that thing has taken a severe beating and still works. These toys are designed to take a beating and this TOY for the 3 year old and up (same toy just this one is for babies) has won toy of the year. So writer I think it is safe to say just put your baby infront of a TV instead of paying $100 on furthering your childs education and LOOK you have a babysitter too...SMH


nonmember avatar jack

im surprised with all the negative comments. Maybe if you would dedicate more time with your child instead of giving all the tablets n such, he would not have autism. Im shocked a the person who stated about toys that teach nothing but imagination. You are an idiot! Thats what they need at that age,,, to learn imagination!!! I guess this is the new partenting generation way of thinking; create androids. On the other hand, ignorance is bliss

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