Wednesday, 14 Nov 2018
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Parents are horrified by the new £ 1,500 bed delivered with its own iPad

A pioneering father designed a crib with an iPad, but the invention provoked the horror of parents and psychologists.

Gary Taylor, owner of Birmingham-based Babeek Furniture Company, designed the £ 1,500 bed after struggling to put his nine-month-old baby to sleep.

The iPad plays a soothing white noise, he says, and makes life easier for parents who have trouble getting their baby to sleep.

However, his idea has been criticized by critics, including psychologist specializing in education, Dr. Gary Allen, who described the proposal as "scandalous".

He warned that although the iPad could be used to make a baby sleep, it could also be used to keep children busy while they should get their parents' attention.

The inventive father has created a crib Graysie complete with iPad

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Dr. Allen said, "Given the available literature on screens and sleep and early fixation, creating a bed with an integrated iPad is simply outrageous.

"Although it can be argued that it could be used as a night light, to play soothing melodies or as a way for a parent to keep his eyes on his child.

"It will not be long before applications are designed to occupy a baby or a child.

"Beds are a safe place to sleep and rest – period."

According to its creator, Gary, the cradle's clever image has garnered many critics during its unveiling online, some "shameful" caller and "lazy parent".

Gary, who lives in Birmingham, explained how the iPad could be used as a way for parents to simplify their lives.

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"For me, it's about making our child sleep."

Gary and his wife Gemma used their phone to play white noise to lull their baby Graysie.

They decided to install one in the cradle of the little girl and, with the integrated iPad, the application white noise can be downloaded and played without interruption.

But smart cradles have not done so well on social media.

Erin Carroll-Manning said on Facebook: "OMG !!! Have not people heard how addictive screen time is and how it has changed brain development, not in the right way.

"This is asinine."

The white noise of the iPad helps her little girl to sleep, he said

Invention has under fire parents

Gran, 50, is the oldest mother in the UK to have given birth to QUADS in a one in a million pregnancy

Josephine-Freya Gilbert agreed, "Oh, my God, no! Brain-wracked children whose parents can not really be parents! "

And Lyndsey Leigh added, "My God, I hate to see babies stuck in strollers with a phone or tablet tight on their lap, a lazy kinship at its best and now this."

Gary defended the placement of the iPad and said that only lazy parents would even think of leaving their child in a crib more than half an hour.

He said: "These people who are hammering it have already bought an iPad for their child at age four.

"It's not about leaving your child in bed all day watching Peppa Pig," he said.

A child psychologist called the bed "scandalous"

But Gary defended the bed saying that it makes life easier for parents

"It's not the idea.

"People who work for a living thought that it was a good idea. Without being naughty, people who left their child all day in the room at the front hammered it.

Jocelyn Brewer, a psychologist specializing in the concept of "digital nutrition", compares media diets to what's on our plates – rather than counting calories – or the time spent in front of a screen, think about what you eat .

She said, "It's not just about whether you consume digital junk food, but also about your relationship to technology and its role in family life.

"We know that using screens to soothe or soothe children creates some worrying reasons to use devices to calm or distract a child (or teenager or adult) from their experience of uncomfortable or uncomfortable emotions – we so we want to avoid using screens to: soothe tantrums, just as we want to avoid eating treats to calm emotional storms. "

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Main reports of Mirror Online

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