Fisher-Price Apptivity Seat worries some childhood educators

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On the long list of things that worries people, baby seats rarely come up. But that isn't the case for Fisher-Price's Apptivity Seat.

The seat, which places an iPad a few feet from a babies face, has only been on the market for a few weeks. But with the holidays just around the corner, it may end up under a few Christmas trees, and that has some early childhood educators worried.

"There's a time for this, and this is not the time for screens and technology and iPads at this young age," says Cathy Burns of Vanier College Early Childhood Education. "They need a responsive adult. They need to interact with real things, real objects and real people."

The Canadian Pediatric Society agrees.

It says too much screen time has a negative impact on a child's development -- both physically and mentally.

In fact, it says, ideally, children under two shouldn't be exposed to screens at all.

Fisher-Price says in a statement they realize this seat is not for everyone.

They say they offer a variety of seats that do not include room for an iPad and leave it up to the judgment of the parents.

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