Baby Care Basics:
5 Must-Know Tips for That First Week Home

1. Baby wipes
Most docs recommend avoiding premoistened diaper wipes for the first month of baby's life since some of their chemicals can irritate a newborn's tender skin. Instead, use cotton balls dipped in warm water. When baby’s ready for regular wipes, choose ones that are alcohol-free and unscented to prevent irritation.

2. Bath time
Until baby’s umbilical cord is off and healed, baby can only take sponge baths. Start by soaking your baby a little. Make sure to always keep one hand on baby, and remember that infants are especially slippery when wet. Start with his face–one area at a time since covering the whole face with a washcloth can be scary -- and work your way down. Make sure to thoroughly wash inside all the folds (under the arms, in the neck, the genital area, etc.) and save baby’s dirtiest parts -- aka the diaper area -- for last. Then, move back up and wash baby’s hair. And note: There’s no need to bathe more than every few days.

3. Newborn skin
At birth, baby's skin will probably appear to be dry. How come? It’s in the process of peeling off an entire waterproof layer of sorts. But in general, a baby's skin doesn’t need much specialized care -- just lots of TLC. A mild cleanser is safe, though many people recommend just plain water. Your baby's face takes a lot of abuse (just think of all that spitting!), so do your best to keep it clean. But if baby's skin seems excessively dry, irritated or itchy, or if you notice a rash or breakout, consult your pediatrician ASAP.

4. The umbilical cord get sucked into registering for cute toys or outfits Umbilical cord care has changed dramatically over the last 20 years; now, many hospitals recommend doing nothing but keeping the cord dry (read: sponge baths only). But some pediatricians still recommend using alcohol on the cord with each diaper change to speed up the healing process. That way you’ll be able to give your baby real baths, as opposed to sponge baths, sooner. So find out what your doctor recommends.

5. Fingernails and toenails
The safest way to keep a newborn’s nails short is to just file them and not cut them at all. Since the skin of the fingers is usually attached to the back of the nail, cutting the nails often results in nipping the fingertip too (ouch!). Even though the bleeding is minor and can be stopped quickly with a little pressure, it's very upsetting to the parent -- and always seems like a lot more blood than it really is! Once baby is a little older (18 months), you can cut their nails while they’re asleep.

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Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

You've heard it a million times: TV isn't good for baby (or for you). But does baby watch it anyway? Check out the opinions below, and then tell us the truth about TV in your house.

Re: You've heard it a million times: TV isn't good for baby (or for you). But does baby watch it anyway? Check out the opinions below, and then tell us the truth about TV in your house.

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Opinion #1: NO TV!
From the American Academy of Pediatrics:
"Children of all ages are constantly learning new things. The first 2 years of life are especially important in the growth and development of your child's brain. During this time, children need good, positive interaction with other children and adults. Too much television can negatively affect early brain development. This is especially true at younger ages, when learning to talk and play with others is so important. Until more research is done about the effects of TV on very young children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend television for children age 2 or younger. For older children, the Academy recommends no more than 1 to 2 hours per day of educational, nonviolent programs."

Opinion #2: Not So Bad...
From www.literacytrust.org:
"There can be no doubt that watching television is a fixed part of most families' daily lives, but do we know what impact this has on the youngest members of the household? Television is blamed for many of the ills in our society, yet perhaps it holds some benefits for our youngest children.... It is unrealistic to say 'don't watch at all', but sensible discussion of limits (such as setting out to watch a particular programme and then switching off) should be encouraged. Television has been part of our popular culture for over 50 years and continues to be so, and by itself is neither the cause nor the answer to language issues. What is important is that parents and carers are aware of the pros and cons and maximize beneficial opportunities while diminishing potential risks. Managed and in moderation, television can be helpful to young children's language and emotional development."

Erin van Vuuren

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unfortunately, we have the television on in our house a lot. And little bits has been known to watch the changing scenery on the screen but when he begins to understand, we will try to limit our watching til after he goes to bed.

IMFun |

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I think it's fine. Everybody in this house is deaf so we need to have some form of English coming in her ears, but her main language will be ASL. We have various sounds going on, radio, cds, movies, tv, etc. Volume is always on at good shows but if it's bad, the volume is off but we'll play some music at the same time. She is only 2 months.

rebbyrebs |

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It is okay. I don't agree with a lot of TV, but daughter loves baby einstein and watches it everyday. She is learning about the world around her - esp. language. TV made for babies is great, but having the TV on all the time is a bad, esp. if it is normal programing. They are linking watching reg. TV to attention problems. Think about it the next time you are watching oyur favorite show. Notice how fast the scenes change and the images can change - different camera angles, changes to the person talking etc. Our adult brains can handle it, but a baby or toddler are still developing the brain pathways. If they watch a lot of TV they can develop those pathways to read things that fast - then they can't slow down, which leads to ADD and ADHD. Just remember TV is entertainment and even an educational tool, but it is never a baby-sitter.

ElerrinaLothare |

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Our son, 14 months, watches about 1-2 hours of tv a day. But that is rarely straight, but in 15 minute chunks, when he will sit still. Most of this happens soon after wake up and right before bed. He didn't watch much tv until about 11 months. He really enjoys it. I don't see anything wrong with it. We are quite active with social activities, playground trips, etc. We also read to him everyday. I also limit it to PBS programs for preschool children. I try to not let him watch the news or anything that has violent images or any kinds of fighting/hostility. It works for us, but I know that it is technically not the best thing we could do.

froggemom |

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My daughter is 2 months old and has developed a love for football and kids shows with dancing and singing. When we watch the singing shows we sing with it and she loves to dance with the shows. Although we only watch about 10 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes after work. Its actually a fun way to interact with her. As for football, her daddy really likes that. I have no opinion on the matter, she'll grow out of that!

candylane |

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We NEVER have let our 9 month old watch TV. There's no reason for it. He has so much else in the world to explore. Baby Einstein videos and other videos marketed to babies are just as bad as regular adult TV in my opinion.

LilR |

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I'm not sure if you'd een consider it "watching"....but the tv is typically running in our house wether its nana, grammy, mom or day home with him, but our son never sits and watches it. As a matter of fact he's pretty good at ignoring it up until recently. Now that he's 17 months, he'll play, stop for about 1 min, look at the tv, dance or point something out to us, and then go back to playing. Is that "technically" watching TV? I don't think so, but I could be kidding myself. I tell people he doesn't watch TV...so maybe I'm full of it??

heffa72 |

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Our 2 yr old has been watching some tv since she was about 18 months but I tried to keep it away from her until that time. We limit what she can see to Sesame Street, Blue Clues and Dragon Tales. DH got her watching Dragon Tales. I try to limit it to 1 hr a day tops but it doesn't always happen. I think tv is not good for a child's early development but there's not enough research on it yet to say one way or the other. I'm reading a new book, "Into the minds of babes" and it's highlighting the little bit of research that has been done and I'm shocked that we know so little about the development of a babies brain.I don't see how the toy makers can say that anything is "educational" since Dr's and researchers really don't know.

bryans4 |

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I watch t.v. every night, and my baby, who is 3 months old, is usually in my arms when I do this. Sometimes he looks at the screen and is fascinated. I don't know if I consider this "watching" t.v. since he is interacting with me and the t.v. happens to be on.. Usually I would equate it with putting him in front of the t.v. for, say, tummy time or somthing. I would never do that. I think t.v. is bad for adults to watch but during my son's nightly colicy spell, I watch t.v. for my own sanity.. I don't think those few moments of t.v. are necessarily bad for my son, but I do not want to raise him with t.v. a regular part of his life. I think too much t.v. watching and video games are a huge part of why America has high obesity rates for children. When I was a child, I played outside with my friends every day after school and homework. I almost never watched t.v. and have very fond memories of my childhood and all of our "adventures" playing outside. I would like to give the same to my children.

joyelisabeth |

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I am guilty of using the TV as a "babysitter" in the past while babysitting (I also had cleaning duty, though) myself. My HOPE with my own children is to not let them watch TV until they are at least two or three, and then as more of a treat. DH and I collect DVDs, so we are able to control WHAT and WHEN our children watch. We can also make it a family and educational event by discussing the shows or movies with our children - what was the moral of the story, how does it compare to the book we just read, have you experienced this before, etc.? I used to say that I would never allow my children to watch TV or movies, but some of my favorite memories are of what I saw on a screen (sad as that may be). Shows like "Little House on the Prairie" are not too "fast" and rarely violent; I remember learning new vocabulary words from Disney movies (had you even heard the word "provencial" before 'Beauty and the Beast'?); and with DVDs/tapes vs. actual TV you can set specific times and limit commercials which avoids the "I wants" and decreases the chances of AD(H)D. Also, new languages could possibly be reinforced by watching programs in another language and/or with subtitles (that's what many foreign language teachers do).

Princess_Ariel |

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I like to watch TV early in the morning. And this week I have watched more bc me and my toddler have been sick. But on a normal day, even if I wanted to, my toddler will not sit still long enough to watch even a half hour program. So I would have to lean toward the no tv but only because she won't watch it. I don't want to ruin her activity level. I want her to remain active and learn by play. However I only get one channel in color and two in snowy black and white. (we think cable and sattellite are a waste of time and money) so there is not a lot on these three channels for mija to watch.

mamagrijalva |

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I think it is up to each individual parent to decide whether or not their child should watch television. I personally don't find anything wrong with babies watching eductional shows. My 8 1/2 month old daughter LOVES watching "It's A Big World," "Super Why," "Curious George," and "The Bearenstein Bears" on PBS. I sing to her and we dance along to the music - the programs are very educational and I think they help in her mental growth. I tell you what, my daughter is super smart and has been doing all kinds of things early. How many babies do you know that said "balloon" at the age of 7 months?! People are too quick to blame T.V. for everything!

mistybryanemily |

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First off, I have to admit we watch way too much TV in our home, and it was never more obvious than now, since I pay more attention to how our baby is spending HER time.We have our baby (now 9 months) watch some baby einstein videos, especially in the early months when she was just starting to see colors. I have watched Baby Signs with her to teach her (us) some basic signing, but we watch it together. My husband likes to watch TV while holding her. She loves looking at the colors of the greens and blues on the wide screen HDTV when DH watches golf, and he now sits with her on his lap and watches football while I am busy cleaning. That is their version of cuddle time, I guess. Much of that time he is watching and she is trying to steal his cap off his head.When she was 2-3 months old and started pulling away from the breast to watch TV, I knew it was on too much in our home. So I decided to leave the TV off when I get home with her after work until DH gets home, which is about 7:30 or 8:00. She goes to bed between 8 and 9. I usually spend that hour in her bedroom reading, playing, having a bottle, etc., except on Thursdays when I'm reading to her while also watching Grey's Anatomy - I admit it! On most nights I watch my favorite shows on the DVR after she is asleep, fast forwarding through the commercials. It's a win-win!

michellebelle |

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I keep the tv on the majority of the day. When im having a stressful day and need a minute to breathe I put on a show my daughter, Giuliana (17 mo.) likes. That way she'll be content and I can have some time to myself. Beside that, she wont sit in front of the tv and watch show after show, but its also for some backgroud noise.

CHR32704 |

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LoveLoveLove |

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My son is 3 1/2 months old and he is fascinated by the t.v. I sometimes put on one of the baby channels such as baby boost...where they have the baby mozart shows. He loves watching the objects float across the screen. I can't see how this would be bad for baby. As long as he's not sitting too close of course. I make sure he gets plenty of interacting with me time too. We play and do lots of other stuff. But this type of tv watching seems if anything educational to me. LIke I said, as long as its not the only interaction baby is getting.

LoveLoveLove |

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I don't know why this is even a question. Research shows that watching tv or other media harms the development of children (whether they are "fascinated" or "interested" or not). Children learn through interactions with people, not images on a flat screen. It is pitiful that people feel the need to rationalize their own addiction to sitting and watching tv rather than living in order to justify using the television or other media as a substitute for having a meaningful interaction with their children. Whether it is labeled "educational" or not, it is not good for children, end of story. It is sad that people are too uninformed and too focused on what they would like (to have an easy-access electronic baby-sitter for their kids so they can do something else).

ckadleck |

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It's impossible for my daughter (1 mo. old) to be kept away from the TV. My son (age 6) loves videos. It's great to say keep children from watching TV until age 2, but if they have older siblings that goal is impossible.

DLandes |

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I suggest everyone read the full studies on the impact TV has on young developing brains. Children's Hospitals in Boston, Seattle and the UK have all published the same findings - TV interferes with neural pathway development - which only takes place btwn birth and 3 years. In layman's terms, I understand TV causes a "re-wiring" effect" that impacts the way babies process information - in quick, flashing sound-bites (versus real dialogue). Also, of note is a study recently published that says for every hour TV is on in the background, babies tend to speak 7% less...and parents speak to their children 75% less. Net - TV is bad, you should turn it off and watch it when they're not around. They're only little once, why take the chance - take them for a walk or read a book.

saragleonard |

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For those who put baby Einstein on you need to read up on the later effects, studies have PROVEN that those who watched the episodes on words or language by kindergarten actually are slower readers and develop at a slower rate then those who are just read to, so pick up some books and read to your children and find other things for them to do while you get things done.

babymamma1 |

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I just finished reading a book called Nurture Shock, which discusses the latest research in childhood development.. The section on language development discussed watching tv as a means to improve language skills. Research shows that children's programs such as Baby Einstein are useless, as children develop language skills by watching and interacting with real people. However, it mentioned that if you wanted to watch some tv, shows with real people may have some positive influence- as children would be watching real people speak although they can't actually interact. Of course nothing can replace one on one interaction with your child, but shows with real people were found to be the lesser of "evils" if you will.

emaking |

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I agree with the too much can be bad, but I leave on sprout (pbs kids) in the background, if shes in the swing in the living room and happy or sleeping, while I'm doing stuff in the kitchen...like finally eating breakfast even though its noon. Also as weird as it sounds i leave the local weather channel on for her because she likes the music that it's constantly playing :) i don't think that can be bad.Plus she isn't pointed at it (except when sprouts on) so i don't think shes really even watching it. But if me nonni or daddy are watching tv and shes not in her bassinet the volume is very low.

jennyjade |

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Television is terrible for babies. I did a ton of research on it and ended up writing a 12 page paper on it for my english class. Baby Einstein is ESPECIALLY BAD. According to a study done University of Washington, for every hour per day spent watching baby DVDs and videos, infants learned six to eight fewer new vocabulary words than babies who never watched the videos. In addition to scoring 10% lower on language skills than infants who had not watched these videos, the child’s attention span also took a hit. One of the arguments for letting your child watch television is that it’s stimulating, and babies need stimulation. But according to Dr. Dimitri Christakis, one of the leaders of the research group, there is such thing as overstimulation. His group has found that the more television children watch, the shorter their attention spans will be later in life. Dr Dimitri Christakis says that a child’s mind will come to expect a high level of stimulation which they view that as normal and by comparison, reality is boring. Dr.Dimitri Christakis and his colleagues reported that studies have shown that a three year old that watches about five hours of television a day has a 28% increased chance of developing attention problems by age seven. Each additional hour of television watched per day increases the likelihood of developing attention problems by age seven by 10%. Instead of television, reading and storytelling is recommended, as they are associated with a slight increase in language skills. The absolute best thing for a baby is face-to-face time with a parent and what they call “parentese” talk, which is the musical way we speak to babies. Dr. Christakis adds that "Time is precious in those early years, and the newborn is watching you, and learning from everything you do. So just talk to them; they're listening.”

christmasbaby09 |

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I want to know what is so bad about TV? Is it the act of looking at the screen, as well as a monitor for that matter, that hurt development OR is it the content OR is it the act of using the TV as a babysitter? I think it is wrong to scare parents into thinking they are harming their child when they are simply putting on a twenty minute show so they can take a shower or fix dinner. My husband often watches Baby Einstein with our son, and talks to him about what he sees on the screen - "Look at the duck, the duck says quack,quack". He is interacting with him and using the TV as a medium in the same way one may use any type of toy. If this is all about failing to give your child enough interaction then we should put the smack down on swings, jumpers, and all the other devices we use to entertain our babies. My best guess is that the experts are saying none when what they really mean is some. They assume the public is too stupid take what they say literally, so they go overboard in hopes people will limit their TV usage.

nickles73 |

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Give me a freaking break already! I learned to read at age 3 1/2 because of SESAME STREET. The TV is always on in my house, but we also read, go to museums, the zoo, etc. My baby is 4 weeks old tomorrow and has not a clue what is happening on TV.

caseymm |

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I don't agree that babies are affected that much by TV. I think as long as they aren't watching it all of the time, and the programs are age appropriate, it's just fine. Parents should NOT be using the television as a BABYSITTER. I think that is a problem in today's society. Here's a tip: use the TV for your child for no more than one or 2 TV shows a day ( that's about an hour or two of TV time, depending on the progrm length). Make sure it's non-violent, & age appropriate, and that it's also a LEARNING EXPERIENCE. My child is only a month old so there's not much watching of TV. There are too many family members to keep her busy, and if she does take a glance, it's not going to cause any concerns at her young age. She'll be taught to use it wisely in the future.

jltaylor318 |

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Just like everything else with babies, moderation is the key. If all you do is sit your child in front of the television and don't interact with him/her, then yes the TV is going to be bad. But my daughter has been fascinated by with the TV ever since she was a newborn. The flashing lights, sounds, colors, etc. We often sit together, watch TV and talk together. She is now 5 months old and said Hi to me the other day and is saying Da-Da. Just like a book is useless unless you sit down and read it to them, the Baby Einstein videos (and other children programs) will be useless unless you sit down and explain what they are seeing. Stop making parents feel bad because they choose to integrate their new baby into their lives and use the TV as a distracting and learning tool.

Sptfire |

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Everything I have read says TV for babies is either potentially harmful (linked to ADD, interferes with newly forming neurological pathways, etc) or the effects are unknown. One thing I know for sure....it doesn't help him. I have noticed that when the TV is on he stops what he is doing (playing, babbling, smiling at us, interacting basically) and stares. I don't have the answers, but it just doesn't feel right. So I am going with that.

christeeprego |

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I don't think TV is particularly good for any of us. We don't have a TV but we do watch a show now and then on hulu. The baby doesn't watch with us. I don't think baby Einstein is any better. Your child will get way more out of interaction with you and your teaching than from sitting in front of a TV. I've actually somewhere that it can slow development but I don't remember where.

rocket2japan |

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The tv is on a lot in my home. But I don't see anything wrong with my daughter watching a couple shows that she really enjoys like baby Einstein and Yo Gabba Gabba. She and I are home a lot and when we do go out she loves people and socializing. As long as you don't rely on the tv and you are still being a parent and educator to your child there is nothing wrong with a little tv to give you both a little break.

JLculver |

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i let my 5 month old son watch tv shows such as noggin or nick jr at times like if i need to clean or cook since the colors and sounds catch his attention but other then that i dont just let him sit and watch tv, there is just to many other things i could be doing to help with mental and physical growth in my opinion, not to mention that can be the start to an over weight kid cause they know is watchin tv instead of playin

lallen630 |

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They don't know what TV is. All they see is changing scenery, flashing screen changes and noises/voices/people talking. I don't think that's any different than you taking them out somewhere to see something except it's right there in front of them. If my DD is playing in the living room on her playmat or excersaucer or bouncer...she will be playing with her toys but then maybe see a flash come from the TV's direction and turn to look at it. Then she will watch the colors/screens go by and continue playing. My 8 year old niece watches more TV than any kid I know and she is super smart, reads a lot does good in spelling. She is also well socialized. She also plays independently with her toys and we play games etc.

angelame1979 |

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If baby is watching TV - that means a missed opportunity with you for interaction. Watch TV during naps and after bed time.

sanseref |

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I know for a fact that when I was little my mom would put me in my swing in front of sesame street. I turned out to be a straight A student. My mother did interact with me a lot (reading, singing, etc.), but T.V. was just part of our lives also.

cheleyleigh@gmail.com |

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Mine isn't exactly old enough to understand (at 4 weeks) what she's seeing or hearing but sometimes when she's laying in my arms or on his lap, she watch the colors and movements of whatever I'm watching or he's playing (which is usually CoD). I think, right now, its ok but as she gets older I'll probably regulate some more.

mommyandauntie01 |

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Im sick of "experts" on child rearing.... Their minds change just as much as the wind does. And I will love to see the responses to these questions from the die hard followers when their experts change their minds. Will you still feel this strongly when they decide no tv is wrong in 3 yrs? I have enough faith in myself and my parenting to decide when enough is enough and how I will raise my daughter.

tiffanynandrew |

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Most importantly apart from limiting your child intake on telly ,one should recognize that a baby brain ,eye and early interaction can and will be affected.My advise is simple if you do half hour educational shows lenght of 30 mins per show and alot of reading whether it's you dad ,other family members and child care assistants.this keeps baby involved and even a gradual interest in something other than starting the baby on being left infront of telly especially as they grow older it will be most difficult to have them focus on something else.Always remember for us as well as for baby :too much of anything is not good and that's a fact.

selmaplaza1010 |

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There is no need for my 4.5 month old to watch tv. When it is on, he will turn completely around to stare at it... it's already addicting...lol. The only time he is allowed to watch tv is when syracuse basketball is on... my husbands choice, not mine. Even then, it's only for 10 minutes, of which the baby is intently watching. When he gets older I think a very limited amount of time is okay.

robbiejane |

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My baby is going on 6 months. We do usually have the tv going through the day but not even I dedicate much time specifically to it. It's more like a background noise so I can tune in when something important or interesting comes on (FOX news is what's on 99% of the day). Daniel may occasionally look at the tv but quickly goes back to playing with his toys or concentrating on holding his bottle. When he starts paying more attention to the tv, I'll start limiting him but until then it seems just fine.

talleyml |

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As a early childhood special educator I could go on about this topic :) .... but here are some bullet points. - Having the T.V. on in the "background" is not good for early language learning, the small child's brain can not weed out what is background noise and what they should be paying attention to (moms voice) - The very best toy for all children (despite what the ads will tell you) is an interactive adult, time spent with T.V. or electronic toys for that matter take away from time with adults, older siblings, or peers playing, which is how a child learns best. - ALL T.V. is entertainment even if it is advertised as educational and/or interactive... there is a time and a place (preferably after age 2) for children to be entertained but it should be minimized because they are not learning they are enjoying

mattandkateri |

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My son is only 6 months, but we have the tv on a lot and sometime he's watch it just for the fact of the sound and motion of it. I honestly don't see any harm at this age because it's not like he can understand it, and it's not taking him away from his daily activities. Once he gets older and is able to move around and play, I'll be playing with him and what not, but there are educational shows on tv also that could teach them things that maybe you didn't think of. Or it can teach them better because it can hold thier attention longer. I don't agree with letting your kid sit in front of the tv all day though.

strawberrybanana31 |

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I have 4 children ages 13yr, 11yr, 6yr, and 1 month old. I leave the tv on all day that we are home for the last 13 years. All my school age children have been on the honor roll every report card, every year. They are all well behaved at school and at home. There is nothing wrong with the tv..it's how you raise your kids. (I am also a single mother and have been since the beginning). My children are well rounded. They have their favorite shows they like to watch, but they also go outside every day and play. And they have tvs in their rooms and are allowed to leave them on all night. They have no sleep issues and never have. People need to stop blaming everything for messing up their kids and take responsibilty themselves. And for the new parents..try not to worry so much because little kids have little issues..bigger kids have bigger issues. Save some that worry for when they're teenagers!

tahtil |

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People who are anit-tv are full of themselves in my opinion. We are not feeding our babies crack or taking them to the club. They are watching (or listening) to Yo Gabba Gabba, which now I find myself singing, thank you very much. Lighten up and just enjoy them being so little and if the tv is on..so what....

momtoannieandleah |

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i believe that too much tv isnt a good thing especially inappriopriate programs. i have also been known to sometimes use the tv a a babysitter bc i know it will distract my 8 month old daughter long enough for me to put clothes on, quick make up & put product in my hair. i know its wrong & i often feel guilty about it but i am a single mother, age 21 & she is in her clingy stage so its hard enough to wash dishes or make dinner! i also really like the "Baby First TV" station. i dont know if it is on Direct TV but i have direct tv & its on chanel 9400 & its very educational. My daughter loves the "art & music" & she has been watching that since she was about 2 to 3 months old & i think that has helped her a lot with how much she loves music now. every parent is different & situations are different.

mandyLDW |

Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

According to 'Brain Rules for Babies', author John Medina, every hour of tv a child under 4 yrs watches per day increases the chance of developing ADD, as well as bullying behaviour by 10%. That means 2 hours per day = 20% etc. Also, a child development specialist spoke at our local mama's group and said under the age of 2, tv can delay development because it fills their brains with nonsensical synapses. Apparently all they see are flashing lights. You will notice that Baby Genius products no longer say 'educational' on them.

inaconju |

Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

The problem with television is the overstimulation that it causes. Babies are very easily stimulated as they learn about and take in their new world surrounding them. Overstimulation occurrs from the bright, fast-moving/changing images that television shows. When overstimulated, babies somtimes become fussy or lathargic. In the long-term sense of worry, overstimulation is said to also be linked to ADHD, which is a growing problem in the United States.

calo0004 |

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Our babies watch one 25 minute baby Einstein DVD ea day. We keep the tv off until they go to bed- although there has been the odd occasion where they have been briefly exposed to cooking shows.

mlheadle |

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I see ALOT of moms on here researching about whether TV is bad or not for their children and then jump on here and say "Well you are just trying to satisfy your own selfish needs, you just want an electronic baby sitter". I don't think any mom should judge on other mommies. It is not your place to tell other people what to do with their kids. They may have older kids who like to watch TV, or maybe mom needs to take a shower because shes been busy all day and doesn't have time. You don't know the circumstances so stop judging. Its trashy.

Afunky6 |

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My daughter is six months old and already she has fave shows on Disney Jr. like choo choo soul which makes her dance....and some others. I think it's good to have in the background as she plays with her toys on the floor or using her walker. I think that in the long run a kid that watches TV will be more advanced in Language than one that doesn't...

zestouli |

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I really don't see why people get SOOO upset about this? MOST things are fine in moderation and I think this is deffinitely one of them. Sure "Research" says that it's not good for babies, but it is not killing them, nor killing all their brain cells if they look at the tv for a few minutes a day. I think some parents are way too uptight about things like this. As long as you are still interacting with your baby and he or she is reaching his or her milestones....relax a little bit!

Shorty713 |

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BTW I completely agree with Afunky6....there is way too much judgement on here about this subject. It's unfair to call someone else a bad mother when you don't know her situation or her child.

Shorty713 |

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I go to college full-time and have tons of homework. My boyfriend works 2nd shift (evenings) now so I have not much time to do homework. My son is only a month old now but when im busy with homework he sits in front of the tv either facing it or not. Im guessing at that young of age he doesn't really know what it is he just likes watching all the colors and images to entertain himself. Also if your child is watching educational programs that wouldnt be so bad. My boyfriend is a big history channel junky so if he leaves the room to clean he puts our son in his swing an he watches the history channel. lol.. MODERATION is the key!

MandyJo009 |

Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

Very useful!

vicwangtest011 |

Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

I'm a stay at home mom and no television is on while my daughter is awake. I surf the web during naps to catch up on news and with her being 5 months old she is in bed by 8:00 pm and I think since no one knows the possible effects of tv I can entertain her and sit mindlessly in front of thetv after she falls asleep in her crib. Only time the tv is on when she is awake is on the weekends when my team is playing football in the afternoon but I keep her watching me and not the tv and I keep playing with her.

megan1015 |

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I think it is unfortunate that so many people think it's "unrealistic" to watch no television at all. We have no cable (basic or otherwise) in the house. The TV is only for my husband and I. If you won't cancel the cable because you don't think there's a problem with kids watching it, think about how much tv time there is in your house. If you were to practice a musical instrument half as long as you watched tv, you might be able to teach your children the value of self-reliance and discipline rather than laziness.

2dogsandakid |

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I keep hearing that it's not good but my 4 week olds attention span is not that long to begin with. He might glance at the screen in and out of sleep. What I dont like is that my partner plays DVD movies with a lot of cursing from time to time and I dont want my LO hearing all that. I will be getting him some educational DVDs and cartoons sometime in the future.

Chuck1906 |

Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

Please read this article! http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/on-parenting/2010/12/07/tv-watching-is-bad-for-babies-brains I wish people would take this more seriously.

kjcrow |

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Our daughter is four weeks old and we do have the television on in the house quite a bit. When she is awake, however, we primarily play the baby boost programming available On - Demand from Comcast or Disney movies for development.

mbattista |

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TV will not improve baby's language skills; in fact it will hinder them! Babies need social interaction from human beings! Even shows targeted to "babies" are not good for them. TV flashes in front of their eyes and provides constant negative stimulation in their brains. It is being linked to ADHD and other learning disabilities. I am a teacher, and I implore you, for the sake of your child's education not to sit them in front of the tv. When they are older, maybe a couple of hours per week.... and actually make them sit down, and watch the whole 30 minute show and talk to them about it. That it is what helps their language and social development. READ to your babies; that is the way to improve their language skills!

Sydnieloo |

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There is a book called Brain Rules for Baby. There are three take aways from the book relevant to this question: 1. The book states that the manufacturer sponsored research on Baby Einstein kind of products is fairly questionable and has been questioned to the extent that they were forced to change their product description. I do not remember the exact wordings. 2. There is a research that the author finds acceptable by his standards that found out a clear correlation between babies who watched TV before 2 years of age and their IQ at age 18. This is true independent of the 'quality' of the content watched. 3. The same research figured a drop of 5 IQ points for every hour of TV watched post 5 years of age - dependent on the quality of the content watched. Nothing was mentioned for 2-5 age group. I know that IQ is not a true measure of smartness but it IS a measure of academic success (mostly). I also think that all research with human element involved is questionable but the above seemed done on a big enough data set and enough variation to convince the author and hence me. I moved the TV the guest bed room and made sure that's the only one we have :)

poojac20 |

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I agree with the research that it's best to limit TV as much as possible for the first two years. Unfortunately that's really hard to do. My LO turned one today. I've gotten in the habit of keeping the TV off in the day time. I'm a SAHM. We try to limit our TV to only our fave shows at night and still make sure to interact with the baby. Once in a great while he's too cranky and we will watch Monster's Inc or the like :)

ViCatt1629 |

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Well, I do not want my little girl watching tv at all but Mommy & Daddy watch shows on DVD since we don't have cable (we don't need it) when we eat. She likes to watch it & is only 25 days old already but when she starts to understand it she will not be allowed to watch what we watch. I do want to get here "My Baby Can Read" & other educational items for the tv but that is it. It is funny seeing her just turn her head from laying down to look at the tv though. It's like she knows what is going on but of course I am sure she doesn't.

MsPowder |

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Everything in moderation! My baby is 19 weeks, she LOVES Sesame Street. It gets her excited about the colors and the music, and I don't see how that type of stimulation can be bad! There are a couple other Sprout shows that get her going. I think a little tv if it's the right kind isn't a bad thing. When we're watching our own shows, baby is usually facing me, not the tv, and I'm interacting with her with toys and talking and eye contact.

jenbilski |

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We try not to let our 6 month old watch tv, but somehow she became addicted to Gordon Ramsey. She will sometimes get very cranky if she hasn't seen an episode from one of his shows in a few days. But other than that, she's too busy discovering her hands and toes and trying to sit up to notice something as objective as tv.

Tigerkat23 |

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We don't watch TV in our home other than Castle once a week. When my inlaws take care of her they're almost always watching the news (mainly politics), old movies, or funny home video type things. She's never there just to watch it, it just happens to be something they're watching and they interact with her at the same time. I am against TV at a young age, but we're not going to tell them to not watch it when they are being kind and taking care of her for 4-5 hours every night so we can rest. Also, the programs are okay to us, we don't want to isolate her from the news they watch because that's a part of her world and she is going to have to learn it sooner or later. I'd rather it be sooner. It helps that we mostly agree on politics and some other controversial issues.

glopsey |

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I don't agree with this. I nannied for a baby from birth to 3 years of age. He watched tv every day and for more than an hour or even two hours some days. He is seriously one of the smartest and most developed children I have ever met. He watched Nick JR though, the educational shows. He still watches a lot of tv and is above the 75% at preschool honors school.

boo10590 |

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We are big sports fans and, this being football and basketball season, there is usually a game on. At first I was very against her facing the tv to watch and would just play with her while the tv was muted but she loves looking at the tv! If we dont put her in our lap to face it, she cries and gets very fussy. I dont know if this is good or bad for her or if she just wants to look at it bc we are, but since it stops her from crying... I'm using it as a learning time to teach her cheers and fun arm motions at least!

jennie226 |

Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

I think the TV is harmful for kids if they watch shows without surveillance. My wife bought a DVD duplicator and she chose the programs that a kid must watch. With a little preoccupation you don't have to be worried about the things a kid might learn.

LenBrannon |

Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

If you choose Channel Choice TV I don't think there is a problem.They have many interesting programs which your child can watch and learn something.Of course you don't have to let him watch 24/7 because that is not normal for anybody.

MarkieB |

Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

My son (7 months) wakes up at 7am does not go to bed until 8pm and takes maybe 2-3 hours worth of naps, which means he is awake for 10-11 hours a day. We have mat time and he will play in his excersaucer. I also take him to gymboree twice a week but it is very hard to entertain a 7 month old for 11 hours. I allow him to watch some educational tv and I don't think anything is wrong with that. The parents that do not allow any tv, I give you credit. I have no idea how you can get anything done in the house. I'm not just a mom I'm also a wife who also has cleaning and cooking to do. I limit tv but we can't expect to be perfect. Moms put to much stress on themselves.

cpergola |

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The ones who say my baby can't watch any tv are silly. It's 2013 everyone watches tv. There is a great channel called BabyFirst. They even have apps that we play on my smartphone when were waiting a the doctors office or in the car! I love that I am reminded if some of the songs from my childhood. There are some great developmental programs out there with repetitive learning sign language, other languages beside English, reading, songs, exercise, numbers and more. I'm happy to let my LO watch tv I love to stimulate his brain. Most tv providers come with a parental block now too so choosing what your LO can watch once they figure out the remote control is very easy.

dbab9929 |

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With the whole ADHD thing? That's crazy overstimulation?! What? Everyone has some adhd some OCD some thing they need to diagnose no one is perfect. I'm fine - been watching tv my whole life. Only thing I'd worry about is maybe putting then too close so they ruin their eyesight or something. Over analyze - these are those kids that turn into crazies "oh I'm not allowed to watch tv" when they go 2 school?! That's okay come 2 my house well watch it there!!

dbab9929 |

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It's fine with me. I grew up watching television as a baby and I also had balance with playtime outside with my friends. Being raised on a small tropical island helps. My son is 6 months old and enjoys nick jr shows like yo gaba baba (I don't think I spelled that right) He smiles and screams. As long as its not for hours upon hours its fine. I turned out fine. A little of a movie buff but pretty fine. Lol

cyn3ace |

Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

I think the real question is are you putting baby in front of the TV as a babysitter or are you using it as a interactive tool? Parents especially parents that have not had alot of exposure to children can use child programs as a guide of how to talk and teach I believe. I guess I do not see anything wrong with watching and playing at the same time. My 5 month old laughs everytime I call her umifriend. I think she thinks it is a silly word.

Traci2312 |

Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

I thought that to teach a newborn the difference between day and night, they need lots of noise/distractions during the day? Because of this, we have music and/or t.v. playing throughout the day whether the baby is in the room or not... even when she is sleeping during the day we have all the noises going on so she will learn at night time it is dark and quiet.... am i wrong to have the tv on constantly during the day?

punkersnickle |

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We have the TV on a lot in the house, but DS doesn't spend a lot of time actually looking at it. Most of the time, I gather that he's captivated by the movement and sound. We'll usually have the TV on while feeding or playing with him. Also, it's good to have some kind of noise going on while they're sleeping so they don't become light sleepers. So far, his development seems to be just fine, according to his doctor, so I don't see any reason to turn the TV off as of now.

RibbitGrl930 |

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I think TV before 1 is a bad idea and absolutely not necessary. There is a lot of other, more enriching things in their little world to explore. They do not "need" TV. We have moderate hearing loss with one of our children and background noise (ie, TV in background) is NOT your friend for proper speech development. What was recommended by our speech therapist and audiologist is as much talking as possible - narrate what you are doing, what your baby is doing/playing with, lots of sounds, songs, reading, etc. This is true for ANY child to encourage proper language development, but especially important for kids with hearing loss. Also, we were told to focus on high quality recordings of music (versus the ones marketed towards babies/kids). Of course a baby will take an interest in a big box that plays sounds and colorful lights, but this does not mean that you should let them watch TV. If you cannot give up all TV in your house for infants (for example, older sibling who watches some educational programming) then absolutely try to limit it! And for the people whose main argument is "I turned out fine", that is great for you but every child is different and these are general recommendations from doctors/researchers that improve speech and language skills, not an individual anecdote...

jerriblank22 |

Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

Our 'lil prince is always turned away from the TV when his in the living room with us (so it won't do any harm to his eyes), but we're not turning the sound off because he's calmer when he hears other noises (not only our voices) than when it's quiet.

karolka90 |

Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

My mother let me watch TV when I was younger and I was a straight A student, not only that but was involved in numerous programs, both social and educational. Some TV will not harm your baby, however, watching TV all day long, well that will be a problem

Tsunami2281 |

Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

What about dummy iPad perhaps.. like my friend Kathryn Pledger,, so funny that she was using dumy iPad for her son.

isaacmurphy |

Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

Children need to be involved in interesting activities where they could learn interesting things and watching TV is definitely not a good choice. Every parent should check out the interesting reading manipulatives or spelling lessons found at the http://www.assessmentservices-edu.com/reading.aspx website, they even have self-guided activities that your children would love.

amyabel68 |