World’s first smart cot with a built-in iPad sparks online backlash

November 9, 2018

Photo: Gary Taylor

Long gone are the days when babies grew up with a toy, blanket and rattles.

Today it seems these toys are too basic for tech-savvy toddlers. A British baby furniture company has created the world’s first £1,500 ‘smart cot’ with an iPad. The cot has received online backlash from parents and child psychologists.

Gary Taylor, the owner of Babeek, created the cot after having trouble getting his daughter Graysie to sleep. He said he included an iPad to play white noise to her.

Dr Gary Allen, an educational psychologist, described the creation as “outrageous”.

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“Given the available literature surrounding screens and sleep and that of early attachment, creating a cot with a built-in iPad is simply outrageous,” said Dr Allen. “Whilst it could be argued that it could be used as a nightlight, to play soothing melodies or be a means for a parent to keep their eye on their child.”

Parents have also slammed the cot and called it ridiculous, claiming the smart cot was a way for lazy mothers and fathers to occupy their children.

The maker explained their stance by saying how the iPad could be used as a way for parents to make life easier for themselves.