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Watching tv with baby?

So my DS is two months and change. We usually have the tv on in the background at our house as we go about the day. Today for the first time, I saw him notice the tv. He was staring at the screen as I changed his diaper. Then when I put him on his piano play mat which he LOVES, he kept turning his head to look at the tv instead of his toys. When I turned it off, he went right to cooing at himself in the mirror and batting at his toys. Now I am worried about having the tv on all the time and will be making more of an effort to turn it off when DS is somewhere that he can see it.

obviously I know that DS can't understand what's on the screen, but I am still worried that "watching" tv is bad for him. What do you guys think? When is the tv on in your home and when does it need to be off? I want to do the best for DS, but it gets boring sometimes when he's doing his own thing and I'm working on laundry or something like that. Or when I'm just sitting on the couch breastfeeding. 

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  • Not a matter of what we think, it is a fact that tv IS bad and LO should not be watching until they are 2 years+.  Before that, they are too young to understand any of it, therefore it offers nothing.
  • I have it on when I BF an whatnot but TV is behind LO. Same with her swing and activity mat, she can't see the TV from them if it is on. I tend to keep it on ALL DAY LONG as background noise for myself.

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  • Eh, we keep our TV on 24/7. DS barely notices it, even now, unless I put on a show for him (Sesame Street, YGG, or Dora/Diego). When he was a newborn, I would have gone insane without TV/Netflix.

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    Not a matter of what we think, it is a fact that tv IS bad and LO should not be watching until they are 2 years+.  Before that, they are too young to understand any of it, therefore it offers nothing.

    yeah, not really helpful. I'm not talking about putting LO in front of the tv or letting him watch it, I'm talking about having it on in the background. I don't think that it "offers" him anything; I am worried about whether having it on in the background can be harmful. Did you even read my post??

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    Eh, we keep our TV on 24/7. DS barely notices it, even now, unless I put on a show for him (Sesame Street, YGG, or Dora/Diego). When he was a newborn, I would have gone insane without TV/Netflix.

    Do what feels best for you and your family.

    Same in our house. Not a big deal IMO.

     

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    So my DS is two months and change. We usually have the tv on in the background at our house as we go about the day. Today for the first time, I saw him notice the tv. He was staring at the screen as I changed his diaper. Then when I put him on his piano play mat which he LOVES, he kept turning his head to look at the tv instead of his toys. When I turned it off, he went right to cooing at himself in the mirror and batting at his toys. Now I am worried about having the tv on all the time and will be making more of an effort to turn it off when DS is somewhere that he can see it.

    obviously I know that DS can't understand what's on the screen, but I am still worried that "watching" tv is bad for him. What do you guys think? When is the tv on in your home and when does it need to be off? I want to do the best for DS, but it gets boring sometimes when he's doing his own thing and I'm working on laundry or something like that. Or when I'm just sitting on the couch breastfeeding. 

    Its on all the time at our house too.  Just for noise most of the time.  I catch her watching it sometimes...I think it is more just the colors moving. She doesn't stay interested for long and doesn't always pay attention to it.  I personally think it is ok...everything in moderation.

     

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  • During my leave I had the TV on a fair amount in the background or while I was nursing DS. When he's playing, I turn it off or just make sure his playmat is in a location where he can't see the TV. We didn't let DS1 actively watch TV until he was almost 2 and we plan to do the same with this one. 
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    Eh, we keep our TV on 24/7. DS barely notices it, even now, unless I put on a show for him (Sesame Street, YGG, or Dora/Diego). When he was a newborn, I would have gone insane without TV/Netflix.

    Do what feels best for you and your family.

    Same in our house. Not a big deal IMO.

    This is our house as well. DS hardly notices it and if he does it never hold his attention long enough for me to feel like it's hurting him. 

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  • I feel horribly deprived with my tv broken right now... its really hard watching netflix on an itty bitty phone screen..
    Until it went on the Fritz last week I had it on when my hubby was at work just to have some noise. House is too quiet
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    I have it on when I BF an whatnot but TV is behind LO. Same with her swing and activity mat, she can't see the TV from them if it is on. I tend to keep it on ALL DAY LONG as background noise for myself.

    This.  We try to position DD in the living room so she can't see the TV if she's playing or in her swing.

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  • My tv is on 24/7. My baby looks at the tv sometimes but I don't think it's a huge deal.
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    We've always had the tv on 24/7 - my kids barely watch it (they are 10 and almost 7). They have a favorite show, which I set the DVR to record each Saturday, but for the most part they are playing with each other or outside. They do love movies, so we limit those. 

     On the other end of the spectrum, I have a friend who refuses all TV - her kids are the same age as mine and she's also got a 4 year old - her kids absolutely cannot function if they are anywhere that has a TV - restaurants, other peoples' houses, etc. And I don't say that lightly - they completely zone out and can't focus on anything that is being said to them because they are so overstimulated by it. These are very bright and intelligent children, so it's always shocking to me to see that reaction. 

    Take a healthy approach to it and you'll be fine. A friend of mine has hers on 24/7, noticed that her 3 year old was watching it all the time and started regulating it more. Each child/family is different, so just pay attention to their individual needs and you'll be fine. 

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    Not a matter of what we think, it is a fact that tv IS bad and LO should not be watching until they are 2 years+.  Before that, they are too young to understand any of it, therefore it offers nothing.

    I agree.  The AAP has been saying for decades to limit, or eliminate, television exposure to children under the age of 2.  It's been shown to language acquisition, it's directly linked to ADD/ADHD in children, and there has been research that there could even be a link with autism.  Other issues early television exposure is linked to are kind of obvious, sleep problems, obesity, lack of activity, and poor academic performance later on.  

    We don't really watch a lot of TV to begin with so we're not having it on until our son is 2.  Then we plan on being strategic and limiting his exposure to 10 hours per week.  Interestingly, AAP says that shows like Sesame Street are beneficial to toddlers but harmful to infants.

    But yeah I'd avoid ANY tv exposure before 2 years.  

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    image BigPoppa22:
    Not a matter of what we think, it is a fact that tv IS bad and LO should not be watching until they are 2 years+.  Before that, they are too young to understand any of it, therefore it offers nothing.

    I agree.  The AAP has been saying for decades to limit, or eliminate, television exposure to children under the age of 2.  It's been shown to language acquisition, it's directly linked to ADD/ADHD in children, and there has been research that there could even be a link with autism.  Other issues early television exposure is linked to are kind of obvious, sleep problems, obesity, lack of activity, and poor academic performance later on.  

    We don't really watch a lot of TV to begin with so we're not having it on until our son is 2.  Then we plan on being strategic and limiting his exposure to 10 hours per week.  Interestingly, AAP says that shows like Sesame Street are beneficial to toddlers but harmful to infants.

    But yeah I'd avoid ANY tv exposure before 2 years.  

    That's A LOT of sanctimony packed into a couple of paragraphs. 

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    Not a matter of what we think, it is a fact that tv IS bad and LO should not be watching until they are 2 years+.  Before that, they are too young to understand any of it, therefore it offers nothing.

    I agree.  The AAP has been saying for decades to limit, or eliminate, television exposure to children under the age of 2.  It's been shown to language acquisition, it's directly linked to ADD/ADHD in children, and there has been research that there could even be a link with autism.  Other issues early television exposure is linked to are kind of obvious, sleep problems, obesity, lack of activity, and poor academic performance later on.  

    We don't really watch a lot of TV to begin with so we're not having it on until our son is 2.  Then we plan on being strategic and limiting his exposure to 10 hours per week.  Interestingly, AAP says that shows like Sesame Street are beneficial to toddlers but harmful to infants.

    But yeah I'd avoid ANY tv exposure before 2 years.  

    That's A LOT of sanctimony packed into a couple of paragraphs. 

    For real.

     

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    image BigPoppa22:
    Not a matter of what we think, it is a fact that tv IS bad and LO should not be watching until they are 2 years+.  Before that, they are too young to understand any of it, therefore it offers nothing.

    I agree.  The AAP has been saying for decades to limit, or eliminate, television exposure to children under the age of 2.  It's been shown to language acquisition, it's directly linked to ADD/ADHD in children, and there has been research that there could even be a link with autism.  Other issues early television exposure is linked to are kind of obvious, sleep problems, obesity, lack of activity, and poor academic performance later on.  

    We don't really watch a lot of TV to begin with so we're not having it on until our son is 2.  Then we plan on being strategic and limiting his exposure to 10 hours per week.  Interestingly, AAP says that shows like Sesame Street are beneficial to toddlers but harmful to infants.

    But yeah I'd avoid ANY tv exposure before 2 years.  

    That's A LOT of sanctimony packed into a couple of paragraphs. 

    It's all from the AAP.  I don't think my husband and I are being hypocritical, we do watch television, but we don't have cable and we don't do the leave-the-tv-on-all-day thing.  I understand how difficult it can be, my parents and in laws have television on all the time, but after researching the detriment it can have on infants we made our decision and are sticking to it.  It might not be the right decision for every family, but the OP was asking for opinions on it so I shared mine even though it's not reflective of the status quo.  I didn't mean to sound judgmental on what others do in their homes, just sharing what we're doing in mine and why.  :) 

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    Eh, we keep our TV on 24/7. DS barely notices it, even now, unless I put on a show for him (Sesame Street, YGG, or Dora/Diego). When he was a newborn, I would have gone insane without TV/Netflix.

    Do what feels best for you and your family.

    Agree. I'm Lawlz. TV is the debil! 

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  • Funny - we just had this conversation in our house because it seems like LO just started noticiing the TV.  HOwever, I think he is just attracted to the combo of sound and color... not like he is "watching," obviously because he can't understand anything yet.

    Our discussion ended wtih the decision that once he is old enough that he could technically "watch" TV, we won't have it on anymore . We want to avoid TV as long as possible with him.  This will seriously cut back on mom's time watching trashy reality TV on Bravo. ;-)

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    image BigPoppa22:
    Not a matter of what we think, it is a fact that tv IS bad and LO should not be watching until they are 2 years+.  Before that, they are too young to understand any of it, therefore it offers nothing.

    I agree.  The AAP has been saying for decades to limit, or eliminate, television exposure to children under the age of 2.  It's been shown to language acquisition, it's directly linked to ADD/ADHD in children, and there has been research that there could even be a link with autism.  Other issues early television exposure is linked to are kind of obvious, sleep problems, obesity, lack of activity, and poor academic performance later on.  

    We don't really watch a lot of TV to begin with so we're not having it on until our son is 2.  Then we plan on being strategic and limiting his exposure to 10 hours per week.  Interestingly, AAP says that shows like Sesame Street are beneficial to toddlers but harmful to infants.

    But yeah I'd avoid ANY tv exposure before 2 years.  



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  • They just like the flickering lights.  Don't worry, your kid isn't going to get ADD from glancing at the TV at this young age. 
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  • No judgement, but I am surprised at how many people always have their TVs on. I had it on sometimes when my LO was really tiny and mainly nursing or sleeping all the time. As soon as I noticed him looking at it, I stopped putting it on altogether when he is up and around. Babies are so easily and quickly overstimulated (especially newborns).

    I am a school psychologist and am always thinking about all the attention problems kids have and how so many of them need media to keep themselves entertained and stimulated. I genuinely think exposure to TV is one of the many factors in this (not the only one). Our babies' brains are developing so quickly and are influenced by what they see of course. If their brains get used to being overstimulated by things like TV, it follows that they will crave this stimulation as they get older also.

    We have never been a big TV family during daytime hours, we only watch it for an hour or two in the evening, so little guy is already in bed by then. Now when I am nursing little guy, I always have my kindle with me. 

    When little guy is old enough to actually watch and understand shows (around 2), I will let him watch some of the more educational kids shows a little bit each day. TV ain't the devil, but I choose not to expose my babe to it quite yet.








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    No judgement, but I am surprised at how many people always have their TVs on. I had it on sometimes when my LO was really tiny and mainly nursing or sleeping all the time. As soon as I noticed him looking at it, I stopped putting it on altogether when he is up and around. Babies are so easily and quickly overstimulated (especially newborns).

    I am a school psychologist and am always thinking about all the attention problems kids have and how so many of them need media to keep themselves entertained and stimulated. I genuinely think exposure to TV is one of the many factors in this (not the only one). Our babies' brains are developing so quickly and are influenced by what they see of course. If their brains get used to being overstimulated by things like TV, it follows that they will crave this stimulation as they get older also.

    We have never been a big TV family during daytime hours, we only watch it for an hour or two in the evening, so little guy is already in bed by then. Now when I am nursing little guy, I always have my kindle with me. 

    When little guy is old enough to actually watch and understand shows (around 2), I will let him watch some of the more educational kids shows a little bit each day. TV ain't the devil, but I choose not to expose my babe to it quite yet.

    That's because parents use it as a babysitter when kids get older and that's where problems stem from. Plopping a kid down in front of the TV for hours at a time and not encouraging them to do anything else. I also know children who NEVER get to watch any TV so when they see one...they are like zombies. I doubt that my 15 month old will have any ill effects from glancing up at the TV once in a blue moon. Just my 2 cents :)

     

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    No judgement, but I am surprised at how many people always have their TVs on. I had it on sometimes when my LO was really tiny and mainly nursing or sleeping all the time. As soon as I noticed him looking at it, I stopped putting it on altogether when he is up and around. Babies are so easily and quickly overstimulated (especially newborns).

    I am a school psychologist and am always thinking about all the attention problems kids have and how so many of them need media to keep themselves entertained and stimulated. I genuinely think exposure to TV is one of the many factors in this (not the only one). Our babies' brains are developing so quickly and are influenced by what they see of course. If their brains get used to being overstimulated by things like TV, it follows that they will crave this stimulation as they get older also.

    We have never been a big TV family during daytime hours, we only watch it for an hour or two in the evening, so little guy is already in bed by then. Now when I am nursing little guy, I always have my kindle with me. 

    When little guy is old enough to actually watch and understand shows (around 2), I will let him watch some of the more educational kids shows a little bit each day. TV ain't the devil, but I choose not to expose my babe to it quite yet.

    That's because parents use it as a babysitter when kids get older and that's where problems stem from. Plopping a kid down in front of the TV for hours at a time and not encouraging them to do anything else. I also know children who NEVER get to watch any TV so when they see one...they are like zombies. I doubt that my 15 month old will have any ill effects from glancing up at the TV once in a blue moon. Just my 2 cents :)

    I am not saying that a baby glancing once in a while at a turned on TV will result in ADHD. But if the TV is ALWAYS on and a baby keeps looking at it. . . over time they will get used to always having that stimulation (sight and noise) nearby and it could effect brain development. Of course, people should do what they feel comfortable with. For us, it isn't a necessity to have the TV on and our LO was definitely interested in it when it was on. . . so we keep it off.  He will get to watch TV sometimes, just not quite yet. Not when he is so easily entertained by his own hands :)








  • I watched Bravo and HGTV all through my mat leave with my son and it is n pretty much all the time when I'm home. Same now that I'm home again. FF three years later, my son is now gay, redecorating my entire house and having Mimosas for breakfast, and my 2 month old daughter is getting bikini waxes and asking about her first set of implants to fill out her bathing suit.  It hasn't affected my kids at all.

     

    But really, my son doesn't watch tv, really. He does adore music and knows the words to songs on the radio. Sould I not listen to music in the car?

     

    i totally respect other people's decisions, but it's really just that. Whatever works for each family. Do I think there is a ton of trash on tv? Definitely. But my kid would rather spend every waking moment outside than watching tv.

     

    Pinot, I think you're fine :)  

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    I watched Bravo and HGTV all through my mat leave with my son and it is n pretty much all the time when I'm home. Same now that I'm home again. FF three years later, my son is now gay, redecorating my entire house and having Mimosas for breakfast, and my 2 month old daughter is getting bikini waxes and asking about her first set of implants to fill out her bathing suit.  It hasn't affected my kids at all.

     

    But really, my son doesn't watch tv, really. He does adore music and knows the words to songs on the radio. Sould I not listen to music in the car?

     

    i totally respect other people's decisions, but it's really just that. Whatever works for each family. Do I think there is a ton of trash on tv? Definitely. But my kid would rather spend every waking moment outside than watching tv.

     

    Pinot, I think you're fine :)  

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    Not a matter of what we think, it is a fact that tv IS bad and LO should not be watching until they are 2 years+.  Before that, they are too young to understand any of it, therefore it offers nothing.

    I agree.  The AAP has been saying for decades to limit, or eliminate, television exposure to children under the age of 2.  It's been shown to language acquisition, it's directly linked to ADD/ADHD in children, and there has been research that there could even be a link with autism.  Other issues early television exposure is linked to are kind of obvious, sleep problems, obesity, lack of activity, and poor academic performance later on.  

    We don't really watch a lot of TV to begin with so we're not having it on until our son is 2.  Then we plan on being strategic and limiting his exposure to 10 hours per week.  Interestingly, AAP says that shows like Sesame Street are beneficial to toddlers but harmful to infants.

    But yeah I'd avoid ANY tv exposure before 2 years.  

    So, catching a glimpse of the news while I made dinner is going to make my baby hyper, fat, and nonverbal?

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    I watched Bravo and HGTV all through my mat leave with my son and it is n pretty much all the time when I'm home. Same now that I'm home again. FF three years later, my son is now gay, redecorating my entire house and having Mimosas for breakfast, and my 2 month old daughter is getting bikini waxes and asking about her first set of implants to fill out her bathing suit.  It hasn't affected my kids at all.


    those are the same channels I watch! Glad to know that DS is going to turn out so fabulous, haha. 

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    Not a matter of what we think, it is a fact that tv IS bad and LO should not be watching until they are 2 years+.  Before that, they are too young to understand any of it, therefore it offers nothing.

    I agree.  The AAP has been saying for decades to limit, or eliminate, television exposure to children under the age of 2.  It's been shown to language acquisition, it's directly linked to ADD/ADHD in children, and there has been research that there could even be a link with autism.  Other issues early television exposure is linked to are kind of obvious, sleep problems, obesity, lack of activity, and poor academic performance later on.  

    We don't really watch a lot of TV to begin with so we're not having it on until our son is 2.  Then we plan on being strategic and limiting his exposure to 10 hours per week.  Interestingly, AAP says that shows like Sesame Street are beneficial to toddlers but harmful to infants.

    But yeah I'd avoid ANY tv exposure before 2 years.  

    So, catching a glimpse of the news while I made dinner is going to make my baby hyper, fat, and nonverbal?

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    That's not what I said at all.  The OP asked for honest opinions and I shared mine, which apparently is different from yours. What's right for you and yours might not feel right for everyone, and believe it or not, that's totally ok :)  

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    Eh, we keep our TV on 24/7. DS barely notices it, even now, unless I put on a show for him Sesame Street, YGG, or Dora/Diego. When he was a newborn, I would have gone insane without TV/Netflix.Do what feels best for you and your family.


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