Does anyones baby watch television?

Alisha - posted on 05/10/2009 ( 105 moms have responded )

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My 6 month old son loves to watch the television, especially shows on PlayHouse Disney and it is amazing but he actually pays attention. I was just wondering does anyone elses baby do this and is this a bad thing?

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Nicola - posted on 05/14/2009

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bot hof my daughters (aged 1 and 3) have always took alot of notice of the tv, they tend to hav it on as background and every so often, even now, get mesmerized by it. i wouldnt worry about it as long as ur son is asctive wen he get's older even if the tv is still there, most programes for children these days are very educational. like i said my 2 tend to run around and just cum back to the tv wen something catched their attention. :)

Lisa - posted on 05/13/2009

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Quoting Natesha:

I allowed my daughter to watch tv when she was younger. I don't see a problem with it as long as its educated television that she are viewing. She is a Noggin-aholic. It's a educational channel and with every episode she comes back learning either a new language or something else. When she was younger, her addiction was Sesame Street, which i think it's a great program to learn & identify numbers and letters.
As long as you are mindful of what he is watching you should be fine :D



My 3 year old is also addicted to the Noggin Channel. It's a channel that's like 'preschool on tv'. It is really amazing what she has learned from these shows. Before she turned 3 (in march of this year) she could count to 10 in English & Spanish, knew the Primary Colors, the Basic Shapes, & a few animals. Now, a year later, she counts to 25 in English & Spanish, knows more colors (Pink, Black, Brown, White etc.) Knows more shapes (Pentagon, Oval, Octagon etc.) And has began picking up some words in Japanese (From Ni Hao Ki-lan?) Now if only it could teach her to write....... :) They also talk about other things too like recycling, manners, music, games..... just too much to list. It really is a great educational channel and would recommend it to anyone.  

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I put the TV on sometimes when I am tired and my girl is playing in her gym. She only pays attention when something catches it - mostly she ignores it. She is a big fan of Absolutely Fabulous, Pride and Prejudice, NCIS and Die Hard. Guess I will have to start controlling her viewing soon enough but for now I'm not stressing about it.

Maricel - posted on 05/13/2009

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hi..my son is already two years od and he also loves the shows on Play house Disney. I think the only bad thing about this is the radiation he may get from long hours of watching...

Lacey - posted on 05/13/2009

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My two oldest children loved TV at that age and it was really nice because i could entertain them with that while i did a dangerous chore or a chore that required too much attention such as bleaching the bathroom. My youngest however is 18 months and still has no interest in the TV i have to put her in the playpen occasionally but she screams the whole time. It didn't have any affect on their school levi is a video tv addict straight A student and the other no longer watches much and struggles. I would limit it to educational toddler oriented shows for 30 mins or less at a time and no more than 2 hours a day, unless absolutely neccessary.

Annalena - posted on 05/13/2009

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My little guy is 2yrs 4 months now. He loves watching TV and we used to let him watch Baby Einstein DVDs. They are specially designed for babies, with simple pictures, music and words, and are educational too. At this age he stilll loves them, but now he knows the words and music, and joins in. It's great - just don't overdo it. :o)

Priscilla - posted on 05/13/2009

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This is definitely NOT a bad thing! My son is almost four now, and when he was a bebe he would always watch T.V. He has learned alot from it..and I try to repeat all the great things some of the shows teach. He's a smart and advanced for his age. I'm now 7 months pregnant with my second boy and I will do the same! Don't feel bad. They don't make those shows for nothing...

Betsy - posted on 05/13/2009

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My three month old likes to watch tv, but I think it's the colors and movement that catches his attention rather than the actual content. I'm not worried about it being children shows just yet. I'm fairly certain he doesn't know the difference.

Jaime - posted on 05/13/2009

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As for my take on t.v. and children...I believe that moderation is the key for most things when it comes to kids. Television is enjoyable to a certain point...if it is overdone then problems of lethargy, lack of ambition and over-stimulus come into play. My Son is not yet interested in t.v...but when it happens, I won't deny him t.v. time...I will just moderate his usage.

Jaime - posted on 05/13/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

not all all my 13 month old watches it for all her feeds as she is fed in her pram and over an hour 5 times a day. she loves it and learns from it



Hi Melissa...I have seen the word 'pram' mentioned in a few of your posts and I was curious about what it is.  Is it a stroller or is pram another word for highchair?  Hope you had a great Mother's day...I'm sure we will meet up again soon in another debate...lol

Geneva - posted on 05/13/2009

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I mostly turned the tv off when I noticed my 3-4 month old zoning into it when it was on. he's almost 15 months old now, & he is still mesmerized by it. I let him watch 15-30 mins of some noggin-type show 2-4 times a week if I need to get dressed, cook, if he's sick, or on a saturday morning in bed with us if I don't want to get out of bed yet. I mostly agree with AAP about tv under 2, but I use it a little bit b/c sometimes realistically you just need a couple of minutes without your "human leg warmers"

Gina - posted on 05/13/2009

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My daughter is 7 months old and she LOVES watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Its the only thing that I let her watch. She starts laughing as soon as she see Mickey and hears his voice!

Shana - posted on 05/13/2009

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Yes! I do childcare and it is very educational if you have it on the right channels or have good DVDs!

Natasha - posted on 05/13/2009

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Try and be selective so that what they watch they learn from, eg baby einstein dvds are good. My little one watches one dvd each day (30 mins), great to keep her still after her dinner so that her food goes down rather than crawling all over the place and being sick! TV doesnt hurt just as long as its not for hours.

User - posted on 05/13/2009

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I have a 8mnth old and she has been into tv since about 3mths! My doc told me as long as it is about leaning they are ok to watch! My daughter watch play House but we also got her my baby's first tv and they are really cute shows!

Leigh - posted on 05/13/2009

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When my son was about 6 months old, the only way to calm down his fits was a football game or baseball game on TV. We actually had to Tivo the games for him!

User - posted on 05/13/2009

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my baby boy is 4 months and loves fishing, hunting and car shows with dad every morning before he goes to work... its their little alone bonding time. I love to hear him chuckle at the bird calls then to hear dad laugh because he is laughing its a non-stop cirlcle :) long as its not being the babysitter i think you are all right.

Nicole - posted on 05/13/2009

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my baby has been watching tv since an infantt... i think its good it stimulates their mindd with all the movement and colors :)

Natalie - posted on 05/13/2009

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Quoting Kelly:

My son is 17 months old and didn't start watching T.V till he was one only because he wasn't interested till then. I see no problem with it as long as they watch the educational shows and are not sitting in front of the T.V for hours. He loves Seasame Street, especially Elmo. When he watches Seasame Street I know I have exactly an hour of him out of my hair to make a meal, clean the kitchen or whatever it is for me to get things done. It helps so much!



my son was about too he would rather play outside although now he likes to do both he wonders in and out he likes the educational programmes that have singing and dancing to them also the music channel as i have always got music on mostly on the radio now though

Christin - posted on 05/13/2009

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my daughter is 9 months and when she was younger all she did was watch TV but as soon as she was able to get around she rather play then watch tv..but i do leave the disney or baby channels on an she will watch them from time to time

Kerry - posted on 05/13/2009

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Yes! my 13 month old loves tv,but not the kids show as such,the morning news is her cup of tea especially the weather,she laughs and dances around the lounge, a certain man on an ad too i think its his voice.

Ginger - posted on 05/12/2009

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My son is almost 11 months but has been watching and paying attention to the television for probably 3 months now. He loves Sesame Street and the Disney and Cartoon Channels. He even laughs if he thinks something he sees is funny. I don't think it's a bad thing at all as long as it's appropriate and he's not just plopped in front of the TV for extended periods of time. Our living room is really our only large play area for him besides his small bedroom so the TV is usually on. To me, it means that he's just a very observant child. And until he's older and can be playing outside or with other children, I don't see it as a big issue.

Charmaine - posted on 05/12/2009

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my son is 3 months old and he love music and tv. I put him in his chair an he'll sit there and watch it. If I pick him up he'll turn his head to try to watch it and he falls a sleep.

Shannon - posted on 05/12/2009

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My son loves to watch t.v. he is only 8 1/2 months old but is very specific in what he likes to watch. He loves Little Einsteins, spongebob, and the wiggles. We have two big screen t.v. and they are always on even if we aren't watching. I also started him on the Your Baby Can Read Dvd's when he was about 2 months old!

Shannon - posted on 05/12/2009

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My 11 month old son has been fascinated with the tv since birth it seems. I think it was the shapes & colors at first. Now it's Phineas & Ferb, Spongebob, Animal Planet, and any shows that have alot of stimulation. You are not alone....

Jo - posted on 05/12/2009

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My son actually plays during most of the "shows" but loves the music. He will stop and stare at the tv during certain commercials or shows because of the music. He is 18 months old now and done this since he was very, very young. He has always loved music though. He will dance also. I prefer that he watches PBS or those Baby Einstein videos, but with a teenage and also Daddy keeping a tv going almost constantly, it is hard to censor what he sees all the time. He seems very smart and I don't think the tv is hurting him any. Just make sure he gets plenty of other stimulation also.

Angela - posted on 05/12/2009

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I agree that having your baby watch TV is fine... my son is 16 months but watched mickey mouse club house sine he was a few months old. At around 6 month he watched DVDs from gymboree and Disney Channel. I just made sure it was not for hours at a time and I would interact with him when possible.

Dawn - posted on 05/12/2009

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We watch some, even though I know AAP has said not to for under two years of age. My second child started sooner than my first (since my first was watching). It was a life saver when I was so sick with my third pregnancy. Mostly, my 3 year old now watches it when I am feeding the baby to put her down for a nap (about 30-40 minutes).

I HAVE noticed in my oldest (6) that it is extremely important to limit his screen time. He is limited to 1 hour per day (tv/computer combined). When he watches more tv than that, he starts to believe everything should happen immediately--like on tv. His patience level lowers and he is not as nice a person to be around. And we only watch "good" shows. So...it's an issue to be careful on for sure!

Kellie - posted on 05/12/2009

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My daughter is 2 and a half, and has been watching Playhouse Disney since about birth! lol. She loves it. Don't worry about you child watching it. My daughter has learned colors, counting, animals, shapes, how to share, and many other things from Playhouse Disney. It's the only TV she watches!

Grace - posted on 05/12/2009

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I wish my 9 month old would watch tv sometimes. He is always too busy playing around and going crazy, It would be nice to have some relaxing time in front of the tv.

Erica - posted on 05/12/2009

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My 6 month old watches a little TV-but he LOOOVES Mickey Mouse Clubhouse-he always stops what he's doing and watches Mickey-its sooo cute!

Debbie - posted on 05/12/2009

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My son is 2 months and watches Smurfs, Snorks and Tigger & Friends. He loves them...the bright colors and funny voices. It is oke that you let your baby watch it also, jsut dont let it be a babysitter. I dont sit my son there alone, i usually hold him and we watch a 15 minute cartoon. then we play. Like corn syrup, its fine in moderation.

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My son is 15 months and does not watch any TV. I would like for him to have real interactions with real things and real people for as long as possible. He has a lifetime of TV ahead of him.

Christa - posted on 05/12/2009

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yea my son loves tv too!!! i usually only let him watch 1 tv show a day hes 5 moths old too!!

Aimee - posted on 05/12/2009

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My 2 y.o. loves Playhouse Disney...Spongebob and Handy Manny are his favorite. He hears the music to either and drops what he is doing and runs in to the living room and "dances" to the music. It's too cute. He doesn't watch it hours on end, it helps to get things done.

Jeanne - posted on 05/12/2009

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My daughter when she was that age used to do it for short periods of times. As for my son he will watch a few seconds if something catches his attention or if their is music that catches his attention otherwise he can take it or leave it. Is it a bad thing...not if it is in moderation....like using it so you can shower, go to the bathroom, get a load of laundry in the dryer, it's when it starts taking over personnal interaction with your child that it becomes a bad thing.

Anna - posted on 05/12/2009

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Both of my children watched Sesame Street when they were babies. It gave me time to do housework and laundry. They learned letters, numbers, and colors and were in gifted classes in school so it didn't seem to have an adverse effect on them.

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My 6 month old son loves TV. The only reason I can think of, is that it's the colors and sounds of it that he loves. The way my apartment is laid out the only place I can leave him on the floor to play is in the livingroom in front of the TV, he doesn't watch the TV nearly as much as he plays with his toys but there's some shows/commercials he automatically turns his head too.

Lacey - posted on 05/12/2009

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My daughter is almost 5 months we only let her watch an hour or 2 a day and its normally in the mornings (so I can get the day going) just watching playhouse disney...she loves choo choo soul train...its amazing because when they ask the children to interact with the show my daughter will sing and coo and just starts going to town...its too cute.

Liz - posted on 05/12/2009

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My duaghter started watching Bareny when she was 4 months old. She liked all the singing. She knew her ABC'S in English, French, and Hebrew at 12 months! That was the only show she would really get into, Barney and a little football.

Melissa - posted on 05/12/2009

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My daughter is almost 6 months and she loves TV. I let her watch playhouse Disney and Noggin, she just laughs and giggles the whole time!

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My daughter is now 19mo. old and she has just started to get into the tv. Really about the only thing that she will watch is Elmo on dvd. So its only about an hour show, and she don't stay at the tv the whole time, she runs around alot. Plus she will sit and watch Dora from time to time. When certain commercials come on, ones with Music or Animals she will focus in on it and wait until its over before she continues to do anything else.

Heather - posted on 05/12/2009

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The only thing I could get my baby to watch was Baby Einstein, but now that she's mobile, and can walk, she'll turn off the TV and go play.

Ariane - posted on 05/12/2009

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I was always against my son watching tv until he was born. My husband told me that we both grew up watching tv, if it didnt turn our brains to mush why would it turn my son's into mush?

Stacey - posted on 05/12/2009

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hi my son is 11 months old and will sit for a while watching tv he loves a few on the cebeebies channle i dont think it is a bad thing and they are learning at the same time on some things they watch

User - posted on 05/12/2009

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dont think its a bad thing so long as its not hours and hours in front of telly and its something educational my 5 month old girl freakishly observes the nick jr channel pays attention to in the night garden, shaun the sheep and the olie songs.

Arwen - posted on 05/11/2009

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I forgot to add that she never stays the whole time it's on. Gets up to play in her room, comes back.

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