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Is it ok that my 4 month old is so interested in the TV?

It doesn’t seem to matter what we are watching, he will sit there enraptured by it for 20-30 minutes. At first it was cute, but now I’m a little concerned... should I be?

  • Anonymous
    Dec 05

    I don’t think you need to be “concerned” about health or anything like that. But I would recommend switching from TV to radio. It isn’t ideal for babies to watch tv.

  • Kennedy
    Dec 05

    My daughter cries to watch this song about the planets it's like the only thing that calms her down some times it's annoying but I don't think it's a big deal

  • Becca
    Dec 05

    He likes the colors and is stimulating his senses that’s all there is nothing to be concerned about.

  • Aje
    Dec 05

    It’s because it captures his attention. If the tv is on they can’t help but look at it. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children not watch tv until a year and a half and after that point it should be limited to a specific amount of time and content. They say that screen viewing before age 18 months has lasting negative effects on children's language development, reading skills, and short term memory. It also contributes to problems with sleep and attention.

  • Jenn
    Dec 05

    My 6 month old is the same and it started around 4 months. I also use it to cut her nails because it is the only way she will sit still. I try to avoid having her watch it, but I don't think a little will kill them. It's the colors and movement.

  • Victoria
    Dec 05

    My son did that. Mainly because he want crawling or walking and had nothing better to do. Once he gets more active he will prolly get less patient and bored with the tv. Mine will only watch when some of his favorite shows are on

  • Elle
    Dec 05

    Ditto Aje's comment. It's really not good. Doesn't matter what you have on; at this, 20-30 min/day of screen time is not good for baby's development. Every once in a while, baby ends up watching some? That's just life. But what you're describing sound more like a trend. Maybe instead you could swap out tv time with a toy that is highly interactive and makes noise and flashes lights?

  • Oxsana
    Dec 05

    My 3 month old daughter is into the TV she’s just so alert she’s even talking and laughing! It’s just them being so alert and the colors and voices gets they’re attention

  • Jess
    Dec 06

    That’s about the time my son noticed the tv (he’s 8 months now). We have a couple of shows on the BabyFirst channel that last about 5 minutes we love to watch together in the morning. Honestly, I see no harm in it as long as you are providing lots and lots of one to one interaction and stimulation other than tv the majority of the time.

  • Lynda
    Dec 07

    We had TV on until about 6 months, then only Sesame Street. Our doctor said the no TV thing, but also said that she didn’t do that either, but to avoid fast images. So, we are REALLY invested in Sesame Street.

  • Ashley
    Dec 08

    My 6 month almost 7is in love with super why