Babies/toddlers watching tv.

Shannon - posted on 04/17/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Do you allow you child to watch t.v.? If so what shows do they watch? Do you limit their watch time? If you do not allow t.v. watching what brought you to this decision?

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Jessica - posted on 04/26/2010

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Morgan- that's funny about dr. phil!
Avery is 10 mos and watches sesame street. She isn't always actually watching, but the second she hears Murray or Abby she gets whiplash! lol! She dances to both of their theme songs, hah! She doesn't watch Word World, but I think it's a cute show! She likes to watch Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune too! We don't have cable either, but when I am at the in-laws I like to put Miss Spider on. She will watch it for a little bit! A lot of times I have the cedarmont kids dvd's in. Toddler Tunes is a cute one. Praise Baby is kinda like the baby einstein dvd's but it's praise music! She LOVES music, so anything musical she tends to tune into for a little longer.
Shannon- amen on the re-runs! I am soooo tired of watching the same sesame street over and over! I mean haven't abby and her friends figured out that your not supposed to let the gerbilcorn get your wand, yet! GEEEZ! lol! =)

Morgan - posted on 04/26/2010

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My daughter is only a wee one at 3 months old but I am a tv lover myself and I find she likes Dr Phil, when ever he comes on shes Glued to the TV, when she a bit older I wont mind her watching a little bit of TV maybe a few shows a day but I do know some little ones who sit in front of the tube all day and I dont agree with that at all. on a rare day if your not feeling good I understand it can happen, but like I say for most subjects moderation is key!!!

Shannon - posted on 04/20/2010

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Hi Jennifer,
I completely agree that tv should not be a babysitter! My son likes to watch certain shows and I have it on for noise a good bit but my son is more interested in playing and running around than being a couch potato. If this starts to change the TV will be off and we will be outside playing or if weather doesn't permit we will turn on music and play indoors. He loves to dance too so I'm happy for that! Thank you for your imput and I hope to see more from you in the future! Welcome to the community!!

Jennifer - posted on 04/20/2010

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My son is 7 months old and he really enjoys sesame street. We bought him a DVD of the older seasons highlights which include mostly songs. He's fascinated by Ernie and the other Muppets. I put it on for him just a little bit at a time while I'm doing dishes or housework, but the rest of the day we spend together playing with blocks or having tummy time. I think educational tv can be very stimulating in moderation, but tv should never be a babysitter. As soon as he is old enough we will definitely take advantage of the parks in our area.

Shannon - posted on 04/17/2010

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Kelly,
Welcome to the community and thank you for you contribution!
I completely agree with the why take the chance statement. I tend to apply that to alot of my parenting and also applied it to my pregnancy! Hope to see you around the community! Thanks again.

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My son is 5 and I let him watch PBS (we don't have cable or dish, so it's the little guy's only option!). He usually watches Super Why or Dinosaur Train while I get my shower and he eats his breakfast. Occasionally, if he does really well in Preschool (I home school preschool, but he will be in public 5k next year) I will let him watch Dragon Tails after lunch.
That's usually all he sees unless I'm sick or working. (I work from home about 2 days a month). We do not leave the TV on all day, one b/c it drives me crazy, and two b/c it has been linked to increasing symptoms of ADHD--Not causing it--if your child does not already have ADHD there is little evidence suggesting it would cause it to manifest, but it can make symptoms more severe in kids who already have ADHD. I have a very severe case, and thus far my boy is not diagnosed, but sometimes I think I see it in him (then other times I think I'm over reacting....) so why take the chance :)

Tammylee - posted on 04/17/2010

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Hi Shannon
My daughter watches some tv. I usually only really let her watch educational type shows. She watches Hi5 and Dora. Hi5 is a great show for learning, and dancing. Also Dora is a bit of fun and adventure, with learning too. She enjoys books, and being read to her. I dont think kids need to be limited to how much tellie they are watching, obviously unless like you said, if they are standing watching all day.

Jaime - posted on 04/17/2010

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There was a similar question asked in another community and this was my response:

I haven't thought much about the t.v question until recently because Gray has never really had more than a five-minute interest in a program and then he's off again playing with something. I was talking with the coordinator of our playgroup about a month ago and she had come across a study (I'll get the details and try and post a link to the info if I can find it) that was completed recently about the learning benefits of television---it was found that there really wasn't many. Children don't absorb a lot from a t.v. program because (unless it's The Wiggles or a similar show with songs) they don't understand much of the conversation that is happening between the characters. It's not bad to let kids watch t.v....I just think there has to be a healthy balance. As for the shows to really focus on, I would suggest the annoying ones with the songs that get stuck in our heads to the point where we sing them even when our children are not with us! lol. "Barney", "The Wiggles", "The Backyardigans"...these shows are a bit more engaging for young kids because the songs are melodic and repetitive. As someone mentioned, I would avoid the ridiculous shows like "In the Night Garden" "Waybuloo" "The Wot Wots"...any sort of show where the characters speak gibberish because it's counterproductive and they are not any more engaging than a simple cartoon like "Carebears" or "My Friend Rabbit". I don't usually have the t.v on during the day because Gray just doesn't seem to be interested in it yet, but at night when we're dressing him and brushing his teeth for bed, he is more inclined to sit with me and watch a program or two on the 'Treehouse' channel (I too, am in Canada).

Bottom line, I think it's about balance and making sure that children are engaged in what they are doing. If they are immersed in t.v. all day long they will have difficulty becoming mentally motivated to engage in outdoor activities or sensory activities that develop their motor function. I think that there is nothing wrong with a child watching t.v. because it is a part of our culture and it will be difficult to avoid t.v. for very long...it's best just to find a balance of activity and stick to it!

Shannon - posted on 04/17/2010

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Thanks for the imput moms! I'm wishing PBS would make some new episodes because I am getting tired of hearing the same ones every week! lol

Lisa - posted on 04/17/2010

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My 3 1/2 yr old does he LOVES pbs also but he also really enjoys mickey mouse, handy manny, lilo and stitch and other shows on disney and nick jr. I'm the same way its mostly just back ground noise cause Colin is very active and is always running from room to room!

Katherine - posted on 04/17/2010

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My son is 3 and loves Toy Story/Pixar movies. TV shows don't seem to interest him.

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I let my daughter watch some TV, she usually has little to no interest unless it is a show with music and singing, then she will sit and watch it intently. She is 10 months old. We do play some children videos for her like Sesame street or Winnie the Pooh on Youtube, on occasion and she really loves those too.

Brandy - posted on 04/17/2010

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i completely left out clifford,caiou(sp?)and he really enjoys dragon tales...he even loves to read dragon tales books!! he likes to read and does so often.

Brandy - posted on 04/17/2010

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i let my kids watch tv...they wouldnt watch all day even if i let them.My kids are 19months old and 3 years old. They like to spend their days playing outside and at the park. My son does have his favorite shows and spends some down time watching them. Some of his favorites are ni hao kylan (sp?),dora the explorer,tom and jerry,mickey mouse clubhouse...mostly educational pre-schooler shows. But he also likes to watch some of the older kids cartoons like Ben 10 alien force,Kim possible and he especially loves American Dragon!! he LOVES to watch iCarly and even Big Time Rush...so he has a wide variety of shows he watches but never all day long...he would still rather play outside.He is very smart,has a huge vocabulary and knows his alphabet and can count to 20!! i dont think watching tv has made him a couch potatoe or any less intelligent.So anyways theres my input,thanks for listening!! ♥Brandy♥

Shannon - posted on 04/17/2010

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Thank you for posting :-) I agree with having them read. My son loves books. Educationally programing is why I love PBS pretty much all the shows teach something!!

Melanie - posted on 04/17/2010

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I allow my 6 yr old to watch about a film every night at bedtime. During the day i limit what they watch usually have music on. Have quiet time before bed but that involves playing for a bit. Think tv can be good esp educational ones for the little ones. Prefer my kids to read or at least try to play outside weather permitting. That doesn't mean i sometimes put the tv one for a bit of peace xx

Shannon - posted on 04/17/2010

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I do allow my son to watch t.v. and mostly it is just the shows on PBS such as Sesame Street, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Curious George. He is a very busy child and doesn't really sit and watch t.v. for long periods of time. He will play until something catches his attention and then its back to playing. He is not bothered in the least by the t.v. being off and will play with his toys or we will play together in the quiet. I don't limit his watch time because he doesn't sit and stare at the t.v. for hours when it is on and I have always prefered to have background noise whether in the form of t.v. or radio.

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