Monday, May 28, 2012

Thoughts on Babies and TV

Last week Ant was reading to Harry and I'm so happy I was able to catch this candid moment on camera!

He's really starting to love looking at books and hearing the stories. He was rolling all around while Ant was reading though, so he isn't 100% interested yet.

TV for Babies
When I was pregnant I heard TV wasn't recommended for children under the age of two. I thought that sounded like a great idea and fully intended to stick to that rule. Ha, ya right!

Harry discovered the TV before he was two months old and would just stare at the glowing screen. Obviously at that point it didn't matter what was on the screen, he just liked the bright lights. His interest in the TV has only grown as he's gotten older.

While I don't agree with propping a child in front of the boob tube for hours on end, my views on letting babies watch TV have changed since Harry came in to our lives. As he's gotten older he's required more and more attention and stimulation throughout the day. It's so true what they say... the newborn phase is a piece o' cake!

Harry has started going through his separation anxiety phase and will start crying as soon as I leave his sight. You can imagine how fun it is for me to use the bathroom or grab a snack when Ant isn't around! So obviously I've been getting next to nothing done around the house during the day. I bet you've guessed what my solution has been.

Sesame Street! Yesterday I discovered the Kids On Demand section and there are tons of different programs to choose from. I picked an episode of Sesame Street and put Harry in his exersaucer and I was able to get dinner started and do some picking up around the house. Between his toys and the Street I was able to work the whole episode (which I think was an hour). Of course I checked in with him and talked to him about the episode (we agreed that the guest star, Natalie Portman, had ugly hair).

Basically, I think TV is okay in moderation. I'm willing to bet most moms would agree, unless they have a live-in maid :). As Harry grows and develops he's going to need even more stimulation throughout the day. However, my house also needs to be cleaned and dinner needs to be cooked.

I would never put anything above the well being of my child, and I (now) don't think watching a couple hours of TV a week is compromising his well being. From what I've read the biggest argument against letting children under two watch TV is that it will hinder their language development. I can see how that could be the case but like I said, I make sure to watch with him a little so he still gets the human interaction that is so important in his development.

We've also watched a few baby DVDs that he really likes, too. I thought I was going to hate them but they're not too bad and I liked singing the songs to him. I'm just trying to keep Dora the Explorer from him for as long as possible, that show is the worst!

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  1. I agree with you all the way. There is no way we could avoid our daughter catching a little bit of the boob tube. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a huge hit in our house I think we all know the hot dog song by heart lol

    1. It's definitely unavoidable these days! And I don't know if I want to know what the hot dog song is, haha!


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