I often wonder what other mothers’ position is on babies watching television. I have met moms who are pro and moms who are con. For instance, there is a mommy in my daughter’s play group who has allowed her babies to watch television since they were 3 months old. My daughter is 9 months old and she doesn’t watch it (I don’t allow it).
The American Academy of Pediatrics has the following very clear position on babies and television:
“Children of all ages are constantly learning new things. The first 2 years of life are especially important in the growth and development of your child’s brain. During this time, children need good, positive interaction with other children and adults. Too much television can negatively affect early brain development. This is especially true at younger ages, when learning to talk and play with others is so important.
Until more research is done about the effects of TV on very young children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend television for children age 2 or younger. For older children, the Academy recommends no more than 1 to 2 hours per day of educational, nonviolent programs. “
How do you feel about TV watching for babies? I’m interested in finding out what other mommies did, or plan to do, and your reasoning.