TV?

Heather - posted on 08/18/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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my daughter recently started getting really into Dora, and now I feel like she is watching it all the time. Sometimes I feel guilty because it gives me a little bit of a break since shes watching it she's not whining or crying. Should I limit her to so much a day or let her indulge until she gets bored with it?

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Kristalyn - posted on 09/02/2009

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low to moderate volume, toddler educational programs only, no more than 2 hrs total daily. i personally don't lke the idea of toddlers latching on to tv "characters". they should know who they are first. i don't buy character clothing or toys either. she'll have to ask for it with a complete sentence and give a reason why before i buy it.

Katrisha Ann - posted on 08/19/2009

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My daughter loves Dora and Barney when she was 2 years old. I would watch it together with her to incorporate or stress the good lessons that can be learnt with the show. I think she has learned a lot from Dora and Barney in terms of good manners and how to deal with other kids. When I want her to do something, I would always site an example from an episode and she would follow me.

I think you would know when too much is too much. As long as you still have time to play with her alone or go to the grocery. TV nowadays is a medium to learn. Just make sure to choose the right shows.

Annie - posted on 08/18/2009

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My little girl also watched noggin ALOT...she loves that channel and its almost always on her tv but she is never sitting down staring at it all day. She doees learn alot. She is 2 years old and knows here abc's thanks to noggin. If they are staring at it constantly then i would limit it but if they are playing also and just sort of listening to it, then it doesnt hurt i dont think!

Jata - posted on 08/18/2009

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My son( 22mths) watches Noggin channel including Dora and loves it! He learns so much and the programs on this channel actually reinforce things that we go over in books ie: shapes, colors, languages. He also learns things that I haven't introduced simply by watching. I think limiting is best, but tv along with books and outside activity works best with my child.

Candice - posted on 08/18/2009

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i agree that limiting is your best option. my daughter loves sesame street. it's the only show she'll watch. i put it on in the morning (while she and i wake up a bit and i make breakfast) and she watches a bit before bed. sometimes if we're stuck indoors due to weather, we watch a little too...but she gets so stoned on it she tunes everything else out, including toys and play...so i try to keep it to a minimum and keep her stimulated in other ways.



BUT! HEY! we all need a break now and then. don't guilt yourself for taking a 15 minute dora break now and then!

Nikki - posted on 08/18/2009

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my baby (shes 18 month) loves bung-bob and looks forward to it when she gets up before and after naps and at bed time. whan they r so little they really don't "watch " the tv she loves the song and the attention she gets for singing it but deverts her attention when the show is really on, we use it like a reward for her and only play it at certain times. like when shes tired it seems to calm her to sleep which saves us the bottle to bed worry or when she has been really good. she has yet to have a tamtrum to watch it but i'm sure thats coming. i learned with my older to make sure you have a back up so if its not on or the first video breaks ect dvr is great!!! oh she will not ever get bored you decide when she watches it and take advantage of the time it gives you to get other thing done faster. don't worry you will soon join all of us crazy moms and have the backpack song stuck in you head too. lol

Erica - posted on 08/18/2009

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My daughter is two and she is constantly wanting to have "toons" on. Thankfully, she doesn't really watch them yet. I usually put them on in the background and then let her play. Its easier to do that then to hear her say "toons" over and over again. As long as you aren't letting her watch for hours on end it should be ok. Just make sure that you interact with her in other ways during the day.

Megan - posted on 08/18/2009

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They'll never get bored of tv. My 3 year old has been watching the same video over and over again for two weeks. Limiting it is best. Next thing you know, she'll want to watch SpongeBob and that show is ALWAYS on tv.

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