The Tv is on all day here as background noise.
Sometimes Dd who is 4 months old watches it but most of the time she's not interested in it unless her 5 year old sister is watching cartoons and then she gets drawn in by the colours and sounds.
Dd is my first baby and her sister is my step daughter but I've never worried about the Tv being on to be honest. She spends majority of her days playing with toys or her dad, sister and I. She doesn't know what she's watching anyway, even though it's on all of the time none of us watch it for extended periods of time, I just hate silence.
Dd will even sit next to her dad in the bouncer at night when it's late and she's awake and watch him play xbox. :O
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29-05-2014 17:10 #31
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29-05-2014 17:16 #32
as for the iPad issue... Sorry but maybe when your bubba is a toddler you will change your mind! My DD is pure devil spawn in the car, to keep the trip tolerable I give her my iPhone with a fisher price app on. Whatever works to keep our sanity!
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29-05-2014 17:28 #33
My DD2 is 6mo and loves Night Garden. She lets out a little squeal of delight when upsy daisy comes on. I was told in my maternal health classes it's just flickering to them and they can't actually see anything but her reaction to Upsy Daisy EVERY time is at odds with that theory.
It's how I get dinner cooked and things done. I don't leave her in front of the tv all day but it's my saviour when I can't be in two places at once. DD1 never really watched much tv her attention span was too short. She's 2.5 and is madly in love with play school at the moment.
I'm an iPad mum and I make no apologies for it.
29-05-2014 19:33 #34Member
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My DS is almost 2. He watches Peppa and In The Night Garden. No interest in anything else!
I'm of the mindset that until I have walked a mile in the life of that person, I will not judge. I recently had someone come up to me at a cafe and have a go at me because my DS was watching Peppa on the iPad. Belittled my parenting in front of a crowded cafe. Little did she realise it was our first outing after one of his many long hospital admissions, and we were getting out of the house for my sanity! I actually got so upset that I cancelled our order and went home.
So please, just keep your judgement to yourself until you know the circumstances.
29-05-2014 19:49 #35
I want her to be able to sit at a table and join in with conversation. It's hard now, but we get around tantrums and restlessness by distracting her, praising her when she's well behaved, the odd bribe, and really we just don't go out if we can tell she'll be in an irritable mood. Now she's 3.5 she's pretty good.
But ask me again once I have 2 kids! I think whatever works for families is fine. Again, I don't judge other parents, it's just not for me.
29-05-2014 20:07 #36
We love tv in this house, we love outdoor play, we love dancing, cooking and hanging out the washing. There is nothing wrong with TV for babies or toddlers or kids in my opinion.
I also an iPad, iPhone and ianything mummy and also make no apologies for it. Be it the plane, restaurant, car or shopping trolly if anybody tired to say anything to me in a cafe they would be met with a rude reply. When they are old enough to sit and act like an adult they will until then god bless peppa pig and iPhone
29-05-2014 20:13 #37
29-05-2014 20:18 #38
I don't believe one iota of all the 'TV is bad for kids' blah blah stuff. Seriously, everything is bad for kids if it's all they do/eat! It's not rocket science, and no need to over-think it. I can't remember ever thinking 'oh god, the TV has been on for too long DS might be damaged'. Sheesh, I have more important things to think about in life,
29-05-2014 20:32 #39
My 4 month old has watched tv briefly but i think he's a bit young to get much entertainment out of it...he soon goes back to playing with his toys or wanting my attention.
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29-05-2014 20:37 #40Senior Member
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I discouraged tv under the age of 2, but it got a bit harder by the time I got to no. 3. Having three under 4 and having them all be cranky and fighting at the end of the day why I tried to cook dinner meant the tv was my life saver to keep them from killing each other. Now they're 8, 6 and 4, they read a book while waiting for dinner. I never have the tv on as background noise. I can't stand it. So far this week my kids have watched 1/2 hr of tv and that will probably be it. Our tv is password protected so that the kids can't just turn it on and watch it. They have to ask first and I generally re-direct them to something else, which they are happy to do. I find the more they watch tv, the more they want to watch tv. When we don't turn it on much they forget it's there and amuse themselves in other ways.
As for ipads/iphones when out...I have never used them. I've always found books/colouring in/a pack of go fish cards has kept my kids entertained. Sure it's more work for me when we're waiting in for the doctor for an hour, and sometimes the kids complain of being bored, but I think it's okay for kids to learn to be patient when they're bored. My kids don't have special needs, so of course that's different, but I don't think people need to laugh and make out like every parent will resort to ipads/iphones in a waiting room. If it's important enough to the OP to not do it, then she'll find other ways of amusing her child/ren.
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