what age is a good age for a baby to start watching t.v.?

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My baby is only 3 months and likes cartoons, i try not to let him watch all the time but if he's fussy laying him on the bed watching t.v. calms him down.


Emily - posted on 11/09/2010




My husband is deployed, so I always have the TV on when I'm home. However, I let my daughter watch a couple of cartoons in the morning. She likes Mickey Mouse Clubhouse which develops learning skills. She usually doesn't pay attention to the TV when I have something on because she is playing with her toys (& there is no music). If they are developing correctly, then they'll be fine. My daughter is outgoing & is developing on schedule. It's all about how stimulated they are at this age. As long as you interact with them, they will have the ability to develop. If there weren't cartoons, then I think my daughter would be more quiet. She gets excited to see Mickey & tries to talk to him & sing. I think it's when children are older & not watching learning cartoons that they become in a trance, & distracts them from learning or doing school work, which affects them.

Chrystal - posted on 10/19/2010




I think that is completely ok!:) My baby girl is 3 months old, and she loves watching cartoons. I do believe it's all the colors that amaze her.

Leslie - posted on 10/19/2010




The problem with tv is that is trains a child's brain to receive multiple frames per second. This is great if you can guarantee that you will always be able to provide your child with increased stimulation through out there life time. The problem comes when they reach school age and are expected to pay attention to a teacher who is simply talking and asking them to pay attention.
Maybe we are evolving past the point where we should expect children to concentrate on one subject matter at a time.

Summer - posted on 10/22/2010




Children don't learn from TV and it can be in fact harmful. Children should be attached to people and not entertainment. Every now and then if you want to watch an educational show WITH him, or for brief periods of time (so you can take a shower), I think it is ok but the use of constant noise and distraction will not help him be able to pay attention in school or to relate to people. I like the Signing Time videos for my 2 and half year old. We will watch them maybe three times a week.

For any baby under 1 I would recommend a good baby carrier (like on Ergo or Becco). You can get a TON of housework done and still be interacting and cuddling your kiddo! Its the best!!!

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I would recommend against letting your young baby watch TV. Firstly we don't know yet how flashing lights affects their immature brains. They're forming heaps of synapse at that age. It's not the same as us as adults watching TV. Secondly, babies don't need that amount of stimulation. So many parents stick flashing lights in their kids faces with music and then wonder why their kid has no concentration span and won't sit still. Thirdly, watching TV impacts on language acquisition. Watching TV does not teach children language skills, no matter what crap Baby Einstein marketers say. They learn from being around actual people who are talking.

When I'm introducing something to my daughter (almost 12 months) I think, do I want her to be doing this in 2 years or 5 years and if the answer is no, then I hold back and think about it some more. I wanted my daughter to be able to entertain herself with minimal involvement from myself or external stimulation such as TV. She now has a wonderful concentration span and makes up her own games.

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Crystal - posted on 11/05/2011




I have a 13 month old. Our t.v. is on constantly, or noise more than anything. I am a full time graduate student and my husband works weekend nights. I only let my daughter watch sesame street because it is the #1 learning show and only occasionally. Otherwise, she is playing and interacting. She is very advanced for her age, I would like to keep it that way. The AAP recommends no t.v. for children 2 and under and only 1-2 hours a day for children 2 and up. Yesterday, my husband put on some stupid cartoon and asked my daughter if she wanted to watch it. I was actually kind of mad. I informed him that she does not watch cartoons because it is not healthy for her development. He got mad that I said that and told me all children need to watch cartoons and that it is good for them. I say to each their own :) (Other than my husband). If your child is calm watching the colors when they are that young, go for it. Once my child was old enough to understand, she only gets sesame street as it teaches her. But when she was a young baby, I let her watch the colors, she liked it. As I said, it did not harm her development at all, she is 6months-1year ahead in all categories so go for it!

Nikkole - posted on 11/10/2010




My tv is on all day but i can not STAND the house to be quiet kinda freaks me out im home with my kids all day and part of the night by our selfs my husband works 2nd shift! We watch disney, nick JR or disney movies! My 4 month old loves to watch with her big brother and its soo cute my son (who is almost 3) will sit there with his sister and talk to her while the show is on saying look at that sissy that is SOO funny or look at all the colors you see that and she stares at him most the time she LOVES HER BUBBY! but i don't see anything wrong with watching tv as long as you play with you little one and experts say everything just about bad for you these days! I watched tv when i was little and i was good in school,i played with others and had a very good imagination and theres nothing wrong with me from watching tv me and my Husband are huge Movie buffs we love to watch movies new and old!

Briany - posted on 10/26/2010




I don't have the tv on at all during the day, but when my hubby is home and looking after bub he watches tv all the time so then so does she. But when it comes to learning time and interaction and sleeping/feeding we turn off the tv. My darling is almost 7 months old now. I think 3 months is ok because until their two they don't really understand they just like the pictures and colours. So they must be learning something from it. And what harm is it really, as long as it's the appropriate programs then who cares!

Andrea - posted on 10/26/2010




I would avoid the TV until he is close to two. He may get use to the hyperstimulation and may have difficulty concentrating in the future. Try these instead toys that play music when he pushes the button, hanging toys that he can bat around, when he is a bit older an exisaucer with lots of things for him to explore, and a jumper.

Crystal - posted on 10/24/2010




my daughter has been around the tv since she was born. but she rarely ever payed attention. She is now almost 16 months and is a little more interested but ussually to busy playing. I personally don't think it matters if they watch t.v. or not

Lil - posted on 10/22/2010




All babies love movement and colours as long as you dont let HIm/Her watch for too long usually they fall asleep

Julia - posted on 10/21/2010




I remember as a child having very creepy dreams relate to odd characters on television, so I try to keep my son from watching cartoons designed for children. I think watching baby made videos for a few minutes (no more than 30) a day would be okay for a baby, just to give you some time to yourself. I wouldn't plant them there or let them watch things that could cause nightmares or that are unrealistic, personally.

But it's your choice, you're the mama and you can probably judge whether or not the cartoons are effecting him.

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my girl liked to watch tv at 3 months too but it didnt last. once she started rolling and using it as a means to get around, she didnt care to sit still and watch tv anymore.

Sarah - posted on 10/20/2010




if your feeling guilty about letting your baby watch tv just do what i do only let them want educational things,some days my kids watch tv for a few hours but they are only aloud to watch documentaries, and kiddie shows like playschool.
i also recommend MY BABY CAN READ you get dvd's with it and the earlier you start using it the better just half an hour a day. i've seen baby's as young as 12 months reading

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The tv is on always if we are home, so our lil man has had tv exposure since he was born and has been fasinated by the colours and moving pictures since he was about 3 months old too, i found it a big help if i needed to have a quck shower or do a bit of housework, it kept him interested for a short time whie i got a few things done, we used the baby einstein dvds too, and he is now 9 months old and just loves Yo Gabba Gabba, with all the colours, and whatever we watch we watch it together so that we can interact with it, dancing and singing and being silly lol, i dont see the harm in tv in moderation, if it gives you even 5-10mins of time for yourself then take it and if it helps relax him then why not!?! but of course its ultimately your choice :)

Vicki - posted on 10/19/2010




I occasionally put on tv while I need to get something done and my boy needs distracting. It's usually only for 10 minutes or so and NEVER commercial channels.

We just had a short holiday with a 5 hour drive each way. I downloaded Wiggles to my iPad, strapped it to the back of the front seat and played it over and over again. Kinda goes against my principles but anything to get through a long car trip!

Jill - posted on 10/19/2010




I have twins who were preemies and they go for hospital visits every three months to make sure they are developing on track, at the six month mark they had said that babies should not watch tv until the age of two not even 18 months. Apparently they have linked babies who watch tv use the same part of their brain as children with autism. Prior to that visit I used to let my babies watch a little tv here and there and now I just don't think it's worth it! We always have a variety of music in the background instead.

Sharon - posted on 10/19/2010




Our son is 11.5mths and we too have the TV on usually when we are home. Not neccessarily to watch anything in particular, but for a bit of background noise. Xander also learnt to sleep with the TV on when he was a newborn and also slept in the loungeroom a bit for the first few months (during the day) as we were having renovations done, so now he has no dramas at all with sound going on around him. Now the longest he 'watches' anything is about 2-3mins if we have a music channel on and he likes the song (he loves dancing). Then he loses interest and continues playing. He's not really into cartoons or anything, even though we'll sometimes have them on, he'll glance at it for a second or 2, then continue on his merry little way. I think anything in moderation is ok. We;ve decided that if he starts showing a bit too much interest in the TV, and it takes away from his social interaction with others or playing then it will be switched off, but until then we aren't too worried.

Soledad - posted on 10/19/2010




I started letting my son look at t.v. at the age of 6weeks. He would look at Learning shows like for example word world,curious gorge,sid the science kid and a little bit of the mickey mouse club. Its up to you really i mean my son is 9months and know how to say yes,no,what?, and hi!!! I love hem.

Morgan - posted on 10/18/2010




My daughter is 9 months old and she watches the wiggles I PVR it and she watches it while I make dinner, its about 20 minutes long and she watches it 5 times a week I do not think it will mess with her concentration or her speech.
I do however think that watching more than an hour or so of TV a day under 2 years old is lazy parenting IMO

Kari - posted on 10/18/2010




it is ok for a baby to watch baby cartoons. try to play with him and let him look at toys that make noise.

Tiziana - posted on 10/17/2010




I have always had my tv on all the time while I'm home, I like to have some background noise, and my son as never really set and watched, he would just glance now and then. But now (he is 10 months) I have started noticing that he stops playing more often to watch what is going on on the tv, so I have him watch a little bit of sprout in the morning and a little in the afternoo, the rest of the time I'll have music on or nothing.

Connie - posted on 10/17/2010




Honestly it is your choice at the end of the day. There are studies for almost everything these days and their studies change daily. I watched TV as a kid and it never hurt me. My girl is nearly 5 months and TV is a great way for me to get things done around the house. I do not leave her infront of it all day but half hour here and there i dont think hurts. All the bright colours and songs on the childrens channels i think are great for a baby or infant. Hope you make up your own mind on what you want to do and it works.. :)

Kathy - posted on 10/16/2010




Its true that they don't recommend TV under 2 but my daughter LOVES sesame street/play with me sesame etc.... IF we're home and one of those is on we will watch part of it, usually no more than a half hour. And thats since about 6-8 months, shes 13 months now. Now that I'm back to work we usually put it on treehouse for 5-10 minutes in the morning before we leave. At 3 months they aren't really watch whats going on on tv more just the colours, sounds and movement, so I didn't stop her then at all.

Brittany - posted on 10/14/2010




My son started watching Super Why! on PBS around 3 months old...he gets excited whenever he hears the music but he doesn't watch the whole show...just the beginning and end. I don't think it's as big a deal as people make it out to be...its a 1/2 hr show and he watches maybe 10 minutes of it. I feel it's a personal preference thing.

Cheyenne - posted on 10/14/2010




my son started watching tv when he was 3 months. the only stations we watch with him are nick jr, nickelodeon(sometimes), and disney. we watches diego and dora, mickey mouse, etc. he will play and watch tv at the same time, so hes just not sitting there doing nothing.he watches those shows so much whenever he sees pete the cat or mickey mouse he smiles. i have the tv on all day and if he watches it he watches it, mostly he'll watch it for about 10 min and start playing with his toys or go off crawling to do something else. i dont think its bad to have baby watch tv.some babies will learn stuff from it also

Sol - posted on 10/14/2010




My son watches some shows on the cbeebies iplayer, as I usually dont have the tv on, but one of the computer works on the television, so whenever I need a break for shower, I put his favourite show (Waybuloo) on.

Momof1 - posted on 10/14/2010




We don't have cable, but do do get a few channels. My son is 11 months and pretty much every day, I have the TV, but not too much. Maybe 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours at night. He might glance at it now and then, but he won't "watch" it. Every day, I do put on a baby Einstein for him, and that he will actually watch. I put him in his pack and play, so I can get a few things done. I do feel bad about doing that, though, because I've read that babies shouldn't watch TV for the first 2 years. So I don't know, because like I said, I feel bad when I let him watch baby Einstein. When he does though, it's usually only about 30 minutes, unless he doesn't get cranky, then he watches the whole thing.

Sarh - posted on 10/13/2010




In our house the t.v. is on the entire time we are home, but it is more for back ground noise. My son is 4 months old and since he was born we have laid him on his play gym (so he didn't get attached to being held) or in his swing, and our living room is set up where you can see the t.v. where ever you sit (we didn't plan this or what not). And he has always watched t.v. My MIL came over one day and picked him up and he was trying to watch the t.v. and she started to harp on us about him watching to much t.v. I personally don't see a problem w/it as long as you still interact w/him and it probably calms him down w/the colors flashing and the brightness. My daughter is 4 yrs old and has watched t.v. since she was born as well. There have been no problems w/her eyes or getting her to be active. She plays while watching t.v. Just once baby gets older don't let baby just sit there and get drawn in by the t.v. you know. My son who is 4 months old plays on his play gym while glancing at the t.v. But if you just letting your son calm down by watching t.v. dont worry!!

Medic - posted on 10/13/2010




I personally believe that children shouldn't watch tv at all. But I guess at the end of the day its your kid.

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thank you, i do interact with my child alot i am a stay at home mom for now. the t.v time is very lil time. thanks again.

Jennifer - posted on 10/13/2010




i believe the professional stance on tv is that no child under the age of 2 years old should watch any television at all, and once they reach the age of 2, tv should be limited to no more than 30 minutes a day.

at the end of the day, its up to you. as long as you are making sure to have plenty of one on one interaction with your babe throughout the day, i wouldn't worry so much. 3 months is pretty young in my opinion for even a small amount of tv but thats just me.

Alison - posted on 10/13/2010




A lot of people are opposed to letting children watch tv. They even try to produce studies to show its harmful effects. Personally, I do not believe it can be harmful in moderation (studies never look at moderate viewing), and it can definitely benefit mom to have a short break to take a shower or do the dishes. I used Baby Einstein videos as needed starting around 6 months.

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