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#1 axiomae

Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:47 PM

I'm in Queensland, it's blowing a gale, and all I want to do is curl up with a DVD and a glass of wine and relax. DD is 7 months old, however, so we're playing and doing what you do with babies, but it got me thinking - at what age did you let your LO watch TV?

I know the guidelines say 'no screens' before 2yo, but we have the TV on watching the news and DD glances at the screen a bit while playing, although she doesn't 'watch,' IYKWM? She is more interested in her toys!

At what age did you start putting shows on for your LOs? I've just been thinking about it and am curious!

#2 Tobias'smum

Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:55 PM

oh god my ds "watched" heaps then - i am a person that can sleep anywhere (i have fallen asleep stading up ) so i watched tv while breast feeding to keep me awake otherwise i would fall asleep on the couch which i think was worse then letting him watch tv.

Sometimes i would put shows on i background and he would dance to songs etc  

ds is 23 months


#3 GamerMum

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:00 PM

I always have the TV on. It's usually playing music channels as I don't have a radio. DD is 5 months old, and while she'll stop and look at it every now and then, she's much more interested in her toys, the cats, and whichever human is currently paying attention to her.

#4 Sif

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:02 PM

#1 - first time when he was two (and three months later he got to watch the planes crash into the twin towers - oh joy, NOT)...

#2, 3, 4 - pretty much from birth, because whenever #1 had it on, they would 'watch' it, too...

#5 Aimless

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:02 PM

With DS1, I was very pedantic about not having him watch TV. He was almost 2 years old when he started watching TV - and only a maximum of 30 minutes at a time.

With DS2, he watched TV much earlier - maybe about 9 months. It came to the point that I was going crazy and I needed a break, and TV was the only thing that kept DS2 entertained. Granted, it wasn't long but it gave me 10 minutes.



#6 Angelina Ballerina

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:06 PM

I had the TV on in my hospital room after I had both babies.
I think they were both hooked on In the Night Garden from early on.

They have never not been allowed to watch age appropriate TV.

#7 vanessa71

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:24 PM

Both kids were 2 before they watched TV. Mainly because of the set up of our house, I blocked the lounge room off with a gate because we had stairs, so we spent most of our time in the room that simply doesn't have a TV.



#8 StopTheGoats

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:26 PM

The day I started letting my son watch the TV during arsenic hour was the day I became a better Mum. I think he was 11 months?

I don't watch TV so he'd pretty much had no screen time before then.

#9 EsmeLennox

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:29 PM

Well I had the TV on in the hospital room. Does that count? I've never really bought into the hysteria over TV and electronic entertainment in general. That old adage 'everything in moderation' I reckon.

#10 GoodGollyMolly

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:31 PM

ABC2 is your friend....

Probably from 7 or 8 months I'd pop him in front of whatever was on at 5pm while I get dinner ready. For 30-45 min keeps him happy.

Don't have it on the rest of the day though just the radio. DS is like his Dad- hell zone out and stAre at whatever is on the screen if it's on!

#11 Phoenix Blue

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:32 PM

TODAY! DD is driving me mental with her teething whinging, drooling, burping. Last ditch effort to entertain her for 5 mins, I strapped her in the high chair, sat it in front of the TV and put one of those baby Einstein videos on. Worked for about 20 mins - enough time for me to start dinner. She's 8 months.



#12 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:34 PM

The tv is always on in this house. Literally from the time I get up in the morning I turn it on. DS is 15 months old but doesn't watch it. He plays with his toys in the lounge room and will look up if something catches his eyes but he's not interested.

I don't put cartoons on I usually have channel ten on.

I like tv for company. When DH is home if there's not anything I want to watch then I turn it off.

Edited by Sunnycat, 27 January 2013 - 06:35 PM.


#13 Beancat

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:35 PM

QUOTE (Jemstar @ 27/01/2013, 07:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well I had the TV on in the hospital room. Does that count? I've never really bought into the hysteria over TV and electronic entertainment in general. That old adage 'everything in moderation' I reckon.



This.  DD is 12 months and the TV is on when DS4 is watching his shows on ABC2 and 3 but she doesnt sit down at all and watch it

#14 Guest_LeChatNinjah_*

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:36 PM

From birth.



#15 bjk76

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:36 PM

DS (22mo) isn't allowed to watch TV - as in, we don't put any kids' shows on for him. Having said that, the TV was on a lot when he was a baby and I was stuck breastfeeding him for an hour at a time, but he didn't pay any attention to it and we always faced him away from the TV. DH and I try to avoid watching TV/having it on when DS is around, but DH is a big tennis fan, so the tennis has been on recently. DS knows that the tennis is 'dadda ball', but doesn't watch it, as such. The closest he gets to watching is occasionally reading the letters he knows on the screen.

We'll let him watch TV when he's a bit older - sometime between 2 and 3, as I've heard that 2 is okay, but 3 is a better age to wait.

#16 lactasticmama

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:38 PM

Pretty much from a few months old. I don't follow the tv "guideline" crap, tv won't kill them.

#17 NotBitzerMaloney

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:40 PM

18 months (because I wanted to watch Obama's inauguration)

After that it was a short sharp slippery slope to a lot of kiddy TV (well I thought it was a lot, but probably 2 hours per day) till he started preschool and we banned screen time during the week.

All things in moderation ie lower standards for #2!

#18 PoshMosh

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:46 PM

I turned ABC2 on when DD was 10 mths old, just to see if she would be interested. She is now 13 mths old and only 'watches' when Giggle and Hoot or the Night Garden is on. Don't understand why tv is so evil.

#19 Soontobegran

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:48 PM

QUOTE (Jemstar @ 27/01/2013, 07:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well I had the TV on in the hospital room. Does that count? I've never really bought into the hysteria over TV and electronic entertainment in general. That old adage 'everything in moderation' I reckon.


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My grandson was pushed out whilst The Amazing Race was on the flatscreen in the birthing suite ......I wonder if it will inspire him to compete one day.

#20 farfaraway

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:49 PM

I personally think there are any number of sins greater than tv for kids. Thus mine both had exposure from birth. Neither will sloth around and watch it all day, or even for an hour at a stretch, but it's a god-send for a bit of afternoon down-time or just to break up the day. Doesn't bother me one bit.

#21 EsmeLennox

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:50 PM

I know there are studies into this that show different things, but I have often wondered if 'fear' of TV and electronic entertainment is a modern day superstition. A bit like dressing little boys as girls to protect them from evil spirits, garlic over doorways to keep away vampires, books being the root of all evil, the telephone being a device that could 'steal your soul' and so on. I also remember when colour tv came around and a lot of people felt it would be bad for you to watch TV in colour as opposed to black and white screens.

I also tend to think that if electronic entertainment does actually change something about our children that it could be considered as part of the evolutionary process.

#22 Expelliarmus

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:54 PM

I don't know. I had a kid, I had a TV ... shrug.gif I didn't stop them watching it, ever.

Was I supposed to?

#23 fun_fairz

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:55 PM

Our tv is on a lot in the evening, not children's program's but my son did not show any interest until he turned two and his brother came along. The second has had the tv on in background from birth, he is now 18 months and still has not shown any interest in it. He has never sat and watched it but he will dance to rave.

#24 RedBob

Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:09 PM

The TV would have been on occasionally when DD was a baby, but I don't tend to watch a lot of TV so she wasn't exposed to a lot. She first got to watch kids TV when she was around 23 months because she was sick with undiagnosed giardia and it kept her occupied when she was too sick to play.

#25 mallowpuff

Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:19 PM

DS is 2.5 and doesn't watch any TV. We do watch the odd YouTube clip though: mainly clips of things he loves like trains, space shuttle launches and Bob Dylan.




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