what is your kids' favorite to watch?

Lindz - posted on 03/14/2010 ( 68 moms have responded )

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i remember watching Pinocchio over and over when i was a little kid. now my daughter who is a year LOVES to watch "Nightmare before christmas" she'll watch it over and over. She loves jack! funny huh? how they pick what they like..

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Dawn - posted on 03/22/2010

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Bethany, this was a nice conversation regarding favorite TV show...if your girl doesn't watch TV then that is all you had to say....noone here was asking for your information or for it to be insinuated that we are endangering our children because we choose to let them. Regarding your google comment....I can google anything and find an answer to support my opinion. While it is suggested through many child rearing books, acadamys and pediatricians to not allow TV until the age of 2, the findings themselves are not conclusive and as Angelica stated is because many parents have chosen to use TV as a SUBSTITUTE for parental attention. Here is another example: in the USA we have a government program called WIC (women and infants nutrition program), they tell you not to feed peanut butter until age 2 (although many will tell you age 1 because of allergys my GI doctor recommended my son start at 9 months as a way to add calories). They tell you this because it is a choking hazard if you give your 12 month old a spoon with peanut butter....REALLY!!! they are suggesting I don't feed my son a very nutritous dietary food because there are people out there stupid enough to shove a spoon of chunky peanut butter into their infants mouth to shut them up!!!! My son is smart, and very interested in learning. He enjoys the pictures and music TV provides. I also play classical music at night and at meals. We also listen to top 40, country, rock, and metal music. We watch TV often through the day but are also outside 2-3x a day to play. He will go into his room and let me know when he wants to read books, which is many times throughout the day. His TV time will be limited as he gets older if he shows me he is not being active enough, but right now he would rather read and play outside anyways. Please stop being so pushy and judgemental.

Melissa - posted on 03/25/2010

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Why are people being so hostile on here. You can voice your opinion without attacking other people. It is rude and uncalled for and honestly makes you appear unintelligent. I think it's safe to say that no two parents will parent the same way. We should all be able to state our opinions without fear of being attacked.
Also saying that watching TV (in moderation) makes people dumb is the most rediculous thing I've ever heard. Lets apply this to the technology around us. TV has been around for many decades, now look at all of the scientific and technological advances that have been made, are you telling me none of the people who contributed to these advances ever watched TV??? You can't believe everything you read and you also need to read both sides of a debate and then make your own informed decision. Now let's all try to get along and help eachother. We're all parents just trying to do the best we can.

Erin - posted on 03/25/2010

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WOAH Jessica!!! Someone forgot their happy pills this morning lol.

And Dawn, I believe Cheri was TRYING to say her 4 year old is working on PHOTOSYNTHESIS. Pretty funny considering the mother of this mini-genius can't even spell the word. I was a gifted child too, and was reading, writing and doing basic arithmetic before kindergarten. I was in the gifted programs and attended an academically selective high school with the smartest of the smart. All I can say is this kid must be a regular mini-Einstein if this is true lmao.

Oh and I achieved all of that while still watching a moderate amount of television as a child. Oh the horror!!

Erin - posted on 03/25/2010

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Wow... why does everyone have to take things to such extremes? I think most of us can agree that sitting a child in front of a tv ALL DAY EVERY DAY is bad, but that is not what most mothers do. For me, and those I know, it is a case of a 30min show (In the Night Garden or Waybuloo in this house) while I clean up, prepare dinner, or god forbid manage to eat something myself. As with most things, moderation is the key. My daughter plays, dances, sings. We read books and run outside with the dog. And for the record, her limited exposure to tv has most certainly not 'stunted' her development. That's laughable, considering how ahead of the curve she is (speaking in 2 word sentences, sorts shapes, knows animal noises and is starting to toilet train).



To those of you who feel the need to preach the dangers of exposing a child under 2 to tv, seriously, take a step back and think about what you're arguing about. It's TELEVISION, not child abuse or neglect. For Christ's sake... with all the ACTUAL suffering many children must endure, you want to pick a fight and label other mothers unfit based on a few children's programs? Really?



As for the science proving that television is harmful, it is highly debatable. The fact that the American Academy of Paediatrics advise against it holds little weight to me considering the 50% circumcision rate in that country. They will warn against exposure to television, but not the dangerous, unnecessary cosmetic procedure of removing part of a baby boy's penis. Hardly in the same league.

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Sherrie - posted on 06/18/2010

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My daughter watches TV just when i need a break really and when i see her get excited about something on TV we" talk" about it. HOWEVER, she has learned 7 Spanish words from, Dora The Exp., wich i think is wonderful! I usually make mommy and me time with her when i see she's excited about a new show.She also loves, Miss Spiders Sunny Patch&Friends(good lessons to be learned on the show) also Yo Gabba Gabba. Like when one of the characters cry, she has a sad face and looks at me, i say"something like oh, snowdrop don't cry" and my daughter resonds by smiling... My daughter is in the high percentile on the learning curve for her age and the Ped. said up to 11/2 hrs. a day won't hurt her, so we have fun and ALSO SHE loves to dance! So The Fresh Beat Band, is what she loves to dance to "loco Legs" especially. So all in all, i think she has learned alot from T.V. But i'm very selective when and how much and what and how long she watches it.Thanks for listening, Sher..; )

Khadijah - posted on 06/09/2010

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My girls LOVE Mickey Mouse ClubHouse and Special Agent Oso. The only other t.v they watch is their Baby Can Read dvd's which they LOVE!!



BTW- Can we all agree to disagree about the "children watching t.v. debat"? I mean really! I have a friend that as a child he loved nothing but watching t.v. and guess what...he turned out to be gifted and started college at the age of 15!! I think we all could argue this point all day, but at the end of the day its the parents decision whether or not they want their child watching t.v. and how much t.v is too much t.v.

Ruth - posted on 05/11/2010

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I'm with Jennifer G. My daughter adores Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny and Little Einsteins. She is 14+ months. I think it's cos of the repetitive singing of the SAME SONGS and there are clear pauses within the programme to let the child absorb or respond.
And like Jennifer T, my daughter has started doing the "pat pat" to get the rocket going.
I believe most mothers on this site/ page are aware of the "harmful" effects of TV as a babysitter for the whole day. But the truth is, sometimes, us mums just need that 20 mins of peace while the baby watches telly, sings along or plays. I do my makeup when my girl watches telly from her cot.

Having said that, I limit my daughter's TV intake to a total of 2 hrs a day and she doesn't eat + watch telly at the same time. It's purely a play-time activity. Parents also need to set limits and boundaries. No violent shows, nothing that shows hitting, biting or danger. Not at 14 mths anyway!

Most mothers here seem to know what programme their child (or children) are into and even know what goes on (refer to said "pat pat" action in Little Einsteins). So it goes to show we are supervising their TV intake.

I think everything in moderation! You know you have a serious problem if the child can recite stuff from CSI or Dexter! So any child-focused programme for a short period everyday, with close supervision from the adult caregiver, is OK.

LaToyia - posted on 05/04/2010

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My son LOVES Elmo's World. They are great they teach him all sorts of good stuff and he interacts real well his favorite all about faces so far. He doesn't watch tv hardly at all he is soo active. But I buy him alot of the older ones...especially disney and some newer ones and he will watch them but I'de have to say that is the one he will drop everything and sit and watch.

Rachel - posted on 04/04/2010

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my daughter is 13 months old, she loves watching In the night garden and waybuloo. she loves dancing when mtv is on so cute!

Carly - posted on 04/03/2010

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The Wiggles are his fav, have been since he was about 7 months old and I flicked to Sprout one day and there they were- he was hooked. Parked that walker in front of the TV and didn't move for the whole show. He will barely glance at Elmo and anything else, but you put a Wiggles DVD on or even sing a Wiggles song, and he will freeze and/or start to dance.



I think it's because they are real people, he doesn't seem to like cartoons or puppets. Plus, there is music the whole show and not much talk, just singing and dancing and music.



edit- whoa I just scrolled these other replies, why do people bother replying if they have nothing to contribute to the topic? Trollers! Go start a baby's photosynthesis thread or something, don't bother us average, normal parents.



BTW- my 14 mo. old son flys his own private jet that he bought after making some great investments on Etrade.....all while watching the Wiggles. Just thought I'd share.

Marguerite - posted on 03/25/2010

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Waybaloo. My boy giggles his head off... This makes me laugh lots and laughing is the key to being a happy parent..

Dawn - posted on 03/25/2010

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Jennifer, I love Little Einsteins too!! I am not a get up and run person, more a watch some TV in the morning person, so each morning my son and I have a cereal bar and juice/coffee (I'll let people think on this one) while watching a program. Most times he is off running and playing after a few minutes and I am left to watch the rest of the show! :)

Cassie - posted on 03/25/2010

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i have the tv on all day for me and my son. he seems to like the subway commercial the best "5 dollar, 5 dollar foot long" LOL he stops playing to dance to it everytime. he doesnt really sit and watch the tv. he is usually running around playing with his toys. when we are down at my parents house the tv isnt on all day. we live in wisconsin and in a city where we dont know anyone. playing outside wasnt an option. its just now starting to get nicer out. i have tried to met new people and my doctor finally told me that in the city we live in the women are not really that inviting to new people. they like their circle of friends and thats it. so we will just have to suck it up for a year and a half and then we will be moving on.

Jennifer - posted on 03/25/2010

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I was also weary of having a "TV Baby" but we do limit how much he watches. He just turned 1 last month and LOVES Little Einsteins. We DVR it so we can watch it any time of day. I don't just sit him in front of the TV and walk away. We watch it together. And he's even started doing the "pat pat" now. He is in love with Annie... Just yesterday he was watching it and when it was just about over I turned it off, and he threw a fit, b/c he didn't get to watch the commercials after it! He also loves the theme song to ER... He will drop what he's doing when it starts and just stare at the TV!!

Moira - posted on 03/24/2010

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My 13 month old watches a bit of In the Night Garden now and then, I use it as a tool for when he is unsettled.

As for the watching vs no watching, I think moderation and balance is the key

Victoria - posted on 03/24/2010

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My daughter is overly obsessed with Yo Gabba Gabba, we watch it religously! She also will sit and watch her Choo Choo Soul DVD over and over and over! It gets to be too much for me sometimes, but it is like a babysitter which can be helpful! She seems to gravitate towards musical shows with singing, dancing, and little kids.

Karmi - posted on 03/24/2010

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I wish my son didn't watch as much t.v. as he does. I turn it off for periods of the day so he can play, but if he does watch it he LOVES Mickey Mouse, Imagination Movers, Handy Manny, Elmo, and Dora.

Sarah - posted on 03/24/2010

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I'm kind of surprised to be the odd one out, but my 13 month old doesn't watch any television. It doesn't seem age appropriate to me. He enjoys playing with his toys for long periods at a time, and is fine playing by himself too. I don't really see a need to introduce TV to him until he's older.

Zoe - posted on 03/24/2010

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Can I just say Jessica, Music in the background has proven to be just as harmful to a child's development as them watching TV.

Also why ruin a nice thread about TV shows? If your children don't watch it - dont comment! Simple as that. Don't ruin other people's conversations and shove your judgement down their throat, be an adult and just IGNORE IT.

My son loves watching TV with his breakfast i.e Timmy Time on CBeebies but other than that he doesn't have it on because he has nursery then we have dinner and he usually wants to play.

Helen - posted on 03/24/2010

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My 13 month old likes chuggington and waybaloo. He also watches 3rd and bird, because its on between the other 2, but we tend to only have the tv on for him in the evening to help him wind down for bed. He ALWAYS has waybaloo before bed, irrespective of the time (we've recorded some episodes for early/late bedtimes) as part of the bedtime routine.
We are out most days - either in town shopping or meeting friends, or at play groups, he loves his books - spending hours (literally) sitting and looking at them, although he's not so keen on being read too - he likes turning the pages too much :p

to those who don't think children should be watching tv at all - thats fine, but why reply to a post asking what you childs fav tv show is? (rhetorical question that doesn't need an answer!)

Cheri - posted on 03/24/2010

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I'm sorry to inform you kelly but my 4yr old is gifted. She has been reading sence 2 and as of right now she working on photosyniese and hydrologic cycle. Then my 1yr old is doing shapes, reading, sign lang. and potty training. Thank you!

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If you don't like to hear other people view points why are you even on here?
What happens when you go out and somebody says "nice weather we are having!" that's a view point!!!

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Thank you Bethany.Cheri and Karen! As for the rest of you, Anyone can see that watching tv (adults included)is setting them up for obesity and low self esteem. Especially when there are some many beautiful things outside that children can discover.
Billions of dollars are spent a year on commercials made specifically for your infant. THey prey on our children's brains are and they use them to memorize their jingles..... future customers. Don't let corporations raise you kids! Your the parent!
TURN UP THE MUSIC and TURN OFF THE TV....or just throw it away!

Karen - posted on 03/24/2010

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Ya I also agree that TV is not good for babies. I mean how can it be good for their brains to sit and stare at a fast moving screen? It's not. I feel like a lazy blob after watching TV for an hour, imagine a baby. Like I said my almost 4yo loves it but I really have to limit her. I would love to say Dora is teaching her Spanish but it really isn't the truth. TV is not teaching our kids, lets be real.

Kelly - posted on 03/24/2010

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Sorry Cheri but i disagree with you My 3yr old has always watched Telly i still read with her play etc and she is not dumb or fat she has the mental age of a 7yr old can count to 50 knows her colours animals etc talks better then most 7yr olds knows her times tables upto the 6x's! So think of what you say before you type as that could offend people making out there kids are dumb my kid probably has a better IQ then you!

Bethany - posted on 03/23/2010

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Good on ya Dawn, you're doing a great job! As long as you know why you do something, you're on the right track. Keep up the passion and I hope you feel better now.

Karen - posted on 03/23/2010

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I never put anything on for my son. My girls get to watch some TV or a movie sometimes and if DS is around he will watch for a couple minutes but I would much rather them play and use their imagination. My oldest (almost 4) would watch TV ALL DAY if I let her.

Evelyn - posted on 03/22/2010

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My daughter Caitlin is fasinated with In the Night garden but only certain bits in it other than that it is more adverts with music in it. i watch dancing on ice and she loves wstching that because of the music and things like the dell advert (lollypop lollypop ooh la la la lollypop etc) the direct line adverts lol its just all different sounds she loves music she likes to sing and dance to it.
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Angelica - posted on 03/21/2010

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My 13 month old loves the Price is Right and Dinosaur Train on PBS. My 2 year old niece and 16 month old nephew LOVE Little Bear. They can name more animals than most 4 year olds and can already carry on a full conversation. When we go on walks, the babies can point out objects and describe how they work; they are overly friendly and extremely sociable. As long as the TV isn't the only interaction the child gets, their is NO data available that says TV is horrible. It's when the parent is replaced with a box that the child truly suffers. BRING ON THE SESAME STREET!

Jesse - posted on 03/21/2010

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My daughter loves the Little Einsteins and Dora the Explorer. We watch them everyday.

Dawn - posted on 03/21/2010

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I don't believe those claims and I don't like when people feel the need to shove their viewpoints down my throat. My child, my choice, period.

Bethany - posted on 03/21/2010

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It is imperically proven to stunt your child's brain development to expose them to TV before the age of 2, and even after then, I can think of at least 5 things to do better than watching TV.
Why would a person intentionally stunt their child?

Bethany - posted on 03/21/2010

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I agree with Jessica. Charlotte won't be watching any TV until she's at least 2, and even then, I can think of at least 5 things better to do with your kid.
There is so much research now proving the detrimental effect TV has on babies and toddlers. To their brain development.
Don't think that just because everyone is doing something, it isn't harmful. That's just ignorant.
Charlotte can hear the traffic and the birds and the dogs, and the airoplanes and the washing machine, and the postman...we ahve the radio playing sometimes, on a nice station, and she dances and sings away to the old songs, or we play a CD of classical music.
This is the only chance we have of truly physically shaping our child's brain development. Why would you give that up? Why would you knowingly stunt you child?

Vicki - posted on 03/19/2010

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My 13 month old daughter wont watch tv. She is more interested in attacking it or licking it or stealing the remotes off me and eating them.

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My son who is only 13 months old watches Elmo, the wiggles and Hi 5 over and over again. He loves it!!!

Emily - posted on 03/19/2010

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My little 13 month old man loves Mickey Mouse Club House, Handy Manny, Spongebob, Anything on Pbs, Disney, and Some Nick Shows

Emily - posted on 03/19/2010

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My son Will (13months) loves Mickey Mouse Club house, Handy Manny, Spongebob, Dora, Chuggington. Mostly Disney and some Nick shows

Kelly - posted on 03/19/2010

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my 12 month old adores sesame street. she doesn't really pay much attention to anything else except tv commercials. she can't keep her eyes off the tv when her "favorite" commercials are on. oh yeah, and certain people on tv she smiles and gets super excited every time she sees them, like Dr. Oz. I don't know why, but she acts like she has a big crush on him. we really don't want her getting so into TV, but this is a tiny house and i admit it's on almost all the time. even if i'm in another room and not watching anything, i feel more comfortable with the "background noise". i think it's ok, we don't sit and stare at the tv all the time and when my daughter is watching something, she is "multitasking" like me, busy running around and playing, not sitting like a couch potato.

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That is EXACTLY right Nicole! I leave my TV on all day long because we are home alone. I would rather listen to the TV while I work than to have nothing to entertain me other than the washing machine spinning. A big empty house can be incredibly overwhelming when you are stressed out with a baby crying for nothing.
I can't find a reason in the WORLD why I wouldn't let my boy watch TV. He loves the music, he loves the bright colors. He is also learning words from watching TV too. I wouldn't take a book away from him, I wouldn't take anything away from him if he's learning from it, why would I take the TV away? And exactly WHO is that going to hurt, anyway?
I will close with a word from a wise wise old mouse who educated many many children,
"hot dog hot dog hot diggity dog hot dog hot dog hot diggity dog."

Nicole - posted on 03/18/2010

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my boys LOVE yo gabba gabba and in the night garden. jessica, i leave the tv on most of the day but they just come and go as they please, it is the parents choice what they want to do and how they feel is best to raise their children and i dont think anybody should make them feel guilty about those choices just because they dont agree,

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My boy doesn't care much for cartoons, he loves intro songs. He's in AWE of the General Hospital theme, He loves the intro music for Roseanne, George Lopez, Two and a half Men. He also has his favorite commercials too. Hershey's kisses commercials and the Neutrasystem commercials... I swear I believe he has a crush on Marie Osmond! Each time one of her commercials comes on he will drop any toy he's playing with and bee-line it to the TV and then stand there under it with his mouth hanging open.
The General Hospital theme is my secret weapon for diaper changes. I have the 49 second intro clip burned onto a dvd and in my dvd player. When he fights me on a diaper change I press play and he goes limp!

Leanne - posted on 03/17/2010

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My daughter who is 1 is obsessed with Elmo and Sesame Street. She will watch that over and over. I can get a lot done when that is on and sometimes I even have to put it on so she will sit still long enough to let me change her!

Jaimie - posted on 03/17/2010

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Yo Gabba Gabba, Baby Einstein, and The Fresh Beat Band. And as long as children are not glued to the TV, I think it's perfectly fine to let them watch shows... I kep the Tv on all day and my son plays with his toys and only watches the ones he likes... As long as you are letting them watch stuff that is interactive and spending more time with the child then watching tv it's okay.

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