Is putting a tv in a toddlers room that big of a deal??!!

Makenzie - posted on 01/26/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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so i had the conversation about putting a tv in my sons room with my fiance. were trying to get him to sleep in his own bed which is awful to begin with.. he said absolutly NO TV...i dont see what the big deal is hes at least getting a better nights sleep in his own bed right???

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Determined - posted on 12/29/2011

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We have a TV in the living room so we can all watch a movie together. We don't have a TV in mine & my husband's room because I feel our room should solely be for sleeping and intimact. However, our daughter will be 3 in April and there is a TV in her room. It is secured where she cannot reach it or pull it over on herself. We gave her a tv because she is afraid of the dark and we tried a night light but she kept playing with it since all the outlets are close to the floor. She watches kid friendly DVDs and then once she is asleep we turn it off. She sleeps just fine. She also does not depend on the TV to sleep, she doesn't get TV during nap time since it is not dark and she has no problem sleeping during the day without it. She is not allowed to sit in her room all day and watch TV it is for bedtime only.

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I don't like TV's in bedrooms for adults or kids, but especially not for kids. We have one TV in our house, and it is in the living room. I think TV's in bedrooms can have the result of the family not being as cohesive because they encourage each person to be off doing their own thing rather than playing together, or even learning how to cooperate and compromise by sharing the one family TV.

Another thing is that you said you were thinking of putting one in there so that he'll sleep in his own bed. Do you mean that you'd leave it on when you put him to bed? If that's the plan, then I would say it's fairly ill-advised. It's been proven in various studies (I can find some links if requested) that people don't sleep nearly as well with a TV on as without one.

While having a TV in the room or not is a simple matter of opinion, having that TV on after lights-out has been proven a bad idea.

Kara - posted on 01/26/2010

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I agree I think you should maybe try playing music first, or one of those little toys that plays music and puts stars on the ceiling (they work great) My son has always done well with music to sleep with and loved his little light up toys when he was about 2/3. We did make the mistake of putting a tv in his room for a short time and we ended up taking it back out. He is almost 7 and still listens to music when he goes to sleep. I know that using a tv to help with bed time seems great (trust me i have been there ) but with trying to get your little one to sleep in his own bed I think setting up a nice little bed time routine will help you out, like Sherre said, a bath and story, turn on his music and sit with him for a little while and every night leave his room a little sooner. I hope something I said helps :)

Sarah - posted on 01/26/2010

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I think it just starts a bad habit. Studies have shown that those that sleep with a tv on at night don't sleep as well as those that don't have a tv on at night. I think the brain is never really able to relax with the tv on. Growing up there was always the rule that no tv's/computers in our bedrooms. My parents felt that it was important to spend time as a family and having these things in our rooms would keep us seperated from the family and in our rooms. They also wanted to be able to monitor what we were doing/watching. I see this as a big importance with the computer. I think if you start with him getting used to falling asleep with the tv soon that will be the only way he will be able to fall asleep. Then you are back to square one, but with an older child. It is easier to get them to sleep without any tools when they are little versus when they are older. I think your best way to get him to sleep in his own bed is to be consistant and following through. When he gets out of bed put him back in his bed. Don't allow him to sleep in your bed or will have it 10 times worse the next time. Once he realizes that sleeping in your bed is not an option then he will stay in his bed. It may take what seems like a lifetime before he stops getting up, but he will stop if you are consistant.

Rebekah - posted on 01/26/2010

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okay so since my son was a baby he has had tv in his room and yes he eventually falls asleep. Problem is now he has night terrors (which is a very bad nightmare) so we tried taking away the tv and he sleeps through the night now. It takes lots of patience but it works. my son takes about an hour to fall asleep and when i put him asleep i lay down with him until he falls asleep. Its tough but persistance is key.

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Shannon - posted on 08/16/2014

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my daughter wont go to sleep unless she has a tv on now, how can i break this habit without her freaking out really badly she throws up? cause when she gets upset and doesnt like something at bedtime she gets upset and throws up and i beleive its attention but its not a easy thing to deal with when its presistant

JuQuana - posted on 12/07/2011

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Hi there, my little brother has been watching NickJr. since he was an infant. He is now 3 yrs old. He is very well spoken, over educated if you ask me, he is very advanced for his age. That channel alone is like preschool at home. This channel alone is excellent. My daughter is now 14 months & she's following his foot steps. My brother is already reading & writing. So if you ask me, these are positive expriences with the tv. When children get bored of sitting in front the tv, they know how to come find mommy. So let her watch tv & get NickJr for your daughter. Remember its preschool on tv. Even the commercials teach them how to read, social skills, counting & searching. My child is hyper & energized as well.

Vivian - posted on 01/27/2010

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My vote is No TV in the bedroom. Do the reserch on the internet you'll see the benefits of life without a TV. Additionally, if you want him to sleep through the night the television will keep him awake or become a crutch in order to get him to sleep. This is really a matter of opinion and parenting style. I encourage you to read information about it and then make a decision. Goodluck.

Cassie - posted on 01/26/2010

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My daughter has been falling asleep to the t.v. years now, and she sleeps great. She sleeps 11-12 hrs straight. I do check on her and turn the t.v. off once she's asleep. My daighter has "Night Terror" about 1-2 times a month, and it's not linked to the use of the t.v. She only gets "Night Terror" when she's really tired, like after wrestling practice or after bible study (which lasts 1-2 hrs past her bedtime) and when she's in a new place.

The choice should be one that's made between you AND your husband though. You BOTH have to be on the same page, but I don't see anything wrong with it.

Sherre - posted on 01/26/2010

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I don't agree with a tv in your toddler's room. Maybe you should give your son a nice warm bath before bed and read him a story. Like Amba said, a stereo player might work as well too. Good luck :)

Shelley - posted on 01/26/2010

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I think that having a tv in a kids room is fine so long as you monitor it. I do not believe that a child should get to watch the tv in their room all of the time, because I think if your child spends too much time in front of the tv that it can effect them negatively. I have a friend whos son is addicted to tv, however, the tv in his room is only on when she is watching something that he isnt supposed to watch or when he wants to watch a movie to fall asleep. It just needs to be monitored and I think the tv should only be operated by the parent.

Amba - posted on 01/26/2010

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I have read some really interesting responces but none of them seemed to offer the alternative that I used. My daughter alway found it hard to get to slee still does sometimes and shes nearly 7. When she was tiny i found i was spending anhour just sitting with her rocking her stroking her back to get to sleep, i ound story time was helpful but again i was spending an hour or more tryinhg to get her to sleep. what i found rally helpful was a portable stereo and some relaxation music. It plays as lo as the cd is and the shuts off so there is the noise/destraction to help her sleep and then its off so her brain can really sleep. I am an anti tv person anyways so having a tv in her room was never an option for me, with whatever you choose to do Best of luck.

Lydia - posted on 01/26/2010

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Im not going to give my kids a tv in their room if I can avoid it...yeah it can be useful in some instances but for me the benefit just doesnt outweigh the cost. Apart from the decrease in control over their viewing habits (most kids tend to workout how to reach things they shouldnt at some point) having electrical items in their room affects their sleeping/relaxation (plus issues such as electromagnetic emmissions - not that everyone follows this line of thought but each to their own). Also the financial cost. Everything is relative though - maybe try talking to your hubby about WHY he doesnt want it in their room and if its more important to him than it is to you then maybe find an alternative solution.

Jessi - posted on 01/26/2010

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TVS In a toddlers room is a bad idea. TV while going to sleep is the start of bad sleep habits. I put a TV in my sons room when he was 3 1/2 with rules. There is no cable hooked up to the tv. The TV never goes on at night. If I catch it on it gets taken out of the room. Pretty much the only time it gets turned on is on occasion if he has friends over I will let them watch a movie while they are playing. If he wants to watch something we watch it in the living room as a family. TVs also keep children in their room away from the family.

Delta - posted on 01/26/2010

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Our daughter had her tv in her room till we kept waking up in the middle of the night with her turning it back on and watching it. We took it out of her room and put in the middle room in our old house. Now in the new house its down in the basement where all her toys are.

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Falling asleep with the tv on can really negativly affect brain development. He won't be getting a better nights sleep because the tv doesn't allow the brain to relax which is important. I wouldn't do it. Find some other way to get him to sleep in his own room.

Catriona - posted on 01/26/2010

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I think a TV in a kids room is okay. my daughter often likes to watch her dvds over and over and over. so every now and then the TV goes in her room for a few hours. not over n.ight.
all depends on the parents really

Ashley - posted on 01/26/2010

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I think that it depends. I do NOT think it's a good idea for a child to have a tv in their own room, if they can reach it. Because how do you know they wont wake up in the middle of the night and start watching it? Or at any point just turn it on and not get sleep. On the other hand, I have a tv in my sons room, and he is only 2. But it is nice like when i am trying to put his clothes away, he can watch tv and be entertained.

I think all in all... it's up to you guys. And I think that it also depends on how your child is. Like if he is well behaved, and does everything he is supposed to. Or if he is a little more on the active side. Bottom line... it depends on what you think is best. Hope this helps

Aretha - posted on 01/26/2010

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you can control when the tv goes on or off!! i have toddler too tv in their room

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