Originally Posted by rock_dr
I just went into the baby's room which is ...actually the nicest room in the house... and what do I see but a giant ugly new TV that 'd'h bought (spent $$ on!) and put in there. After all we've talked about with tv's and kids.
I'm sorry, rock_dr. He shouldn't have done that. It sounds like the shock of seeing ugly electronics in your sweet, perfect baby's room was at least as bad as the insult of ignoring your feelings about kids and tv.
I am 100% in agreement on tv in kids' rooms. (I would love to forbid all tv in our house, but DH loves to come home and relax with the Simpsons, and, once I have a tv, I watch it when I'm tired.
We do limit DS's tv to about an hour of non-commercial tv each day.)
Anyway, I was going to tell you that we are planning on using our "nursery" as a sitting room for the summer, and I'm about to get cable installed in that room. Crazy, right? But it is almost exactly what your husband said--to get me through the babyhood. (He was still wrong to dump it in there, but bear with me as I explain.)
We don't have central air, but we're getting a mini-split (basically an air conditioner) installed upstairs because I know I won't succeed at nursing (let alone CUDDLING) my new baby during a humid summer. The new system will only cover the upstairs. I can remember how I spent SO MUCH time just parked on the couch when DS was little and nursing constantly, so I am putting a loveseat where the crib should be so I can use the nursery as--literally!--a NURSEry, or nursing room. The baby will sleep in our room for the first few months anyway, I expect, like its brother did. I will set up a comfort station for myself, including the un-loved but oh-so-distracting tv set, plus a play area for my preschooler. The baby's clothes will also be put away in there already.
I am also looking forward to having the option of nursing in front of whatever show I feel like without editorial comments from my parents. Now, Dad will only be here for a couple of weeks, but Mom is staying all summer to help out. She will be helpful, but MUCH MORE SO if I have my own separate "sitting room" where I can go when I need a little extra privacy.
So, if you can afford the tv set, it might actually be handy to keep it, unless you will get away with co-opting your (one and only?) main set in the living room. (I know many men fight harder than my DH for that remote.
) Also, will you be comfortable nursing in the "public" part of your house some or all of the time? That depends so much upon you and your family and, to some extent, even the design of your house! (Can someone approaching your front door see into the living room, for example?)
To aid your argument against the tv, any CRT (old-style monitor or tv--the deep, heavy, fat ones) sends out potentially harmful ... oh, crud. Either magnetic fields or radiation--I'm getting dumber by the day. Anyway, walls don't stop those unhealthy rays, and a developing (growing) person will be more susceptible to them than an adult due to the rapid cell growth. Now, the harmful rays come out the BACK, so the best protection is to aim all tvs/monitors toward an exterior wall. You could use this health argument against the tv being in there, though, if it helps...