Is it ok for my baby to watch tv?

Brittny - posted on 11/24/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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My little girl loves to watch tv... she likes when the people on the screen are really big and look like they are talking to her... but i don know if it is ok for her to watch it.. she doesn't watch it all the time...

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I allow my 4 month old to watch TV, and he also watches me on Facebook. I see no harm, we still interact, he interacts with his brother and sister. He lets me know when he has been left alone too long. I see no problem at all!!

Kristen - posted on 12/09/2009

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Caitlin turns 4 months on Friday and she loves football! I think it's the bright colors and movement, but it's funny to see her kick her legs and giggle at the screen. We also have a dvr with a music guide and she falls asleep most nights to the classical masterpieces channel.

Morgan - posted on 12/09/2009

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I must reply to this add as I have a child with autism. My son as a baby "loved" TV....he watched it in moderation just like most moms would allow. My son is very advanced at his age..even with that label of "autism" he is actually considered above average...you would never be able to pick him out of a crowd.
With all that said I too think tv is ok...with moderation of course but I would definately suggest no more then 30 mins a day

Lindsay - posted on 12/09/2009

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In the end, TV viewing, like anything else, has to be something you moderate yourself, i don't believe that ten minutes of television is going to stunt my child's development, not because i watched TV as a child, but because i think that children who have developmental issues are a product of nature and environment, and not just one factor, i feel exactly the same way when people start throwing about the tenuous connections between one possible factor and disorders like autism or ADHD.

What i do find interesting about the child television debate is whether it causes a parent to have less interaction with a child, it is definetly something i find myself tempted to do when i have a lot to catch up on, but then that is the essence of being a parent, forgoing convenience for what is best, taking the long path and so on.

Cheryl - posted on 12/09/2009

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If you reread my post, I didn't say that Autism is caused by television. I don't think there is enough science to say that for sure. But I do think the lack of science on the topic of infants and TV should give people pause.

I am very wary of the fact that the message of "it's okay trust us" is promoted by the media industry while the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends ZERO tv viewing for children under 2.

http://www.aap.org/sections/media/toddle...

That's ZERO. Not "it's okay when you need to take a shower."

I'm not buying the argument that "we survived it so it's okay" - I survived lead paint in the home. I survived a playground made with steel pipes on concrete.

Our job as parents is to protect our children and ultimately, we decide how much risk we are willing to take. I personally I am not willing to take this risk. Just like I choose not to feed my child food laced with pesticides. Your choice is yours as well as to how much risk you are wiling to take - but it's naive to say it's no a risk at all.

Jacqueline - posted on 12/09/2009

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i think its ok Kiarra watches TV as well some times when i have things to do i put her in her car seat and i put fifi on for her to watch she loves the coulours and she loves it when they sing songs.

Lindsay - posted on 12/09/2009

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Quoting Kim :



Quoting Lindsay:

p.s: interesting Time article

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/...,8599,1548682,00.html

unfortunately this link is no longer active - shame coz i would have liked to read it




Hey Kim



 



I think it might just be that the url was too long to link on here, if you just put a www. in front of this address it should work okay.



 



time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1548682,00.html 



 



P.S, would just like to agree about the TV scheduling, i think there was a lot more mainstream TV geared towards children throughout the 80's, at least now you have to purposefully select a channel.

Kim - posted on 12/09/2009

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Quoting Cheryl:

I am blown away by this thread. Studies have shown that the rise in autism correlates almost perfectly to the rise in cable TV. While correlation is not causation, I'm not one to take any chances in this regard. You can't see overstimulation. It happens in the brain. When a brain that is trying to make sense of the world is exposed to millions of flashing objects that make no sense, it can't cope. Many babies who seem "fascinated" by an object are in fact overwhelmed by it and trying to shut it out.

It's a myth that we grew up watching tv and so it is fine. 24 hour tv simply did not exist when we were children and "childrens programming" in general did not exist until the 70s and at that time it is was geared toward 6 and 7 year olds!

EVERY study ever done on the impact of learning from tv with regard to children under 3 is that they only learn character recognition. (e.g. That's Elmo!) Which is which it is so effective for advertising.



 



sorry i was a 80's baby so there was more tv when i was born





 

Kim - posted on 12/09/2009

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My little man also watches NCIS, CSI, two and a half men and the music channel or the news. He doesnt really watch it for long as i dont really sit to watch tv i have it on as back ground noise alot of the time. The only ones i sit down to watch are the 1st 3 programmes and they only last about 30mins as i have them recorded on my sky plus.

Sometimes he sits on my lap and watches the laptop while im on facebook, I hope its not affecting his eye sight and is stimulating his mind. Hopefully he might pick up computers quick as its becoming an important part of everyday life.

Lindsay - posted on 12/08/2009

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Personally, from what i have read about the very early studies into links between autism and TV viewing, the 'facts' are as dubious and unsubstantiated as are the links between autism and MMR and the various environmental causes, it is just one theory amongst many about a condition that is not understood and difficult to research, so i wouldn't put too much credence into that myself.



On the other hand, i think TV watching is an issue when it replaces interaction, but popping the baby on a mat with the TV on for ten minutes while you grab a shower or put the shopping away is not going to affect your child's development (IMO of course)



In the end we all fret that the one bad choice we make is going to turn our child from possible brain surgeon to Ted Bundy (anyone notice how often it's the mothers fault) but in the larger scheme of things, i think a little TV is not going to hurt them.



p.s: interesting Time article



time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1548682,00.html



As my grandfather said "Figures don't lie, but liars can figure"

Kira - posted on 12/08/2009

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Just another thought and a responce to Cheryl Wickham, i am not about to disclose what I do for a living, just to say I am a mother, BUT reserch shows that autism is likley linked to a genetic basis of some sort, Many studies show that most autistic children come from autistic parents/ family members with the condition.

In stating that childrens programs in the 70's were targeted to those who fall in the age of 6 and 7 year olds, maybe so but parents of those day allowerd children under that age to watch those programs, and yes there were programs that were made for children under the age of 6 and 7 in the 1970's..
Back on the topic once more, whilst studies are trying to pin the sole blame on t.v watching for over stimulating, they forget to mention that a child with autism has got a slightly larger brain and anything can over stimulate the autistic child such as reading a book/ shopping, seeing different faces and sounds whilst walking in a park, and studies also show that alot of different things over stiumulate a baby,
Until they prove that t.v is the sole link to autism/ any other underling issues with childrens mental growth and development then watch away I say..

Heather - posted on 12/08/2009

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i really dont agree that watching tv has anything to do with autism. there may be a rise in it but it does not have anything to do with that. i was under the impression that like most diseases such as autism it is either genetic r something that happens while the brain is forming in the womb.

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My 3 1/2 month also loves watching TV, especially when feeding her. She doesn't really mind what's on as long as people are talking and there is music in the background.. She loves it.

Cheryl - posted on 12/08/2009

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I am blown away by this thread. Studies have shown that the rise in autism correlates almost perfectly to the rise in cable TV. While correlation is not causation, I'm not one to take any chances in this regard. You can't see overstimulation. It happens in the brain. When a brain that is trying to make sense of the world is exposed to millions of flashing objects that make no sense, it can't cope. Many babies who seem "fascinated" by an object are in fact overwhelmed by it and trying to shut it out.

It's a myth that we grew up watching tv and so it is fine. 24 hour tv simply did not exist when we were children and "childrens programming" in general did not exist until the 70s and at that time it is was geared toward 6 and 7 year olds!

EVERY study ever done on the impact of learning from tv with regard to children under 3 is that they only learn character recognition. (e.g. That's Elmo!) Which is which it is so effective for advertising.

Jackie - posted on 12/06/2009

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My baby is 4 months. She loves the TV and i have heared it can get over stimulating but a little wont hurt. Sometimes when i need a break i will put her in her swing and move it towards the TV. Believe me, when they get overstimulated they will let you know. As long as you dont let the child watch it all day the child will be fine.

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I think it's ok in moderation. My 3 month old son loves to watch sports... funny since my husband works in sports. I think it's mostly the visual stimulation of the HDTV. Football and baseball have especially bright colors and sharp contrast. I don't let him watch all day but he loves to watch games with daddy sometimes. :)

Kira - posted on 12/06/2009

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I would also like to reply to this,
My daughter is 3 1/2 months aswell, she loves t.v, and i as her mum allow her to watch it regardless of what some study shows.
My opinion is that a baby that young simply watches it for colour, movement and sound.
Is it proven that it over stiumlates a baby, or just being awake for longer then 2 hours not makeing them tired? The whole wide world is alot to take in at that age.
Watching t.v is perfectly normal, and anyway it did us no harm.

Denise - posted on 12/05/2009

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My 4 month old likes to watch sports center and criminal minds I tried putting on cartoons but he just cries till I change the channel

Mariah - posted on 12/03/2009

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baby einstein is also a good idea, but i would NOT take her to the movie theatre, as that may be way too loud, and babie's eardrums are VERRY sensitive.

Mariah - posted on 12/03/2009

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my daughter was born on aug. 19, 2009. She loves football, cartooons, musicals, etc. any doc will tell you it is good for them, it will stimulate their brains and help then learn. try doing "TUMMY TIME" while she is watching tv. have her watch something with bright colors, and lay her on her belly, that way she will try to push herself/her head up to see the tv.this will strengthen her neck and head support, as well as helping her learn and focus.

Mallory - posted on 12/03/2009

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Totally okay! he likes to watch cartoons with his 10yr old uncle and when its just me and him I put on baby einstien! we've even gone to the movies and he watched the whole time! and he jabbers back! the people in the theatre thought it was hilarious :o)

Krista - posted on 11/29/2009

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I think like most things, as long as it's not to excess, it's fine. I tend to have the TV on for most of the day, especially when I'm feeding him. I have no idea how much 3-month-olds understand though, so it's usually on Food TV or HGTV. (And if he IS taking any of that in, learning how to frame a wall or cook a roast certainly won't hurt him in life -- ha!)

Kelly - posted on 11/29/2009

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I think it helps with there developement myself. My 17 week old baby has loved tv since he was 8 weeks old. I think it helps with there focus, it introduces bright bold colours to them. why not

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My 3 month old loves the tv, doesn't matter what's on (which is good) she sits on her mat for as long as she likes - generally lasts from 30 minutes to 1hr 30minutes. I always lay down beside her & play while she's on the floor. She loves it.

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i read that it's too stimulating, but we usually let our 3.5 month old baby watch Sesame Street or cartoons in the evening and she goes to sleep really well and stays asleep. also, if she's watching for more than 20 minutes, she usually gets bored and wants a change. i say there is no harm if it's not really loud and if they aren't watching it all the time.

Cami - posted on 11/24/2009

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My son is 3 1/2 months old and he likes TV, too!! Not everything, but cartoons w/ bright colors and shows w/ music and lots of movement like dancing--I asked my friends if this was bad, and they all say no!! He doesn't watch it all the time so I don't see a problem w/ it!

Lani - posted on 11/24/2009

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I sure hope so! Abbi loves to watch TV too. I don't know for sure that she can actually focus on it yet, but she loves to sit in her swing or her bouncy and watch TV. She watched an NCIS marathon with me a few wks ago. She loves it. Also, we have a local cable provider, and they have a 'guide channel' that plays music all day long, if she's fussy I can turn to that station and she quiets down and listens/watches it.



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