Is it ok that my 1 1/2 year old stepsons watch about 30-45 min of television during the day?

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I don't think it is a problem, as long as they spend the rest of the day exploring their world! :-)

Jennifer - posted on 01/28/2010

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When they do watch tv they only pay attention to the music that plays and when the music is over they continue playing with their toys... So I really don't think they are paying too much attention to the actual TV show (I was paying attention to how they were acting with the TV on when I saw them this past Monday.)

Stefie - posted on 01/27/2010

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I think it is important to realize that even with educational TV children are passively learning as opposed to when they are exploring or working with you they are actively learning. I let my DD (about the same age) watch Sesame Street. She loves it and I get to cook affordable healthy meals. I do have an open floor plan house so I can see exactly what she is watching and then reinforce it. We sings so many songs from the show and we also point out the letter/number of the day.

Jessi - posted on 01/26/2010

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My son wasn't interested in watching tv at all until he was about 2/12 or 3. The stuff he learned from dora or educational shows amazed me. I've always seen no more than an hour a day. but 30-45 of educational childrens shows should be fine. I have friends whose kids are tv trained and my son goes over to play and plays by himself while they are watching tv. It drives me nuts and i want to tell them that they are teaching their kids to be couch potatoes. Sit and watch the TV program with them and discuss what happens and talk about it so that it is a learning experience.

Amy - posted on 01/26/2010

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i know people say not to use the tv for an occupier for the kids - but when my daughter was about that age, i'd pop in a Baby Einstein dvd so she was occupied while i cooked lunch or supper. i would rather her watch something educational, but be out of my way when dealing with grease or open and closing the oven. i thought it was safer. she also loved Signing time dvds and now does well with sign language [3yrs old]. the sign language also helped us avoid terrible twos because we didn't have as much communication breakdown. all in short. tv is fine. i'd worry about the quality most. as long as it is appropriate for kids, i'm sure that's fine. my daughter watched about an hour i think. half hour while i cooked lunch half hour while i cooked supper.

Renee - posted on 01/26/2010

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I have a 4 year old and 2 year old and they both have grown up so far watching some tv. The tv is usually on the Nick Jr (used to be Noggin) all day. They do not watch it all day, but they do take breaks from playing and watch it, which gives me some quiet time.

Mel - posted on 01/26/2010

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My daughter loves watching all kinds of childrens programs and could wach them all day long. I dont allow this of course but don't really put a time limit on her tv watching. Most days she watches no tv at all. I like her getting a variety of activities in her day, and tv is one of them.

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The AAP recommends no TV at all until age 4, but I think that's a little overly cautious as their reason is faulty. Their reason is that children under age 4 can't tell the difference between real and fake. Kind of a lame answer.



Most childhood professionals (excluding the AAP) say 1 hour maximum per day. So, you're just fine as long as it's quality children's shows.

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