tv for 15 month olds

Smriti - posted on 11/18/2010 ( 31 moms have responded )

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does anyone think it is ok to show a 15 month old television. Im not sure, she loves the sound of the tv and dances around when a song comes on. I dont know if she is too young or if its ok? any ideas? And do any of you moms watch tv with your little ones, as in your shows? everyone keeps telling me to stay of the tv when my daughter is around, I love her to death, but im a stay at home mom and i need to see whats going on in the world sometimes too!! any advise?

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Rosalina - posted on 11/26/2010

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Tv is the only way I am able to prepare beakfast or dinner for my 15 month boy! I put his Jack's Big Music Show on for 15-20 min long enough for me to get the food ready. Otherwise he will be in between my legs while I am cooking, which is not very safe either. So TV works, what can I say!

Lindsay - posted on 11/21/2010

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I let my son watch tv. But only NIck Jr or the Disney Channel. He watches usually 1 to 1.5 hours a day. Usually half hour in the morning, half hour at night. He also watches your baby can read twice a day. It seems to be very helpful and he enjoys watching it. We have direct tv with a DVR so i record my shows, then while my son is napping and all my cleaning is done for the day, that is my time to relax without any interuptions. Other than that we have the tv on to the music channels throughout the day while we play. I cant stand the silence. My suggestion would be to et satellite tv and a dvr so when your daughter is alseep you can watch what you want, and i dont think she is to young, the shows now adays are alot more educational, I love nick Jr. But i dont think that kids should watch tv all day everyday.

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I prob let my son watch too much TV, in most people's opinion. But we only watch educational shows and he learns a lot. I grew up in a house where the TV was on all the time and I turned out just fine!

Kriti - posted on 12/02/2010

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my 16 month old daughter know how to handle the remote and demands that songs be put all the time, She is quite fond of them and dances . Though even I would like to restrict her tv viewing to certain hours in the day but my in laws who live with ushave their set on all the time

Smriti - posted on 12/02/2010

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Thanks so much everyone for your responses!! for some reason I wasnt getting any reply posts to my email thats why i havent replied earlier!! really appreciate all of your input and its great to know that its not a bad thing!!

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I know some say TV isn't good for young ones, but I also think it depends on the child. We watch educational shows in the morning on Disney and also others like Sesame Street sometimes for a good part of the morning. But my daughter looks at books and plays with toys on and off so she isn't only focused on the TV or sitting there for 45 minutes+ at a time. She plays and goes to the park later in the day and most of the time, in the afternoon, its adult tv on and she doesn't pay attention to it but does her own thing.

Alexis - posted on 12/02/2010

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We have dedicated DVD's for our 15 month old son, he loves to dance to music too whether its on the TV or the radio. Anytime myself or my husband sits down to watch netflix (we don't pay for cable) we let him sit and watch with us if he wants. He usually gets bored and goes and plays with his toys unless theirs a lot of music to dance to. If you use the TV as a full time babysitter and let them watch just whatever (violence, sex etc) especially as they get older and begin to mimic and understand what they are watching then its not good so good. TV can be a helper in teaching your child though too. My son mimics the characters and picks up words from his shows and can even use some sign language correctly. TV is not bad or good by itself, its all in how you use it.

Michelle - posted on 12/02/2010

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Mine watches the Sprout network, some shows she likes to watch but for the most part it is background noise as she plays with her toys or mommy and daddy. I think as long as a child isn't mindlessly staring at the tv all day long, there is nothing wrong with having it on. I also have a dvd player in my truck to keep her entertained while on long trips, she loves Elmo :-)

Rebecca - posted on 12/02/2010

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My son loved the TV n still does at 6. Shelby my 15 month old wants no part of it!! I keep it on through the day for the noise for mainley:) I think eather way is fine:) My opinion!!

Amy - posted on 12/01/2010

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my daughter prob watches an hour each day, broken up. She watched Nick Jr shows, Dora is the only one that really holds her attention. She plays, we read together, and play games....I don't think a little tv hurts anything. I usually turn Dora on that is DVR'd while I'm making dinner because I know she'll stay in the living room and I can see her from the kitchen.

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My 15 month old watches tv and she is just fine. I try to limit it to only a couple of hours a day tops. She curls up on our bed and watches Disney channel in the mornings. She loves to dance around with the imagination movers but we try to interact with her while she is watching and make the tv watching a family thing. When we have the news or our other adult shows on she usually isn't watching and running around playing but we don't watch anything to violent when she is around. But I work so she is in daycare and that helps limit it as well

Romancia - posted on 12/01/2010

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i think watching tv with your ur lil one is quite good. my daughter and i have been watchign tv together since she was born basically her eyes have been attached to a laptop screen since she was inside me...lol. and i find shes developed vocally quite quickly. and she even knows how to sue an app on my bb thats for kids, if she was able to spell im pretty sure she;d be able to bbm at 2 1/2 lol

a good chan for kids is Nick Jr, no adds and most of the shows are educational, they have spanish shows (dora and diego) and Kilan (not sure how its spelt) and ya gabba gabba, different shows that teaches kids about different places in the world. Also blues clues, they have story time when they read stories and show the pages and have stuff on their website that you can do with your child. also i have been watching your baby can read with my daughter since she was 6 months (its reallly boring but she likes it and responds to what they are talking about), and baby signs since she was 4 months (she knew some of the signs but she dont knwo them anymore) and they were a life saver when i needed to get something down and not have her attached to my hip. ive not had an issue with the tv stuff i think if u keep them away from it and make major limits they become addicted to it vs let them watch it when they feel like and as they grow older it wont be that important because they;re use to it and they might ignore it and go run up and down outside instead....

its basically what fits your life really, you know whats best for your child

Sarah - posted on 12/01/2010

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I believe that any kind of venue to learn should be embraced! My son probably watches maybe an hour's worth of television a day, but I've usually got cartoons from Nick Jr. on in the background. Surprisingly, these shows have taught him more than I've thought to teach him, so I think its great! I was surprised the other day when I asked him where his nose was, and he pointed right to it! Then I started listing off other body parts, and next thing I knew, he'd correctly pointed to almost every part of his body without me ever sitting down and teaching him myself. I felt bad at how much the television was on during the day, even though he doesn't watch much of it, but now I enjoy it's presence because my son has picked up so many things without me formally teaching him!

Jennifer - posted on 12/01/2010

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yeah my daughter will sit and watch when she wants to but otherwise she is climbing all over and practicing her walking. :)

Katherine - posted on 12/01/2010

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Our daughter watches Mickey Mouse Playhouse and Baby Einstein. I don't think there is anything wrong with it since she is very active.

Emily - posted on 12/01/2010

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I have the TV on for probably half the day. It's almost always my shows, though I don't watch all the time. It's more like in the background while I'm supervising and playing with my kids. I think I'd go nuts if I didn't have some other noise.. maybe I'm just ADHD but I don't think human beings were meant to be isolated all day.. so the TV makes me feel connected to the rest of the world on days we're not going out anywhere. My kids pretty much don't pay attention to it. I can't get my baby to sit down and watch a kid show if I wanted to.. she has pretty much no interest. She'd rather be playing.

Jennifer - posted on 12/01/2010

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My daughter has been watching since she was 4 months. I use to watch my nieces when I was home. Now my daughter is soon to be 16 months we watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Dora the Explorer and Diego. Her vocab is picking up alot, she loves to dance and we have always watched it together. She even likes the Tinkerbell movies and calls it tink. She understands alot. If you enjoy it with them, its great. If I want to watch something for me my daughter is usually sleeping or playing in her room.

Cindy - posted on 11/30/2010

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I watch tv with my son all the time. he doesn't really pay attention too much until he hears music on the tv. the doctor has told me no tv til he's 2 years of age but how are you going to stop your child from watching tv when it's on. so i would let her watch when she wants to watch.

Marci - posted on 11/30/2010

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I agree with you i am also a stay at home mom!! i let my daughter play in her crib and listen to the tv but not watch it. turn it on nickelodeon sprout that is great it has music and seseame street and she loves hearing the music

Danielle - posted on 11/29/2010

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i have the t.v on all day ill zput his shows on inthe morning but when he goes out the room ill put my shows on. if its nap time and he wants cuddles il put my shows on and let himwatch them if he wants to go sleep on his own then i put hizs shows on but there is a lot of eduzcationa shows out there there days my son is 15 months and ca do some sign language because of the telly x

Amber - posted on 11/29/2010

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As long as you're not using it as a babysitting tool, I don't see a problem. My oldest is 3 and loves to watch Little Einsteins, Barney, Elmo, Dora.. etc. she gets TV time at school after nap, and an hour or so at a time on the weekends, but we play quite a bit.

Kelly - posted on 11/29/2010

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There seems to be lots of opinions about this one - I think its fine if its a child based tv show or dvd. Sometimes news, music videos and adverts can be over stimulating for littlies (although i think this is only if it is on for long periods of time, or they are actually sitting watching it, if she plays alongside while you're watching i dont think it would hurt). I have just started allowing my 15mth old to watch a dvd every now and then (eg a baby einstein animal one) he loves it for about 15mins, then he wants to play and run about again :)

Erica - posted on 11/29/2010

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I'm a stay at home mom as well and my son is 15 months and he get about 2-3 hours of tv watching during the day. Not all at once I typically watch it with him during the day (after breakfast, snack or lunch) and its typically something on Nick Jr. and has a lot of music or instructional shows (wave your hands, etc.) So I don't think it is anything wrong with doing that at all. Good luck!

Cindy - posted on 11/29/2010

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We have tv on a lot here, but she usually only watches nick jr or Disney. I have 3 other older children (11, 14, & 17), they all watched some tv when really little. It didn't affect their learning. I think as long as they have interaction other than tv., it's fine. My other 3 have no problem learning and are on honor roll or high honor roll every marking period. Don't worry about it!

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i let my son watch tv but not alot of it. he usually watches about 30 minutes or so a day, if it's the weekend then maybe an hour all day. it's usually broken up into 5 or 10 minutes a sitting too, just for when i really need to get something done. i don't think there's anything wrong with watching some tv, just so long as it's not excessive

Amanda - posted on 11/27/2010

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My 15 month old watches tv. There are a lot of educational shows and videos for their age. As long as you limit the amount of time they spend watching it then I don't see anything wrong with it. At their age though it's very unlikely that they will sit there and watch tv for a long period of time. They are not likely to even make it through one show without taking off to play with something else. My daughter has been watching tv since she was a baby, and actually picked up her first word, "up," at 6 months old off of a video. I think a little tv is fine. My daughter loves the Barney song. She will not watch the episode, but pays full attention to the show when the I love you song comes on at the end. She even sings part of it! She will sing, "you love me." It's cute. My daughter can say a lot, and I think it's the mixture of tv and all of us around her. I say go for it!

Tamara - posted on 11/23/2010

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I have a 15 month old and tv has been a part of his life since day one...I watch my shows but I do but alot of shows on for him too even if they don't actually sit down and watch it they listen and it teaches them things the sprout channel is really fun and educational for little ones my son loves the good night show and the pajanimals

Angie - posted on 11/22/2010

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I've never actually put my 15 month old in front of the TV w/ the intent of him watching a show. At daycare they watch cartoons right away when everyone is getting dropped off and then when they are getting picked up. We do have the TV on when my son is in the room, though. And if he isn't feeling well or is grumpy and needs cuddle-time, we will snuggle under a blanket and watch TV.

I am not against toddlers watching TV. I know there are some really great shows and movies out there that I will definitely let my son watch when the time is right, but right now he just doesn't seem interested and that's ok with me.

Charisse - posted on 11/20/2010

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I think the reason professionals don't like us to show too much TV to babies and toddlers is the fact it is only a one way communication. But if you're supplementing TV time with interactive play, I don't personally see a problem with it.

I do try to ensure Jacob isn't watching TV constantly, but sometimes, especially when he's in a grumpy mood, TV is a good respite for me!

LaTeasa - posted on 11/18/2010

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My 15 month old has been exposed to tv since she was 5 or 6 months. She watches Nick Jr or other channels that have children shows on. She learns so much. Me and other family members teach her things and she loves to read, play games, and play with her educational toys. I don't see a problem with her watching so much tv. When I watch her react to the shows, I am so amazed. She understands things I never knew she would at a young age. Her favorite shows are Yo Gabba Gabba, Fresh Beat Band, Wonder Pets, Dora, Backyardigans, Olivia, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Kimberly - posted on 11/18/2010

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I have the TV on quite a lot (in my opinion) during the day...I have morning children's shows on after breakfast, and then I watch my morning news show, but I turn the TV off at 10.30am and we listen to music while we play. Then I'll tun the TV back on around 4pm to watch some of my shows and then at 5.30pm my daughter's favorite show Peppa Pig comes on and she watches the TV for the entire 30 minutes. She doesn't really pay attention to the TV other than when Peppa is on, it's mostly just background noise while we play. I do feel guilty having it on so much, but I don't think it's doing her any harm. I read her books, we do puzzles, we finger paint and draw with crayons...I don't use the TV as a babysitter, I just think my day would drag on and on if I didn't have it!

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