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    Default Do you let your baby watch TV?

    The TV is never on when my 9month old ds is up and I would never intentionally allow him to watch TV, but I am just wondering if others do. At least 3 other people I know over the past 2 weeks have mentioned their babies favourite TV shows. One friend said "I've just put all ds's favourite tv shows on the iPad, he loves it" he's only 9months old. Another friend sent me a pic of her 7month old sitting in front of the tv and said "Getting ready for his fav, peppa pig!". Surely they're too young to have favourite TV shows and if they really do like them, how much TV are they watching?! Is this the norm, am I the strange one? At the moment I seem to be the odd one out.

    Do you intentionally put the TV on for your baby?

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    I don't put her in front of the tv to keep her occupied or to watch it but she has watched a few moment here and there

    Edit dd3 is 9.5 months and doesn't have a favourite tv show haha

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    No I don't intentionally put the tv on for my baby. However if I'm watching tv, which I don't do much of anyway, she will glance over at it every so often, but is far more interested rolling around on the floor than actually watching tv.

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    From around 6 months to 12 months my (now 3 year old) DD loved Upsy Daisy from In The Night Garden. We let her watch it most nights - she totally loved it.

    Nothing wrong with a little bit of TV. Everything in moderation. We still read to her every day, fed her, bathed her, played with her, walked her, sang to her, did library rhyme time etc etc. Now at 3 she doesn't seem to have any negative effects from the tv viewing!

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    No we don't let our 1year old watch any TV. It isn't on at all in the day. The first time it goes on is 7pm once she is in bed. It wasn't really a huge decision we made it just wasn't something we considered putting on for a baby.

    We will probably have no TV under 2 years old as per the American Academy of Paediatric reccomendation. I don't think it's good for their developing brains and I think it decreases their boredom tolerance.

    i also think it just sounds horrible as background noise and the flashing lights ect. Not for us

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koarlo View Post
    The TV is never on when my 9month old ds is up and I would never intentionally allow him to watch TV, but I am just wondering if others do. At least 3 other people I know over the past 2 weeks have mentioned their babies favourite TV shows. One friend said "I've just put all ds's favourite tv shows on the iPad, he loves it" he's only 9months old. Another friend sent me a pic of her 7month old sitting in front of the tv and said "Getting ready for his fav, peppa pig!". Surely they're too young to have favourite TV shows and if they really do like them, how much TV are they watching?! Is this the norm, am I the strange one? At the moment I seem to be the odd one out.

    Do you intentionally put the TV on for your baby?
    I think you're friends are having a light hearted joke.

    This is the sort of thing you care deeply about with only one or even two kids but honestly it really doesn't matter. My first had no tv before she was 2 but my 4th could probably recite Peppa Pig and she's not yet 10 months old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueLips View Post

    We will probably have no TV under 2 years old as per the American Academy of Paediatric reccomendation. I don't think it's good for their developing brains and I think it decreases their boredom tolerance.
    Interesting. DD1 has been the only one we followed these guidelines with and she's the one who always complains about being bored.

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    Our tv is on abc2 all day. My son (2 1/2) and the twins (nearly 10 months) barely notice it. They only stop to watch certain shows or the songs. It's more just a background thing for us. They also don't care if it's turned off.
    If we do watch shows, we will sing the songs together and talk about what is happening on it.

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    Interesting topic. I have a 4 month old and when I'm busy in the kitchen or doing a load she is in front of the tv. Sometimes she watches other times she is playing with a toy. Haven't thought much of it, the tv is part of everyday life and thought it could help pick up speaking as well.
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    My DD is 8.5 months and for the last few weeks I have ABC for kids on constantly. She doesn't tend to sit and watch its more of a glance now and again. I'm always wih her at the same time talking and playing etc so it's just background noise. Interestingly she is making a lot more sounds etc since I started leaving it on (before I would NEVER have it on!)

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