When it comes to comforting crying babies, mothers often have their work cut out. For many years, moms have relied on dummies and comforters in order to try and soothe the baby and calm it down. However, things have changed hugely over recent years, with moms increasingly turning to high tech solutions to calm the baby down.
A recent report has shown that more and more moms are now turning to their smart phones in order to try and calm down their crying baby, with many using the device to keep the baby amused and entertained. The study results showed that 10 percent of parents allowed their baby to have their smart phone for up to two hours for play and entertainment. However, only 9 percent gave their babies dummies.
More than one in four mothers admitted to handing over a smart phone to an infant that was bored or crying rather than considering a dummy or soft toy. Around 27 percent said that they gave their infants a smart phone to keep them entertained, particularly given the range of apps and programs that are now available to entertain tots with sound and visuals.
One mother said: 'My phone is the boys’ favourite toy, sometimes the only way to keep them quiet is to hand it over. I have a range of apps on it for them to play with from puzzles and games to educational programmes.'