What is your take on babies watching tv or having pop/candy

Cheri - posted on 01/19/2010 ( 74 moms have responded )

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Do you think babies should or should not watch tv or have pop/candy and why

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Kereen - posted on 01/26/2010

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The reason why we think its worse to give a baby soda or candy is because it is widely known that there is not ANY nutritional value in those things There are no studies that say candy is good or soda is good. Pepsi doesn't try to proclaim it to be a health food.

Even though you can site studies saying such things as TV is "killing brain cells" you can also find people who would say Immunizing babies is bad for them as well it does not make it so.

A baby who likes watching tv is not doomed to not go to college no matter what some study says. I defy you to find a baby who can pay attention to the tv or anything else for very long stretches. It becomes a problem when you have a 5 year old who would rather sit in front of the tv all summer instead of playing outside. But that would be the parents fault not the tv's.

I don't think my daughter who is going to college and is graduating on the Honor roll has suffered because when she was a baby and toddler I aloud her to watch tv.

By the way I have also seen studies that have said TV does neither harm or hinder or is beneficial to a child. So it depends on what YOU want to find to form to your beliefs.

User - posted on 01/23/2010

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I believe it is no use being fanatical about what your children do or eat. Having said that, I do not believe sweets and soft drink are good for kids. We try to eat reasonably healthily at home, but do occasionally have takeaway and cake etc. Softdrink and lollies are usually reserved for something special like a birthday party or when visiting Nanna. Kids don't need a lot of salt or sugar, but I feel should have some exposure so that they don't binge too much when they are older.

As far as TV, recent studies have been reported to have shown that kids should not watch TV before the age of two. However, in reality, it is up to you as a parent. My four older kids have all watched TV. When very young kids do not have a lot of interest in it, but as their interest develops, if you watch it with them and discuss what you have seen, you can help build their imagination and their knowledge. My 4 older boys are all extremely clever, their teachers have noted their wide general knowledge, and they now teach me so much. A lot of this information they have learnt fromTV. Additionally they love their books, sport, school and friends. They have well rounded lives. The key thing, as in aspect of raising children, is the communication. You, as parents, need to be a part of their lives. You need to guide them, explain things to them, support them and encourage them. If the medium of television assists in this, then be thankful.

Michele - posted on 04/12/2010

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I have read like 2 comments on here, so I don't know all that has or hasn't been said, but wanted to give this advice. I beg you not to give your young babies/children soda period. I am a Registered Dietitian, and soda leeches the calcium out of your babies/young children's bones. Down the road it can lead to osteoporosis if over done. Osteoporosis is a PEDIATRIC disease with a Geriatric onset. Once they are older an occasional soda isn't going to kill them obviously...just a message I wanted to put out there.
As for the rest of it again moderation is always key in everything.

Alison - posted on 04/10/2010

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i am sorry, I am new to this group and can't believe the judgement going on here. I just had to post a reply. To all you moms who are posting your studies and statistics...come on already...Moms are already under so much presure to be "perfect" . I find it so hard to believe that from one woman to another, knowing how hard it can be that you would actually post these comments about how if you let your kid watch some tv they are going to be ruined or something!
Don't get me wrong, I do not give my kids candy or soda all day or plop them in front of the tv for hours at a time but I think we all use the occasional tv show as a "mommy's helper" or give our 3 year old a lollipop. As for the mom who turns her child around at the sight of a tv........RELAX, it's not going to kill her to get a glimps of Big Bird. Sorry to be so vocal but it really bothers me when Moms do all this judging. Relax, have fun with your kids, protect your kids and love them with all your hearts and they will be perfect!!

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Yep, all 4 of my kids watch TV. We've got more DVDs than Wal-Mart I think and I'm ok with that. They watch a couple of hours a day. Ok, they stop and gaze here and there actually. My oldest 2 (11 & 6) are the only ones who will actually watch a program. My 1 year old will stop what he's doing if there's a fun song on and watch and my 3 year old will pretty much only watch Little People DVDs, Strawberry shortcake, and "Hannah Tana" as she calls her. We don't have cable though. I outlawed that a long time ago in our house. The only choices they have for kids shows are the DVDs I buy and Iowa Public Television.



Pop - my 1 year old never gets it. I have a Soda Stream soda maker and once ever couple of weeks I'll make a bottle for the other 3. It's a 1 liter bottle, and when it's gone, it's gone.



Candy, occasionally. I don't care if my 1 year old has a peep or a chocolate marshmallow for Easter.



He has cake at birthday parties. He had some of my cheesecake at Easter dinner yesterday. Again, I'm ok with it. My 4 are happy and healthy and the one who we have a weight problem we struggle with? My oldest, who I was anal with about doing everything just "right", the way the experts tell you to. No sugar, no pop, no candy, no cake and ice cream, he's the one that struggles. It's also interesting to find out that he also didn't watch TV as a baby at all and he's my one with ADHD.



After doing everything "right" with my oldest, I've relaxed quite a bit.

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Megan - posted on 04/24/2010

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My daughter doesn't watch TV by her own choice but if she wanted to, I would let her. She is a child and she runs around non stop. Half an hour of TV is not going to kill her. If we ran around like our kids do, we wouldn't be so concerned with obesity. Also, when I am eating candy or sweets, I definitely share with her. There is no reason that I should be eating something in front of her that she can't have. I'm not going to teach my child how to be selfish. I make sure her teeth are brushed so she doesn't get cavities and I'm pretty sure she does not have a problem with obesity. Thats my take. I treat her like I treat myself and I don't think its ok to hold her to a higher standard than I would hold myself.

Sarah - posted on 04/23/2010

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i dont think tv is too bad for babies as long as its a kid appropriate show with educational information..they are learning and absorbing a lot of information from shows. on the other hand i would never give my 15 month old candy...i don't give her anything with a unnecessary amount of sugar..she doesn't need it..and if she doesn't acquire the taste for sweet candy she wont want it as much as she gets older

Tracy - posted on 04/20/2010

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I find that houses I go to where the TV is restricted or out right banned for the babies, that when they have access to TV they are completely taken over by it. My 2 girls have the TV on most of the day, but to be honest it is mostly background noise, they bring me books, we play games, do puzzles, colour etc all with the tv on in the background, some may say this is bad, but if it is there most of the time they mostly do not psay much attention to it, yes they hear certain theme tunes and stop what they are doing to watch it then off they go again to contine thir free play.
As for pop, crumbs have you seen what that can do to a tarnished mpenny, why would you give that to your children.... There is no need thaer is enough fruit juices to flavour watcer if they do not want plain water, too much sugar and sweetners, plus the caffine. My 3 year old gets jelly sweets as a rewars for being good occasionally, alongside a magazine, book or a trip out to the softplay area or park, my 1 year old has maybe aquired one or two from her sister that is it, they love fruit and would rather eat grapes and apple than candy, neither of them are allowed chocolat as they have a dairy intolerance.
I feel my girls are developing well both mentally and physically.

Heidi - posted on 04/19/2010

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i have 2 kids my oldest is nearly 6 and the babys 14months- they both watch a bit of tv and have sweets from time to time and it dosnt bother me in the slightest. im sure the odd chocolate bar or packet of watsits isnt going to kill them niether is watching garfield going to give them adhd!! i completely agree with the woman who posted above me- i find this whole site far to judgemental for my liking

Caressa - posted on 04/17/2010

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So i personally dont think its okay for babies to have junk food or watch tv, but i think this whole forum turned into something very rude and judgemental.

Helen - posted on 04/15/2010

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I think that all children are different, as are all parents and families, so there is no way to generalise the rights or wrongs on these issues!

As for my baby (14 months) he watches tv after dinner, before bedtime - partly because I think it helps him unwind a bit, but also because it gives DH and me some time to eat OUR dinner without having to fight him off all the time :p

He does sometimes get something sweet - we went out this afternoon and we stopped at a cafe for a drink, and DH and i had a cake, so we gave baby a little bit of the cake. He still hasn't finished his one small selection box from Christmas, so thats how often he has sweets normally! He has had some pop as well - I had some and he was interested so gave him a taste, but he normally only has water during the day, and milk at night.

The odd treat, and moderation is fine, in my opinion!

Trisha - posted on 04/15/2010

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I also wanted to add that the only child in my house with adhd is my oldest, and he's the child that didn't get to watch t.v at all until he was 2.

Trisha - posted on 04/15/2010

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I am the mother of 4 children(9,8,4,and 14months) and preventing my youngest from watching t.v is almost impossible. I have never tried sitting her to watch t.v but my older children occasionally watch a couple show, and I figure as long as they are active the rest of the time it doesn't hurt. and of course she wants to sit with her brother fro a couple of minutes. As far as candy and pop, no, although I'm sure she has probably stole some from her brothers when they get it, which isn't very often. But I don't think there is anything wrong with letting them have a mouthful of pudding or ice cream once in awhile.

Kelly - posted on 04/15/2010

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T.V. is ok for a short period if your having family time but candy not unless ikts a special occasion and deff. no on the pop the enamel on their teeth isn't hard enough to handled thed acid in pop!

Ashley - posted on 04/15/2010

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I don't have a problem with my daughter watching a little tv. I always keep an episode of Sesame Street on the DVR just in case I need to take a shower or do the dishes or something simple like that. She will watch a little then go play with toys, then when elmo comes back on she watches Elmo's World for a few minutes them plays with her toys again. I don't plop her down in front of the tv everyday for hours at a time. I don't agree with tv watching being linked to slow speech development. My daughter had well over 15 words at one year, and she hasn't slowed down one bit! The dr. was quite surpised at how well (and clearly) she can speak. (All that money I spent on baby sign language and she says the word before she signs). I don't give her sugary things. She has never had soda. In fact she is 14 months and only had juice about 8 times in her life. I did give her a couple little pieces of candy aroung Easter, because it was Easter! She ate half am M&M (I don't think its gonna kill her) and a little bit of a Peep, and Jelly bean (cut up of course). If i'm eating a cookie and she is begging I will give her the tiniest bit, a crumb basically maybe 1/4 to 1/2 an inch long. My babysitter gives her little boy (16 months old) whole cookies to eat every once in a while. I don't give my daughter much else in the way of sugars, all the Gerber baby treats have sugar as their second or third ingredient so I figure that probably taps out her daily sugar allotment.
My advise, if your child is healthy and developing properly a little tv won't hurt. Desserts are meant to be just that, a special treat, so if you want to share that with your baby just don't do it with every meal.

Shanna - posted on 04/14/2010

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we only do edjucational dvd's and no pop and no candy. I want to avoid candy and pop as long as possible when they get older they can decide . we eat really healthy at home also due to allergies in our house but i think of that as a blessing. because they have the rest of their lives to eat all of that junk that is out their in this world and i don't think i have to expose that to them this young. jus my oppinion. they say moderation but what is moderation when certain ingredients are in everything??? Lets say CORN CORN SYRUPS CORN STARTCH??? just a thought. One of my daughters allergies is to corn so corn is out of the picture for us anyways but it really taught me ALOT about our food we eat today!

Nora - posted on 04/10/2010

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My Daughter is 13 mths and occasionally will watch the disney cartoon channel, mickey mouse club or bo on the go! I don't think a little tv is bad for her. I must read about ten books a day to her as she will grab a book of the book shelve and bring it to me to read constantly so a little tv is no big deal. It gives me time to tidy the house,do the washing etc I wouldn't sit her in front of the the tele all day . Kids shows drive me nuts! Nothing worse then having mickey mouse club house Hot dog song stuck in your head all day. haha. I would never give her soda . I don't even give her juice yet as most juice contains more sugar or equal amounts of sugar as coke! I'm not too big on giving her sweets either but I don't think the occasional bit of cake, or biscuits, or ice cream will harm her. She is very petite and very active so I don't see obesity being a problem for her ... I'm thin myself too and have always found it hard to put on weight.. I think she will be the same .

Tiffany - posted on 04/09/2010

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Aboslutely no television until they are two, their brains cannot procces the pictures moving so fast and it may hinder thier learning. I try this in my own home, the hard part is getting Dad to turn off the tv when munchkin is around. There is no reason for children period, to have soda. Cndy is alright in very limited quantities and at very limilted times.

Jenny - posted on 04/05/2010

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My daughter is 14 months old and has not yet had any pop or candy. She does get the occasional cookie or cake on special occasions. She has only had juice twice at day care, we prefer she drink water with snacks and she loves her milk.
TV .... my husband likes the TV on for background noise and sometimes that occures while our daughter is awake. In the mornings before leaving the house I will sometimes put on Baby Signing Time/Signing Time. We've been using ASL with our daughter since she was born. The DVDs have fun songs, babies signing and animation. Since my daughter became mobile she plays and walks all over the place while the 30 min. DVD is on but will stop when a favorite song comes on. Most often my husband or I are interacting with her during this time ... she follows us everywhere! Moderation is key. I do not believe in using TV or DVD as a teaching tool. It is entertainment and while my daughter has a very large signing and verbal vocabulary it's because of our interaction... reading books, signing with the DVD, talking about what we see on walks, etc .... not her passive viewing of the DVDs.

Khadijah - posted on 04/05/2010

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Also, I want to be clear that mosty of the day I am reading my girls books, we have music time using different objects in the house to make sound, we are going for strolls on nice days stopping along the walk to point out familiar objects and observe things, and typically I am down on the floor playing with them and giving them positive exposure, fresh air, and exercise any way that I can.

Khadijah - posted on 04/05/2010

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I agree with most of the Moms here in saying "moderation is key" I do not/have never given my girls candy of soda. In fact they don't even drink juice. I do however allow them to watch some t.v., but very little. They absolutely love Playhouse Disney. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Special Agent Oso are the two they like and I usually let them watch one of them per day along with their "Your Baby Can Read" dvd which they love (especially the singing: twinkle twinkle little star, head shoulders knees and toes, itsy bitsy spider, etc.) I try to keep the tv off when they are in the room with me but when it is on I try to be conscious of what's on because I know they can still hear it even though they may not be watching it. I think that there are some genuinely good educational shows and dvds that won't harm your child developmentally and each Mom knows whats best for her child.

Dawn - posted on 04/04/2010

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I posted earlier in this, but did some searching of Google recently, so I wanted to add a couple opinions. It appears that studies suggesting a link to ADD/ADHD are inconclusive and there is little basis that programs are actually teaching children. With that said, I let my son watch TV in moderation throughout the day, with other activites playing a greater role, such as, reading books (which he prefers most often), outside play, and inside play (we love to build block towers and destroy them!!!). I agree with Jessica, in that my son will be limited, as much as possible, to commercial-free and age appropriate programming. Most times when he is viewing a show I am there watching it with him, but I too use a few special DVD's to make dinner!!

Darci - posted on 04/03/2010

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Okay I might have two of the same posts on here my one year old grabbed the key board and something happened. So I get to type it all over again. I honestly think kids should watch as little TV as possible.Some studies show watching TV before 6 months causes A.D.D or A.D.H.D. Although I think some of the toys they make these days can also cause ADD or ADHD. Studies do show that watching TV lowers intelligence. So that right there is bad. I try not to let my son watch any TV. Although sometimes I just need a break. So once in while he gets to watch Elmo's World or sesame street. I can at least feel good about when I do let him watch TV its at least something educational.

Jessica - posted on 04/03/2010

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Coke or candy, not for BABIES - but once they get a little bigger, like 3 or so, an occassional treat - Birthday, Halloween, Easter, Christmas.....I think that is ok - everything in moderation, definitely not a daily thing, no matter what age. As for TV, I was an idealist mom.... till I actually had my babies. I thought i wouldn't let them watch any TV, etc. But I soon found out, that SOMETIMES, you HAVE to allow a little TV in order to get anything done without a whining crying toddler/preschooler hanging on your leg - so when I am trying to put the baby down I let the 3 year old watch PBS - good educaional kids shows, with no commercials so you don't get the "mommmy I NEED that toy I saw on TV" - also , while we are trying too cook dinner, she usually gets to watch a Disney movie of some kind. Not more than a couple hours a day, and little brother watches at the time I ma doing dinner, too. My 3 year old girl has not been damaged by this at all, she only watches things I approve of that are educational or innocent fun, no violent stuff, and we don't even own a video game system, and I don't plan to, either.

Amanda - posted on 04/01/2010

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my 13 month old watches yo gabba gabba and jungle junction but besides those two shows she really only pays attention if music is on. As for pop or candy i wouldnt give them to her until shes older. She has had cake and ice cream on her birthday and little tastes of what me or her dad are eating.

Lindsey - posted on 04/01/2010

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I think it's okay if you let him watch a little television because it's not like their going to watch hours of it. If they even settle down long enough to watch television it would be for a couple of minutes. I definately won't give my children pop until they are much older and the same with candy because it's just unnecessary for them to have it at this age. My older son didn't have pop until he was 4 years old. I haven't dealt with any speech impairment with my oldest son when he watched a little television when he was around the same age and his speech was a lot more clear than other children his age... It could of been because we also read books to him.

Janice - posted on 04/01/2010

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i think if you limit the time they spend watching tv then their is no problem. most tv channels are all bout learning children their numbers and colours. my 13 month old daughter watches the pop channel when she is eating or drinking her bottle in the morning,other than that i usually have music on and playing r reading! she has a big thing for books and music. she love dancing and trying to sing along to the words.its sooooo cute. as for fizzy drinks i dont give it 2 her i give her deilute juice but i do give her sweets once in a wile. studies shows that the taste of sweets reminds the child of being in the womb as the fluid in the womb is sweet tasting but every1 has their owe opinion on this subject!:D

Shanna - posted on 03/08/2010

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i think moderation is key i think if you do let your child watch tv or movies it should be teaching or learning them something. and as for pop and candy (GARBAGE) no i don't think kids should have that until they are way older. Maybe certain things if you are reading the ingredients. I was very blessed with my daughter having allergies to things and cannot have candy! which made it easier for family and friends to not give it to her. but i did find some organic suckers she can have that are healthy! HEALTHY is the key. no kid needs to learn how to eat junk food the importance in teaching them to eat healthy in the future is teaching them now how to eat food and healthy food and in moderation!!!

Heather - posted on 02/26/2010

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my daughter loves cartoons and sh is only 1. She gets more then enough exercise and human learning for 9 + hrs a day so a little tv a few hrs a day isn't going to hurt and it helps her learn as well depending what you put on. Watching tv has no effect on her learning as she has hit every milestone plus some either early or on time as professional recommend. As for candy and soda I did give her Fresca once as a treat and on occasion she will get a sweet treat like a little ice cream or cake. She eats extremely healthy most days so once in a blue moon should be fine.. we all turned out just fine

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Definitely no coke or candy! I hate hate hate seeing kids walking around with coke in bottles....ugh.
I give my son "tastes" of candy or something that i'm eating, but never for him to eat by himself.
As for the TV. We do watch a lot of tv, but he's never ONLY watching tv, he's playing and talking and dancing. We watch a lot of Nick Jr. (used to be Noggin) which teaches a lot of lessons and has lots of music for him to dance too. I love that channel, it gives me a lot of ideas of segways to do things on our own.

Alleah - posted on 02/09/2010

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In our household, the tv is on a lot of the time, but that doesn`t mean we use it as a babysitter... what eleven-month-old baby do you know listens when you plop them in front of a tv and say watch cartoons while mommy showers/makes dinner/does anything else? Anna pretty much ignores the tv, and goes about her business. I still play with her throughout the day, and she's actually very independent. She goes into her bedroom (all the other rooms are shut up for safety) and plays with all her toys, and she's certainly not shy about asking me to play with her! I figure, as far as dangers go, the tv is way down on my list. Candy and pop is another story though... Anna's never had pop, and won't for a very long time. Even when she gets her first taste, it'll be out of mine. She's never getting pop in her sippy cup or bottle...that gives me the heeby jeebies! As for sweets she's shared certain things like ice cream with me or her dad, but we don't give her any sweets on a regular basis. She had cake on her birthday, and she got her very own lollipop, because it was a special day, and all her cousins were munching on 'candy salad'! Besides which, I made sure everyone who attended her birthday had a full meal of tacos, before any of the sweets got handed out; I think it's something that should be balanced. If you eat your meal and drink some milk, sure you can have some sugary juice afterwards. I don't see any point in restricting sweets entirely, because that will just make her want them more. Juice, I don't have problems with.

Amanda - posted on 02/07/2010

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Yes. I do think that babies should be allowed to watch tv. For alot of reasons. There are learning t.v. shows out there that could help baby learn. But as you know t.v. is not the only source they can learn from. Books are also a good source of learning. So depending on what baby watches, I do think that baby's should watch t.v. And as for the pop/candy. My honest opinion to that is, I'm a firm believer in the whole no pop no candy. But also, ive learned that every once and awhile it should be ok for toddlers, not baby's, to eat/drink that stuff. For one, it could be a reward for being good, or doing something good. Not all the time does that have to be the reward but its nice to have something "good" instead of fruit and juice all the time. And maybe if the pop/candy is givin' only lets say, once or twice a week, then the child would work hard and be good to get that "good" treat.

Karrington - posted on 02/07/2010

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My son has not shown much interest in TV but occasionally he will stop to watch whatever is on for about ten seconds and I put on shows that are appropriate for him but I end up watching more of the show than he does. As far as sweets go, my family loves them and we do keep them in the house but Trenton does not get them that often. If someone is having a snack and he wants a taste then that is fine but anything more than that I give him a banana or blueberries and he enjoys those just fine. He has had a taste of soda and I was not thrilled but the boy has grandparents! They do not go overboard though and that is important for us. We all made a decision when he was born to not let him have unhealthy eating habits and we have all done fairly well. He would rather eat his fruit cups and such anyway! I agree with everyone who said that in moderation these things will not make or break your child.

Susan - posted on 01/29/2010

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I don't think a little tv will adversely affect a baby or toddler. This doesn't mean using the tv as a babysitter. I'll put on a 30 minute dvd about every other day (like The Wiggles or Baby Songs or Sesame Street- my little guy is interested in musical programs). And on days he doesn't watch a video I'll put on a tv program like Sid or Wonder Pets or Imagination Movers. I don't have a schedule or timer going so it's not an exact routine or science! I'm a SAHM and sometimes I just need the break or need to get dinner made. I'll admit that I have the tv on a lot during the day, usually news, and he'll look at the tv at times. He's my first so I don't know yet how I feel about tvs in the bedroom--I find that I am more tolerant of things I used to be against pre-children. I had my own tv in my room beginning at age 8 and my husband was a tv fanatic as a kid. I'm a librarian with a masters and he is an engineer - so I just don't buy into the idea that tv dumbs kids down. There are many other factors in play--like good parenting, interacting with your child, playing, reading, allowing them to be well rounded, etc.

As for junk food--he's just turning one and is almost getting his first teeth, so he's been a little limited on his foods. For liquids he's only on breastmilk and water. No juice at this point because I think it is just empty calories and his doctor doesn't recommend it - and definitely no soda yet. He's never had candy - the sweetest thing he's had is bits of homemade cake (no icing), because at least I know what he is eating - I typically bake with whole grains and agave or maple syrup - no refined sugar. He'll get bits of french fries or pizza sometimes, but my husband doesn't even like him to get too much of that. Hopefully he will grow up eating good nutritious food and we'll have to be the example at that (we're not always perfect at it!)

Diana - posted on 01/27/2010

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my daughter will be 1 on the 7th...she has never watched tv...or had soda....every now and then she will get a taste of something sweet that i am eating....i find it discusting that parents sit thier children in front of the tv for x amount of time...if you want your child to learn be thier teacher...there is no reason that you can not teach them what ever it is that the tv/dvd is....the tv/dvd can not teach socialization or communication....sure it can teach them words...and show them other children....but it is a script....children are not like that in real life....children hit shove bite pinch and yell....they dont sing barneys i love you song....come on people....

and it absolutely infuriates me that adults give infants or toddlers soda....when my daughter was 9 months old a friend of mine thought it was a good idea to try to give her some Dr. Pepper....i wanted to hit her....but i kindly explained that i did not wish for my child to have soda...and she told me that her 2 children get sweets and sodas all day long...i couldnt believe what i was hearing her children are 18 months and 3....it happened again not that long ago with yet another friend...who has a now 1 year old...

as for sweets.....i will admit mine does get a taste every now and then...she does not get a whole candy bar or cookie though....not even a quarter....

but you are your childs parent...you lead by example....if they see you eating candy they will want some too....but if they see you eating an apple they will want to try it also but if you teach them right in the future they will want the apple instead of the candy bar....

ultimately it comes down to " Your CHILD Your CHOICE"

Kandi - posted on 01/27/2010

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i do not agree to children watchin tv all day! maybe like a 30 min show in the after noon before naps or something but i swear my 2yr old has never sat and watched tv!hes on the go all the time but if he decided to watch tv id give him a 30 min limit && as for candy when he does something really good or nice i let him have some but not too much dnt want him to have bad teeth and stuff.

Dawn - posted on 01/27/2010

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"But condemning television as a vast wasteland - government regulator Newton Minow’s oft-quoted diatribe against the medium - would be unfair as programing is not “monolithic,” an editorial accompanying the studies said.



“Parents should be encouraged to incorporate well-produced, age-appropriate educational TV into their children’s lives. Such programing represents a valuable tool for stimulating children’s cognitive development,” wrote Ariel Chernin and Deborah Linebarger of the University of Pennsylvania. "



I think it is funny that this is the last statement in the "Anti-TV" article posted by Cheri



My opinions stand:



....in moderation.....each to their own....there are always exceptions to the rules......

Rachel - posted on 01/27/2010

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I don't think there is anything wrong with watching some t.v. "in moderation." I don't by any means think that children should spend 5 hours a day in front of the t.v., but I let my 11 month old watch baby einstein sometimes....and she'll stop and watch spongebob or dora for a few minutes if my 4 year old is watching...but she's really not interested. As far as candy goes, I have not given my 11 month old any to date....soda is another story. When we go out to eat or take the girls to Mcdonalds I will give the baby 2 or 3 ounces of watered down soda....I definatly don't think there is anything wrong with that. It is most certainly not on a daily or even weekly basis....but even if it were I don't see anything wrong with a little soda. You might have to deal with the ensuing sugar rush....but to each his own. My daughter is happy and healthy....so I don't see a problem. :)

Danielle - posted on 01/27/2010

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I agree with the moms who say that you have to know your child to know what's best for them. My husband and I grew up watching tv and we had no problems...and my parents did use it as a babysitter, but I also got to go outside and play and take care of chores. My husband is one of the smartest people I know, and more people have said that than me. He attributes a lot of what he knows to tv. But he's like a sponge and absorbs everything. My 3 yr old is the same way. He has watched tv from the start but can also play well and is quite imaginative in his playtime. He started out watching Baby Einstein and Blue's Clues, then moved on to other shows like the Backyardigans, and Playhouse Disney shows. His favorite shows now are Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid, Super Why, (all on PBS), The Imagination Movers and the movie The Sandlot. He loves to read as well and can read several words (thanks to the Your Baby Can Read dvds)...and his vocabulary is tremendous!!! At 2 he was already saying about 1000 words and now speaks in complete sentences (we also did baby signs and still use some of them today). He attends preschool now and goes to the Little Gym once a week...his social skills are excellent and gets many comments on how independent he is. That is my son...my 11 month old daughter may turn out to be different. So far she has very little interest in tv and prefers to play. As far as sweets go...we just only gave the kids water, no juice. My son had cake for his first birthday and thus his love for chocolate began. Now he still only gets water but gets treats as rewards for using the potty among others things. He prefers M&Ms, regular or "the oval ones" (peanut). As long as I time it right and don't let him have it at night or before nap time. Let me also throw in a note about grandparents...he didn't know about dip (ranch and ketchup) or candy or have a sip of coke until his grandparents looked after him. We don't always give him those things now, esp coke, but he does ask for them. Look out for the grandparents!!! lol

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No TV or junk food at our house. Teaching them to have proper nutrition now will help them make better choices in the future. It's not like he isn't going to get it on special occasions as he gets older, but he doesn't need to have that from me. There are lots of good TV programs out there for kids, but their brains aren't ready to watch the moving objects and colors, and interacting with your child teaches them much more than TV does. =)

Claire - posted on 01/26/2010

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Oh the bedroom TV idea is horrible!
I never had one and neither will my daughter, you can't monitor WHAT they're watching if it's in their room.

We have it on at home for my girl quite a bit, the only time she even pays attention to it is when there's singing, she just LOVES music.
If I turn it off and just play music on the computer she fiddles with the keyboard :s

Claire - posted on 01/26/2010

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Childhood obesity is terrible.
I actually live on a first nations reserve in far north Saskatchewan in Canada.
My Mum works as a nurse over here and I moved over to be with her when I fell pregnant,
My daughter is a little on the big side, not fat, but very tall. She was a GIANT baby when she was born so she's leveled out pretty well now. If I took her down to get groceries and people were around, they'd all come up to me and tell me that she was too skinny. This was when she was about 5 months.
In this community the TV is a babysitter, and as a result our girl guides group gets so antsy and distracted if we try to do one activity for more than 5 minutes. Kids just need this constant stimulation here, We foster children from time to time and we bought a whole bunch of colouring books for them once but they can't finish a page because they just get so distracted.
As for the junk food, our girl guides comes to us just pinging of the walls from sugar highs, they're so restless that I can barely explain it, they're just up all the time, or rolling around on the floor acting like 6 year olds. These girls are ages 9-12.

We have this set of kids that we seem to have a lot through foster care, they're ages 6, 9 and 12. They come to us totally constipated and lethargic, and after a few days of eating well, drinking only water or milk, and being mentally stimulated they're just so different.
The eldest (who usually does all the cooking at home) was shocked when we had vegetables two nights in a row :P By the end of the week she realized that yes, we eat vegetables everyday!

It's pretty heartbreaking that parents here can do these things to their children and it doesn't count as child abuse.
If you're only feeding your kids pop and chips all day, letting them go to bed at midnight and not providing a bed for them to sleep on you should have them taken away.
Child and Family services up here is so slack that people here use it as a babysitting service.

Cheri - posted on 01/26/2010

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Why do parents seem to care more about there kids having suger then there kids brain development?

It is our responsibility as there parents to teach them and help them grow inside and out.



The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids under 2 years old not watch any TV and that those older than 2 watch no more than 1 to 2 hours a day of quality programming.



The first 2 years of life are considered a critical time for brain development. TV and other electronic media can get in the way of exploring, playing, and interacting with parents and others, which encourages learning and healthy physical and social development.



The more time children spend watching television the poorer they perform academically, according to three studies published on Monday.



Excessive television viewing has been blamed for increasing rates of Childhood obesity and for aggressive behavior, while its impact on schooling have been inconclusive, researchers said.



But studies published on the topic in this month’s Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine concluded television viewing tended to have an adverse effect on academic pursuits.









For instance, children in third grade (approximately 8 years old) who had televisions in their bedrooms - and therefore watched more TV - scored lower on standardized tests than those who did not have sets in their rooms.



In contrast, the study found having a home computer with access to the Internet resulted in comparatively higher test scores.



“Consistently, those with a bedroom television but no home computer access had, on average, the lowest scores and those with home computer access but no bedroom television had the highest scores,” wrote study author Dina Borzekowski of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.



American homes with children have an average of nearly three televisions each, the report said, and children with televisions in their bedrooms averaged nearly 13 hours of viewing a week compared to nearly 11 hours by children who did not have their own sets.



The American Academy of Pediatrics has urged parents to limit children’s television viewing to no more than one to two hours per day - and to try to keep younger children away from TV altogether.



LIMITED BENEFITS



In two other studies published in the same journal, children who regularly watched television before the age of 3 ended up with lower test scores later on, and children and adolescents who watched more television were less likely to go on to finish high school or earn a college degree.



University of Washington researchers reported that 59 percent of U.S. children younger than age 2 watch an average of 1.3 hours of television per day, though there is no programing of proven educational value for children that young.



Their analysis of 1,800 children over a decade showed television watching was linked to poorer cognitive development among children younger than 3 and between the ages of 6 and 7.



TV watching appeared to help 3- to 5-year-olds with basic reading recognition and short-term memory, but not reading comprehension or mathematics, so the net effect of television watching is “limited in its beneficial impact,” wrote study author Frederick Zimmerman.



Similarly, Robert Hancox of the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, found that children and adolescents who watched more television had less educational attainment regardless of their intelligence, socioeconomic status or childhood behavioral problems.



But condemning television as a vast wasteland - government regulator Newton Minow’s oft-quoted diatribe against the medium - would be unfair as programing is not “monolithic,” an editorial accompanying the studies said.



“Parents should be encouraged to incorporate well-produced, age-appropriate educational TV into their children’s lives. Such programing represents a valuable tool for stimulating children’s cognitive development,” wrote Ariel Chernin and Deborah Linebarger of the University of Pennsylvania.

Amylia - posted on 01/26/2010

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My son Ceegan is 11 months old and LOVES Dora the Explorer :), but he also engages in many other activities. 15-20 minutes a day so I can eat or check email is ok (I think). He does NOT get soda or candy. There are SOOOO many other yummy snacks that are healthy and sugar can effect their behavior in a negative way. I think some moms give up too early when their child refuses healthy food. "Don't want carrots, ok have a Mcnugget." LOL Keep trying the healthy stuff and an occasional frosty will not kill them :) (I have to give a little, this boy has grandparents!!!! haha

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Sometimes I wish Daphne would just sit in front the tv and veg for 5 or 10 minutes, but she has no interest whatsoever. I certainly dont want her watching for longer than that at a time, but I dont think that tv watching is harmful in small doses if the baby is getting lots of face time with parents/caregivers and is exploring and interacting with her environment.

The candy and soda is a definete "no". My step-father used to give my (much, much) younger brother soda in his sippy cup and candy whenever they went out together, to my mother's chagrin. What resulted was a toddler with caps on all 4 of his top, front teeth and damage to his permanent theeth that weren't even out. I think that parents and caregivers need to look at their own reasons for consuming sweets and then ask themselves if they want to pass that on to their baby. With childhood obesity being such a hot topic, why put your baby at risk?

Stephanie - posted on 01/26/2010

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My four year old sings all the Yo Gabba Gabba songs, and then does what they say...like being excited about brushing her teeth or trying new foods.

Cheri - posted on 01/26/2010

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I was just watching a parenting show and it had some great idea's. They said to of course pre watch all tv shows and set up some kind of activity that go's with what they just seen or just talk about it. They said a 3yr old should only watch 1-2 hrs a day. Which is normaly about 2-4 cartoons. Which I find is more then enough for my 3 yr old. At least for my family.



I feel the less tv the better and to hold out as long as you can I did and my 3 yr old is smarter then 6-7 yr olds. She can read, she knows over 300 words of sign lang, money, and ect. She is considered is be a gifted child. I truly believe its because she never sat in front of the tv. It's because we read books all day and I do learning things with her. We read as least 20 books a day. Then do an hours worth of learning on top of that and every opatonity in between. I also do it with my son. He knows some of his shapes and a few signs then can also read the word "mouth".

Claire - posted on 01/25/2010

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I have the TV on a lot during the day mainly as background noise. My daughter and I watch playhouse Disney in the mornings together and In the Night Garden on DVD.
As for pop and candy, I think the closest she ever came was picking up a chocolate chip that I dropped on the floor only to have it plucked out of her hand instantly :P
I actually took her to a friends first birthday party where kids her age and younger were having juice boxes and chips.
I'm trying to hold out on the pop and junk for as long as I can, I personally don't eat junk food (a lot) and I rarely drink pop so it shouldn't be too much of a problem

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on the soda and candy issue, no way does a baby need that. Even if these teeth fall out why rot them. On the TV issue I disagree with everything about how its the death of a child will cause them to have ADD and so forth. I have Mason Adventure who will be 1 on Feb. 13. And I have a daughter who will be 18 in Aug. She watched Barney and Lamb Chop and every Disney movie from the time she had the capacity to do so. She is about ready to graduate high school on the Honor roll and she will be going to College in the Fall with a partial scholorship. She rarely watches tv now. When she does its SpongeBob or Jeopardy. Nothing bad has befallen her because I aloud her to watch tv. Mason watches Nick Jr. He loves it and we sing along together. I use it to play with him. I am not just parking him in front of the tv and taking off and hope all is well. The cartoons teach lots of things from different languages to not to bite your friends. What is wrong with that.

Cheri - posted on 01/25/2010

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I know alot of parents that give there babies pop at like 5 months or younger. One girl I know filled her 4 month old baby bottle with coke and was mad he wounldn't drink it. I was like OMG! An no offence at all but Yo Gabba Gabba and Sponge Bob are the my number one shows I hate. I always say That there so dumb that when you watch them it kills your brain cells lmao. I couldn't stand to watch them; they kill me!

Stephanie - posted on 01/25/2010

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Who would give a baby candy or caffeine? Yo Gabba Gabba is crack for babies! If I need my son to be still for a minute, I put on Yo Gabba Gabba!

Justine - posted on 01/23/2010

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I have 3 children 4, 2 and 10 months and I have to say that so far none of my children have been interested in watching TV as babies they are more intersed in playing with their toys. My 4 year old loves watching Play School which I dont mind and I usually watch it with her but she loves imaginative play and will play all day with her dolls. I think if the Tv shows are apprpriate and they still are getting exercise by playing outside and learning other skills like cooking, gardening etc then its ok but its really up to you what you want for your children. As for foods my attitude has changed alot since having my first. When she was a baby I was very careful what I gave her and was very pedantic but now with my third I let her try everything not a lot just a taste. Once again its a personal choice but I would never give a baby coke, yuck even I hate it!!

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I feel that it is BIG NO NO on he sugar... I get very upset when even my mother, father or anyone give my son Sugar. i do not care if it is a birthday or some thing else... there is a long history of being over weight in my family and so I when I had my son i decided to get healthy and we have taken all sugar and soda out of the house. If my son's father wants a soda he has to get it else where and i perfer him not to drink in the house. We dont even have juice in the house since i feel that he is too young to drink juice. If he gets it at day care they give him about 2 ounces with 6 to 7 ounces of water. The rules of my kitchen are also no snacks, no junk.



Now for the TV. Myself and my son are pretty happy to play and enjoy time with eachother, as for his father he wants it on all the time so what i have done is we turn it on for background noise but it is in a part where Colten doesnt see it all that much. I grew up having to play out side and i feel that it is the best way for kids to grow up. my son would much rather work on his walking and climbing on everything then watch the shows on tv. I also feel that if children are going to play video games it should be for 30 mins to an hour at the most. and even then they need to earn the time allowed to play.

Cheri - posted on 01/22/2010

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OMG Thank you Bethany Eaton, I fully agree. I'm happy to see so many parents care about the childrens suger intake. But at the same time shock about how many parents allow such youg children watch tv. I'm just thankful that there is another parent out there that has also done the research and takes it as serious as I do. Thank you Bethany!

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