For some reason, my DF is set on the idea of buying our DS a tablet for christmas. He will be 6 months old FFS! He does not need a tablet! And I don't want him staring at a screen instead of playing with real toys. Surely he won't learn and develop properly playing games on a screen? He needs to actually be doing things, right? DF thinks he will learn just as much from a tablet, there are lots of educational games for babies blah blah blah
Someone tell me I'm not overreacting?
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10-09-2013 12:08 #1Senior Member
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Buying a baby a tablet.
10-09-2013 12:10 #2
Are you serious? Like genuinely not trying to start a troll thread with lots of wtf comments serious? Cause if you are serious, you've got way bigger problems with your dh than present buying at Christmas.
10-09-2013 12:11 #3
Tablets are great but I would probably wait till bub is roughly 2 to get the best use out of it. Six months seems a little young.
10-09-2013 12:18 #4Senior Member
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I'm also wondering if this is a joke, but if not, then no OP you are not overreacting. That's crazy talk from your df. Yes it will be damaging. Hold off for as long as possible I say.
10-09-2013 12:25 #5
It sounds like your fiancé might not have a very good understanding of child development. Perhaps encourage him to do some research regarding how young children develop.
10-09-2013 12:28 #6
Ummm, yeah, I would be avoiding a baby looking at any kind of tv/ tablet screen as much as possible, not encouraging it. Your bub is going to learn more through watching you do your everyday activities than staring at an over-stimulating screen.
10-09-2013 12:36 #7
Totally disagree that it would be damaging! ICT certainly has it's place. I was letting DS watch songs etc on my phone at that age. He is 2.5 now and plays a couple of apps on my iPad. I wouldn't get him his own one but even if I did, everything in moderation. Technology has the potential to be amazing for learning/ development but it is never going to replace building blocks and eating dirt.
10-09-2013 12:37 #8
Maybe send him along to have a look at the Raising Children Network. They've got some great stuff just for Dads, an under the Babies section, there's some good ideas for play . It might help him place where your bubba is in the big scheme, and give him ideas as to what's normal, if he hasn't had much to do with little kiddies before, it's a whole new ball game
10-09-2013 12:43 #9
Are you sure he doesn't want to get bub one so that he can play with it ??
Seriously though, 6 months is waaaaay to young. I'd think around 4-5 would be an ok age.
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