good programme for a 13mnth old to watch??

Michelle - posted on 02/01/2010 ( 73 moms have responded )

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my son doesnt have much interest in tv but any ideas wat he should be watchin.like wat would be suitable?

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Jeanne - posted on 02/03/2010

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Not to turn this conversation into a downer, but it may actually be a very good thing that your child doesn't have much interest in tv. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to avoid television viewing for children under the age of 2 years.

Here's what they say, "Although certain television programs may be promoted to this age group, research on early brain development shows that babies and toddlers have a critical need for direct interactions with parents and other significant care givers (eg, child care providers) for healthy brain growth and the development of appropriate social, emotional, and cognitive skills."

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Justin - posted on 07/08/2013

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We do a lot of Toddler Tunes. I found he likes the background noise and will randomly break out and dance a jig. Because there's nothing visual, mom and me do not need to worry about the zombie stare at the tv.

On a side-note. Please for my sanity get drop the Krazy Kuzins. They're obnoxious and my only real complaint about Toddler Tunes.

Heather - posted on 05/25/2010

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My twin girls love watching Super Why!!! It's an awesome, educational show!!

Ella - posted on 05/25/2010

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My son is a music lover too. We dont have cable anymore but he used to love handy manny and Super Why. Now he loves Finding Nemo movie and Dora and Diego.

Erryn - posted on 05/23/2010

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my daughter, dec '08', love Blues Clues (to put her to sleep), High 5 and Yo Gabba Gabba. the songs, colours, and lights keep her entertained. Yo Gabba Gabba also teaches valueable things they may need later in life (when they start school or kindy). I've started buying the episodes on dvd, she loves being able to decide when to watch them, and i like the fact that while she may not understand it right now, she's having positive thoughts and actions reinforced and is surrounded by a good natured show. i definately reccomend it

Amanda - posted on 03/14/2010

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My 14 month old loves Sesame Street. She lights up when the music starts the show and she dances and she is learning. Her and my sitters 3 year old watch it every morning together. She loves Elmo and Cookie Monster and has even started saying cookie with she sees Cookie Monster anywhere.

Melissia - posted on 03/14/2010

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My daughter loves the wiggles, yo gabba gabba and mickey mouse club house .... really what harm can these shows do when they encourage singing, dance and make a start to their co- ordination?

Dawn - posted on 03/11/2010

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I let my twin daughters watch disney channel in the morning, it has shows like, handy manny, mickey mouse club and the new one that they seem interested in in chuggington. They may not watch the whole thing and I think alot of time it's more like noise in the background but occasional sounds or things that are said catch there attention.

Pamela - posted on 03/10/2010

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As a reply to Ashley, TV really isn't the great true, but if you have no help and want to get ready for work or make breakfast or dinner, ect. TV can be a great distract so you don't have a kid sitting under you screaming.

My kid loves Disney and PBS, anything really with music, he loves to dance and he's starting to get into movies like Kung Fu Panda

Leah - posted on 03/10/2010

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my son loves the wiggles its educational, colourful and musical, he doesnt take 2 any other kids programs. and iv herd alot of toddlers love the night garden

Becci - posted on 03/07/2010

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My son is REALLY into BabyTV at the moment. If you have sky it's channel 623. They have songs and nursery rhymes on inbetween each 5min long programme which my son stands up and dances to. The 5 min programmes are brightly coloured and usually musical or educational but in a basic way that babies our childs age and older can benefit from. Best bit? No adverts!

Kelly - posted on 03/07/2010

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my daughter watches mickey mouse club house and handy manny. She also likes Imagination movers. to the woman who said "Not to turn this conversation into a downer, but it may actually be a very good thing that your child doesn't have much interest in tv. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to avoid television viewing for children under the age of 2 years." I don't agree with that. While TV may not be a good idea to watch all day, but my daughter learned to talk and has already learned her colors from watching TV, so I think I'll stick to that thanks.

Megan - posted on 03/06/2010

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Our daughter loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Special Agent Ozo, & Handy Manny on Disney Channel. She also loves Dora the Explorer & Diego on Nickelodeon. The early morning shows on both networks are tailored for younger kids and are educational. But Nickelodeon you will have to check out first because they also play Spongebob in the morning, which our daughter loves but sometimes we have to turn it off because of the content.
If you prefer...we bought some Leap Frog DVD's like the Talking Words Factory which our daughter loves and it is teaching her to talk and read at the same time.
Hope this helps.

Marili - posted on 03/06/2010

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Don't feel guilty about letting your child watch a little TV, balance is good in life! A half-hour long TV show while you get dressed in the morning will not negatively (or positively, for that matter) affect your child :) My kids love Baby Einsteins, Little Einsteins, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and my son had a short phase where he was obsessed with Elmo too.

Mary - posted on 03/06/2010

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There has been a lot of reasearch that TV is not good for babies under the age of 2. Its something about their brain development being hindered. Google it. If he doesn't want to watch TV don't force it because he'll probably be smarter the less TV he watches. I mean I let my baby watch every once in a while if shes fussy but not much. It boggles my mind that some mom's let their babies watch over 2 hours of TV a day sometimes more. They learn a whole lot more from YOU and others around them. They thrive from actual people teaching them rather than a character on TV.

Kellie - posted on 03/05/2010

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My son (almost 15 months) loves Yo Gabba Gabba on Nick Jr. It's very educational and has lots of bright colors and sounds. They have celeb guest stars so I like it too!

Brittanie - posted on 03/05/2010

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My son loves waybuloo. they have these big eyes and stuff. He adores it and they teach good values and use real words ( which was important to me) and also physical activity ( they have "yoga" breaks). They do have a bit of a accent but he adores the show. also backyardigans because they are always singing

Erin - posted on 03/05/2010

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Any of those Baby Einstein videos I would say 9 mths and up. My little girl isn't a big fan of cartoons but she will watch those puppets on baby einstein and the music is good too.

Bella - posted on 03/05/2010

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I too have been told that your child shouldn't watch TV under 2 years but bugger that! It keeps me sane sometimes! Just a few minutes to yourself is not a bad thing and my son dances and has the biggest smile on his face. We don't always watch kids shows, sometimes I just put on music and he loves it. We have a very good balance of activities and he keeps me on my toes so I feel no guilt for the small amount of TV he watches.

He loves In The Night Garden, Yo Gabba Gabba and Peep and the Big Wide World (it's a science cartoon which is both cute and informative - more so when kids are older but he loves it now).

Erica - posted on 03/04/2010

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My son only watches blues clues. Everything else bores him. He watches one episode every other morning when he wakes up.

Tammy - posted on 03/04/2010

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Veggie Tales! My kids look straight at the tv when the theme music starts and they love the shows! Every show has a good lesson so I dont have to worry about what is said and we now own so many of the dvds!

Katie - posted on 03/04/2010

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Wiggles has some really good DVD/VHS. They can dance along with the music and there are lots of animals and new things to learn. Great show!!

Katie

Angie - posted on 03/04/2010

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My 15 month old LOVES Yo Gabba Gabba, last night I even caught her trying to dance like them. Other than that she loves anything with music to it, if not, she has no interest in it. Now one thing other than Yo Gabba Gabba that catches her attention is a football game.

Sarah - posted on 03/04/2010

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both my babies love baby einstiens, but they have a limited time lapse of tv. thats usually when im cooking or i have an important phone call and can't afford to be interupted. but really try to encourage books and toys and even let them use u as a toy, its much more healthy. my daughter grew up on tv from birth and when she was 16 months old i told her that i wanted to watch something on tv and that was a long battle and alot of time out. so now her and her brother have only small periods of tv throughout the day. i hope this helps!!!

Karen - posted on 03/03/2010

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If you have HBO, my daughter LOVES the Classical Baby series. I actually ended up buying the DVDs because she loved them so much. It's just classical music with paintings or painting-like cartoons on the screen, and an animal orchestra playing the music. She doesn't really watch, per se, but she loves the music and she'll be playing and then stop playing every once in a while to see what's on the screen. Someone else also mentioned the Toddler Tunes music station - that's a good one, too (though I really hate the Krazy Kuzins or whatever they're called and they play them ALL THE TIME). It's just music and still photos. Caitlyn is a huge music fan so both of those are good for her.

Beth - posted on 03/03/2010

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My twin boys really enjoy the "Your Baby Can Read" series. They are 14 months and are reading about 20 words, They get really excited when I put it on.

Stacey - posted on 02/25/2010

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My daughter loves the Backyardigans and the Disney Channel. Backyardigans are great because they are always singing and moving around, it always catches her eyes.

Katie - posted on 02/21/2010

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Haley has been watching sesame street since she was about 6 months old. for some reason she really has gotten into it. Her grandparents have taped them on their dvr and she watches them. Now that she is almost 14 months old, she will watch whole entire movies. I let her watch harry potter and finding nemo...pretty much anything, but she really loves watching elmo in grouchland and madagascar. I think elmo is always a hit...and animals. all kids love animals...

Nora - posted on 02/14/2010

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My daughter goes nuts when she watches Dora the Explorer. As a result i get her Dora everything, yogurt, sippy cup. It makes her more enthusiastic about drinking her sippy. Better the sippy than me!

Heather - posted on 02/14/2010

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My 13 month old loves Yo Gabba Gabba...but he only watches tv when my husband is at work and i need to do laundry or something...just until i'm finished, then we turn it off. we have a dvd player in the car for long trips...my son has learned so much from Yo Gabba Gabba and baby einstien movies....i think that some tv is ok for children just dont park them in front of the tube for hours on end...but every child is different and we all have our own ways of raising children..so do what you think is best for your child

Jennifer - posted on 02/14/2010

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My daugther loves Yo Gabba Gabba. It's for children older than she, but she watches the whole show. It's a really cute one. In fact, we had a "Brobee" themed b-day for her.

Kathryn - posted on 02/14/2010

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He loves Yo Gabba Gabba! I actually like it too, on Nick Jr. The Upside Down Show makes him laugh outloud, although he's the only one in the family who can stand it. And of course, Elmo

Angela - posted on 02/11/2010

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my son just likes adverts really, so i have started putting music channels on, 80's is good music. he loves mickeys fantasia too.

Jackie - posted on 02/11/2010

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I'm with Jeanne and company....you shouldn't "want" your child to watch TV @ 13 months....I certainly wouldn't try and push it on them if they aren't interested. And someone made the comment about how its not the TV thats bad its what they miss out on that is...and that is absolutely true. They need to use their imagination and actually DO things to help enforce their learning. You don't watn to use TV to entertain/babysit him...find a toy or some books that he gets caught up in if you want to keep him busy...significantly better for him.

Lisa - posted on 02/10/2010

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My son is the same age and I just let him watch the Maryland Public Television....it has only educational programs for children....like Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid, SuperReaders....most are not very age appropriate but he still loves them nonetheless.

Molly - posted on 02/10/2010

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My son loves Little Einsteins and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. He usually sits and watches both in the mornings.

Randie - posted on 02/10/2010

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Baby Einstein and if you have direct tv they have a station that is 4.99 a month called babyfirst tv that has awesome shows and even mygym that you can do with your baby.

Emma - posted on 02/09/2010

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my son loves i the night garden on cbeebies ad my so gets excited when it starts

Lindsey - posted on 02/09/2010

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I agree with the moms saying not to force your child to get involved in television. I have a Dec. '08 baby and a June '06 baby. They don't show much interest in any television and I'm glad. They enjoy playing with each other, they enjoy playing outside. They use their imagination to play instead of parking on the sofa for hours on end. I'm not saying all television is bad, but don't force your child to do something that isn't very beneficial to them in the first place.

Amanda - posted on 02/09/2010

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my daugher was neva interested in tv until 1 morning a programme called 3rd and bird came on, thoughout the whole show she wouldnt move and when it finished she cried so i went and got her the dvd, i think the only reason she liked the show was because it had loads of songs in it

Katelyn - posted on 02/09/2010

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Its not like she is watching it More like Listening to it and dancing to the songs So i guess if you have music stations on your TV try the Toddler music see how that goes.. my daughter claps and trys to sing along and get into it with them clap and whatnot Might only last 10 mins or so but with Dancing and clapping it keeps them active instead of sittin down stareing at a tv

Katelyn - posted on 02/09/2010

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My daughter is 13 months also and when she does watch tv she watchs a station here called Sprout which has all the toddler shows Dora, Immagionation movers, wiggles, Sesame street, Barny(although Not my fav) Sid the Sience kid.. Pretty much any show that has Music she loves to dance to it with them.

Michelle - posted on 02/09/2010

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coleen...couple people have told me bout this baby einstien dvd,was just curious to see would other people recommend it.i dont hav the telly on at all durin the day so he doesnt watch it,but if i thought the baby einstein would develope his speech a bit as he hasnt many words i myt let him watch that for half an hour.not a big believer in telly myself,i never had any interest myself when i was young,was always outside,as is my son.thankfully.well for the most part,hard to persuade him ta get in from the rain.lol!!

Natalie - posted on 02/08/2010

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I really try to limit tv to only a hour a day for my daughter because she REALLY gets into it and just stands in front of it the entire time. If she does watch it though she really likes dora and the backyardigans.

Colleen - posted on 02/08/2010

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If he's not interested...DON'T GET HIM STARTED! Just curious as to why you want your baby watching TV?

Shanda - posted on 02/06/2010

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Oh-- and I wanted to add-- Personally I think the main concern with TV is not actually something wrong with the TV itself but with what they're missing out on (free play time and time interacting with you and other caregivers.) Be sure to limit the TV time and don't get that sucked into thinking that because something is "educational" it is truly beneficial to them. I see the TV for what it is-- a babysitter while I take a shower. I'm OK with that but I make sure I limit how much I let the TV babysit my kids!

Shanda - posted on 02/06/2010

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I'd rather my DS didn't watch TV, and my ODS didn't until he was 2 (at that age he liked Blue's Clues and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse), but YDS does watch TV because it's on for his brother about an hour a day. I also put a show on for him while I shower after we nurse in the morning.

So anyway, DS likes Curious George (on PBS), Alvin and the Chipmunks (the movie-- the first one), and Superwhy (also on PBS)... these are also the show that ODS (4) watches. I look for shows with a continuous plot. I think that Sesame Street seems really... ADD or something. LOL. Also I screen all TV series before I let my kids watch them. I do not let my kids watch Barney, Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go, or a few others. I don't let them see anything I stand watching every.single.day.

Michelle - posted on 02/06/2010

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My son loves to watch the Disney Channel as well. His favorite is Handy Manny. As soon as the theme song comes on, he stops what he is doing and turns to the TV. Then he will go back to what he was doing before. We even play the Disney Playhouse CD in the car when he gets fussy.

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