Is that a huge no-no? My DH and I have noticed that our son (4 months) loves to watch tv. It will often calm him when he's fussy. We don't just sit him in front of it alone, mind you. We'll just be holding or playing with him and notice that he turns his head to watch the screen. Will that affect his development in a bad way or something? I don't allow him to watch violence FWIW.
Letting baby watch TV.
My suggestion would be to keep the TV off while your baby is in the room. Maybe try some music or a walk outside or a shower if he is very unsettled.
Also, both my girls were absolutely riveted by TV when they did see it - lots of movement, flashing lights etc so it's no surprise but, yeah, not good for them IMO.
I don't think tv is going to harm your baby, especially not tv watched from your arms, with you. There are a ton of possible reasons your baby calms down for the television, and one of those is that you calm down. You and the baby are in a feedback loop. If Jon Stewart helps the feedback loop along, yay.
I'm in the "no screen time at all" camp. There's just too much evidence that it affects the ways babies process sensory input from the world. We solved the problem by using an iPad when nursing and tilting it so the baby couldn't see. I still do this if I'm watching Netflix while folding laundry or something. I keep it high up and angled away from my toddler so I can see the screen but she can't. The screen is small enough that it's hard for them to focus on and being able to move it around the room or angle it in different directions prevents my daughter from really paying attention to it even when she can see the screen. She got her first real dose of screen time at our hotel this weekend because we couldn't move the hotel TV and she found it so addicting so quickly that we are re-committed to avoiding all screen time with her except on special occasions like trips.
Thanks ladies, I see my instinct was right. I decided to cut out all screen time for my son. Which is hard because my husband likes to watch TV when he comes home and I can't say no to him. I just try to keep DS distracted with toys and books when he isn't nursing. The only time I myself watch TV is when he's asleep or at the breast because he can't see the screen then.
However, TV on super low volume while she is nursing is one of the things that keeps me sane.
I'm in the limited, but not banned camp.
What I really hate is the idea that DD will sense that the TV is more interesting than DH and I talking to each other or to her.
We still watch some TV at night after she is asleep.
My baby is around more screens than I would like her to be, but it's something I am trying to work on. I don't think tv in and of itself will do much damage, but the research does scare me.
I wouldn't worry too much if Baby sees a tv every now and then, but I am against frequent exposure.