Those of you with babies (or tiny people who used to be babies) – do they watch any television?
I ask because we don’t have TV. I mean, we have a television, one that we use for the Xbox and other gaming consoles and to watch DVDs and VHS tapes, but we don’t get any television channels.
We are, however, hopelessly addicted to various television shows and movies via Netflix Instant and sometimes we like to watch those while the baby is awake. This means that Wesley is constantly trying to sneak a peek at the TV and we are constantly trying to prevent it because the AAP says we should.
It seems to me – after reading blog posts and Twitter and BabyCenter and other parenting-related stuff – that many people aren’t very bothered with trying to adhere to this recommendation. I mean, at Wesley’s age, my brother was setting his baby up in front of the TV with the movie Cars because “it’s the only thing that keeps him calm.” I saw a post on BabyCenter where a mom had stumbled across the AAP rec and was flabbergasted that her baby shouldn’t watch TV, and was incredulously asking commenters if it was true that her 4.5-month-old shouldn’t watch shows with her and how they could even expect her to manage that. My mom assumed that Wesley’s daycare just let him watch TV all day.
So. Lots of people are not very concerned with limiting screen time for babies.
I still can’t really imagine setting Wesley up in front of a video, even if it’s one of the semi-educational Baby Einstein-types. I am totally not above using the TV to get something (a shower?) done and I expect that I will end up doing it at some point, but right now he seems so little and it would feel too weird.
I am so curious what other people’s thoughts on this are. Do you actively prevent your baby from watching TV? Do you not mind if they passively watch it (catching a few minutes here or there) while you are watching? Do they watch shows with you? Do they have a favorite video they like to watch? Do tell.