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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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!!

Tarah - posted on 01/23/2010

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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.

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.

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!

Bethany - posted on 01/22/2010

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Children under 1 should have no TV exposure, and children under 2 could possibly have up to an hour a day if they must.

They are not only looking at the content, the program, they are also staring at a bright flickering tube of light. This is far to stimulating for a baby or a toddler.

Watching TV/DVDs at this age kills off the part of their brain required for lateral thinking and imagination.

Charlotte has never watched TV. I make sure if she's in a room with the TV on, she's faced away from it or in a position where she can't see it.

She plays very happily by herself, using imaginative play already. She talks away to herself and puts muslins and clothes around her like dress-ups, and she play hide and seek with me, she plays with the dolls in her doll house. she'll sit and play for up to an hour like that, mucking about with her blocks and cars. She loves to pull all her board books down and sit and turn the pages of them and look at them, she'll do this even when I'm out of the room.

We have nice classical music playing, or just quiet, so she can hear the birds and cars and insects outside. She picks up on every noise and says Dat Dat and points, and I say car car, or bird bird and she grins and goes on playing. It's so peaceful in our house with no TV and no radio blaring random adult songs.



As far as pop and candy are concerned: GOOD GRIEF! of course no no no. Milk and water only, and very little processed sugar. There is going to be some in their bread, and maybe a bit of scone (US biscuit) and baby cookies anyway. Charlotte won't be having candy for a LONG time yet, and the same goes with pop. Fruit is way sweet enough for a kid this age, and at least has some fibre and nutrition. A kid will be just as happy with some raisins or grapes or a bit of fruit cut up as they would with candy.



We grew up with candy and pop as a very special treat we had on our birthday, and at Christmas. It just wasn't even in the house. Now, I can have sweets in the house for ages, and not eat them. Just when I really feel like a bit of a treat. Feed them now what you want them to choose for themselves later.

Michelle - posted on 01/22/2010

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My daughter has no real interest in the tv except when she hears certain commercials she will stop what she is doing and listen. She would rather play with her toys, books, her cousin or just explore her surroundings. She keeps herself very busy and is on the move all the time. If she was interested I don't see the harm in educational programs every now and then.

I don't want my daughter to get a a taste for sweets at this age. I would rather her develop the habits to eat fruits and vegetables now and there is plenty of time for sweets and soft drinks when she is older. The biggest battle we have is getting other family members to follow our choice when she is around them.

Anne - posted on 01/22/2010

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my son eats some sweets ever now and then, BUT NO POP,he also watches some t.v. throughout the day but i try to keep it to a mininum(Nick Jr. the only channel he realy likes)

Niki - posted on 01/22/2010

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my baby loves in the night garden and waybuloos at the minute and i use there names in our conversations but to be fair the only time hes really entranced by tv is when the adverts are on he loves all the different sounds and music and he claps and laughs at the evian baby advert

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I think it's okay for your 11 month old to have some sweets now and then, but as Cheri said it's all about moderation. Am I going to let her eat a whole candy bar, or a brownie? No, but I will share with her... there is nothing wrong with sweets for your child as long as they are eating healthy, you eat sweets, RIGHT?? As for the TV, it doesn't hurt your baby to be exposed to it. Playhouse Disney (which my 3 year old watches) captivates my baby because of the bright colors and music. But at 11 mos she doesn't really watch it... stares at the TV for a few seconds, then goes about her business playing. Is exposing them to music, bright colors, shapes and counting really a bad thing early on in development?? Living in front of the TV all day, not okay for ANYONE! As a mom only YOU can decide what's best for your babies... NO ONE can tell you what you should do.

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Absolutely no soda or candy for my little girl! Why on earth would you want to give it to your child anyway? There is absolutely no nutritional value in it! As far as TV goes, my 11 month old watches maybe 10 minutes of TV a week on average... probably not even that much. She has a safe area with all of her toys and board books and I put her in there when I need to get something done like prepare her food or sweep the floor or something. We only watch TV if we are going to watch an educational DVD like Baby Einstein and even then we watch it TOGETHER and talk about what is happening. Her favorite one to watch is her sign language one. We practice our signs together and practice saying words and pointing.

Amber - posted on 01/22/2010

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My Daughter watching educational DVDS in the mornings! She loves it!!! Its winter right now, so I don't mind it..but this spring, we will be more outside doing things..There is only so much you can do to entertain a child..and the dvds help out when she is bored with mom :) And NO on pop and candy!!!!

Zahra - posted on 01/22/2010

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given the nature of this discussion it's classic to see the advert to the left of the conversation box!!! (an ad saying 'all of your kids' favorite shows are online')

Zahra - posted on 01/21/2010

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Everyone is ready to say the tv as a baby sitter thing. I agree that large amouts of tv watching isnt good. I was always the kind of mum who said I wouldnt let my kids watch tv. but the reality of parenthood is different from our ideals. Most people these days dont live in extended families and the nature of the family is changing.I have a one year old and a two year old and sometimes like when I'm having a shower or trying to feed the baby I do need 'a baby sitter'. Obviously it's not ideal, but it's reality. I think parents are under so much pressure to be 'perfect', when all we can do is do our best.

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T.v is good if you need a bit of time out or have a job that must be done e.g feeding another child or having a shower. My 2 year old is only just getting into t.v before that she wasn't really fussed. If it's fine I love my girls to be outside rather than watch t.v. Everything in moderation I say. Sometimes mums need a break! Fizzy is something I avoid. Candy once in a while - nana's love to treat the grandkids. I try to teach my eldest girl about treat foods and how we only have them once and a while.

Randi - posted on 01/20/2010

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I wouldnt get a shower in without tv! I dont consider the tv a babysitter when me showering is essential. I dont see the issue in placing him in his playpen with toys and sesame street in order to get short tasks done. It doesnt keep his attention for longer than 15 min anyways. I dont think any of us would even consider plopping them in front of the tv for extended periods of time. He loves all the music and seeing other kids on screen. We definitely do more reading and playing..the important things which makes me ok with the little bit of tv watching.
Sweets....i never even thought about giving him candy or soda. He has had whipped cream and vanilla pudding and his regular appetite is already junk like mac and cheese and grilled cheese(only thing he'll eat :( ) so guess ive already screwed that up. Ill keep working on healthy snacks and foods b/c I do want to start good habits. Jealous of all those healthy eaters above!!

Cheri - posted on 01/20/2010

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Moderation is key on everything! But our children are so young they only know what we show them. I rather have my son sit down with a book before sponge bob lol But I guess it all depends on what you feel is best for your children. I do allow my daughter (3yrs old) to have a movie night every couple weeks or so. Or if we have time after hers and her baby bothers learning lessons. I might let her watch PBS just untill snack is ready. But for him I think I'm going to wait a few more years.

Jennifer - posted on 01/20/2010

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My son is 11 months and has a bunch of learning dvds he doesnt watch, I Dont mind if he watched tv as long as its teaching him something...im not too worried about the effects at his age. I will not be one of those mothers who forbids watching the tv. As for coke and candy...NO! No child should be drinking soda till was older, and candy is not good either, if you start them off a healthy eater chances are they will have healthy habits years to come

Erin - posted on 01/20/2010

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I don't see any reason for babies as young as ours to have soft drink, candy, chocolate, ice cream or even juice! My daughter drinks nothing but milk and water. She does not eat any junk food (snacks are fruit, crackers or cheese) and I have no intention on introducing it to her. When she is old enough to ASK for some of these things, then perhaps I will allow them as treats. But they have no place in the daily diet of a child.

I am not so strict about TV. My daughter watches about 30mins in the morning while I have breakfast and get ready, and probably another 30 mins in the afternoon when I'm cooking dinner. The tv is on throughout the day but she doesn't pay any attention to it except when I turn it onto the kids' channel (and even then sometimes not). I think moderation is key here. I don't think a tv should serve as a babysitter, but I also don't think it is evil. A little bit of common sense goes a long way....

Corena - posted on 01/20/2010

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My son watches TV occasionally...maybe 1 or 2 hours a week. He loves The Wiggles. The tv is often on when he is in the room but he is only actually interested if something is playing music. I don't think they will grow up stupid if you let them watch some tv. It is all about moderation. If you are using it as a babysitter, that's an issue. Don't let people make you feel guilty about your parenting...most mothers know what is right for their child.
I have not given my son pop or candy...I want his palate to develop without tons of processed sugar. The occasional taste is probably ok though. Moses has had a tiny bit of ice cream and if we have fruit juice popsicles I usually share mine with him. Our house is not really huge on junk food though so that is one of our values.
Do what you feel is right and healthy for your child...

Teri - posted on 01/20/2010

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I don't allow my daughter to watch TV for the simple fact that I don't want her losing interest in exploring! I don't want my daughter to grow up thinking that she needs a TV to teach her things that she can learn from her surroundings. Plus, babies need human interation to grow and learn. As far as pop/candy i don't give it to my daughter because of the child obesity problem. I want my daughter to like healthy foods and not think that chocolate is it's own food group.

Cheri - posted on 01/20/2010

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I 100% aggree with Melissa! I think there is know reson a baby should be watching tv at all. TV before the age of 4 is linked to ADD. To many parents are useing TV as a baby sitter. My oldest is going to be 4 in May and people ask me all the time "why can't she have candy/pop or watch Dora" They seem to think I'm doing something wrong. They have even gone behind me and tried giving her candy or turning on cartoons. But now that she is older she has no instessed in suger what so ever. But cartoons make her a blob. I hate them! Kids should be playing, or reading books not sitting all day

Dawn - posted on 01/20/2010

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My son watches Playhouse Disney throughout the mornings and we will put in his DVD's in the afternoon....right now I am not concerned because I feel they are teaching him music and more....his and my favorite TV shows are Little Einsteins, Special Agent Oso, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse; for DVD's we watch Barney, The Wiggles and Baby Signing Time. We don't usually watch during meals, and we do plenty of other activities without the TV being on. When he becomes older, we will keep a tighter grip on how often he is watching because that is when they will just sit and watch for hours if you let them!! Regarding candy and soda, these will not be introduced to him as a young toddler and will always play a limited role (until he gets his own $$ and wants to spend it on a candy bars!!) I love sweets myself and don't think some cookies or cake or icecream in the house is a bad thing, but we will not be stocking up on snack packs of this and that! And, we will not have soda in the house, we don't drink it unless we get takeout or see a movie. My overall thought for as he grows up.....I feel it does more harm to absolutely limit TV and suger....makes it their life mission to get some....I have witnessed this many times! My job as a Mother is to see when he is ready for something and teach him to use it in a safe and healthly manner. This really is such a personal question...I am interested to see everyone elses opinions on this one!!!

Melissa - posted on 01/20/2010

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No, they shouldn't watch TV or have coke and candy. There's absolutely no reason for having coke or candy. It's not healthy, and the ever growing problem of childhood obesity could drastically be cut down if more people found it inappropriate. As for TV, babies need interaction with humans not some cartoon who telling them things. There's been a study done linking early TV watching with slow speech development as well.

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