Do you let your little one watch T.V??

Rebecca - posted on 02/27/2010 ( 68 moms have responded )

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Do you let your little one watch T.V and if yes what?

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Ricky - posted on 03/01/2010

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Honestly I let my son watch T.V all the time and its whatever Im watching, but I put treehouse on all the time. He is so curious though that sitting in front of the t.v is not really for him. He'd rather play with his toys or explore the apartment. I do use T.V as a babysitter if needed for a short period of time, ex: doing the dishes. I'm home alone with him for minimum 10 hours a day (usually 12), so I do need a break from playing with him all the time and t.v gives me that small amount of time to sit and do nothing (or get something done like the dishes)

Crystal - posted on 03/02/2010

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I do not let my son watch TV. It isn't recommended to let any child under 2 watch TV. When my husband and I are watching TV he may look over for a second, but he barely even does that really.

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Chet - posted on 10/11/2012

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TV is pretty limited at our house. We only watch downloaded and streamed shows with the commercials cut out. If we get DVDs with ads I copy them and cut the commercials out myself.



Under the age of about two or three our kids don't really watch TV. I'm pretty offended by shows aimed at kids under two.



Television is not left on in the background at our house. If anybody watches a show they choose it, watch it and when it's over you go do something else.



Our boys love Mighty Machines, Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam. One of our girls started reading when she was 2.5 and she really liked Super Why and Word World as a young preschooler. We also have some Weston Woods / Scholastic DVDs that have animations of classic children's books. They have read along subtitles and she was a big fan of those as well.

Daisy - posted on 09/29/2012

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i let my four month old wacth cartoons and he stays and wacthes it like diego go

and he likes it alot and the song twinkle twinkle little star that is the song i put for him to sleep is that a good thing im doing

Courtney - posted on 03/08/2010

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My son loves Sid the science kid. I usually have the tv on in the early morning during breakfast time. All the books say not to, but he is a very healthy, active child and usually enjoys playing with toys more than looking at the tv. In all honesty, if my child was actually staring at the tv I might have more of an issue, but more often than not he just dances to the music that he is hearing in the background. I believe that is why he is happy when Sid the Science Kid is on. They are always singing.

Karen - posted on 03/08/2010

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yes we let my son watch tv. he usually watches what we watch at night, like family guy, king of the hill, and futurama. in the mornings he watches mickey mouse clubhouse, special aagent Oso, dora, handy Manny, scooby doo, chowder, misadventures of flap jack, sponge bob and tom and jerry.

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I have two children - one who is almost three and my little one is just 9 months. The older one likes to watch Dora, Backyardigans, and other TreeHouse programs (Pocoyo, Max and Ruby, Harry and His Bucket of Dinosaurs, Caillou). My younger one sporadically watches what her older sister is watching, but for the most part she's playing with the toys I've set up for her in their play area. I like that my younger one is more engaged in the tactile play, and every now and then, her older sister will interact with her, but less agressively than she would if the television was off! (She's distracted and not as rough as a result!)

Kara - posted on 03/06/2010

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During the hours that my son is awake, we usually have Playhouse Disney on. He rarely pays attention to the TV but he loves the music in all the shows. I'd tried just turning on music during the day but he didn't seem to respond to that; however, the Hot Dog song from Mickey's Clubhouse ALWAYS makes him dance. Like I said, he rarely looks at the screen but he does dance any time they sing :)

Emily - posted on 03/06/2010

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Ok, I'll probably sound like a bad mama, but I'm putting it out there for you. I have the tv on all day. I just need to have other voices in the house because it's just me and the 2 kids all day. My 3 year old and I take turns with what we watch, and my 9 month old is usually in the room. I can tell my baby loves Pinky Dinky Doo and Wubbzy. We watch nickjr and Disney. I also bought the "Your Baby Can Read" Program and they watch that as well. Now, just because the tv is on, doesn't mean that we don't do other things. We do play together and go places. But I do make sure that what they watch is educational. The things that I watch are family appropriate, but if it's not going to be I DVR it and watch it when the kids are asleep.

I have found that with educational programs and my own teachings they are both learning quite a bit very early. My son (3 years old) knows all of his numbers, colors, and pronouns. Now he's learning to read.

Rachel - posted on 03/06/2010

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OUr angel loves sports because its like a kalidescope for her, and of course baby einstein, and Disney (i sing the songs)

Jamie - posted on 03/06/2010

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My 9 month old daughter really enjoys watching PBS and Nick Jr. shows. I know that some may disagree, however, she enjoys watching them as she drinks a bottle and it gives me an hour or so to get some stuff done. That way I don't feel bad if I am not paying attention to her :) I don't see any harm in an hour or two a day.

Clare - posted on 03/06/2010

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I let both my kids watch cbeebies as they are educational and a lot less annoying than the American shows plus being a BBC channel there are no adverts which is bliss!

My daughter Rhiannon is 3 in July and had very limited speech but it's improved in leaps and bounds since watching shows like Something Special. She's obsessed with Charlie and Lola too! My son Logan is 1 in May and he enjoys watching too.

Angele - posted on 03/05/2010

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yes I do...but only for 20-30mins at a time. we have bebe tv at home and she loves it!!!

Rhina - posted on 03/05/2010

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If you start believing every statistic out there then you won't be raising your children, statistics will do it for you. You are the parent and should be able to raise the child the way you want to. Everyone has a different opinion. My daughter watches tv and she speaks and understands 3 languages. She speaks the words clearly without a problem and she is 2yrs old. If you just put them in front of the tv and don't take the time to teach them yourself ofcourse they will have problems, but that doesn't mean a little bit of tv is going to hurt them. Its up to you do what you believe is best and don't judge or let anyone judge you.

Ramona - posted on 03/05/2010

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wow! i am really shocked to see how many let their infants watch TV!
A leading child expert warns parents to limit the amount of television children watch before the age of two, after an extensive review published in the January issue of Acta Paediatrica showed that it can do more harm than good to their ongoing development

Watching TV programmes or DVDs aimed at infants can actually delay language development

Kelli - posted on 03/05/2010

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apart from football (rugby league) and horse racing (hubby lol) we barely have the tv on. millie isnt really interested in it. do kids at 9 months really like certain shows?? wow..im not a telly watcher myself and didnt think they would show too much interest in tv

Rhina - posted on 03/05/2010

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Yes, they watch Nick Jr. Yo Gabba Gabba is their favorite. It is nice to be able to distract them for a while as you try to clean or just take a break. Its a learning show, my 2 year old loves it and has learned a lot because in the Nick Jr. shows they learn numbers, alphabet, shapes, etc. And you know what in Winter they can't be outside and its expensive to join a baby gym or something like that. I don't know about you but the economy has hit us bad and we try to save as much as possible, so a little tv will not hurt them, just make it educational.

MaryAnn - posted on 03/05/2010

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My nine month is really not too interested in TV. If i have the tv on the sprout channel something may catch his attention. My son is not a traveller and has always fussed in the vehicle, to sooth him we bought a dvd player and he loves watching elmo!!!! My 14 year old enjoys it too!!!! Ive tried to madagascar and when the baby cried he cried not a good idea!!! and a sesame street dvd and he did not like that.

Amy - posted on 03/05/2010

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Honestly my son doesn't have much interest in it. He would rather be playing with toys or with his big brother. He does however like to sit and watch Wheel of Fortune, which is odd but I think it is the wheel and the noises more than anything.

Amy - posted on 03/05/2010

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My boys watch Sprout PBS everyday... Their favorites are Barney, Calliou and Thomas the train. I see nothing wrong with a child watching television. I did when I was little

Jennifer - posted on 03/05/2010

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Our son doesn't watch tv. If I need a break or need to do dishes or something I put him in his playpen and he entertains himself with his toys. I could understand how some moms use the tv instead b/c all babies are different and some don't like to entertain themselves for long.

Oh, and also I play music for him all the time. We have tons of kids cds. Pandora.com is great too.

Josie - posted on 03/05/2010

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My daughter watches T.V. Only in the morning while having her breakfast. She watches Mickey Mouse club house because they count a lot and teach letters and numbers, after that we play or read and other stuff.

Charlene - posted on 03/04/2010

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I have the tv on quite abit, when my first son was really little I mostly just had on stuff I wanted to watch like baby story, Y&R, he never paid attention to the tv, I'll put Treehouse on for him when I have to leave the room to do something, he would watch some, he will play with his toys and glance at the screen once in awhile, as he grew he started to like certain shows and now he is 2 1/2 yrs and he LOVES the Disney movie Cars, he really could watch it all day if I let him, over and over, other then that my husband loves to watch hockey so he will watch that abit too. But mostly my son loves the music most on the shows on Treehouse. I now have another boy he is almost 10 months and since we have the tv on, he will watch abit when he heres music but he mostly watches his brother. My oldest has learned alot from tv, he doesn't ever stop talking, he knows his ABC's, count to 20, knows all his colours, can sing alot of songs, its actually scarey how much he knows, people think he is older then he is just by how much he talks and what knows. Almost all the shows on treehouse teachs the child something. I don't find it bad to let your child watch some tv as long as the shows are appropriate.

Naomi - posted on 03/04/2010

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Hi, I don't really like the idea of my wee boy sitting in front of a tv yet. He is 9 months old. Thankfully he is not interested in it when it is on but Im sure that will come. I don't think it is good to have tv on all day. I wonder if it will stop creativity for them when they get older, 2-5 years old. It's better for them to be able to amuse themselves and find fun ways to play. Sitting watching takes that away. Don't get me wrong there is a time and place but it wont be to often in our house! When we do, it will be cartoons, Wiggles etc while Im getting tea ready! I would suggest you limit it! Cheers

Heather - posted on 03/04/2010

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Yes I let my son watch tv. He likes Yo Gabba Gabba and Diego. Those are the only two he really sits and watches. I usually put it on Nick Jr during the day while he plays. He usually doesnt pay attention but sometimes he'll stop to dance. He doesnt like Baby Einstein at all nor Sesame Street. I figure leaving it on nick Jr during the day its probably a lot better than what he would get out of what I'm watching.

Georgiane - posted on 03/04/2010

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I'd rather not but the fact is that we watch tv and she is there when it is on. Most of the time she is just playing and not looking at it, except when the closing credits come on or a commercial. The telly is mostly on animal planet, she likes their commercials.

Shell - posted on 03/04/2010

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i have the tv on most the time, my son doesn't seem to sit and watch it but just look up every now if a noise gets his attention. he's to busy playing with his toys or crawling as that is a new thing he has just mastered.

Tania - posted on 03/04/2010

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My baby is ten months today and loves to watch poo bear = lol
Doesn't do any harm

Mikayla - posted on 03/03/2010

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My daughter loves Baby Einstein! I'll put one on for her once in a while when she's very cranky and I can't seem to entertain her. But that's not even once a week. Other than that, the tv is pretty much always on as background noise, and she always looks when there is a commercial with music on. The best thing ever though, is when Sanford and Son comes on at night.. She dances to the theme song for some reason. It's hysterical.

Bistra - posted on 03/03/2010

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Our son watches Care Bears - "Big Wish Movie " since he is 3 months old. He is just addicted to it as well as "A Bugs Life" There ware really hard times when his front teeth was growing and the only think that could calm him was one of the two movies. I always joke with my husband that Care Bears are awesome babysitters as well as A Bugs life :-)

Tara - posted on 03/03/2010

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I let my baby watch about 1/2 hour a day - we watch "In the Night Garden" after her afternoon nursing session and it is a routine part of our day. She loves it - and she claps when the characters clap their hands, a friend of mine's son learned to wave goodbye from one of the characters too. Sometimes we watch "Waybuloo" which follows after, but only sometimes.

Siri - posted on 03/03/2010

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Yes, I have the tv on quite a bit in the morning and at night, and in the afternoon getting ready for work. She will actually watch Sesame Street and music videos. Music videos calm her down and acctually keep her occupied. I turn it on when I leave the room and shes playing.

Andrea - posted on 03/03/2010

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My daughter is 10 months old and I never allow her to watch to TV. When she was 6 months old I did let her watch Baby Einstein, but then I read that the American Academy of Pediatrics said kids under 2 should not watch TV so she I stopped putting it on. My husband and I do not put the TV on until she goes to bed.

Courtney - posted on 03/03/2010

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We do not turn on the tv for our 10 month old, and it is very rarely even on when she is awake. My husband and I don't see the point of putting her in front of the tv when she thinks her toys and the dog are equally as interesting. She would really rather listen to music, play with toys, play with the dog or look at her books...

Nicole - posted on 03/03/2010

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my 2 year old has only just begun getting interested in TV up until now I couldn't get him to watch a thing, but both he and my 10month old daughter both love Mickey Mouse DVD's. I just put it on repeat all day and if they aren't watching it, it's in the background while we do something else. It has really taught my son a lot of new words which is great.

Erika - posted on 03/03/2010

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My baby love Zaboomafoo (sp) with all the animals! I leave the tv on with Baby Einstein or PBS shows while we're playing a lot, but she doesn't just sit there and watch it. I don't see the harm in background noise... it helps when I put her down for a nap.

Heather - posted on 03/03/2010

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We let our daughter watch the Baby Einstein Vidoes as well as the Praise Baby videos. She only watches them in the morning while we are getting ready for work.

Lindsey - posted on 03/03/2010

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My son won't sit still long enough to watch anything. I try to get him to watch it every now and then but he has no interest! It would be nice for the peace and quiet every now and then but guess I'll just be happy that he isn't a couch potato.

Deborah - posted on 03/03/2010

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yes I let my daughter watch tv we have a atation her for little ones where all the shows are learning shows like word world and i have the your baby can read so she watches that 2x a day. i started off with the baby einsteins but they dont really teach them anything so i got the your baby can read shes already following what they do and recognizing certain things I love It

Amanda - posted on 03/03/2010

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No we do not let him watch TV at all & don't plan to until he's at least 2. Even then, it won't be much. If we are somewhere that has a TV on, we turn him away from it. We don't watch much either, & usually only at night after he's in bed.

Rebekah - posted on 03/03/2010

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Wow, I'm really shocked that so many people let their infants watch TV. It surprises me how many people go against the American Academy of Pediatrics about everything on these boards. Anyway...

My son was 20 months old the first time I turned on the TV specifically for him and I felt guilty about letting him watch so young (prior to age 2). He's 3 now and is allowed to watch one hour of TV a day. Occasionally his sister (9 months) is in the room, but there's no way I'd turn on the TV for her to watch at this age... I guess I'm old fashion.

Kirsty - posted on 03/03/2010

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The tv in my house is on all the time, mainly as background noise, but its on all the time. My darling daughter looks up when she hears music playing, such as theme songs etc but rarely pays much attention. As she is quite active and a crawler, I use it when I need to get things done, and her favourite show is Bo on the Go...I dont mind her watching this as it encourages cleaning up, exercise and making different animals....she rarely watches it all....I agree with an earlier member, Playhouse disney is great...Its very educational.....

Nita - posted on 03/02/2010

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"Honestly I let my son watch T.V all the time and its whatever Im watching, but I put treehouse on all the time. He is so curious though that sitting in front of the t.v is not really for him. He'd rather play with his toys or explore the apartment. I do use T.V as a babysitter if needed for a short period of time, ex: doing the dishes. I'm home alone with him for minimum 10 hours a day (usually 12), so I do need a break from playing with him all the time and t.v gives me that small amount of time to sit and do nothing (or get something done like the dishes)"

As a stay at home mom for the last 9 months I found that it was a good source for noise in the house. I'm not one for a quiet home, I have had a radio playing in my son's room since the day he came home from the hospital. The tv is not a bad thing for them to watch and learn from if the programs are geared towards children. My son watches treehouse and enjoys Dora and Diego, but at the same time he is playing with his toys, learning and trying to start crawling. I think having the tv on, also helps in the growth of a soon to be vocabulary and we can't teach them everything and I don't know about you mom's but I haven't figured out how to talk in baby language or in regular language for 8 straight hours, we need a break.

Kathie - posted on 03/02/2010

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my 2 yr.old son kurt always watch tv.. it was his hobby watching tv, especially cartoons, he loves watching tv.. i allow him to watch tv for him to stay on sitting or laying, coz' too much playing or moving cause him on hard breathing.. it is bad to allow r kids watch tv?!

Erica - posted on 03/02/2010

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In the mornings after I have gotten her ready and I am getting ready for work. I'll sit her down on the floor and I'll put it on the disney channel. Usually Micky Mouse Clubhouse or something educational will be on. She doesn't always watch it, but it keeps her occupied until I'm ready to go. I've heard really good things about baby einstein. I haven't gotten her any yet, but I've been planning to.

Danielle - posted on 03/02/2010

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my son watches i think just because of the colors. he loves cartoons but he'd rather play and go exploring. he'll stop on his way by look then move on.

Tiffany - posted on 03/02/2010

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my daughter watches nick jr. she absolutely loves yo gabba, gabba and i'm actually going to take her to see them live. i can't wait to see how she reacts, b/c she is always getting excited when the show starts and waves at all the characters!

Alison - posted on 03/02/2010

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I let my son watch a little bit of television every day, although the only thing that he'll stop and pay attention to is Spongebob. Especially the beginning when they sing the theme song. He LOVES that song. We also have some baby einstein dvd's, but he's not too interested in those. On long trips we put a disney dvd in our car player and that keeps him pacified for much longer!

Katherine - posted on 03/02/2010

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I use the baby genius videos everyday so I can get the cleaning done. He loves the songs and claps along with the music. We watch tv while he is in the room but he plays with his toys and doesn't pay much attention unless I put on his videos then he is glued to the tv.

Brenda - posted on 03/02/2010

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I turn on a disney movie for my daughter when she's not feeling well, or tired and not quite time to lay down yet. It's usually about 1-2 times per week. I snuggle with her on the couch and we watch together until she's almost asleep, which is usually about 10 minutes.

Carol - posted on 03/02/2010

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We are not huge tv watchers in general. However, my husband does like to watch Hockey. They sit on the floor, while playing with toys Bennett will occassionally watch the hockey game. We have put 'treehouse' on for a background sound and some shows have caught his attention. Seems to be more interested in his parents and toys for now. But if not for long periods of time, there is nothing wrong with it.

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