Do you allow your 5 months baby to watch tv? My friend don't allow their baby to watch tv. Even their parents at home are not allow to watch too. But my baby like it when my family member watch tv. I am okay with it, but worried will it be bad for baby. My friend reason for not allowing their baby to watch is because if the baby watch tv they will not study.

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I'd say that it's what suits each family best, and also to your personal comfort too - I personally try to limit screen time (YouTube or TV) as much as possible for my son's eyes and development. My son didn't really watch TV much, but he did have quite a lot of YouTube because my parents were helping me to look after him while I was in school and they gave him the phone to have their own screen time (watching TV or playing mobile games). My final straw was when my son had a bad fever and ended up watching YouTube for 10+ hours, not eating, drinking milk or sleeping. I got so mad that I just threw the phone and put everyone on "smartphone rehab" - nobody was allowed to use their phones around my son and they have to be kept out of sight too. Took around 2 weeks before my son officially went without screen time at all, but all that extra time and attention helped him a lot in understanding that screen time wasn't necessary and we bonded so much because everyone was attentive in the moment and not distracted. I know it's a different kind of screen time, but the prolonged effects can be detrimental - I see my cousins, nephews and nieces all stuck on their mobile phones or shows whenever we have family gatherings, even those as young as 6-7 months old. It's not an easy thing to do, but it's definitely possible (and better) to raise kids without electronic/smart devices!

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I am a father of a one year old boy and here are observation based on practicum/ practice my spouse and I do at home. We reduced screen time for whole family (not cut off totally, approx 2hrs per week max). Results after a year, he has no interest in regular television shows on Netflix unless there are catchy rounded animation with kids songs. Compared to his fellow peers, he rather socialise more and is considered a little more expressive when communicating vs watching television. But again, there are no hard and fast rules of bringing up the little one for yourself. . Ref for more reading https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/Why-to-Avoid-TV-Before-Age-2.aspx

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Tatz not e reason.. The reason y children below 3yrs old are not allowed to watch tv is, they will not have a good attention span.. My boy is 9mths old now and i didnt let him watch a bit at all at hm. But when we went to relative's hse, e tv will be on of cos but in tiz case, i cant control baby.. Cos he will be carried by others and is bound to watch it. So in tiz case i will juz let him be. All children as well as babies love watching tv cos e images r moving..! Babies get attracted to moving things..

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My hub and I are a "no/minimal screen time" parents. Didnt want our boy to get addicted and scream for ipad in future. so i rarely turn tv on for my boy, even nursery rhyme. There was a few times i tried to turn on for him, his attention is just there for about 1 to 2 songs thats it. Which i feel relieved that he is not addicted to it. 😆 Sometimes we watch our adult movies with him around but he is just not interested in tv. Phone, ipad also he will sweep to the floor. haha...

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2y ago

yes. i let my boy watch

only occasionally. I don't make it a habit. some times babies get addicted to screen time. the addiction is like drug addicted. it's very horrible. it's bad for their eyesight too. I'm not a tv person, hence my girl also don't watch tv with me at home. entertainment doesn't only come from tv, they are too young for tht. you can play with LO or do some activities with them instead. it helps to bond you and LO too.

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Just our own personal view and thought in this, hubby and myself didn’t let our LO watch TV nor any devices(only FaceTime because hubby travel frequent so LO can see and talk to her Papa) till now she is 20 months. She will play her toys, read books or interacts with people... Scared will spoil her eyes and she might get addicted if started too young..

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yes, I allow my 4 months old baby to watch baby TV. he started to watch since he was 2 months and he is laughing everytime sees his fave character .My friend daughter also started to watch baby tv since she was 2months old,now she's 2yrs old she know already how to count,the colors ,shapes and the letters. she can even spell the words☺

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2y ago

Mine too,she knows how to clap her hands,stamp her feet,and many2 gestures from tv.

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I don't let my child watch tv even she is now 3 plus. Only 5 songs a day on phone. 5 mths baby to watch tv is too young and can affect their eyes in the long run. Also it overstimulate the baby which causes difficulties to sleep. It can also affect the ability for them to focus in the future. so you go and weigh and pros and cons

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Screen time is bad for babies' development if they're under 18 months. You can read about it here https://m.kidshealth.org/MainLine/en/parents/screentime-baby-todd.html?WT.ac= I get that it's not easy and sometimes parents have no other choice but as much as possible try to do the right thing for your baby.

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Yes I do for tv since Secubd months . but I’ll try to minimise watching YouTube from phone instead . I’ll just on tv whenever he’s awake , he’s not addicted at all just peep when his fav show comes on . Most of the time he’s busy with his toys :)

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