A cot with a built-in iPad

A business in the UK has, admittedly gorgeous cots for sale, but it’s the fact that one of the range comes with a built in iPad dock that’s causing a stir.

Technology in the crib

The Florence cot is described on the Babeek website as “a stunning innovative solid wood handcrafted cot with an elegant decorative finish. The innovation is by way of the inclusion of a dock for a tablet device opening up a multitude of multimedia channels.”

Ohhhh kaaay …

The cot would set you back the tidy sum of NZD$3,870.

It’s what parents want … apparently

Business owner Gary Taylor reportedly responded to criticsm for explosing infants to technology by saying, “People put their kids in front of the TV in the morning: is that safe? In the cot it could be a lot safer. Kids are stuck on their computers. That’s the way the generation is going. I’m giving people what they want.”

But hey, it can’t be worse than the iPotty, right?

What do you think? Is there scope for technology to be introduced to babies? Or is this just a step too far? Join the discussion in the comments.

This article was written by Julie Scanlon, Editor for Kidspot NZ.

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  1. dawnblyth 02/12/2018 at 5:14 pm

    I don’t see any need for a baby to have an ipod docking station on their cot. A cot is supposed to be, like a bed, a place of rest and sleep – not watching movies etc on an ipad. I could only imagine what a child would do instead of sleeping – I know my 3 yr old would have just spent the time playing with the ipad rather than sleeping. There will be people who feel that this is advantageous to their parenting style – but in my opinion it is a novelty that is not required.

  2. Shelz69 02/12/2018 at 9:12 am

    It doesn’t sound safe or healthy for a young child at all but like someone else said it was a good marketing ploy. However if it could be used to make white noise sounds etc and had a function to watch your child whilst you were in the cot I could see why there would be interest

  3. Alezandra 01/12/2018 at 10:46 pm

    Like most comments, yes, I don’t agree with the concept. But we can’t stop people from buying this. Maybe somewhere out there…it’s a niche product – and there maybe someone out there who would purchase it. Well it’s all a matter of monitoring it’s use as well. It doesn’t always have to be on right?

  4. kymmage 30/11/2018 at 10:04 pm

    I think it would be a great marketing ploy. Everyone’s talking about our ipad cot now! But it’s not a good idea. I personally love screen time for my kids. But there’s a certain light emitted from those smart screens that aren’t relaxing at all. Wouldn’t be good for baby in a bed setting. Though I understand the idea of an enclosed, safe place for ipad viewing. Maybe just not a bed?! Or aimed at little. Abies…

  5. felicity beets 28/11/2018 at 9:01 pm

    I don’t like this idea as I don’t like tablets/computers/tvs etc in the bedrooms. I am surprised that there is demand for this.

  6. Jen_Wiig 28/11/2018 at 8:58 am

    I personally don’t think this is necessary but like the owner said there’s obviously a demand for it and there are parents who wouldnt bat an eye lid buying it. I guess it’s all about what you value as a family and what you want for your child if popping them In the safety of their cot to watch whatever vs in front of the TV suited for you so be it is my attitude.

  7. SarahBlair 26/11/2018 at 10:44 pm

    No, I don’t like this, why let our kids form a dependency on technology from such a young age, its just reducing parents responsibility in raising their own child! But without the iPad its a beautiful cot, just saying!!

  8. MuddledUpMolly 26/11/2018 at 3:32 pm

    I hate, hate, HATE this!! It is a sad world we live in where technology is taking over the role of humans for parenting. I would never, ever consider such a ridiculous product. It is a sad world we have at the moment and it seems to get worse by the day 🙁

  9. Shorrty4life1 20/11/2018 at 10:14 pm

    Wow I find this absolutely rediculous. A child that is in a cot does not need a ipad cricky. Technology is over ruling our children now let alone doing this to them so young. Fully don’t agree

  10. Mands1980 18/11/2018 at 5:02 pm

    I definitely do not agree with this kids get so addicted at any age imagine what they will be like as they get older. I have heard how bad the rays from an iPad are for children and there eyes as well it’s mot good.

  11. Bevik1971 15/11/2018 at 9:53 am

    No I don’t believe it’s a good idea. I don’t even like using the wireless internet at our home too often as I’m sure it’s bad for your brain (some people agree, some don’t). Cots are for sleeping and sometimes playing but with toys not ipads, too much stimulation isn’t good especially if you want baby to sleep! I can see that some parents/caregivers would like it though – however not me I think it’s a bad idea.

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