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Jerica - posted on 02/09/2013

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spongebob ??? don't know why but my son loves that and the my baby can read dvds they really work my 16 month old boy is so advanced for his age I swear by those dvds

Cecilia - posted on 01/09/2013

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I agree Evelyn. They always have an ear open. They collect so much information that we don't even realize.

Starr - posted on 01/04/2013

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Oh my goodness, Yo Gabba Gabba drives me NUTS, haha!! My daughter loves that show along Mickey's Clubhouse, Doc McStuffins and of course her signing time DVDs.

I know some say that TV is not good, our doctor even said it was not recommended prior to age 2 but we didn't listen. She watched her signing DVD's and at her two year appt he was floored when she told him "have a nice day" as he was leaving! She knows all her ABC's, verbally and signing. She can recognize most the letters, can count pretty well, knows her colors and most shapes. I don't think that TV is bad, like anything else everything in moderation. I also think the ones that teach Spanish are good as well, after all where we live it's becoming more and more important to learn Spanish these days and the earlier they are exposed to it the better.

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Madame - posted on 02/19/2013

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Also check out www.pbskids.org and www.starfall.com - the only websites I let my kids go to. I think it's a step up from TV because it's more interactive.

Carissa - posted on 02/19/2013

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My 2 year old little boy absolutely loves team umizoomi and bubble guppies. Both of the shows teach them different things (umizoomi teaches math while bubble guppies teaches a variety of things). We watch them together so I can work with him on numbers and words too. He can already count to 10! And his vocabulary is quite extensive for his age.

Sue - posted on 02/18/2013

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my daughter loves bearanstein bears,and it has recently helped with her delay in speech. she has a few of the dvd's so we end up watching the same episodes repeatedly. she will now, when she's paying attention to the tv, repeat everything the "bear bears" say. i have even noticed her saying the next lines before the bears, so she is memorizing as well. And btw, we have the Your Baby Can Read program, my daughter is 3 and can read, has been reading some words since age 2.

Megan - posted on 02/15/2013

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I don't think we should beat ourselves up over how much TV our children watch. I'm not saying let it play all day, but an age appropriate show won't hurt your child. My son really enjoys watching a wide variety of shows whether they be cartoons, animal programs, or even sports. I make sure to incorporate different activities for him throughout the day, and when he does watch a show I usually sit with him and talk to him about it. I watched TV as a child and remember Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, and things like that. They held a special place in my heart, and I hope that my kids will grow to love and appreciate shows such as these because I feel like no matter what age, TV is a great way to "escape" reality. It is fun to see your child get excited over a show or character, and to engage them with books or toys that incorporate characters they like.

Evelyn - posted on 02/10/2013

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Jerica-Those DVDs have been proven to not work as well as they claim to.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505123_162-5...

http://www.pbs.org/parents/childrenandme...


http://healthland.time.com/2011/10/18/wh...

http://www.princeton.edu/futureofchildre...


The research and studies show that children under 2 though they may remember things from the videos and tv do not need to watch it but do indeed need to play. Their brains are developing in such a way at this stage of life that the use of TV or videos to teach them things can deter the brain's development or change it. They learn best through play.

Gigi - posted on 01/23/2013

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While I agree that too much tv is not good, i think its practically impossible not to have tv on for short periods during the day. Whatever the studies say, in todays world children shows sort of equal "news coverage" for children - that way they know what is out there and can talk with their friends about it. Granted, my daughter is 3 years old, so she benefits from it. She didn't get any tv until about 18 months.
I have childrens shows on in early morning after breakfat time and sometimes (when she has cranky day) I play a movie in the afternoon (like cars or toy story). I never have anything other than children's stuff on tv.

Evelyn - posted on 01/22/2013

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For Kate~THank you, I am learning this through my college classes for Early Childhood ED. I am a preschool teacher and I agree with your words.

Katie - posted on 01/10/2013

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I'm a pediatric speech language pathologist and I"m just going to throw this out there: we have a whole new generation of kids who do not know how to play because they are constantly in front of a screen...tv, wii, ipad, smart phone, pc, gameboy whatever, it doesnt matter. And guess how/where language and speech development happens? YEP, through PLAY. The very very best thing you can do for your child is encourage, promote and PROVIDE a screen free childhood. So in that regard, please look at ALL the screens your child has access to and limit accordingly...and NONE for the two and under set. Katie Sullivan, M.S., SLP-CCC

Evelyn - posted on 01/09/2013

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And they can collect the information in a number of ways...they do not have to watch and listen both to do it.

Evelyn - posted on 01/09/2013

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You still have to be careful what you expose them to. Like my son did as I described, he was not watching the tv but he could sure show his dad how things happened with toys.

Kyla - posted on 01/09/2013

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Wow thank you for the advice. I like to watch some semi action movies when i think he isn't watching. Thank you so much for your help it really makes a lot of sense

Kyla - posted on 01/09/2013

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Wow thank you for the advice. I like to watch some semi action movies when i think he isn't watching. Thank you so much for your help it really makes a lot of sense

Evelyn - posted on 01/09/2013

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Kyla~I would have a movie on or something on a tv station and the kids were in the room. Most of the time they did not pay it attention. They still hear the conversation and music etc but that does not mean they are paying attention. I don't think it would have the same affects. But here is a question: I do not mean to bring 9/11 up but when it all happened, I was online talking to friends and my son was watching his cartoons (he was four). I had to beg him to let me change the channels and when I did I was watching the coverage. He was playing with toys and doing his own things. Later that day, he took some of his toys and demonstrated what happened on the news coverage of 9/11 and this was from a kid that appeared to be not paying any attention....what do you think of this?

Kyla - posted on 01/09/2013

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If you have the tv playing but he does not pay attention, will that have the same affect as him watching hours of tv?

Evelyn - posted on 01/04/2013

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I like the things I am reading here....signing videos I can deal with as my daughter has married into a family where some of the members are deaf and they sign. My granddaughter is going to know two languages! And yes, American Sign Language counts as a language.

Cecilia - posted on 01/04/2013

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Cleaver, it teaches nothing if they are bored and not involved. First I need to get her interested before she follows along with me in books.

Sarah - posted on 01/04/2013

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I love the show Word World on PBS. It is colorful, cute, and educational. The objects or animals in the show are made out of the letters that spell what they are. A pig looks like a pig, but you see the letters P-I-G when you see the pig. I don't believe my child is going to learn how to read watching this show, but I do think that the more a child sees letters or words the more their brain picks it up. I also like how they teach about the different letters. Studies now show that learning the alphabet is not as important as learning the sounds of the letters. Your phonics are what you need to learn to read. If taught the phonics first the letters come. This show works on the phonics. It also teaches about what certain letters can do to words, which I thought was really neat. One of the shows I had watched was teaching about what happens when you put the letter "S" at the end of a word. In the show the letter "s" made a mess of things making too many pizzas, beds, etc. So in order to clean up the mess and make it back to just one item of each thing they had to take the "s" off the end of each word. What a neat way to teach kids about the letter "s" at the end of words.

Ashley - posted on 01/04/2013

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my 3 and 4 year old watch whatver their interested in. Now it's Avengers, Batman, Ninja Turtles. They used to love Yo Gabba Gabba, Diego, Dora all the Treehouse shows. Now their getting older and are interested in the older shows. They learn enough from daycare that i think it's fair enough for them to watch what they want on their downtime.

Evelyn - posted on 01/04/2013

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I agree with the eductional shows by all means. I had two kids that would watch maybe 5 minutes of a show and then they were off playing with the toys or me. They today do not watch much TV as a whole and if they do its a movie. But I am also beginning to learn how a child's brain develops and works too. I got a ways to go yet in the degree I am going for but I am learning so much besides what I have already learned on the job and being a mom.

Cecilia - posted on 01/04/2013

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Evelyn, I agree. I will say that. I do not believe the TV teaches my daughter, I do.

I treat TV the same i do a book. I usually don't read the book word for word, they get bored. I assume her brain gets bored just letting the TV run also. We watch TV together 90% of the time. I try to put on things that we interact with together which gives me tools for when the TV is off. For example yo gabba gabba, there is a song called hold still. I know all the words and so does she. During long car rides when she is getting antsy i start singing it. She joins in and starts to do the dance( which she can do in a car seat since it only involves wiggling). The show honestly has little educational value on it's own. It relies on me to find a way to use it to improve our lives.

I taught her letter recognition using an ABC puzzle book. When we watch super Why on PBS i ask her which letters are on the screen and she will tell me. If the TV asks her she doesn't answer. Once again I use the TV as tool. So shows that help me in that are shows i like. If we watch spongebob it gives me few chances to interact and help her improve the skills she has. Does that make more sense as to why i choose educational programs?

Evelyn - posted on 01/04/2013

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Cecillia~~I am currently a student who is working towards a degree for Early Childhood Education. I also work with children as well and have for over ten years. I have worked with all ages.

I will agree that TV or shows in moderation are okay. But what I am saying is that from what I have learned from child development instructors and others who are well versed in the field is that when a child is growing between birth and five years old, their brains are making connections on the cellular level. Neurons make certain connections during these years that are vital to the development of a child. If they get too much TV or other forms similar to TV their brains will develop differently and it might inhibit the learning process. Also, there are parents out there that do think that if they let there kids watch things like Baby Eisenstein and a few of the others that you mentioned have been proven to not really teach the children to read among other things. Some parents believe that these products of TV and other things available are going to be the thing that does it. All researchers, doctors, educators and others have agreed that the real thing that teaches kids what they need is through play with parents, friends, family, and others. TV does not teach social skills, TV does not really teach problem solving, and TV does not teach decision making either. Those skills need to be in a one on one setting or in a setting with other children or adults.

Cecilia - posted on 01/03/2013

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Yo gabba gabba does have some Value as much as people are saying it doesn't. Music is very important for learning.... How did you learn your abc's??? Oh that's right a song... the young brain loves music.

My daughter watches it despite the fact I'm personally not fond of it. She likes what she likes. You need to find what your kid likes also. You can put on the most educational show and if they aren't interested- they wont learn anything.

Ok so my line-up of what i think are good shows.. Pretty much stick to JR. channels, nick and Disney both offer these. PBS, Baby Eisenstein, Baby First (my personal all time favorite channel- be warned you might not be able to get it without a satellite, but they do have a website)

Shows i like on netflix- timmytime ( disney jr i think), Dora, Diego, yo gabba gabba,(all are nick JR) Blue's Clues, backyardagains, And my daughter loves Pengu( it's a claymation with no talking only sounds) and Gumby(yes the one from the 50's).

Although I agree to keep an eye on how much TV time you allow ( including them sitting with you watching your shows) I do think TV can be an excellent tool as a parent. Watch TV with them, go over what's on TV. There is nothing wrong with letting your kid watch TV while you make them eggs for breakfast.

My daughter is 26 months. She knows her ABC's, Can recognize 18 letters constantly,knows all of her colors, can count to 16... she watches TV. It has not ruined her brain. I sent 2 of my children to kindergarten at the age of 3 (turn 4 within a few months) YES REALLY 3 years old. This child will also go when she is 3, and will turn 4 in Nov of that year. The only thing she has to learn at this point to be in Kindergarten is how to write her name.

Elfrieda - posted on 12/30/2012

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My 3-year-old likes Roly Poly Olie. I only have a DVD of it, so he watches the same 6 episodes over and over, but I like them, too. The main character is a good big brother, pretty obedient, and has a great time with his parents, sister, dog, and grandpa. I enjoy all aspects of it except I think the scenes change too quickly, even though they're slower than some other shows. To agree with everybody else, yes, too much tv is bad for the toddler brain. I let him watch 10-20 minutes a day.

Evelyn - posted on 12/30/2012

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Too much tv does not allow for the right type of brain growth anyway. What a child needs is the parents, siblings, and others in the family playing with them.

Cleaver - posted on 12/30/2012

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yea i dont like yo gabba gabba either or the ones that teach spanish (dora, diego, or handy many) im having a hard enough time teaching my son french i dont want to confuse him too much

Evelyn - posted on 12/30/2012

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Yo Gabba Gabba is not a show I recommend for any child no matter their age. Its just that dancing and singing and it speaks down to kids rather than uses language skills. Mr. Rogers at least had that one right.

Michelle - posted on 12/30/2012

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My 12 month old enjoys Yo Gabba Gabba. The content is a bit too advanced for her, but she loves the songs and dancing. My girl loves to dance.

Cleaver - posted on 12/29/2012

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yea the only shows my son wayches is the octonauts, thomas the train, and my little pony. he watched octonauts in the morning waking up, thomas waking up from naptime and my little pony weekend mornings (dont ask he loves my little pony)

Evelyn - posted on 12/29/2012

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Toddlers really should have a limit on how much they watch TV. Studies show that if they watch too much that it inhibits the growth of their brains that are making so many connections up to the age of 5. I would suggest PBS shows but for only about 30 minutes a day. What a child needs is hands on playing most of the day as the interactions with others help them to learn to grow socially, mentally, and physically.

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