Does anyone else let their babies watch tv?

Alisha - posted on 05/10/2009 ( 98 moms have responded )

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My son loves to watch the television, especially shows on PlayHouse Disney and it is amazing but he actually pays attention. I was just wondering does anyone elses baby do this and is this a bad thing?

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Veronica - posted on 09/26/2009

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i dont think theres anything wrong - my son for whatever reason is obsessed with yo gabba gabba - but he goes nuts over it - plus he tries to sing a long although all that comes out is slurriness since he's still learning to speak but he loves to dance and clap his hands and shockingly follows along with the story lines - plus - as a single mom his attn to it gives me a moment to get some things done around the house

Becky - posted on 05/13/2009

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Hi Alisha - my son watches TV, but only because his parents are! He generally has no interest in it (which is fine with me) but sometimes will get mesmerized when I am fast-forwarding - I think all the fast lights/movements interest him.

He is generally more interested in the dogs and his toys or weird things like the curtains on the wall - not sure about that one. Don't think it's bad at this age, but I'd be careful in a few more years!

Amanda - posted on 05/13/2009

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babies do love it, and I think it only becomes a problem if it is used too much. There are studies showing links between frequent tv viewing before age 2 and adhd later in life, and it is also linked to obesity, mostly because when children watch it they are sedentary. The current recomendations are no tv before age 2 and then after that very limited amounts. However, as a mother of three including twins and a 6 year old, my babies watch about a half hour to and hour of tv a day and most but not all days. This is usually when its rainy and im trying to get stuff done. They will watch baby einstein or whatever kids show my son is watch and I don't feel guilty about it at all. I what is more important is the other things you do with them throughout the day like love on them, sing, talk and read to them etc.

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Sophia - posted on 04/20/2013

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STOP BTEATING YOURSELF UP. TALK TO HER DR. ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU HAVE SAID IN THIS LETTER. GOOD LUCK.

Stephanie - posted on 09/24/2009

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My pediatrician says its not good to let children under 2 watch tv, but I do. My babies interact with the playhouse disney and other shows. Plus they don't just zone out to it...they actually play and look up once and a while. I also use the tv to basically keep them from getting into trouble while I run into the laundry room or bathroom. They don't watch tv all day...just a couple of times a day...I don't see a problem as long as they are active, learning and aren't glued.

Bethany - posted on 09/24/2009

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my son does the same exact thing and sometimes my friends tigger and pooh is the only thing that calms him down. i dont see anything wrong with it. he actually does sounds they do and "sings" when they do.

Kline - posted on 09/24/2009

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for me, it's not a bad thing, i let my 11 months baby boy to watch tv in the morning while eating breakfast. 1 hour is enough and i allow him to watch twice a day or juz every mealtime bec. it's fun for them and helps to entertain them while eating, we all know that it's not easy for those mom like us to feed our child some healthy food and based from my own experience this is the best solution, feed them while they are watching their fav. tv shows or educational movie shows.

Carla - posted on 09/23/2009

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Hi Alisha,i´m Carla. My baby watches a bit of tv in the morning, the Baby First channel and she sees a DVD with music for babies once a day. This should make a total of 1 or 1/2 hours all together. She sings,dances and plays with her toys while watching it and also allows me to do somethings around the house. I think it´s a great help as long as they don´t stay there for to long.

Jen - posted on 09/22/2009

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not at all! I use tv time so I can clean up and cook, my song loves the sing a long shows. A little tv won't hurt him

Rhonda - posted on 09/21/2009

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Our son LOVES Mickey Mouse Clubhouse! His nursery in done in Mickey, so it is familar to him and it's educational, so what does it hurt?! He watches it for 1/2 hour every morning and I have some on the DVR for meltdowns or when I am cooking or something. The only other thing that he gets to watch are the Baby Einstein videos and I'm telling you what, HE LOVES THOSE THINGS!

Nicole - posted on 09/10/2009

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My son watches tv too. Loves Playhouse Disney. That and commercials. He'll stop whatever he's doing and watch them. It's probably bad that I let him watch it all the time, but I don't necessarily think it would cause any problems. Might want to cut it short once they get older so they don't get too used to it.

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My son loves the Baby Einstein movies also. He will watch a select few shows on tv. Like Seseame Street and he likes that Yo Gabba Gabba.

Ashleigh - posted on 09/08/2009

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My child watched playhouse disney as well, but that is all she watches about 2 hours of it. I dont think it is bad if it is only in moderation. This is mainly while I am still waking up.

Eileen - posted on 09/08/2009

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my son watchs tv all the time its a great way to get them to stay still when you are trying to dress them lol. blake love scooby doo and other classic cartoons on boomarang (aust cable channel). its not a bad thing so long as they dont sit too close, its amazing how much they can learn from watching tv its no different from them watching us.

Leslie - posted on 09/08/2009

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no i dont think its a bad thing as long as it isnt a constant thing. i sometimes put a veggie tale dvd in for my son i think that he really like all the colors. and sometimes ill put baby einstein on. but as long as it isnt a constant thing i think its fine as long as it is age approprite

Misti - posted on 09/08/2009

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My daughter loves to watch game shows like The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, and Family Feud! I let her watch them so I can do stuff around the house and because she usually plays while she watches. For the most part our tv is just background noise in our house but there are things that catch her attention, like commercials with music, that she will watch and then go back to playing. I know they say not to let your little ones watch tv, but if they are still playing and not glued to the screen, I don't think it will hurt. If you let your baby watch tv, don't feel guilty. There are a ton of us moms doing it! :0)

Sherry - posted on 09/07/2009

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I let Sharon watch tv, basically so she would let me do things around the house, but that does not always work if its not something she likes on tv. from now it seems like she has her likings

Wilberte - posted on 09/07/2009

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i let my daughter watch tv. she watch the noggin channel and watch barney. she pays attention and actually dance along. n do her horrible singing. lol

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I don't know what everyone else has responded, but according to my ped. children should not watch T.V. before the age of 2. They are suppose to be active playing, interacting with their environment and learning. The T.V. does not allow them to do so.

Christy - posted on 09/07/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

Ok so my response to this is a bit different from everyone's and I'm hoping you all don't shoot the messenger but I read a couple of studies (one done by the American Academy of Pediatrics) that claim that children under 3 who watch 3 hours of TV a day had a 30% increased risk of developing ADD and ADHD then those who do not. Infant and toddler brains are developing at a rapid speed and a great deal of exposure to TV with it's rapid movements and quickly changing scenes gives young toddlers and infants a false idea at lifes speed. They then feel as though normal time is moving to slowly and find it hard to pay attention for long periods of time. . . something like that. Obviously it's hard to recall verbatim. LOL
I don't think that a little TV daily will hurt our babies but I think it's important to keep it limited to under an hour a day for at least the first year if at all and I probably wont let my son watch more than 2 max until he is 3. If you google attention deficit disorder and TV you will get several articles up if your interested.



I am right there with you Sarah!!!  AJ watches very little TV shows, if ANY!!!  I have been using the 'Your Baby Can Read' DVD program since he was 4 months old and he DEFINETLY learns from this, he will 'WAVE' when he see's the word 'WAVE' (not just when he sees the little girl waving on TV)...I sit with him and practice and interact while watching (sometimes I will admit I catch up on some task or chore and just set him on the floor in the living room...rarely, but I have done it!).  I will also show the DVD (the next in the series...if we are watching DVD #2 at home, he get's to preview DVD#3 in the van) while in the car...even quick trips to the grocery, I also make sure he can hear it too...the teenage girls always complain but who cares' they have Ipods...if they want thier music, bring the IPod!!!  LOL...HTH!!!

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My little girl loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on PlayHouse Disney! It's the only one she'll pay attention to. So I've recorded a few episodes and she watches it in the morning while having breakfast and in the evening before bed while having her evening bottle. I don't think it's that bad just as long as they're not stuck to the television 24/7 and you do other activities with them.

Cleh - posted on 09/04/2009

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my baby gabb always watch tv every morning.. she started watching tv at the age of two months?? is that bad??

Michelle - posted on 09/04/2009

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My 10 month old daughter doesnt really pay attention to shows, but she loves when they break into song. She usually stops what she is doing to bounce along to those, especially from the Jump Arounds. I think stations like Noggin and Playhouse Disney are great for kids...dont feel bad!

Lauren - posted on 09/02/2009

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My son watches occassionally while his brother is watching but so far the only thing he has shown a complete interest in was the Disney movie Bolt...He watched the whole thing with his sister and brother until he fell asleep 10 mins b4 it ended.

Sarah - posted on 09/02/2009

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My son has the TV going constantly but he doesnt always watch it, it is more for background noise . He loves to sit and watch shows on the the disney/nick jnr channels which i feel are fine because they are educational. I think children watching tv is fine its not violent kind of cartoons like we used to watch as kids , the educational aspects of the new kids programs make them a lot better.

Cristy - posted on 09/02/2009

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i have 5 children between the ages of 14 and 10mths they have all watched some form of tv the 2 ,14 year old girls watched wiggles they could tak and sing and dance by 2
my 13yr old boy's fav was seame street he to learnt to talk and things early
now i have a 2yr old he fav is jane and the drangon even my 10th old is now trying to talk because of his little fav show so yes a little tv will not harm him it may help he advance

Deanna - posted on 09/02/2009

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Two days a week my daughter is with a sitter (who has a four year old) and the TV is on everytime I'm there. And, probably all day. Texas heat. It's hard to play outside. So, when she's with me the other 5 days we try not to put on the TV when she's awake unless it's Toddler Tunes so that she can dance. I wish she watched less. I don't think it's healthy.

User - posted on 08/31/2009

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My TV is on all day, i have 2 boys, eldest 2 and a half and the other 11 months, they don't watch it all the time but when a show comes on they like they watch it.. my 11 mth old loves 'In The Night Garden' and has done since he was 5 months.. he stops and doesn't move of the whole show.. i don't think TV hurts them plus once the weather gets better they spend more time out side than in front of the TV...

User - posted on 08/30/2009

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I have NO issues with them watching TV, I don't have it on much a little in early morning and again in the afternoon. It IS stimulating for them all the colours, sounds, different people and pictures so WHY NOT!!! He loves Dora sits there and gets all excited, if you say to him "where's Dora" he wiggles around and gets all happy! Show's with singing and dancing are great fun and you can join in with them too, its a great way to spend some fun time together,dancing, singing and doing actions, TV doesn't have to be looked at as something bad, as long as you don't use it as a baby sitter just dumping them there for long periods!! The other day there was something on that had 'real' animals on it and he was absolutely inthralled with it, he is now at that age that he is starting to take notice of animals, and he sat there looking and pointing and talking to them on the TV, I made the animal 'sounds' i.e. "look Oliver a lion, the lion say's ROAR", so some shows can be very educational for them, I have learnt a lot of interesting things for documentaries ect!! My son is OCT 30th, now 10 months old!

Eva - posted on 08/29/2009

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My son loves Diego especially when he sings about something. He actually like any shows that has music and dance. I dont think its bad.

Rebecca - posted on 08/26/2009

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My TV is on pretty much all day (older kids and mother-in-law) and i have to say that my little girl is not interested in it, she is too busy crawling around and seeing what she can get into.

Stephanie - posted on 07/30/2009

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my daughter watches tv ALL the time and she is not developmentally challenged, and she really enjoys it. as long as u dont sit them like a foot from the tv its fine. all i worry about is her eyes, since her brain is fine. dont let anyone tell u how to raise ur child but ur child. if ur child seems fine then they are. they will tell u if somethings, wrong, like if they are obviously slow in something that they could be doing while they are normally watching tv, thats when u should turn the tv off and try to teach them.

Tiffany - posted on 06/25/2009

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Yup!
My daughter watches any kids shows. (tho she isnt interested in mine..lol)
Treehouse and TVO kids seem to be the most interesting for her (I guess treehouse is just Canadian, tho)
I dont think its bad, if its in moderation. They are educational - the babies see people talking, learn names of colours, and see numbers and happiness....
and we also turn on music and the TV off, and we go outside, for walks to just in the yard...

Jessica - posted on 06/23/2009

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my son watches tv with my three year old daughter. Like dora, baby sing alongs, spongebob, wonderpets. And yes he loves it too, its all the colors and the movement. It has been said that there not supposed to but it happens and i believe it does help them with sounds and colors.

User - posted on 06/23/2009

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my little girl used to love Playhouse disney when she was between 3 to 5m especially frannys feet!
but now she is not bothered i put it on occasionally but shes more bothered about her toys
lv gem x

Caitlin - posted on 06/22/2009

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My daughter loves watching shows on Noggin. They are somewhat educational and she loves them

Rebecca - posted on 06/22/2009

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i let my girls watch 1 hour of tv a day my eldest is 2 years old and she sits with my yoiungest who is 8 months and tells her all about it, i think tv is fine in moderation and with parental guidance on what they are watching

Tiffany - posted on 06/20/2009

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Just a note but the baby einstein videos move at a slow pace and the my first signs one has some additional features that help us parents learn the signs so that you can teach them without the video and with.

Sarah - posted on 06/20/2009

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Ok so my response to this is a bit different from everyone's and I'm hoping you all don't shoot the messenger but I read a couple of studies (one done by the American Academy of Pediatrics) that claim that children under 3 who watch 3 hours of TV a day had a 30% increased risk of developing ADD and ADHD then those who do not. Infant and toddler brains are developing at a rapid speed and a great deal of exposure to TV with it's rapid movements and quickly changing scenes gives young toddlers and infants a false idea at lifes speed. They then feel as though normal time is moving to slowly and find it hard to pay attention for long periods of time. . . something like that. Obviously it's hard to recall verbatim. LOL
I don't think that a little TV daily will hurt our babies but I think it's important to keep it limited to under an hour a day for at least the first year if at all and I probably wont let my son watch more than 2 max until he is 3. If you google attention deficit disorder and TV you will get several articles up if your interested.

Tammy - posted on 06/19/2009

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My daughter has recently shown an interest in watching tv, so I bought her a wiggles dvd. She will watch about 3 songs without moving and then she gets bored. I don't think it's a bad thing but I try to avoid it when I can.

Tiffany - posted on 06/19/2009

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My son loves tv and I let him watch pretty much any educational video. I just make sure that I watch them first that way I can interact with him and them when I want to add more educational activities or games for him.

Danie - posted on 06/19/2009

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I keep PBS or put in a Baby Einstein DVD on when she is awake and paying attention. She prefers the DVDs thank goodness. But most of the time I have it on for background noise and encourage her to play. I can go over the things on the Einstein dvds with her. She like animals. Her favorite thing is Elmo. There is something about him. We can sing the tune to Elmo's world and she'll stop and look at the t.v. I say there is nothing wrong with interactive television. Just don't use it for "babysitting"

Deanna - posted on 06/19/2009

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We used to have Noggin on during the day, until it got to the point that I just couldn't stand one more episode of Toot and Puddle or Lazy Town (those puppets kind of creep me out). He really enjoyed Jack's Big Music Show, but they stopped playing it. We switched to Sprout and he just loves Chica in the morning and they play Sesame street and Barney, both of which has a lot of singing. Anything with singing in it he enjoys. It's on in the background through out the day, but he only pays attention to it when someone is singing or Elmo is on (something about his voice is super entertaining, I guess).

Jennifer - posted on 06/18/2009

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my son loves t.v. he plays with his toys and cousins all the time but i dont think its bad for them at all. Now as he gets older there will be rules like homework first and such but i dont think a baby watching t.v. is near the horrible thing the media makes it out to be.

Siobhan - posted on 06/15/2009

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My son loves watching "Handy Manny" and "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse". He loves all the colours and the music. I let him watch it when he's cranky it really settles him

Dannielle - posted on 06/15/2009

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my son is the same loves playhouse and well i dont not mind letting my son watch it. it gives me time to do dishes and he doesnt watch it all day he loves the music and the colour's i think but he just watches what he wants to as he's either running around in his walker or crawling around. well he enjoys it so do i

Kortney - posted on 06/11/2009

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My son likes to watch animal planet he seems to like all the different sounds the animals make. Not that staying still lasts long but he seems to enjoy it when it has his attention.

Linsey - posted on 06/11/2009

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we watch tv together. while she's playing on the floor with her toys i put on sid the sciene kid or something on disney. its keeps her busy and i can do things around the house. she dosent watch the whole show!! just when everyone dances or sings. i dont think its bad at all! shes actually learning while she watches.

Melissa - posted on 06/10/2009

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my daughter loves handy manny!! i record it with dvr...when ever she is fussy i play it and she's all smiles and giggles

Amy - posted on 06/10/2009

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My 8 month old seems to love the Family Fued and other game shows that I have on while doing laundry. I do turn on Oswald or WonderPets so I can jump in the shower right quick! Otherwise she's too busy exploring, but will stop when a good commercial is on! The problem is my 11 & 8 year olds. They're the ones I have to unglue from the t.v.

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My toddler watches some disney/pbs shows, probably more than she should, and so I'm sure the baby sees some of it. I try to limit her exposure but am not too paranoid about it and she doesn't usually seem interested. She's busy hunting for anything she can find to put in her mouth!

Donna - posted on 06/09/2009

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I don't think there is anything wrong with it as long as they have some educational value.

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