How much TV do you allow your child to watch??

Lindsay - posted on 01/21/2010 ( 53 moms have responded )

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Hi all, just wondering how much TV you allow your child to watch? When did you start letting your child watch tv? What types of shows are you letting them watch?

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Siti Mastura - posted on 01/25/2010

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Tv is on all day in my house. my son starting watching tv since his 6 months but not so concentrate.His favourite is Playhouse disney channel especially music n singing.

Tammy - posted on 01/25/2010

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we pretty much have tv on all the time n my son loves mickey mouse clubhouse. special agent oso and imagination movers. all this scientific research sayin that babies vocabulary will not develop properly is a load of bull coz my son was sayin ten words by the time he was 1. I interact with him jus as much, but i don't think it matters how they learn as long as their learnin x

Steffi - posted on 01/24/2010

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well with so many people in my house we have it on all the time. When other's in my home are gone I have my son 14 months now watch educational shows like Dora the explorer, seasame street, and shows like that sometimes I get movies for ages 3-5 that are about counting, shapes, colors thing's he'll evenduatlly have to learn and let him watch it and he loves it!!!

Monica - posted on 01/22/2010

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my son learned to wave from baby einstein LOL!! the woman's voice is so soothing and there are visual aids with kids so it's really appealing to them!! they never watched too much or that much tv but i like the baby einstein videos with the animals, they're so cute!! :) and as long as u watch with them i think that it's ok...
my daughter's only 15 months tho and i wouldn't sit her in front of the tv and i don't think she'd stay anyways!! like the other moms said, she only stops when a song comes on (themesong for backyardigans and Dora are number 1!! lol)

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Carolyn - posted on 06/21/2012

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I have to say I hate the TV being on all day, especially if no one is watching it, I'm trying to teach my children not to waste electricity. I have three children eldest 6, youngest 20months, so we have a bit of peppa pig, charlie and lola, mickey mouse and some Phineas and Ferb, we watch a film every now and then, they like musical programes and dancing, anything that gets them involved, so they like Dora, I'm not as keen but it's for them not me. I cannot say I've ever given an amount of time they can watch TV because they often go off and play when they are ready, if anything I say right two episode of charlie and lola then bed time or you watch a dvd this morning so no TV until after dinner.

Sara - posted on 06/18/2012

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I work full time from home for a publishing company (busy busy busy with deadlines to constantly meet) and I keep both my children (ages 2.5 and 4) at home with me. They watch TV quite often but, I've noticed recently that turning it off and replacing it with music does the trick. They seem to only 'watch' the shows in the morning and occasionally towards end of day. They play outside often or pretend games with each other which keeps them occupied away from the TV. I take as many breaks as I can throughout the day to read books, color a page in their drawing book or do some water colors with them but, unfortunately, the television is almost always there. At least they enjoy learning shows, especially Team Umizoomi!

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I used to let them watch a lot of TV.. but not anymore. My 2 year old watches one hour of TV at night (Giggle and Hoot good night hour).. and my older kids (12 and 9) hardly watch any at all.

Well that's not true, we watch one documentary a day. An hour or so of cartoons on the weekend as well.

Brittney - posted on 06/13/2012

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Ruby is 1 (technically 20 months or something) She started watching tv shortly after her birthday, she watches curious george, clifford, and super why. She blurts out things she sees in curios george (like tree!) she tells me what letter makes whatever sound in super why and clifford just amuses her. She watches a total of 3 hours, if you call it watching it straight. She takes breaks from it and plays with her toys or reads a book. She is definitely smart even though she watches tv. She isn't even 2 yet and she can count up to 15 by herself, sing her abcs, recognizes letters by sight and sound. I have to thank super why for that. But I also sing to her and play with her, the tv is only on while I need to do something important (phone calls mainly). Ruby also knows how to clean and gets 6-8 hours of outside play.

Gricell - posted on 06/05/2012

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I have a 7, 4 and 18 month. I am now trying to limit TV time to 1 or 2 hours a day unless we all sit down to watch a movie as a family. I have my kids color, read or be creative. My oldest loves art and craft, my 4 year old makes ramps and rolls cars down the ramps and the little one will sit and scribble scrabble. I make them clean their room which takes a long time. I also take them outside in the evenings so they can jump, run or swim. I'm in AZ so the summer time is mostly inside.

Sarah - posted on 03/26/2010

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I have an idea for everyone that says they just have it on for background noise. I usually have the radio on (i know about needing the background noise...lol) Its great and when a good song comes on WE DANCE to it, so we are instilling some more exercise in her habits!!!! And mommy gets some too

Sarah - posted on 03/26/2010

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Being in the obstetrics field, i of course do lots of reasearch on children and conditions. There are some great studies out there that talk about TV and its effects on the brains of children, and its links with causing ADD and ADHD. The average american child watches more TV in a week than their parents work!!! SAD really. For children under 2 the effects are more severe. TV can put them into a hypnotic state which shuts down the part of the brain that controls the distintion of right and wrong. So when they see the rabbit jump of the building they think that that is normal. Most studies I've read say to limit the amount of TV your child watch weekly to no more than 21 hours a week. But to me thats generous. We only allow an hour a day MAX! and we pic and choose whats on the TV. We are big fans of Planet Earth and other educational shows. On Demand is the best for kids....NO COMERCIALS!!

Naomi - posted on 03/25/2010

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The tv is on pretty much all day in our house too. She watches PBS in the morning and pretty much ignores it the rest of the day unless we put on of her shows on. She loves to watch Phineas and Ferb with her brothers in the evening.

Rebecca - posted on 03/25/2010

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When my daughter was very young I would have the tv on all day, but it was for my benefit as I was bored and lonely at home. As she got older I had it on the kids channel more and more throughout the day until at about 12 months it was on her shows all day. Most of the time it was just background noise but she would stand very close to our large tv when she was watching something. Since she was about 13 months I have changed our habits greatly by trying to have the tv off as much as possible.



Now we have the tv is on in the morning for the breakfast show/news and then at 9am I will flick it over to Waybuloo and then playschool, mainly so I can have a shower and get the dishes done, plus she loves Waybuloo. (She is now 17 months) We are normally out 3 mornings a week so this pattern is only half the time. I then try to have the tv off for the rest of the day or at least until 4.30pm when another episode of playschool comes on and I need to start getting dinner sorted. I always make sure the tv is turned off during dinner time though.



In saying all this she does have a children's music dvd that she is in love with...she will hand me the remote and start dancing on the spot. Initially she would stand and stare at the tv while it was playing but now when it is on it is mainly background noise and when one of her favourite songs comes on she will stop playing and dance to it.

Jaime - posted on 03/24/2010

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Like many others, I leave the TV on pretty much all day. In the AM I leave it on the Disney channel and sometimes nickelodeon. She loves watch and dance to mickey mouse, handy manny and their little skits in between. Aside from that it's on to have some background noise and I only notice her watching TV when some music grabs her attention or if she's playing with the remote and changing the channels. She also loves watching Baby Einsteins "My First Signs" and has learned most of them, so she does watch that every other day.

Jenifer - posted on 03/13/2010

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one of my children is 3 and still doesnt watch alot of t.v he never has been a t.v kid however my 1 year old likes to lie on the couch and watch it and my partners 3 year old i have to turn the t.v off if i want her to do anything else lol. i'm the same with both my kids i would rather have them outside or playing bored games and things then in frount of the box . I don't have a set amount of time they can watch it or set shows i just say at the end of this movie or this t.v show i will be turning the t.v off they are fine with that.

Sarah - posted on 03/13/2010

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Wow! Neat to see all the different responses. Well, my son's pediatrician has told me that they recommend no TV for kids under two. My son is 17 months, and he DOES watch TV, mainly it is limited to Elmo or Sesame Street, and is usually 1/2 hour or so a day. Some days he doesn't watch TV at all, other days we're pushing 2 hrs. in a day. I'd really like for him not to watch TV, but he LOVES the muppets SO much, I let him watch a little here and there.

Kim - posted on 03/13/2010

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Our TV is on all day - we like cuddling and watching a kiddie show when he wakes for 10 min or so - but throughout the rest of the day its just background noise - he'll only watch it if there is a song to dance to or sing... I think kids learn heaps from it - he always waves when something waves at him...

Kristy - posted on 03/12/2010

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My litle one doesn't really watch tv, but she has just discovered barney( Thanks to my 3 yr old) so I will put on a dvd that is all songs, not the whole show, and she will dance and sing along, but that's it.

Leonie - posted on 03/11/2010

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My daughter goes to childcare 4 days a week and they DO NOT have television there. Having said that, I don't mind because it means that we get to monitor and decide on how much she watches. We let her watch a 20 Rhyme Time DVD in the morning (provided by our local council) which runs through nursery rhymes with hand actions. She loves it! She has only really been watching it for about 3 months now. Because she loves it sooo much, I bought a baby einstein nursery rhyme DVD which she now watches in the evenings (of course with either myself or my husband singing along and dancing with her). She loves that as well!

I guess I believe that generic surveys on other people's children who give age-specific recommendations (again about other people's children) are pretty much useless and I like to make my own decision based on her intelligence level and also level of interest. If she had her way, she would watch both DVDs a billion times a day - but we limit her to once in the morning and once in the evening - with our supervision. Other times the TV is on - but she doesn't even pay attention to it.

I think my daughter is pretty advanced (and my Childcare Director also thinks so), which is why I don't have any issues allowing her to watch these type of programs.

And there is nothing like a 16mth old shaking and moving to the music - cracks me up everytime! They are soooo adorable at this age...

Orla - posted on 03/11/2010

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Yes I'm not alone, my tv is on about 70 per cent of the tilme and Eryn loves it, her fav shows are Bear in the Big Blue House, we had to buy all the dvds and the waybuloos. We live in France so she watches french kids programs too. she is already starting to talk so no problems there and i was surprised that she was learning things to from it, as clapping hands to mucis and tapping her feet along with Bear! Thanks for being truthful about how much tv is on in other people's houses as was starting to think I was a bad mom as her in France is looked down upon!!

Laurie - posted on 03/02/2010

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My son loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Imagination Mover, Handy Manny and Special Agent Oso, too! We have the tv on a lot, but he's usually too busy to pay attention to it. He will come running to dance if he hears music...sooo cute!!

Jan - posted on 03/01/2010

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We have the tv on most of the day, but no one is watching it, it's just background noise. My 7 yr old turns it on in the morning and the timer is set for family channel and that's where it stays. My 17 month old likes to watch micky mouse club house in the morning while she has her milk and I get DS of to school which is fine by me, but if it's not mickey mouse or tigger and pooh she basically just ignores it.

Maria - posted on 03/01/2010

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My son loves to watch only two things- HBO's Classical Baby series, which we recorded and he loves to dance to the music, not necessarily always sitting watching it, just playing in the background. He also ADORES watching videos of classic Sesame street on you tube. which is good, because since they are short clips we can control how much he watches. although he gets mad when he's told we are done with it. lol. We have watched videos (music segments only, and only with puppets. he doesnt like anything else) of Elmo's song, C is for Cookie, Put Down the Ducky, Do Wop Hop, etc. he loves it. I wish he would like to watch the cute shows on the Sprout channel, so he would let me make dinner in peace, but he ignores everything else. :) I started letting him watch tv at about 11 months, but he didnt ever show interest until about 13 months.

Angela - posted on 02/21/2010

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My son loves the early morning shows on Playhouse Disney (particularly Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Special Agent Oso and Chuggington). The pre-school programming ends at about 10:00am and then the TV is usually off for the rest of the day. I've been watching the Olympic games this past week, but he isn't interested unless there's music.

Kelly - posted on 02/20/2010

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My 16 month old watches tv for about a half hour in the morning while I try to get everything ready so we can leave, then we watch it for 30 min just before her nap and bedtime to calm her down. She loves mickey mouse, little einsteins, handy manny, and sesame street.

Tone - posted on 02/20/2010

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Wow.. alot of people have their tv on all the time.. that use to be in my house.

I am okay with letting my kids look at tv.. but I normaly only let them look at noggen.. or your baby can read.. which makes them talk.. I have 3 kids 5year, 3 year, 1,5 year.

Rigth now I am doing a test. with my 3 year old.. she use to be glued to the tv.. but she talkes like a storm.. well she do not want to go potty.. so I took the tv away.. and wow.. she do not mind.. well she wants tv.. but she now playes with puzzels.. coloring all the time..and it is not hurting her to not have tv.. so I am going to stick with my test.. to see how long it will take her.. all my kids have had tv from young age.. and they are all talking fast and alot.. so I think it depend on the kid.. and what type of program you let them see..

Laura - posted on 02/19/2010

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LOL well to be perfectly honest the TV is on all day and 90 percent of it is the Wiggles. My daughter ADORES those guys! She has learned SO much from watching it too. She is 16 months old and does all the moves to the songs (they are all interactive for those of you unfamiliar with them). Sometimes she watches a whole song or 2 (or more sometimes) while she dances and sings along, sometimes for longer, but she is always ready to tell me "No" when she doesn't like a song and she will go do something else. Like take my finger and lead me back to her room to play :) My DD has been talking for months and is very eager to learn and interact, so I have a hard time believing that children are harmed by TV before 2. Just my personal opinion. No judgment to other opinions. Do what works for you! :)

Paige - posted on 02/14/2010

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My 16mth old isn't interested in TV at all which is great. My first child loved watching Hi-5 at 9mths and that was it... she would have an hour of quiet Tv time at night while I cooked dinner and got everything organised... my second child started watching dora at about 12mths and is obsessed by her, now at 5 and 3 they watch tv in between playing outside and with their toys but I'm REALLY thankful that my youngest isn't interested at all :) I hope it stays that way... she is already proving to be an outdoor kid :)

Lindsay - posted on 02/14/2010

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Wow, most people have tv's on all day.. while watching TV doesn't affect every child it does affect some. My nephew was a tv water.. He would be put into a daze over it. At 2 years old he was hardly saying anything. I told my sister over and over to turn the tv off. Finally she spoke to the doctor who had him go for some testing. I knew there was nothing wrong with him all he needed was to turn the tv off.. studies show that tv watching affects boys more than girls. She stopped turning the tv on for him, soon after he started talking.. It's always something I tell people, just to watch and make sure they are not sitting there staring at the tv, not only is it bad but it will also hurt ur eyes..

Malathi - posted on 02/07/2010

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My daughter loves to watch TV especially Mickey Mouse, Dora the explorer, Hi5 and other musical shows and rhymes. TV is on all day in our house and she has learned many words from there... It's okay for them to watch but they also must be exposed to the books.

Alexis - posted on 01/30/2010

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My daughter is 15 months and she doesn't like television yet, and I didn't let my boys really sit down and watch any until they were 2 1/2 years.

Jessica - posted on 01/30/2010

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both my daughters...15months and 4months watch tv throughout the day and it is on while they sleep as well... they watch Nick Jr. so i know at least they are learning shows...agree with others my 1month old loves the shows where they sing and dance!!

Raeven - posted on 01/29/2010

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I let her watch tv at about 9 months.
We had the radio on and she was always dancing so I put on Yo Gabba Gabba for her.
She danced to that as well.
So now every now and then I put on Yo Gabba Gabba for her.
I'm not sure how much tv she watches, it's not a daily thing, I'd guess probably 3 hours a week.

Nic - posted on 01/29/2010

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T.V. can be such a huge waste of time, especially those adverts! For that reason, we don't have a T.V. We rent the odd DVD to watch on our laptop or download British comedy (without adverts). At 13 months we started letting our daughter watch 10-20 mins of "Baby Signing Time" twice a week, and normally its a last resort if I need to get dinner on and she is grizzling at my feet. She loves Baby Signing Time and will stick to it like glue. But as people have already discussed on this forum, research shows that its best to limit children's T.V. watching, especially for those under 2 yr.

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my son is 15months old and he doesnt really want to even watch tv. Now if he's on the couch he must stare over at it for a brief second. We have nickleoden on which is Dora, etc (my 3yr old loves watching her shows in the morning)

Melissa - posted on 01/29/2010

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We used to have the TV on all the time and it didn't seem to affect their play or attention. They only seemed to stop and pay attention for the theme songs and the Your Baby Can Read commercials. My ped. said no TV until 2 and even then limited at our 12 month and I began to feel a bit guilty. Now, I really do try to limit it. I turn it on after lunch time on sesame street and let them watch for a little while I clean up the floor of the disaster they created during lunch. We also let them watch a Brainy Baby DVD (similar to Baby Einstein) every other night before bed. Other than that, TV is off.

Martha - posted on 01/29/2010

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Tv is on cbeebies most of the time,bupe sits to watch and wont be distracted by anything,loves `in the nite garden,show me show me`.we turn it off to let him do something else.

Briana - posted on 01/28/2010

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I am with everyone else. It is on all day but he doesn't pay attention unless there is music and singing involves then he will stop and dance then go back to whatever he was doing. But we are always reading and building with blocks and things like that. He loves to play with his cars and just talk with me all day. We watch PBS only until naptime, he goes and takes his nap and I either take a nap with him, he hasn't been letting us sleep at night with all his teething and new skill building, or I watch somethig I want to watch and eat my lunch then clean a little before he is up and ready to go again. The TV is never very loud either...

Alison - posted on 01/28/2010

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I have it on most of the day. Sometimes i just put music stations on, and other times I have my shows on while I'm playing with my 15 month old. The only shows she actually watches are Yo Gabba Gabba and Monsters, Inc. Other shows I put on, and she will stop during them and play or sing is dora and sesame street. Monsters, Inc is crazy because she really doesn't move while it's on, she loves it.

Joelene - posted on 01/28/2010

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we have the TV on all day and my little one will watch bright coulorful shows when she sees them for the first time but she won't sit and watch the same thing or a series of shows she mainly just follows the ppl in our house around but will stop and dance to music shows especially hi 5 (she is 16 months old!)

Summer - posted on 01/27/2010

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My 15 month old loves Sesame Street. She only likes the puppets and singing. She fusses or losses interest in the animation. I think as long as you don't use it as a babysitter it is fine. There is no substitute for human interaction. Sesame Street has been on for 40+years...they defiantly doing something right. My little one is saying 3 word sentences, so I don't think it hurts language development.

Adri - posted on 01/26/2010

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Wow I am surprised at how many of you have the tv on all day long. I thought it would be the opposite since all I hear these days is how bad tv is for kids and the no tv under 2. Anyway, yes, we have the tv on pretty much all day. My 15 month old doesn't pay much attention to it but my almost 4 year loves watching shows like Sesame Street and other PBS shows plus she loves the Wiggles.

Casey - posted on 01/25/2010

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The tv is always on in my house. My 15month lil girl barely watches tv. The only time she will watch it is if i'm sitting down and watching it with her. I let her watch max and ruby, and whatever else comes on channel 301.(directv)The old Noggin channel. Everything educational.

Karen - posted on 01/25/2010

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My daughter only watches a bit of tv (I would say about 2/week) and the only shows that she seems to actually sit down and watch are baby einstein movies or the new one, elmo's world. Otherwise, she is not very interested in other shows.

Lindsay - posted on 01/24/2010

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Personally we don't allow tv watching, i was just curious to see what everyone's opinion was on the subject.. we don't allow any tv for the 1st year.. we have just started to allow Madison to watch some tv, she doesn't watch daily.. when she does watch its for 30 mins tops.. i pick what she watches, and its mostly things like sesame street and Barney.. She is mainly into the singing and dancing of these shows and rarely watches the whole thing.. which is fine with me... we have 2 older children and have done the same with all of them..and our youngest which is Kaitlyn she is 3 months, she is not watching tv at all.. and by that I mean, she doesn't face the tv at all..
Thanks for all the great imput..and again, i don't think there is a right or wrong way about this

Katherine - posted on 01/23/2010

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Honestly, the programming from PBS Kids sprout is pretty good for pre-schoolers. Wiggles, Noddy, Dragon Tails...my son loves it, and when he's done after 15 minutes or 1/2 an hour we go play with toys or read books. It IS nice to have a break for a bit, otherwise I feel sometimes all I do is sayl "No no no, don't do that, pick up that, play with that..." etc.

Nicole - posted on 01/23/2010

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no TV yet- waiting until two- three to introduce it. hmm I like the idea of music based shows and things with animals. I think I will show Phoebe vintage sesame street too. I don't actually have a problem with tv it's just Phoebe has no interest and I don't want to bore her with stuff she doesn't care about- the kitchen cabinets and my yoga mat are where her attention stays these days :D oh yeah, shoes are an item of mass interest too. cracks me up that she spends an hour at a time playing with them.

Becky - posted on 01/23/2010

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Hi Lindsay - I watch a lot of television, and when he is at my in-laws (when I work) they have the TV on all the time, but he has no interest in watching it. I have occasionally put on kid's shows, but he is more interested in trying to slap the tv or push it then actually watching it - which is just fine with me!

Kelly - posted on 01/22/2010

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I had the same question, so I asked our son's pediatrician and researched the matter. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies do not watch TV until at least the age of 2. Even then, TV should be limited to no ore than 1 hour a day. We love TV, but now we never have it on until night time after our son goes to bed. I learned that children learn a lot more from human interaction, and as a result will develop a larger vocabulary sooner than later. Also, I found out that Baby Einstein DVDs are useless and that babies learn nothing from them (sorry to all the people who bought them as shower gifts). It's not the end of the world for a child to watch TV, and some parents need a break once in a while to keep their sanity, take a shower, whatever, but we personally are trying our best to wait til he's 2. Hope this helps!

Tara - posted on 01/22/2010

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Same here, TV is pretty much always on. My son will watch here and there and I sometimes have it on Tree House. He also just watches what gets his attention such as singing/dancing. I don't think there is anything wrong with having the TV on as I play with him, read to him etc. Sometimes it's there for some noise! He loves 4 Squares, most kids I know do.

Christa - posted on 01/22/2010

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The TV is always on in our house, but no one is ever watching it. Hunter only stops and dances when a song comes on, but other than that has no interest.

Kat - posted on 01/22/2010

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Tv is on all day in our house. Just always been like that. My daughter likes shows with singing & dancing mostly. She loves Hi5 & The Wiggles.

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