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    my 5 month old loves to play on his activity mat but i often see him staring up at the TV at times. I try and discourage it and turn him around but he scoots and turns and still watches it. He watches and plays at the same time with his mat. sometimes I shut the tv off but if me and hubby are watching, all he wants to do is watch to, is it okay that he watching tv, occasionally? he seems interested in it.
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    I dont think it's bad but what do I know! I would say he's probably just interested in the colors and movement. They're probably just new and intriguing.
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    Aubs watches TV a lot while she's playing on her playmat or while I'm trying to get something done. I always have either Baby Einstein or Barney on. And I don't really give a crap if people think it's bad for her. She is NEVER content just laying there or sitting there. Ever. Not once. I have to have something to occupy her and toys only work for...eh...20 seconds? Tops. So it's either do no laundry, never clean dishes or the kitchen or the rest of the house, but at least she never watches TV OR get enough done around the house to stay alive while she watches educational shows. I chose the latter.
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    Its fine for kids to watch, they like the colors and motion just like they do on mobiles and other toys. You just dont want to sit your child in front of the tv as a babysitter or only means of entertainment(imo). My daughter didnt watch tv or even care to watch it until she was like 7months old and American Idol came on. She loves music!
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    We started the Your Baby Can Read with DD at 2 1/2 months, so she watched less than 30 min twice a day...and sometimes would look if I was watching Rachel Ray or something...once she got older she watched PBS or her videos and I stopped watching TV really...she doesn't watch all of the time and there is absolutely nothing wrong with her!
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    There are tons of studies out there that explain why TV is "harmful" (physically and developmentally) to children... it's a wonder any of us survived our childhoods. I won't discount the data I've read, but I'm not going to claim I never turn the TV on for my kid either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loving View Post
    There are tons of studies out there that explain why TV is "harmful" (physically and developmentally) to children... it's a wonder any of us survived our childhoods. I won't discount the data I've read, but I'm not going to claim I never turn the TV on for my kid either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HollySunshine View Post
    I dont think it's bad but what do I know! I would say he's probably just interested in the colors and movement. They're probably just new and intriguing.
    Quote Originally Posted by katinahat View Post
    Aubs watches TV a lot while she's playing on her playmat or while I'm trying to get something done. I always have either Baby Einstein or Barney on. And I don't really give a crap if people think it's bad for her. She is NEVER content just laying there or sitting there. Ever. Not once. I have to have something to occupy her and toys only work for...eh...20 seconds? Tops. So it's either do no laundry, never clean dishes or the kitchen or the rest of the house, but at least she never watches TV OR get enough done around the house to stay alive while she watches educational shows. I chose the latter.



    My girls watch TV... Marguerite more because of the noise and colors, she normally is playing too..

    The only time my older 2 sit and watch TV is if it is the preschool prep DVDs or once in a while they will sit still for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

    Other than that it is just one of those things that they are running around singing and dancing too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katinahat View Post
    Aubs watches TV a lot while she's playing on her playmat or while I'm trying to get something done. I always have either Baby Einstein or Barney on. And I don't really give a crap if people think it's bad for her. She is NEVER content just laying there or sitting there. Ever. Not once. I have to have something to occupy her and toys only work for...eh...20 seconds? Tops. So it's either do no laundry, never clean dishes or the kitchen or the rest of the house, but at least she never watches TV OR get enough done around the house to stay alive while she watches educational shows. I chose the latter.
    This!

    My 3+mo old is the same. She gets bored with her toys attached to the FP rocker or activity play-mat very fast and becomes fussy. TV is the only thing that will keep her happy while I do stuff in the house. Usually, she watches Looney Toons or Tom & Jerry.

    I did Google like a nut to check if it would be bad for her but everybody's opinions are so various. Some say it's bad, others say it's fine. Moderation is the key to everything. I am not going to drive myself crazy about what others say.
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    We've been trying to cut back our TV time. Like most things, moderation is key.
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