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Too much tv?

My 18 month old recent discovered blippi and is obsessed. Before this he never gave the tv a chance now all he wants to do is watch blippi. He’s sick of his toys (Christmas is coming so I’m buying toys for then) and where I live it’s now full blown winter now and hard to get out to the park or for a walk. I’ve been trying to keep him entertain and do creative things with him be he only lasts so long until he just wants to watch blippi again. Idk what to do. I’m feeling so guilty that I’m letting him watch tv and I don’t want it to hurt his development.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 16, 2018

    My 23 month old is obsessed with blippi too😂. I don’t sweat it to much. I just make up fun games and start playing to get his attention then he’ll come running and want to play too (if he’s been watching for too long). I made a racetrack in our living room with painters tape today and he loved that. We also painted sun catchers. I also hide my phone from him a lot sometimes that works sometimes it doesn’t.

  • Raquel
    Nov 17, 2018

    My daughter is obbsessed with disney junior. It does not matter what show is playing (unless its fancy nancy or elena, if they are on dont get in her veiew of the tv she will push you away). I was concerned at first but she plays with the dogs more or wants to go play with the horses

  • Kaitlyn
    Nov 17, 2018

    I would start giving strict tv times (maybe 30 min a day) and just be very firm about it. He’ll throw a tantrum but try to offer other activities and don’t give in! I just read a super interesting article about how we are way too accommodating with our toddlers to avoid tantrums but it’s better for them in the long run to not always give in and to esp limit tv time. I’ve found myself using tv as a crutch with my 18 mo old so I can get hw done (in nursing school) and I need to stop doing that cause I don’t want him to need to watch it. I feel like I’m blabbering but I hope some of that makes sense. Good luck! I know it’s not easy!

  • Melanie
    Nov 17, 2018

    The recommendations I think are one hour or less. I agree with Kaitlyn. Tantrums suck but if you hold firm they subside. My son also loves blippi (what is it with that guy!?). I gad to do a “detox” and didn’t let him watch anything for a week or so to get him out of the habit because he was obsessed. I’ve also found that watching a show on tv is easier to manage because there’s a clear beginning/end. YouTube is like a black hole of entertainment. So now with my 2.5 yr old I’ll let him watch one or two shows a day and that’s it. I often offer it before dinner so there’s something specific and positive to transition to.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 18, 2018

    Recommendations are no screen time for under 2 year olds

  • Shuishuipanda
    Nov 19, 2018

    My son has been watching tv since he was 4 months old... he learned all his colors, numbers, shapes, and some letters at 1 year old, and he loves singing along with the songs playing on tv...