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How much television should I let my toddler watch?

Since there are so many cable TV stations geared towards kids, I assume it's okay for my son to watch them, right? How much television is too much television for toddlers?

Re: Since there are so many cable TV stations geared towards kids, I assume it's okay for my son to watch them, right? How much television is too much television for toddlers?

The Bump Expert

Just because your choice is Dora and Thomas and Yo Gabba Gabba and about 10,000 other toddler shows around the clock doesn't mean you should let your child tune in 24/7. In fact -- brace yourself --experts say children under two shouldn't watch any television. (Yes, you read that right.) The reason: Those first two years are critical to a child's mental development -- and it's too easy for a toddler to zone out in the presence of TV instead of being stimulated by new experiences.

If you absolutely can't imagine no TV, keep the viewing time down to 15-minute increments. And, after he turns two, continue to limit him, maxing out at one hour a day -- if that.

The Bump Editors

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

i agree to limit t.v. but seriously sometimes they watch way more than you intended. i think if its not all day everyday and you are playing with your toddler and teaching him/her things then i think you are ok. recently my toddler counted from 1 to 5 in spanish clear as a bell!!! we did not teach him that yet!!! we were so excited(my toddler and i ) that we were jumping around an laughing. it was awesome that he picked that up from dora so i really dont think its that bad that he watches some of those shows. good luck mama!!

bhinds1981@hotmail.com |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

we keep the TV on all day but either on disney, sprout or nickjr. my toddler really doesnt sit down and watch tv, its more there for background noise. he is always playing with toys and we color and do little fun activities and what not. i believe a limit is fine, but i also dont see a problem with it.

laddymaddz |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

None! the less television children are exposed to the better!

sp0808 |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

why would you put the tv on all day? there is definately a problem with that! if no one is watching it then just try turning it off... and there is a problem, just google televisions affect on a child's brain and you will see

sp0808 |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

My pediatrician always told me an hour or less is fine. My daughter is allowed two episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or Sesame Street a day. On the weekends we may substitute a family-friendly movie instead.

aundraya |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

I allow my son to watch television as much as he likes, although he only gets to watch baby einstein, sesame street and other educational television he is allowed to watch a movie once or twice a week with no educational value at all. allowing my child to watch television as often as his little heart desires i feel is actually benificial because instead of watching boring television he perfers to go outside or play with his toys..you can consider it reverse psychology i suppose.

shirlnev |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

since it is cold out side i let my son watch quite a bit of tv but i will be making sure once it warms up he is getting the boot to go outside

joshandjulie08 |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

I've never been a huge fan of kis watching lots ot tv, because any of the ones i know turn into little zombies once its on! With that said, my son is approaching 3yrs & loves to watch his kid shows.. I limit what he watches and try to make sure its educational. We like Super Why (it helps reinforce letter recognition that I'm teaching him) and Team UmiZoomi (promotes problem solving and math involvement), he also likes Dora and Diego, but those are only once in a while. He typically might get to watch up to 3 shows a day.. but that is his max. I do NOT let him watch things like Caillou, that kid is just a whiny brat! And definitely don't like the Bob the Builder type shows, they just aren't good to me. I think thats reasonable since he is a little smarty pants & we do lots of work with flash cards, drawing and fun things throughout our day. His brain is quite stimulated, so I dont think a few episodes of "smart" shows are going to hurt :)

TnT428 |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

I have the tv on NickJr. almost all day, but my kids barely watch it. It's more for background noise. I'm sure there's some test or study (there always is) that says its bad for you or rots your brain. I was raised watching TV and my brain still functioned properly I was able to graduate from High School, College and Grad School. I mean, if you want to be super mom, that's your business but I really don't think there's anything wrong with watch TV.

e48124 |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV for children under age 2, and less than 2 hours per day for children 2 and over. All the kids shows are so alluring, it can be an easy fix, but one that could have long term consequences. Here is an article with some ideas about how to reduce screen time for toddlers. These ideas have helped me, and I have a 3, 2, and 1 year old. http://beautifulbooks.posterous.com/killing-the-monster-breaking-yourself-and-you Hope it helps. :-)

BeautifulBooks |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

What is wrong with it acting a background noise. On the weekends we place the TV CMT and it acts as a radio. We play, we clean and do art projects. Yes he looks up every now and then when he hears a certain voice, but he is not glued sitting in front of it all the time. And some songs make him stop what he is doing run over to the TV and he starts to dance, then we have a dance party.

cgiese |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

To my mind, it is better not to let toddlers watch TV at all.

Sashacopgirl |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

Honestly, I think it depends on the kid. My son is highly motivatied by watching Nick Jr. He already has his abc's down and can almost count to twenty and he is going to be twenty-one months August 9th. He gets a lot of benefits from his daycare since she is an at-home mom of three and she is teaching her almost four year old how to read, plus he has shown natural interest in flash cards at an early age. We let him watch Nick Jr. during our evenings until his bedtime and he counts and does his letters with it. Plus, he knows Ni hao Kailan so well he says it and Fresh beat band prompts him into yelling "shout" , "Kiki" and he throws up his hands for twist. If we change the channel and sometimes if he gets tired of the shows, he starts drawing on his etch a sketch. He doesn't show interest in our tv shows.

justmartha |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

kids really shouldn't watch TV, but for working moms, or those who are just tired, substituting some personal learning time with fun, educational shows for a bit is worth it. My two year old has learned so many words and is reading and counting, which I couldn't have taught him all by myself this quickly.

KDNnJDT |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

at less one or two shows my son he is three he will wach tv only before bed

cheyannarodgers |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

I think it depends on the kid. There is never a single answer that will apply to 100% of the children. My son doesn't zone out when watching TV. When he was 16-20 months, he would constantly running up to the TV, point and ask what something was. Now he is 30 months and have been told by Pediatricians and others that his language and reasoning skills are advanced and closer to a child of 3.5-4 years. He holds back and forth conversations with adults and they understand him. He probably watches about 3 hours of TV on most days... Little Einsteins, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Jake and Neverland Pirates, Caillou, Thomas the Train, Nina and Star, Jungle Junction. He also can watch a full length animated feature like Cars, Monsters Inc, Jungle Book, etc. He gets his exercise and is at 50% weight and height. I credit some of the shows he watches for getting him curious about things that I wouldn't have thought to introduce him to. When we go somewhere, he'll see something that he'll say is like something he saw on a show and will get excited about it. We also visit museums, parks, festivals and other places on a regular basis to expose him to different people, situations and environments.

LittleDeb |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

There is NO amount of T.V., video games or movies that are ok for toddlers. Kids under 2 should have ZERO hours of t.v. daily (according to the American Academy of Pediatrics). I know it's tough, but you'll have to find other ways to keep your little one busy.

mama_tara |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

I have a 21 month old who is also limited to 2 programs a day of either Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or Backyardigans. I use his TV time as a treat for being good or when I need "me/daddy and me time" I even watch my own Tech time on a daily basis..so why not watch out for your kids? Technology should never override the sensory experiences that are waiting for them outside.

redskinsgirl10 |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

My son is 18 months old, and he is olny allowed 2- 15/20 minute shows a day. Either Bubble Guppies(which is educational and gets him dancing and singing), or backyardigans, when i get home from work, so i can make supper. And then we watch Blue's Clues before bed. He loves to find the clues, and dances and does the motions with Joe. during the summer we are outside until it's bath and bedtime, so he really doesnt watch them at all. i think some shows are good, because i've seen my son learn things from them. He can count to 3 already. i think the key to anything( Tv, junkfood, fast food., Carbs..lol...) is Moderation, moderation, moderation!

ljgrove |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

I use to think that all tv was bad for toddlers but then I decided to show him baby Einstine which he loved until recently, he is 20 months old. He has moved onto mighty machines half hour episode and In the night garden, also toopy and bino. Ya so they are not so educational but he has a very active time playing, we read stories, paint, playdough, go outside, to Early Year Centre to play. So some time to relax for a couple shows isn't bad in my books He watches about 1.5 hours through the day usually after breakfast, after nap and before bed. The shows are half hour long.

firsttimemomMarch2010 |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

Our daughter barely watches any tv. She maybe watches 5 mins a day. She would rather be playing with her baby doll, have us read to her or be playing with her puppy. She is verbally doing excellent & plays so well with her toys. I know if we let a tv babysit her it wouldn't be this way. I wouldn't recommend tv watching to anyone for their child. If you really want ti entertain your child read to them or play with them!

HDDBLW2009 |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

Since today you can find lots of places where to watch movies online you can carefully select what you allow your toddler to watch. About the time frame, depending on age, parents usually allow kids to watch tv or play the computer for 1-2 hours/day.

jacklondon |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

I always let my kids watch a little TV every day but it's never on for more than 20 mins. As long as the programmes they are watching are educational and you know they are getting something back then that is fine. Just don't let them get like zombies. Maclaren

uklovebaby |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

I let my son watch a 20 min educational program.I have some friends that let their kids watch TV for 2 hours. My son likes Phonics Worksheets so I work with him on those instead of letting him watch more TV.

AudreySimpson |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

I agree that children should not watch TV until at least the age of two. Although I agree with this, I still let my son who is only 1 1/2 watch TV but try to limit it to Sprout or Disney/Pixar movies. It lets me get things done around the house for a little while. It is something we need to work on limiting down on. A good idea for those of you like me that have to have constant noise, I will play toddler music for him so he is still learning and playing with his toys.

bri2131 |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

Don't let anyone tell you that letting your child or even baby watch TV will make them dumb or less of a person than other kids. That is just absurd! My mother-in-law said she let her son (my husband) watch tv all day, everyday and this was at a time when cartoons were not educational and those were only played on Saturday Mornings. So basically he was watching what most people would call "trash tv" for kids. He made almost a perfect score on his SATs and was admitted to a prestigous private school all tuition paid. Now he is doing graduate school work. So please do not place labels on children based on the amount of tv they have watched. If you love your child and play with them and engage them, then they will turn out alright. There is no "perfect" mother or parent, so don't beat yourself up if you let your child watch tv.

JBVsgirl |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

None, TV is not good for developing minds. They need to interact with toys, people, and situations. Put on some music and dance instead!

kimamyschroeder@yahoo.com |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

With my almost-step daughter (3years old) she is allowed to turn on cartoons until Daddy and I wake up (she has a tendency to wake at 6/7 and it curbs her habit of purposefully getting into things she shouldn't) then, during the day, she gets TV only during her bed and naptime routines. (she eats her snack, plays for a while...or takes a bath...then gets 1/2 an hour of a cartoon and then she gets to listen to her sleeptime playlist to go to bed.) when she is playing in the living room, we turn on the music channel (toddler tunes) she also likes to do the yoga programs that are on demand, so if it's rainy, or we have lots of housework to do, she does that.

brokendirigible |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

I honestly don't see the problem...My son watches tv and he is two... He was counting to 15 before he turned one and he knew his ABC's...He watches tv everyday mostly Sesame Street...anything he watches is educational....I was a stay at home mom...I had to put him in school because he was way too smart and he needed somewhere that can help foster that...You are the mother do what you feel is best.

diamondgyal16 |

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My girl is almost 2. she only watches mickey mouse clubhouse. Maybe one episode a day. I like it. She loves to dance to the hotdog song. She blows kisses to them & tells them bye when its over. She even turns the tv off after its done. I agree with limits on tv. There are tons of.eductional shows.

Lflammond17 |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

Television is good for your toddler if you are not exaggerating with it. We also let our toddler to watch Dish network Tucson a few hours a day.

deanjohnson |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

I think there are many tv channels which are very useful to children.They can learn many things by watching those programs.If you don't have cable you can try to look for Dish network Tucson because it is pretty good.Anyway you should also try to inspire your little one into reading books because this would be a great achievement for both of you.

MarkieB |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

I feel there is no right answer. It is an answer that everyone WISH they said; no TV, but in real life, life happens, and you end up needing a break or you actually enjoy the entertainment with your child. I do not see the harm in letting your child watch a various amount of TV. The parents in most cases knows what is best for the child. When I was young, my grandparents always told that I was a TV-slave, but compared to my relatives (who did not watch as much), I am having an easier time academically and was reading/looking at books just as often as I would TV.

mommyfied |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

I have watched House at the end of the street movie 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 |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

I know what they tell you about this subject, but I don't entirely agree. I think if you monitor what your child watches, and make most/all of it educational, you might be surprised by the results. Our 22 month-old son watches almost exclusively Sesame Street, Super Why, and (formerly) Yo Gabba Gabba. He already can count to 10+ (though he frequently skips 4) and knows more than half the alphabet on sight. We teach him what we can, but I know that he's learning this stuff faster than we're teaching it to him. I'd like to give some of that credit to PBS.

squarephreak |

How much television should I let my toddler watch?

Didn't realize how lucky (or unlucky, depending on the person) but my LO doesn't even pay attention to the TV, even when it's on usually. She's watch when the Paramount or Fox logos play across the screen, because then she claps when it's over and she's now done watching lol. Even if we have it playing in the background she pretty much ignores it unless something loud happens and the sound catches her.

littleangel_2003@hotmail.com |