Daughter loves watching videos of herself.

My husband and I are really good at limiting screen time. We do not watch much tv anyway and the most our daughter watches is maybe an hour total a month, if that. We do use our phones to take pics or record videos. Our daughter (age 2) will often ask to watch the videos of herself. My husband is worried allowing her to watch them will turn her into a narcissistic YouTuber/social media influencer wanna be. We are both not into social media or YouTube (I don’t know if they’re the same thing?!). Sooo what are your thoughts?? Will watching videos of herself make her be super self absorbed?? She does this a couple of minutes each day, basically if she sees us using our phone to record her she will ask and get upset when we say no. Thoughts or suggestions???

  • Jackie
    Aug 12

    I don’t think so. My niece is now 6 (I know that’s still young) and when she was your daughters age she did the same thing. My LO loves watching videos of herself too and she’s only 13mo. I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

  • PK
    Aug 12

    I don’t think so either. My son is 2 and does the same. As far as the social media concern... I believe it’s the number of views and likes that get people drawn into that. If she has no exposure or understanding of that concept, I don’t think you have anything to worry about.

  • Laura
    Aug 12

    Our daughter does the same thing and I think it's fine. It's the modern equivalent of flipping through a photo album (which we also have but never look at). And it's so much better than other things they could be doing on your phone (addictive games, watching shows, etc.)

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Aug 12

    I don’t think the two are correlated. I actually think allowing them to see themselves in action will likely make them more self aware quicker. And hopefully more confident in themselves and more comfortable with their bodies. I do recommend getting somewhat familiar with social media (YouTube is more or less a form of social media) because it will eventually be a presence in her life and it will be hard to relate to her if you don’t understand it. I am not big on social media nor do my children go on it (4 and under), but my husband and I are already doing research and developing strategies on how we will handle it when they are older. They will likely have peers whose parents do things very differently and as parents we need to be educated on it in order to successfully navigate it.

  • Kendall
    Aug 12

    My son is 20 months and is alwayssss asking to see “pictures” on our phones. We always show him. Honestly I’d rather him look at pictures of himself/our family members/our dog/family outings than other things like tv or YouTube videos..... I wouldn’t worry, but that’s just my 2 cents

  • Vicki
    Aug 12

    Omg when my son was like 18 months he would want to watch videos of himself over and over and over. He’s 3 1/2 now and he isn’t narcissistic or self obsessed. Sometimes he’ll ask to see a picture after I take one but for the most part doesn’t have much interest. I think it’s a phase and it’s a healthy part of their development to have interest in themselves and how they look and sound.

  • Erin
    Aug 15

    My son who’s now three does the same thing:) we got photo albums made from some of his favorite pictures and he loves those too. I forget the company we used but there are tons that make cool books from your phone pictures- that’s a way we’ve taken from screen time to book time again 😊

  • anonymous mom
    Aug 15

    Thank you everyone

  • Anastasia
    Aug 15

    I’m a speech language pathologist and I think it’s a highly motivating way to elicit language. You can narrate what he or she was doing in the picture, describe objects, talk about feelings, etc. while connecting himself or herself to the world. This is something you can do with your child.

  • annag
    Aug 15

    yes of course it's screen time. Screen time just isn't nearly as harmful as everyone seems to think.

  • annag
    Aug 15

    oh also, it sounds super healthy that your kid is aware enough to care about her image and recordings. "Second", on the comment above about becoming aware, as parents, of media, both social and otherwise, because it is a huge part of the world she is growing up into, even though it may not be a major factor in your personal lives. Kids need to learn about privacy, too, and she'll need all the help she can get in developing safe perspectives on technology, etc.

  • Christine
    Sep 02

    My husband and I consider it screen time. She's so eager to look at the phone and then starts whining and becoming very attached to looking at herself on the phone. I don't know what the negative consequences are.. but we decided to limit her watching herselfs as part of screen time.