In the age of technology, it's inevitable that our children will be using screens a lot more that we will.
Who doesn't know at least one three-year-old who can work an iPad?
If you're allowing your babies and young children to use iPads, iPhones and other gadgets like these, you best listen up because these fancy devices could be harming your child's development.
American Academy of Pediatrics have a few strict rules on when children should be exposed to screens so that they can learn in a more natural environment.
They recommend that children under 18 months stay away from screens unless it is a Facetime call to a family member or friend of the family.
“When video chatting, children under 16 months show no learning gains, though there may be a benefit in promoting bonding when physical distance limits frequent in-person interactions.”
The AAP also recommend parents to interact with the children when they're on portable devices, instead of letting them use it alone, because without the engagement, the device is of no use to the child's development.
So really, according to the AAP, you shouldn't give your baby an iPhone to stop them from crying because it won't teach them anything and they may even become less intelligent later in life.
Well, okay then!