Although some parents worry that introducing too much technology too early can be harmful to children’s social and cognitive development, many experts in the field of educational technology disagree. For instance, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has recognized the importance of “children’
Of course, it doesn’t take an expert to realize how important technology has become in our everyday lives. Even today, technology is a must-have when navigating our careers and social lives. One can only imagine what the future will hold for our children, but there’s little doubt that technology will be even more imperative for them. LapiLuv acknowledges this reality, and gives children the opportunity to become comfortable with digital applications at an early age.
Despite the cognitive benefits of technology for young children, the issue of social development remains. Arguably, real human contact is even more integral to early childhood development, but if children are connected to the latest technological device, then they can’t be participating in actual human-to-human interaction, or can they?
Patricia Martin White has seemingly solved this dilemma as well. White’s new child development product enables children and parents to enjoy the best of both worlds—children can engage in the latest games and apps while simultaneously staying close to mom. Both mom and baby remain comfortable and connected wherever they are, and since the toys and digital devices stay secured to the apron, play is never interrupted by falling toys.
At first glance, LapiLuv appears to be just an apron, but it is actually a highly effective wearable play system designed to expose babies and toddlers to digital technology while at the same time encouraging parent-child bonding. Along with numerous hooks for attaching more traditional educational toys such as brightly colored, textured, and interactive playthings to the garment, the apron also includes places for parents to connect their iPods, iPhones, and iPads, enabling every interaction with their child to be a potentially high-tech one. By wearing the apron while playing with their little ones, parents give their children the opportunity to explore the latest technological gadgets without removing the necessary social component from playtime.
Parents interested in finding out more about this innovative new child development product can visit www.lapiluv.com.
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Created by a mother used to creating interactive digital experiences, combines the power of play with technology.
Lapiluv was created by Patricia Martin White. Necessity is the mother of invention and in the case of Patricia a new, first time mother, and talented graphic designer came to her as an inspiration. Patricia has an eye for design and has been creating brands and websites for small businesses for over 6 years. Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug since she moved to the United States from her Native country of Spain.
For one thing it was easier to keep the baby facing her so she could gaze into his eyes. It would also be great to not have all the toys end up on the floor, over and over again. And what if the computer screen she was using that provided hours of colorful images, sounds and stories could be a part of the experience? What if she could leverage her iphone or ipad and create a wearable technology and play system?