View Poll Results: At what age do/did you REALLY start letting kiddos watch tv?
0-6 mos 16 15.24%
6-12 mos 18 17.14%
1-2 years 42 40.00%
2 years or older 23 21.90%
other 6 5.71%
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Old 12-16-2006, 07:16 AM   #1
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Okay first of all... AAP recommends that children under 2 should not watch tv... now, we never SET Gavin in front of the TV, but I can't help feeling uneasy if he's out there with us and watches, or for example, sometimes I'll have him in his playpen, while I do a few things, and big brother will be watching cartoons, I can't help but think OMG what am I doing??? lol Is it really that big a deal? Do you ever let your infants watch?

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Well ds is 19months and even though I have the tv on pretty much all the time, he has NEVER been put in front of it to watch, and yet to this day he really has no interest in any shows...so I voted other
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we dont even have a TV in the house, dont miss it either! we've been TV free for about 6 years now.
for news and whatever else, we listen to the radio. my kids have really vivid imaginations and have developed a love for books and interaction with family for entertainment.
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see we limit TV for Cody anyways, and we have family time & stuff also, so I'm not concerned about him becoming a "tv zombie" later lol we "control" it but just dunno, bugs me that he may watch sometimes when we do
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Old 12-16-2006, 08:37 AM   #5
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we don't have cable TV and don't get any basic channels..... BUT.. Sam loves him some baby Einstien... and I have put him in his bouncer to watch that, but it's not even a daily thing. Sam is a VERY visual child... and Mama needs a break. But BE is the only thing he watches
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my youngest dd is 2 and they only thing that catches her attention long enough to look at the tv is kiddie shows with loud singing LOL. She LOVES to watch singing/danceing on tv like wiggles or shows like that. If my older dd who is 5 watches a movie (like Cinderella or something) my 2yo doesnt' even pay attention. She may glance at it if she hears something but she's never sat and watched anything.
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Umm, well... My boyfriend bought a baby einstein video when DS was 6 months old and we tried to get him to watch it. He looked at the TV for maybe 3 minutes before getting bored with it, and he started to play with his books instead. lol.

Since then I haven't had him actually watch tv, but honestly it's on a lot over here. I'm not that worried about it. He'll glance at it every now and then but that's where it ends. I have no clue when I will start allowing TV. It's something I don't think much about since it seems so far off.
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Well, I voted 2 & older, because I was thinking more along the lines of watching TV as in certain programs with commercials and such. My 8 month old LOVES our Rhonda Vincent live DVD, but he also LOVES music, so I don't really think too much about it. To be totally honest, I probably wouldn't let him watch actual TV until he's old enough to have a basic conversation about marketing. (Ex. if he has $5 to spend and wants Uno cards, he can get a regular deck for $2 and have money to buy something else, but if he wants the Dora deck, it's going to cost him all $5 just because it has Dora on it or something like that). Commercialism and marketing are my two biggest issues with television.

I also don't think I'll really allow too much cartoon watching, as cartoons do a lot of things that real people can't do, and young children often can't make that connection. Just because the coyote falls off the cliff and is okay doesn't mean that if you fall off the cliff you'll be alright.
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Old 12-16-2006, 11:23 AM   #9
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DD started watching a couple months ago...so maybe 18 months? She loves Little Einsteins and goes around saying "Pat-pat-pat" it's cute. The show features different art (like Van Gogh, Monet, Rembrandt) and different classical music, so it does have an educational element. Usually she's not all that interested in TV, and even with Little Einsteins she'll get up and run off if something else is more interesting. We bought a DVD player for the backseat though, and it's a lifesaver on long trips! I'm actually glad we couldn't afford the one that you get permanently installed though...the portable one only comes out for trips longer than 2 hours each way.

My parents didn't have a TV when I was a baby...they were broke grad students. But when I told my mom we were violating the Dr.'s guidelines by showing DD TV before the age of 2, she said, "Oh well, of course that's OK...she's ADVANCED."

My goal is everything in moderation...as long as the TV's not a substitute for me, or for IRL play or interaction, it's OK. We have TiVO so I just tape Little Einsteins and play it when she asks (with "pat-pat-pat"), or turn it to Noggin (which is educational programming for preschools).

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I voted two and on up. We would have the t.v on but, Bruce never really paid any attention to it. Now that he's two it's a different story. Just a few weeks ago he started actually turning on the t.v and watching it. So, now he can watch one show. I rather have him playing then watching the t.v but, a little is ok.
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