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    Default 16 month old obsessed with watching TV!! Help!!

    It been so long since I Have posted anything.. At a loss and need to know what's normal?

    My DD2 would watch cartoons (Dora in particular)I must admit I have allowed it a little as I work full time from home.

    Both my girls 3.5 and 16 months eat their breakie in front of the TV so that's about 30/45min then the same in the arvo for afternoon tea but lunch and dinner is TV off or at least not nick jr or abc for kids.

    But my 16 month old is now getting cranky when the TV is off or not on her shows!

    I guess I would like to know what is a normal/appropriate amount of t.v to watch for a 16month old? DD1 only started becoming interested in TV about a year ago and still plays in front of it unless it's a movie in the arvo while DD2 is sleeping for a bit of down time as we are just dropping nap!

    Help please!!

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    The recommendation for babies younger than 2yo is 0hr of screen time. Sorry

    Between 2 and 5yo it's 1hr per day.

    IMO 45min of uninterrupted screen time is way too much on a daily basis and I think your youngest is telling you this in her own way.

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    Turn it off. Kids do not need tv.

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    Default 16 month old obsessed with watching TV!! Help!!

    Pffft. Don't let others make you feel bad for having the tv on. MOST normal families have the tv on on a regular basis (why are there so many toddlers wearing all manner of tv characters on their clothes lol). Here in this household it's a saviour, and I've only got the one toddler!

    Dd can be a pest about having her shows on and gets cranky particularly when I watch the news lol. I just tell her she has to share and wait her turn and ignore the behaviour, as with any poor behaviour. It's not from too much tv IMO. It sounds pretty reasonable to me. It's just typical toddler behaviour- me me me. Dd is like that with anything- toys, food etc. just stick to your guns and say no- then distract.

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    I agree that at at that age the recommendation is no TV but as previous post says the reality is most households will allow their children to watch some so don't feel bad. Like you I often have the TV on during mealtimes which I never used to as before our kitchen didn't have a TV but as my ds is so fussy with food I've discovered using distraction means he eats so much better as he is willing to try new foods without realising what he is doing! Yes I know it's wrong and when he's older and we eat together it won't be allowed but for the last few months I have really appreciated the fact that he is eating better and that's something I've really struggled with.
    We don't really have any tantrums about favourite programmes and he mostly just ignores it to play but he does absolutely love a nursery rhymes cd which we put on at night before bed. I personally don't see the harm in him watching it especially when I see him dancing around and doing the actions to the songs.

    So I guess i would recommend that you might have to be strong and not let your child get the programmes they want and if you are worried maybe try turning it off more and endure the tantrums initially in the hope they will soon learn and forget. I know TV and screen time is bad but I think there's a big difference between watching a couple of hours a day and spending the rest of the day playing, going to playgroups, reading books etc and just leaving your child in front of the screen all day long. I know it's something I regularly feel guilty about and while I admire and respect those who don't put the TV on I know the reality is most do and it can make life a lot easier!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell's Silver Hammer View Post
    Turn it off. Kids do not need tv.
    Pffffft. Nothing wrong with a bit of TV - whether it be for educational purposes or to give mum a break.

    OP: my ds2 (14 months) might 'watch' 30 minutes of a program for his age group (might lose interest before the end) but the TV is on in the background for ds1 (3.5) for maybe half hour in the morning and then evening, or for a movie in the afternoon (frozen, toy story etc). Ds2 just usually plays with his toys.

    I try and time the kids TV for when I am most busy - after breakfast cleaning up, mid afternoon when I'm buggered, tidying up and ds1 won't sleep.

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    I am just going by the official recommendations that are based on - you know - studies.

    Not trying to make OP feel bad.

    Obviously everyone make their choices for what is best for their family.
    I personally do not based this onto what "most household" do.

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    I used to not make a big deal about screen time in under 2 year olds. But the recommendations are there for a reason, and after I dug a bit deeper I was alarmed. Here is a free access article reviewing the literature, and another that has an informative summary:

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/1...8.01027.x/full

    http://abs.sagepub.com/content/48/5/505.short

    In short: TV for under 2 year olds has absolutely NO benefit for development, and it harms their language development, cognition, and attention. Background TV also has a negative influence. Content really matters: cartoons are worse than educational shows, and exposure to violent content increases aggression.

    Obviously it's really hard because these days, Mums are expected to be super women and need 30 hours in the day to get everything done. TV is a great tool for mums... but it's not good for babies.

    When it's DS1's screentime (he is turning six, he picks from the TV or the Wii or iPad, he gets 45 minutes on weekday afternoons, and 2 hours on weekends), I either remove DS2 (7 months) from the room, or give DS1 headphones and send him to another room. It's not as if DS2 can never ever ever look at a TV, but he isn't allowed to sit there and watch it. It might sound like I am Amish, but the research is really, really alarming!!

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    My DS watches over the recommendations, similar to @VicPark but I'm betting that DH and I also watch over screen time recommendatiins for adults, if I included iPhone, tv, iPad etc... Honestly I think we could all cut down a bit, I try to monitor it a bit every now and then. I guess it's just trying to break the day up with outings, visitors, physical activity and indoor/outdoor games.

    If you feel it's having a negative impact then perhaps switch things up for a couple of weeks and see what happens.

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    I try to stick to 1hr per day or less for my kids,but sometimds they have more and thats ok. I have seen the research, in fact i have been involved in research around 0-5s and tv at uni so have researches it quite extensively. I do think that a lot of thw research has become out dated very very quickly, because of the rate that technology is progressing. Often 0 screen time just isnt realistic. Personally, i think that as long as the children are engaged in meaningful play experiences in their day, have plenty of interactions with me or each other,lots of conversations, outside play, etc, a bit of TV is ok too as a part of a balanced lifestyle.

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