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Do you let your toddler watch TV or videos?

By June 12, 2008 - 7:24pm
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Do you allow your toddler to watch TV or videos?

According to the American Academy of Pediatricians (www.aap.org), it not recommended for toddlers 2 years or younger to watch ANY television or video, as they are unclear if it harms any of their development.

However, I've noticed a surge of "baby einstein" and related "educational" videos for parents to purchase for their tots to help their development (or, so says the advertising).

What do you think? How much TV and/or videos is okay for toddlers, whether it is "educational" or not?

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EmpowHER Guest

Of course tots should watch television, i am thirteen and vividually remember being two and watching the little mermaid and Beauty in the beast. I believe if anything it can help them grow by hearing voices and speech on tv. When i babysit smaller children i usually watch a "g" rated movie with them and then we act out our favorite scene together. They have a blast and i think it helps them too.

June 14, 2008 - 10:07am

My kids had Sesame Street and I didn't mind that because it was both entertaining and educational. But, I also spent a lot of time doing things with my kids, like reading, listening to classical music (like my parents did with me) and playing with puzzles and shapes. They were probably overly prepared for pre-school, LOL!

I know parents who use the TV like a babysitter and, I don't care whether it's "baby einstein" or whatever, I believe a child learns more from interaction with you than with something they can't really grasp.


June 12, 2008 - 8:02pm
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