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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.

The Bump Expert

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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NO TELEVISION!!! children shouldn't even look at a tv screen for more than 30 seconds before the age of 2. Who knows what the flashing lights could do to their brains (ex: epilepsy, brain dammage). Why take the chance? After two years its fine, it goes by fast so don't take the chance :-]

m0mee2bee |

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We almost always have the tv on at my house. My daughter (5 months) is only interested in interacting with the family and visitors although she will look at the screen to see what others are looking at and has sat for a few moments watching. I will only set her up watching tv if i really need just a moment to do housework or other such things and i am alone. Some days other toys will not work and she just wants some kind of interaction and the tv provides just enough with the bright colors of the baby shows. We don't make it a constant but it is useful at times and she finds it entertaining.

angieG88 |

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In my honest opinion, there are things out in the world that are far worse than TV. My son is four months old and the TV is on from time to time. He loves to watch football or anything that has bright colors. Once he gets older I will teach him reality from fantasy. Eventually he going to get caught up in kids cartoons and he going to learn that those shows are not real. Unless you keep your child in the house 24/7 and not let him interact with other children, they're going to learn about something negative.

jai261 |

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I don't think TV is a positive alternative to playing outside when kids get older, but I think educational programs are useful. My child is 4 1/2 months old and loves the Noggine channel. He will talk to the screen and make noises and laugh at it. He seems to enjoy it and so I don't see what is really so horrible about it. He gets plenty of adult interaction because my mother in law and mom take turns watching him during the week while I am at work. When I get home I play with him for about 2 hours until his dad gets home and take him outside. Unless I was a stay at home mom, I wouldn't be able to get anything done around the house without the help of a few minutes of TV. I think if it were that big of a deal then doctors would warn us about it like they do about SIDS and babies needing to sleep on their backs. I think the point where TV becomes a problem is when you are letting your children do that all day instead of play outside, get exercise and interact with other children. If it prevents a child old enough to do those things from doing them then it's an issue.

csoley |

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I have several issues with little ones watching TV, based on research from experts in the field of education and medicine: 1. Children that watch TV know fewer vocabulary words than those that do not. 2. While many shows promote "learning and language development", the truth is that the shows move too quickly for young children to auditorally and visually process the information. 3. Children develop best when given proper language models. Even sitting them in front of a TV that they're not "watching" indirectly impacts thier language models. And I personally disagree with the comment, "If they have older siblings, it is impossible to keep them away from the television." As an adult in my home, I work with my husband to make rules about television watching for my nine-year-old step-daughter. She is not allowed to watch television on school nights (unless its a special occasion, like a holiday program). And, on weekends, she barely even asks! We provide her with activities to keep her busy that don't involve the TV...she doesn't miss it, and hardly ever asks! And, if she does, and we don't feel its appropriate for her to watch, we simply say, "no".

Aubs13 |

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This is killing me! Your baby can't help watching TV? You as a parent have to put your child in front of the television. I am a child specialist and this is one of my most passionate subjects. You would be amazed at how I can tell by 18 months which children watch television and who does not. Babies should never be put in front of a TV. In fact Baby Einstein is now recalling the DVD's! It is about the light of the television and what it does to their brains (I will spare you the details). What happens as a baby may not show up now but wait until they are 18 months with no language or 7 or so and see what issues arise! (behavior, ADHD, etc.) Plus babies and toddlers need to interact with Adults. They don't interact with the TV, they cannot learn to speak from the TV. In fact, it is suggested that no background noise be on (TV, radio, etc.) when you are communicating with your baby. An infant cannot tune out background noise like adults! I cannot stress how important it is for parents to interact with their babies! Please please I beg you don't put your babies in front of a TV! Thank you Aubrey! Has anyone tried or considered the TV challenge? (Turning the TV off for a week and see the difference in your child's behavior.)

cass1013 |

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This all is just too much. There are so many extremes. My daughter is almost 3. She has been watching Disney Movies and PBS Kids for quite some time. She speaks very clearly, has a large vocabulary, and she's picked up a lot of information from this TV. She knows more animals than any other kid her age that I know. But that is also because we read a lot. She also gets more exercise than any kid her age that I know. We run nearly every day, she rides along in the stroller, and then she runs. She loves to explore outside, and often it is to try to observe what she saw on TV. She is very observant, she knows where we are going in the car, and which way we should turn. She loves to pretend with her toys, and I think she has a great imagination and sense of humor. I don't credit that solely to TV, but I certainly don't think it has harmed her in anyway. ETC. Everything is moderation. Make sure they are well rounded. That is what it all comes down to. And as long as you are monitoring what they watch (no Sopranos or anything), I don't think it is harmful. Meeting in the middle is so much more pleasant.

lilp237 |

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While excess TV watching is not good (for anyone regardless of age), there is nothign wrong with the TV. No one is "rationalizing" there own addiction. Thats just silly.

angiedtaylor |

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75% of brain development occurs during the first three years of life. Babies are in a stage of development where they learn through their senses and motor activities, not through passively watching things on TV. Even Disney has acknowledged this by offering a refund for Baby Einstein videos because they are not educational, as they have been advertised. Also, TV can over-stimulate newborn babies, causing them to experience stress. When people are stressed, the stress hormone cortisol is released in the brain, which has a negative impact on memory and learning. When a baby is stressed, they will often have an arched back, extended legs, splayed fingers, and increased movement. This can be mistaken for excitement or that a baby "likes" the TV, but its a sign that there is too much stimulation. With TVs being such a fixture in most homes, babies are going to be exposed to television when adults are watching it, but it shouldn't be a virtual babysitter or a substitute for human interaction with infants.

annie1225 |

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The TV is on all the time at our house whether we are watching it or not. And yes my 4 month old likes to look at it. And he is not only a month younger than the other babies in his class at daycare but he is doing things before them. His pediatrician says he is doing 6 month things. He is very "talkative" as well. Very happy and loves to smile and laugh. Several people have mentioned research but didn't provide any references where we could check it out ourselves. I would want to know how the research was done and whether it was experimental or only a correlation. And a correlation does NOT show cause. ADHD has been around a little longer than Autism but they are currently the "it" diagnoses. Just about everybody now has ADHD. If that's all that is wrong your baby or kid you should be happy. You are not going to create the perfect kid because you didn't have the TV on for the first 2 years of his or her life. There are bigger things in this world you should worry about. My brother and I both watched the same amount of TV growing up and I was never diagnosed with ADHD, my brother was but grew out of it and is still one of the smartest people I know so maybe it wasn't really ADHD and he was just bored? It all depends on the kid. People have to blame something for making their kids the way they are instead of looking at themselves and thinking that maybe it was them that made them the way they are.

ash138 |

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My husband and I didn't want a tv for our first year of marriage and felt so great about it that we went for 3 years! Then we got a TV but we don't even have channels for it. We got a dvd player before our daughter was born and now have a wii. We rarely have the tv on and I have never set my 5 month old in front of the tv and don't plan to until she's older than 2. And after that it will be very limited. TV was meant for occasional entertainment but it has turned to a part of daily life and an addiction in today's society. If you don't think you're addicted then try going for a while without tv. There are so many better and healthier things to do- especially for children! Saying TV is fine for babies is an opinion but it's not based on research. I plan on giving my daughter the best possible start to life. Once I learn something isn't good, then why risk it? There are so many reasons why TV is not good, but not enough reasons to make it worth it that couldn't be substituted for something else. That one was easy for me, now I have to work on limiting my internet time...

leelersinc |

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Besides the bad habbit has tv got any effect on e.g. eye or brain of an infant? I have a 19 week old and we noticed her having a peek when she was only 1 month old.

gravoide09 |

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This topic is very interesting...it's extreme one way or the other. My anwser is TV is okay in moderation. If they are watching an age appropiate show for a minumal amount of time - I think it is fine. TVs arent a brand new entertainment - I'm sure many of your mothers let you watch TV as a child. My cousins watched baby einstein when they were babies - I have 4 cousins that watched them all of them are smart ahead of there class, dont not have add or adhd, no behavior problems, etc. I think people may associate troubled kids with tv because of the parents that use tv as a babysitter and do not play with their kids. TV isn't a babysitter and wasn't in my familys case - all my cousins have great loving playful parents and it shows. So YES in some familys tv is bad.. but in my case some TV is fine.

jillm0nr0e |

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My husband and I enjoy quite a bit of programs on tv, but DVR is incredible for this. We can watch our favorite shows whenever we choose, such as in bed after our son is asleep. There are however certain childrens' shows that really seem to stimulate our son in ways we don't think we can. He has become familiar with 2 in particular, and will respond quite animatedly when they are on. Outside of viewing these shows, my husband and I will play games or sing songs from the shows. He really likes this and definitely seems to recognize the music or games, which I feel enriches our one-on-one, or two-on one playtime!

TattooKG |

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I watched tv as a baby and I am a smart, artistic, well educated, musically talented adult with no issues from it. I am thin, fit and healthy. I interact very well with others and am a social butterfly. While I don't think you should use TV as a babysitter, the Wiggles calm my daughter when she is sick or overly tired, and I keep the tv on as background noise when we are hanging out at the house and at night, although with school, church, playdates, book reading, football games in person not tv, and the beach, my little one is.seeing plenty of the world and getting tons of attention and interaction. The self-righteous mommies with their perfectly parented children need to chill out a little. I'm sure you do something wrong too.

jes1404 |

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I have a 5 month old baby, and I have been debating this myself. At first I wanted no TV at all, but have found as a SAHM, sometimes, I just need to do the dishes or fold some laundry. I put on an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and my LO laughs and giggles at Mickey Mouse. He doesn't watch it all day, maybe once or twice a day, 30 minute episodes. And usually I end up sitting with him and watching and singing the songs for him. We also play with toys together, or read books or whatever. Moderation is key to all things. It would be awful to plop your kid in front of the tv all day long, without any interaction, but a show here or there shouldn't be unreasonable. Also, for those of you with older kids, Disney has a show called Imagination Movers, it REALLY teaches kids great problem solving skills.

AliHawkins19 |

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television and the effects on a baby and young child's brain goes beyond the "content' of whatever is on t.v. A human brain develops at a significant rate from birth through the first few years of life. The argument that babies shouldn't watch t.v. isn't per the content but the impact that actually "screen watching" has on the developing brain. Check out some of Dr. David Ziegler's reseach on the developing brain and you might just second guess putting your young child in front of the t.v. I have a 4 month old and certainly when he gets "glimpses" of the t.v. if it is on in our house, he almost becomes mesmorized...the t.v. screen is composed of hundreds of little pixels, and the sceen is constantly changing. This is done on purpose, in order to capture the eye of adults...but for an infants brain that is in it's peak development...I don't know about you but I will do whatever it takes to try to avoid "growing" a hyperactive child, and if it means turning the t.v. off and getting on the floor with my son and reading, siging, and dancing for 8 hours a day, then it's worth it to me.

rebafry |

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We all know that too much TV is never good for anyone. However baby girl enjoys baby Einsteen movies and educational shows such as Sesame street. She talks to the TV and gets very excited.

pologirl1 |

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My baby is 19 weeks old and loves watching certain cartoons and certain movies, if he can learn from it as well as what I teach him, then I say who cares, I don't believe it when some mothers say they don't watch tv. Everybody watches tv.

Wkattb79 |

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It's funny that we use the term "let" for this conversation. We're really not "letting" them, are we? We're training them to, or not to. Mine is 19 weeks and she doesn't ask me if she can watch a program. lol. She has no interest in TV. Why would she? TV can't hold her, play with her, sooth her, etc. If she grows up to have an interest it's because someone or myself taught her to have an interest. I do believe there are some good programs that can help you teach your child but I think we have to remember that it should be used as a tool and not to be the teacher. That being said, I have sat with my little one 2 or 3 times and watch something on Sprout TV and cooed with her at the colorful things on the screen. I have also sat with her at the computer and sang children songs (wheels on the bus, ABCs which seems to be her favorite, etc) as she watch the youtube video and I made hand/arm movements with her little arms. I'll point out the letter or she will watch it dance around the screen while I sing along. I only do this a couple times a week. I want to make sure all her sensory development is progressing well. If I was to just sit her in front of the TV that wouldn't happen. They need to hear, see, feel (and taste and smell, but that doesn't apply to TV). I think if you do it right and use it as a tool and not too often it's okay, but as parents we need it to be interactive and we need to be involved.

rwheelin |

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My DS watches Backyardigans with me. It all happened by chance. I was babysitting my niece & her parents let her watch it, so we watched one episode while my DS was in the room. He liked it, I think it's the bright colors & the songs. So we watch one episode a night before bed, and even then usually only watch about half. But my DH or I are always interacting with him through it - either dancing or singing with the show (& him). My DH also watches hunting shows on ESPN on Sunday mornings with my DS. He calls it their "man time".

ashliem06 |

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This is ridiculous. It seems like everything we did as kids is suddenly detrimental to our children. Growing up, my Dad was overseas for the military and my mom was pregnant when I was a toddler. She would turn the TV on for me so she could nap. I grew up in the top of my class all through my masters degree, am a productive member of society, and was never considered to have development delays. Everything these days seems to cause autism or ADD. I know for a fact that my babysitter lets my four month old sit in front of the TV for short periods of time because he likes the people talking and the bright colors.. his pediatrician says he is functioning at almost an eight month level, and should I add that he was born with a condition that is supposed to cause development delays? We play with him, talk to him, read to him, take him for walks on nice days. That is what is important.

MandaBeth582 |

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Everyone has there own process, but for me I dont force "TV time on my baby." If he would like to watch tv I let him and if he losses interest and wants to do something else I let him do that as well. When he does watch TV, I put on baby einstein or Disney. Someone had mentioned that the baby einstein was not effective, but I beg to differ...have you personally tried baby einstein?? I have and my babies cognitive learning skills have truly increased with the baby Einstein dvd’s, I highly recommend them.

Mycattiki01 |

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YES

ZARIFASABAH |

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My son is 4 months old & loves to watch barney. He smiles & laughs when the kids do. I think if a child is watching something that they can learn from what is the harm. We watch it together & I sing along with it he loves it. As long as you are doing other things through out the day with your child there is no harm in letting them watch something educational

sweetie927 |

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TV is horrible for a child under 2 and there is no watching for baby in our house. Sorry, but where do you think this new prevalence of ADD, ADHD and autism comes from?? Sure, it's partly the horrible foods people give their children, but it's also from this mindless television watching. Sit down with a book instead, or if you need a break, but them in a jumperoo or similar interactive gear/toy. TV is REALLY bad. There is no "ok in moderation" for a baby under the age of 2. Read all the new scientific data coming out.

firstpancake |

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Although I agree that plunking a baby in front of the television is completely unacceptable, I think the extreme of no TV period is a bit closed minded. When shows that are music-based are on, for example, how is letting your infant bob around to the music coming from the TV any different from putting a CD on for them? Or if they are keen on matching the motion and colors coming from a vibrant children's show, how is this any different than allowing them to be fascinated by a toy with lights that flash? I think limited television with the appropriate brain development characteristics is acceptable in moderation of course, and with a care giver present to enjoy the experience with them. If there is a show like Dancing with the Stars on, for example, then I'll get up and dance with my baby, and he thoroughly enjoys the music and the interaction with his mommy. I don't see how this is doing him any harm.

hardmarjWed16715 |

Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

Unfortunately, both myself and my boyfriend are HUGE tv watchers. It is impossible for her to not be around it constantly. I don't allow her to see graphic violence, but she loves the movements, colors and sounds while she's laying in my arms. When I've tried to turn her so that she can't see, she cranes her little neck around to see! I was raised watching television, and I know that my daughter will too. I was always in the top of the class and I had no issues...neither will she. I learned a lot from Sesame Street, Electric Company and Mr. Rogers. I plan on her watching quality programming as well.

ScorpioPhoenix |

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I also need to add that we read constantly with her, take her for walks, sit on the porch and play fetch with the dog. So while tv does not rule our lives, it is an integral part of our "down time". I see no problem with it. She will be rocked, loved, read to, pampered and allowed to grow naturally...

ScorpioPhoenix |

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My belief is that they don't know why they shouldn't watch TV. It won't kill them or literally make them dumb, but the real concern is the interactions. Just observe yourself watching TV. How well do you pay attention to other things going on if you are really into a show. More than likely not much, so try your best to give your baby as much of your attention as you can. Try turning off the TV and listening to music. It's not so lonely and it's not tv. Watch your shows on the DVR or internet or whatever after bed or early morning. Play with your baby while they are awake, the time is relatively small anyway. Don't stress if they see a little bit of tv, you will inevitably be out or over at someone's house who does watch tv, so don't kill yourself building forts to keep the television out of baby's view. Either way they all grow up happy and generally healthy, but not watching TV may give your child an edge in the future. Think about it, at quality day cares they are not watching tv, they have activities all day long in between their naps and feedings. When your kid is home with you, full-time or nights and weekends only, make sure the give them your full attention just as if they were being cared for by someone else (a paid someone else). Introduce the TV when they can begin to comprehend and monitor their shows and length of watching.

dsfranklin |

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Okay, Im not saying to sit your kid in front of a tv for hours, but to the people saying TV EQUALS BRAIN PROBLEMS...BLAH! get off your crazy*ss high horse! So sick of "baby snobs". Sorry that we all dont get to be stay at home moms and breast feed our kids till they're out of highschool! Anyways, how are you?? Do you have ADHD or ADD? (Just some of the overly misdiagnosed condtions these dr's are pushing presciptions on our kids for a profit from the script companies). As children, we all watched TV, unless you didnt have one, or spent the all day in a nursery. Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, Mr Dressup...the list goes on and on. Guess what?? TV didnt make us brain dead and crazy! As a mother, it is important to, obviousely, spend as much time interacting with our children as possible. We need to be playing, teaching, loving, talking to them as much as we can. But if you think that my child watching a half hour of Sesame Street in the morning after her first bottle (because she loves shaking her hands and feet to the songs) is bad, then I think you are nuts and have wayyyyyyy too much time on your hands trying to tell people how they should raise their kids. Its like the government trying to get rid of fastfood happymeals. Are they great for your kid to sit around and eat fast food all day...hell no. Is it okay to treat your kid on the weekend with a friggin happymeal...yes dammit. Stop letting our government tell you what is best for you and your child. Want to be a good mom??? Take care of your kid. Dont give it crack. Dont put pop in its bottle. Dont swing it around. Instead, provide a warm place to live, food to eat, love, support, safety, and interaction...I promise, your kids will be fine.

caseylynnkirby24 |

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I never thought that I would be a parent okay with television. However- my baby loves Sprout and Nick JR- for blues clues, wonder pets and etc. He is 4mo and already can say mama and is constantly talking. He loves to see the characters with a direct view, he talks to them, dances around and gets very excited when we all sing. He recognizes certain characters and this has helped stimulate his long term memory as most NB's have none. While he doesn't get a lot of it- it is usually at 6am when I am still too tired to climb out of bed after a very interrupted 4 hours of sleep. I think everything in moderation- we generally only watch the history channel or travel channels or sports. I watched PBS growing up and the traditional Hanna Barbera cartoons and Bugs Bunny cartoons- I graduated 1 1/2 yrs early and finished law school 3 1/2 years after that. I have an incredible memory and no ADD. I believe that if you use it as a learning tool it can be great.

CELTIC1728 |

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I e I agree with the previous blogger, I can't stand baby snobs who have all this time on their hands. I work a full time job and try to interact as much as possible but unfortunately I need to get things done and I have limited time. The my son spend a hour a day watching tv and somehow I think he will be OK. My son love Mickey Mouse Clubhouse because we sing the songs and dance around. When the show is not on he still loves when we sing the songs to him. I think that moderation is good. People need to chill out. And daycare has no tvs cause you are Paying them to watch and entertain them, and they have nothing else to do but take care of your children. That's why it's so expensive right? I think way too many people use adhd as an excuse for everything. Your child might just be very smart and are not be stimulated enough, that would be part of your job as a parent. People just need to relax. I grew up with tv and somehow I turned out alright.

jilly1118 |

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We're not letting our 4 1/2 month old daughter watch any television. It wires the brain to have ADHD and that is not what our little jellybean needs in life! She's got so much to learn through books, toys, and watching and interacting with us!

IVFmom |

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I can't say that TV has something good to offer for children. There are very few channels that have shows for small children. Still I believe that a child should watch TV, but he should also get in touch with other things! For instance my child is watching TV, playing with other children but I also take him to the V8 race track, football and even to the theater. He need to get to know all the entertainment possibilities so that when he grows up he'll have some information on all of these!

tonyfishy |

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I watched TV when I was little, Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers, as well as the (then brand-new) Nickelodeon. I started speaking sentences at 18 mos and read my first chapter book at age 3. I always got As & Bs in school, was never violent, didn't have ANY kind of behavioural issues... I think all this BS over TV being bad for kids is just that - BS. Let your kids watch the educational shows where they can learn colors, shapes, vocab, etc. at the same time as they are having fun! IMHO, AD(H)D is a condition made up by parents who are too lazy to discipline their children and/or participate in their child's life, and it is supported by the big drug companies.

rock_kowgurl |

Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

Babies who watch TV are more likely to have delayed cognitive development and language at 14 months, especially if they're watching programs intended for adults and older children. In case this made you decide to throw away your old TV, you can call TV disposal Milwaukee and they'll take care of it. I think it would be a good idea too since babies who watched 60 minutes of TV daily had developmental scores one-third lower at 14 months than babies who weren't watching that much TV.

kci15 |

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honestly TV is on a lot around here. daughter is 11 mths and loves golf and yo gabba gabba. she started standing and dancing on her own while watching yo gabba gabba she gets a good workout dancing and jumping around in her jumper. i believe it teaches children language and facial expression. she really seems to catch on to things like if she is doing something wrong i just give her a disappointing face and she stops. i don't think tv is the only thing teaching her i work with her a lot as well but when i am working on the computer she has other faces and people to learn from when she isn't crawling around or practicing walking.

giraffophant |

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I had not really thought about the TV, it is just natural to have a TV on in the house. The TV watches us more than we watch it. But, TT's Godmother came in one day and the TV had NCIS on with TT watching intently while I was busy cleaning. Her God Mother made a very valid point. She might not conciously understand right now but sub-conciously was I showing her how to be a criminal. Who knows what babies really pick up on all we (and really the experts) can do is speculate what goes on in the brain. Was I accidently training a serial killer or a forensic specialist. Since then we make sure those shows are only on when baby is asleep or away from the TV. When she is around it's all GPB (Georgia Public Broadcasting) with educational shows.

kalei22202 |

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my baby is 3 months and loves to watch the flshng lights and colors.she will stop crying and wach cartoons or action movies.I think it no worse ten the baby gym we bought that has a flshing light star she loves to watch.

fishsha |

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Wow. Everyone has some good points. I try to limit how much my LO watches tv because I didn't watch it when I was little. I still don't watch a ton but sometimes when I am nursing LO and he is all wiggly and I can't read or write I will watch some tv so I am not just staring at the wall. Sometimes we will watch a little tv at night if the bedtime routine wasn't enough to put baby to sleep. If I ever find that I am looking at the tv while talking to baby I turn it off right away though. conversations are times to look at the person you are talking with and the tv will always be there. Baby will only be a little baby for a short time I REALLY am enjoying it. Dishes and house work will get done eventually, lol.

KarolynnS1153 |

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I feel as if a limited amount is ok. My four month old loves Sesame Street and I believe it is never too young to start education.

harleychic420 |

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I can tell you one thing. Every thing that you overdo can hurt you. A little bit of TV can'r hurt your baby. My girl learned how to sing by watching TV. I don't know about you but I agree with it. And today there are a lot of places where to watch movies online. You can have a careful selection of what your kids is allowed to watch.

jacklondon |

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I let Henri watch programs on Sprout. There aren't the load annoying commercials aimed at kids (there are some aimed at adults) and much of it is educational, it is PBS affiliated. He gets very excited by expressive faces, like the ones on dirtgirlworld. I like their programming, but it isn't a substitute for in the park! It's winter, indoor diversions are necessary, and there is only so much you can do with a 4 month old.

Therese Ewing |

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Honestly, some of these answers are ridiculous. Eg., "research says...", "no tv ever...", implications that one is a bad parent b/c they let their child watch tv, etc. Too much of anything is never really a good thing. It's common sense. TV is not "bad". Please. Placing unnecessary stress, and rigid rules on your child has far worse implications. If you never allow your little one to watch tv, and then he/she grows up and goes over to other children's homes and watches a fun program, he/she is going to wonder, why am I missing out on this? Okay, that's probably not the best example, but I think you catch my drift. My Mom made, "eating healthy" such a huge priority that I have issues with food today. She obsessed over it, and we never had junk food. I've just recently gotten control of my weight, but it has been a long haul. I was addicted to food for a while, and it was stressful. My daughter is currently 15 mon's old and I stay at home with her. She watches about 2 hours of tv/day. She watches Nick Jr. and PBS. She is an awesome kid. She's very outgoing, she LOVES playing with other children, she will go to anyone, she's totally happy, she is developing verbally just fine, etc. Moderation with anything is key. Also, not making too huge a deal over anything is key! What no one is really saying here is that it's the parents who end up messing up their kid. Not the tv. If you are placing your kid in front of the tv all day, with little interaction, that's no good at all obviously. But if you are adamently against watching tv ever, that is extreme also. If you are obsessing over "no tv" then chances are you are neurotic in general, which will ultimately stress your kid out eventually. I say, everything in moderation, and.....chill out!

paigermoore |

Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

TV should not replace interaction... but I learned how to count, my colors and how to treat others by watching Sesame Street. I think what they watch is important, as well as how much.

katkestler |

Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

I watched tv as a child and im perfectly fine, and I'm sure u all watched tv too.

kerryl55 |

Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

I definitely watched tv when I was younger... My son isn't old enough for the tv yet (2 months), but I strongly believe that its not necessarily television that harms your baby, but that television often replaces what babies need the most: attention and one-on-one time with a human being. Yes, my parents let me watch tv, but they closely monitored what I was watching and how much screen time I was getting. I don't think tv is appropriate for children under 2, because our brains develop the most during this time, but after the age of 2, 1-2 hours doesn't hurt, especially if you're interacting with them with the tv. Entertaining your baby who is under 2 can be as simple as, "help mama cook" and handing him or her a bowl and spoon that they can pretend to cook with. It's hard, but parenting isn't supposed to be easy, right? :) Also, on the topic of shows like the power rangers.... And shows with violence quickly desensitizes children and should be avoided as long as possible. I think by the age of five its unavoidable, since the other kids at school will talk about it all the time. But no, no one wants to talk about violent children shows... Especially when parents are willing to buy Grand Theft Auto IV for their 6 year old... I think that's the more serious problem that affects our society today :/

Razcadet |

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I am a third grade teacher and regardless of childen watching TV or not they can still develop ADD or ADHD and be learning disabled. I have had children in my class that their parents couldn't afford a television set and they are still ADD/ADHD so. I agree to do things in moderation or whatever is working for you as a parent. The most important thing is talking to your children,playing and spending time with them, reading to them, taking them on walks, naptime, and play time.

RubyRed80 |

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My baby and I watch My Little Ponies some mornings and if the tv is on sometimes she looks at it. But any light source catches her attention...so I'm not overly concerned about the tv.

ipookie8 |

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My Baby watches Baby Einstein and my daughter learned a lot from that too when she was a baby

shelbie454 |

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My opinion is that TV is good for baby if you don't abuse it. In our house we are watching Tucson direct TV very often and sometime we let our baby to watch also.

deanjohnson |

Q&A: Is TV bad for baby?

TV is good for baby if you don't abuse it. In our house we are watching very often Tucson direct TV and sometime we let our baby to watch also.

deanjohnson |

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I believe that TV is beneficial for baby because it develops his mind. Think You Can’t Afford a Home Theater? You’d Be Surprised how many good offer you can find in this part of the year.

deanjohnson |

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TV isn`t good for babies. I don`t let my baby watch tv but I watch. I never miss my favourite tv shows. I got a television package from Channel Choice TV

ioana06 |

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Jeez. Trendy, fad parenting just bugs me to no end. The tv won't make your child mentally challenged, won't "cause" ADHD. Babies love bright colors and fun sounds. I am a stay at home mother and if my 4 month old didn't enjoy watching Yo Gabba Gabba, I would get NOTHING done! It is important to interact with your child but it is perfectly OK to let your child be entertained by something other than his mother sometimes. I really wish these die hard hippie moms would relax and let their babies be babies.

Mama Stacks |

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All the kids like commercials, this is a proven fact. From this, we can acknowledge the fact that commercials are meant to trigger our consumers behavior, as Ryan Deiss used to emphasize in one of his advertising theories. However, it is better for the children to get restricted access to commercials channels because they will end up the next day asking for us in the supermarket to buy them the things they previously saw advertised on TV.

conquerer |

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Our daughter is 12 months old and she doesn't watch TV. I work 3 10 hour days, my husband works nights so she is with us and not in daycare. When I get home from work all I want to do is play with her and have fun with her. We own a TV, but we don't have cable. We don't keep a TV in the living room. We chose to do it this way because what ever needs to be done can be done when she's asleep. We would rather spend time with her playing and talking and learning than sitting in front of a TV. We do this because we don't want to look back someday and feel like we missed out. They grow up too fast. Our daughter started walking at 10 months, she talks already and she just turned 1, before we know it she'll be in school. There is plenty of time for TV, just not now. That's my opinion. (I grew up without TV and I don't feel like I was deprived or missed out and I actually prefer not to waste time watching TV, there are so many better things to do!)

alisun&Peder |

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My 2 and 1/2 year old has been watching kiddie tv most of her life, to be honest. When she was 6 months to a year it was Elmo, then nothing but Chimpmunk movies, followed by a love for pooh and 18 months (which she still occasionally asks to watch pooh or the piglet movie) and most recent she is obsessed with My little pony's: friendship is magic on the hub... that being said- she told me today "we can't see at night, but owls can see at night, cos owls are nocturnal"... word for word (and this isn't memorized repeating or anything her or I have ever talked about) and very easily understood. She always uses full, clear, and very intelligent sentences and is social too-- at 28 months old.... just saying, maybe the tv helps, maybe not, but it can't be hindering her development, because she is brilliant!

turkeybaby |

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I think there's actually something to this. While I'm not saying that tv-watching for babies WILL definitely cause ADHD (because obviously there are tons of examples out there of people who didn't develop ADHD from their tv-watching, baby days), if there's strong evidence that indicates a higher likelihood of developing ADHD, I would rather not risk it. And for the record, my 3 siblings and I were heavily exposed to TV in our youth (because it's the easiest way to entertain 3 young kids at the same), and we all developed ADHD.

jcasti |

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I'm really tired of people judging moms for doing something there own way. If you work full time and your baby's in a preschool it's easier to avoid the tv. However for 24/7 stay at home moms like myself. It's a little harder to never have the tv on. There's times I won't leave the house for 3 days straight so yes, the TV is on. A lot more than I would like. But my 11 month old daughter is developing great. She's smart, she's funny, she's happy, barely ever cries, and really talkative. She likes Elmo, she likes momma shows like the Simpsons. I agree that babies like sounds and colors and hearing and seeing people. We still play games and have developmental activities. But we definitely have the tv on. Especially in the winter seasons where we can't go outside. Once she starts to understand what's being said more, them we will not let her watch our shows and when warmer weather comes then we get to go for walks and play outside. But it's ridiculous to say to never let your child watch tv.

mburkat91 |

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It depends on what they love to watch, my 17 years old boy loves horror movies, we watched recently the "House at the End of the Street" movie and we enjoyed it a lot. The Jennifer Lawrence sexy main heroin is very talented, I am sure we will hear a lot of great things about her in the future.

amyabel68 |

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My daughter is 5 months old. She loves to watch Dora the Explorer and Barney. I sing to her and she is so happy. She is way too young to understand what a TV is! Children are born with ADHD and more studies suggest with autism too. I think all the bright colors and movement catch her attention. I see nothing wrong with it, as long as it is not an all day every day thing. Society has an opinion on everything now. My parents let us play in the dirt and watch some TV. We all turned out fine and are College educated.

ssigworth |

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I have a three week old, I find that I only watch TV when he's asleep in my arms before I can lay him down. I don't expect that he will have much TV growing up as his father and I don't watch it much, but when I was a baby my parents watch TV with me quite often.I'm not autistic, Idon't have ADHD I've had a higher vocabulary by several grades my entire childhood into adulthood. I belive this, as with most things in raising children, has to be considered what's best for you.

franie |

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I have watched http://www.steve-calvert.co.uk/movie-reviews/house-at-the-end-of-the-street.htm with my children and they liked this movie a lot, I don`t let them spend all day in front of the TV because it is not good for them. Every evening we watch a movie together, this became a habit and I try to find a good movie for them to watch, they love horrors and thrillers.

amyabel68 |

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We have our TV on a lot in the background. My daughter doesn't really watch the TV, she just stares at it occasionally for no more than a minute. Most of the time she totally ignores it. If I am trying to interact with her and she continues to stare at the TV, I just turn it off. That doesn't happen very often though, maybe two times. She is 10 weeks old.

kristinyoung111 |

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During the day, I dont have the tv on much but when my husband comes home from work, that's all is on. His favorite thing is tv and watching movies. We do have movie night together. I put her on the couch with us with her toys. But yes, she likes to watch tv.

Kimberlyann74 |

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Part of me wonders if the AAP recommendeds NO tv because they know that most parents will let their kids watch some, and this is just their way to try to get people to cut it down as much as possible. I have a feeling limited TV viewing wouldn't be too terrible for a kid. Everything in moderation, as they say. What I wonder though is if there have been any studies done indicating if there is a difference between a baby actively watching TV vs. a baby happening to be in a room where a TV is on, but doing another activity.

green867 |

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Right now my LO is entranced by the lights and sounds from the TV, even rolling to see where the sounds are coming from. I take it as a good sign she is aware and curious.

anirishblessing |

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I don't know either way. but when my l.o. is in the room the tv is 95% of the time on children's programming such as sprout, Disney jr, nick jr, and pbs kids. peppa pig, sid the science kid, Charlie and lola, and pocoyo are our favorites. I do not allow her to watch some of the children's programming that seem a bit to intense with the villains.

sonniesmom13 |