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Is it bad if my baby watches TV?

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Old 08-17-2009, 04:36 PM   #1
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Is it bad if my baby watches TV?

Hi all,

My 12 week old is VERY interested in television. I know he doesn't understand what he is seeing, but he is very attracted to the flashing images. It's a good distraction technique if he is fussy.

However, I don't want a child who is glued to the boob tube. When he gets older, I really don't want the TV to be on at all, and I want to provide him with lots of other activities.

Am I setting myself up for failure if the TV is on at this age? Is it okay to use the TV as a learning tool now, but take it away later? Will that be really difficult?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 08-17-2009, 07:43 PM   #2
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Re: Is it bad if my baby watches TV?

I don't think there's anything wrong with it. My first watched tv all the time when she was a baby. Like your baby, she just seemed to like the flashing colors and such. I cut her back to one or two shows (half hour long) a day when she was a toddler, and then I had another baby when she was two, and she got to watch a little more tv each day while I was getting used to having two kiddos. Then I cut her back to just one or two shows a day again. She's 5 1/2 now, and her sisters are 3 1/2 years old, and 12 months old, and they only watch tv occasionally.... usually when I want them to have a rest, if they're sick, or if I need some quiet time in the house. They love tv.... and they'd watch it all day if I let them, but I don't let them and they don't argue about it.

I guess my point is that taking the tv away will only be as difficult as you allow it to be. I wouldn't stress about it right now. At this point, whatever works for cutting out your stress load is what's best for you and your baby!

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