Too much tv for 13 month old? Need ideas!!

Rosetia - posted on 12/10/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Can't afford many toys and my little one loves tv, preschool channels only. I need some ideas for play activities. She gets bored with me quick and runs off to watch tv or get inot trouble. Not sure what to do. please help!

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Samantha - posted on 12/10/2009

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They say that it is not good to let your child to watch TV! I took a child development class and they taught me that TV can change the way your child learns. Their Brainwaves change! I didnt let my son watch at all until here recently I broke down and let him watch Handy Manny and Mickey mouse! There are all kinds of websites you can go to to find activities to do with her! Go to Google and look up Activites for ... month old However old she is! Some good ones I have found are www.education.com, www.preschoolrainbow.org, www.ivillage.com, www.teacherquicksource.com. The internet is a world of knowledge! Hope I gave you some help! Good Luck!

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Leisel - posted on 12/13/2009

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The ideal of not allowing children under the age of 2 watch tv is fantastic if you only have one child under the age of two. Unfortunately when the second comes along it is not fair to stop your older child from watching tv for 2 years! Absolutely a limit is a good idea and it also gets them used to policing themselves and the idea that they cannot do something continuously!

As to cheap activities for littlies...boxes, yay for boxes. My 3 and 6 year old spend hours climbing into, jumping on and pretending with boxes, if you do not already have any someone will be only too happy to give some away. Draw on them, cut them up and when they get really tatty, recycle them...Yay for boxes!

Michelle - posted on 12/13/2009

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Anything noisy and messy little kids love. Pots and pans with wooden spoons. Doing painting or drawing on paper or colouring in books. I used to make shakers by putting coloured rice in empty plastic drink bottles (eg Coke). You need to make sure the lid is securely on though, I used to glue the lid down or tape it up with strong duct tape. Have you thought about putting on some dancing music instead of your tv? And all kids I know just love boxes, big and small. Amazing what you can do with boxes,turn them into small cubbies, can draw and paint on them, turn them into puppet theatres, use them as a car or train etc. Playdough is lots of fun, and easy to make. There are many recipes you can google on the internet. Older babies and young toddlers enjoy looking at board books. So get involved with reading her some stories, so this helps her to start to understand concepts and practice listening to words, and learning to sit still for a short period of time.

Rhonda - posted on 12/13/2009

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make toys from bottles boxes pots wooden spoons make great toys u dont need money just resicle stuff

Nicole - posted on 12/13/2009

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I remeber my parents used to let my little brother watch tv all day .... until his eyes and shoulders started twitching. The doc´s told my parents to lay off the tv and it got better after a couple of months..... I only let mine watch tv after dinner for like an hour.

Jessica - posted on 12/12/2009

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My daughter is fascinated by other kids. Invite another toddler over, they feed off each other and will probably distract each other enough to not give the t.v. a 2nd thought.

Sherry - posted on 12/12/2009

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My 2 year old daughter watches nick jr....about 2 months ago I bought Your Baby Can Read program so we are doing that now..I would recommend this to any mom...my daughters vocabulary has tripled in the last month and half...shes not reading yet but she is getting there..it is pricey but well worth it...comes with dvds,cards and books it keeps us occupied several hours a day...i wish i could have found this 14 years ago with my boys...

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My daughter started to get into coloring at about that age. Someone gave her a HUGE color pad for her birthday and I bought crayons and we color. Also, sidewalk chalk is fun. We read a lot of books together. But she wants to read the same ones over and over! I'm lucky that our local library has toddler programs where we sing and read books. And, if she wants to watch TV, I usually let her. But I limit to less than an hour a day.

Tessa - posted on 12/11/2009

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Make play dough together. If you put a package of kool-aid when mixing together, it will give the play dough at color and smell. Recipes: http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0,no-cook_playdough,FF.html Hand her some cookie cutters, a plastic cup or a plastic knife out of your kitchen to use to cut the dough. Find items that you can stamp into the dough to make an impression- plastic car wheels, seashells, macaroni, etc...

Give her some pots & lids with a wooden spoon for instant drums/cymbals.

Go for a nature walk. Collect items in a paper lunch sack or make a bracelet with a strip of masking or packing tape sticky side out. She can stick her found items to the bracelet.

Put some dry bean, rice, or sand in a large container. Throw in some cups and let her scoop and measure to her hearts content. But be sure to watch her closely because beans can be shoved into ears or noses.

Put some shaving cream on the table and let her draw in it. It washes off easily and smells clean too. But, once again, it's not safe to eat. Maybe consider using whip cream since she is so young.

Make fingerpaint. http://tipnut.com/homemade-fingerpaint-r...

Save empty containers to use for stacking and building.

Go to the library and get some new children's books to read together.

Feed the ducks in the park.

Play a sorting game by letting her help you fold the socks. Show her how to find 2 socks that are the same color and put them together.

Have fun together!

Rosetia - posted on 12/11/2009

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Quoting Samantha :

They say that it is not good to let your child to watch TV! I took a child development class and they taught me that TV can change the way your child learns. Their Brainwaves change! I didnt let my son watch at all until here recently I broke down and let him watch Handy Manny and Mickey mouse! There are all kinds of websites you can go to to find activities to do with her! Go to Google and look up Activites for ... month old However old she is! Some good ones I have found are www.education.com, www.preschoolrainbow.org, www.ivillage.com, www.teacherquicksource.com. The internet is a world of knowledge! Hope I gave you some help! Good Luck!



Thank you so much!  Back in the day it was considered so bad to let your kids watch tv, with times changing and electronics becoming so in demand, I wasn't sure.  I was beginning to feel like a lame parent.  I will be checking those websites out!  Thanks again!

Deidre - posted on 12/10/2009

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Too much of anything can be a red flag... But I have to say in my home more often than not I allow my kiddos to watch the Sprout channel. How else would I be able to get a shower in?!!! Anyway, The last couple of weeks I've held off on recycling our single sized pringles cantainers. And boy o boy my kids are having a full on HAYDAY!!! The stack them and organize in them and crash em too! They also have a blast pushing each other inside of the Huggies boxes. To this day I have not spent 1 cent on toys!! They are so creative, It just makes me laugh. Oh, by the way, because my boys do watch the PBS channel they are 3 and 1.5 and they both read. It takes a village to raise a Family, even if that includes MR. TV! :)

Stefie - posted on 12/10/2009

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I let my 15 month old watch Sesame Street during fussy times. She will not sit and read books for more than 5-10 mins, but she loves Sesame Street. We play games on the computer together and she is improving on her skills. She loves to act with toys I have gotten at from garage sales, especially Sesame Street toys. Her other favorite thing is a large box that I had some things shipped to me in. I put a blanket on top and tell her it is a house. Sometimes I hide in it with her. I also keep her in the kitchen when I cook and let her play with measuring cups, spoons, and pots & pans.

Heather - posted on 12/10/2009

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No TV is recommended for children under 2. it creates attention and concentration problems as well as some behavioral problems. I'd suggest toys that need concentration like blocks for her to build with- you can buy used or even make your own blocks out of cardboard- now that it's near the holidays it would be a good time to ask friends and family. My son also liked his sit and spin at that age. play dough made of flour and water is good- it's squishy! and non toxic if they eat it. You could also try getting a clean litter box or other deep box and filling it with sand to make an indoor sand box (since it's cold out) Aqua doodle is also great.

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Check with your town or library for any play groups or story times they might have for little ones. FInd out if there is a children's museum, gym, other attraction nearby that is friendly for kids. We have a plant conservatory near us that has a children's garden. Get new books at the library every week and leave them in a spot that is accessable. My son loves bringing me books to read to him.

Jodi - posted on 12/10/2009

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Check your local freecycle. It's a site where people post things they are looking to give away free of charge or people who need something free of charge.

Shelby - posted on 12/10/2009

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I let my kids watch tv a lot, it keeps them entertained and they learn from it. I usually try to stick with preschool shows. We also do a lot of coloring, reading, and playing with play dough. These are all inexpensive activities and they love them. I hope this helps. Also I totally disagree with the fact that all tv is bad for them it depends on what you are allowing them to watch.

Samantha - posted on 12/10/2009

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Also Craigslist.com sells used things and often has awesome deals on toys for kids for way cheeper than buying brand new

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