When I first got pregnant 3 years, I was determined not to let my child be in front of screens. Life happened, and now my 2.5 year old daughter really enjoys all smartphones and iPads. She can navigate any device she gets her hands on even faster than I can. She learned the whole alphabet on the iPad before 2 years old, and loves to watch music videos and follow along.
My issue now is I believe she gets too stimulated from the iPad. She prefers to stay indoors to play with it, and if she uses it too close to bedtime, she doesn't want to sleep. And she will throw a tantrum when I try to take it away. I also think her attention span is short because of it. She cannot sit still for a story book from beginning to end. Or is this common in toddlers?
During visits to my family, I find it difficult to restrict her screen time because all my family members has 2-3 screens per person and that's just how they are.
At home, I try to limit it, but her father uses his iPad all the time so it's hard to tell her she can't use the iPad when he is. We just divorced and he's leaving end of the month, so that should stop soon.
I was gifted the iPad on my birthday last year, but I think I should sell it and just really limit this at home so she can spend more times outdoors or with playmates.
I'm hoping to hear other mama's experiences on best way to handle this screens vs no screens.