Maybe they don't make toddlers like they used to?
Back in the early 2000s, when my son was a toddler, there wasn't a moment when he wasn't running around and being active. But apparently, while toddlers are breast-feeding, they're also diddling away at their iPads and computers—and not being active at all.
But Fisher-Price has come up with a way to keep toddlers active. During this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company unveiled its newest creation: a toddler exercise bike. Yup, you read that correctly. The Think and Learn Smart Cycle will kill two birds with one stone. Your tech-addicted toddler can use a tablet while burning calories. It's a win-win situation.
Well, not really.
Toddlers should be active. But do they really need an exercise bike that costs $150 to achieve their fitness goals? What's next? A toddler Fitbit to calculate how many steps they walk each day? Or maybe a toddler version of Weight Watchers or Nutri-System?
I'm sure the people at Fisher-Price mean well, but how about we let kids be kids and not worry about their body image, even before most of them can even say their alphabet? If parents are seriously concerned about their toddlers not being active and glued to a small tablet screen or computer, maybe they should get off their own laptop and be active with their child. Sounds like a pretty simple concept to me.
Let a toddler be a toddler. Not some toddler worried about how many miles they can get in in a day.