Originally Posted by LolaK
It is really bad for kids to watch TV, even if they are just looking at it not knowing what it is.
There are tons of studies that show just how bad it can be for babies to watch TV.
I don't think that it's not a big deal and I don't think that being a tired SAHM is an excuse. I am just as tired as any mom and I do not let my daughter watch TV.
I think Montell AND Dr. Phil every weekday is a little long for the TV to be on where a baby can see it. I don't put the TV on during the day at all unless there is some sort of breaking news, which I think has happened twice in 6 months. If she feels the need to get away maybe she can watch TV while the baby is napping, or try reading a book or magazine instead? Or listening to the radio?
My baby does watch Saturday morning cartoons with DH for 1/2 hr one or two Saturdays a month
which I don't exactly agree with, but it's DH's parenting decision and I think his excitement about sharing this daddy-son time with ds is too important for me to go on a "down with TV" tirade.
Since you said she is holding or nursing him maybe she can work to shield him from staring at the tube? I'll put a light blanket over Andrew while he's nursing to shut out distractions sometimes.
Part of the reason I am SO anti-TV is because I grew up in a house where it was on all day long and it absolutely makes me crazy and angry. I don't even know when I will finally feel that it's ok for Andrew to watch a little TV but I'm sure it won't be for a very long time.