We are tv-free. We have a computer (obviously!) that will play dvds and so occasionally dh and I will watch a movie.
DS1 is 4. DS2 is 8 months. DS1 is going through a thing where he wants to be physically close to us all the time. He doesn't really want to play alone, but he is willing to play on the floor if we are in the same room.
Getting DS2 his nap(s) has been terrible. If possible, I get him to sleep in his stroller while we go to the park (I've decked it out in sunshades and pads and it lies flat, so it's actually not too bad for a nap). But other times, we are home. DS2 is a "sleep on you" kid. He will happily nap in my lap. Occassionally, the bed, but then the naps are short. DS1 won't give me the 10 minutes it takes to get him to sleep. I've tried explaining (he's just not there yet!). I've tried letting the baby nap on my lap while DS1 plays next to us (but he eventually gets antsy and so this doesn't last so long before he's trying to get on my lap too or play some banging thing before the baby is solidly asleep). I have tried transfering the baby to the bed and tried getting the baby back to sleep when he wakes up, but DS1 comes too and this gets the baby all excited and he doesn't want to go back to sleep. I've tried setting DS1 up with snacks, art, games, toys, puzzles, beading, go out in our yard (private, fenced, safe, and windows are open so I can hear everything)... all with no luck. Because I am "unacessable" for those 10 minutes, then he HAS to be with me, talking. The baby can sleep through quite a bit of noise if he is being rocked or pushed in a stroller, but GETTING to sleep takes a few minutes of calm.
You see where I'm going with this... We have been tv-free since DS1 was 3 months old. And we really, really love it. But I can't figure out anything to do and I feel lousy that the baby is really suffering because DS1 can't chill out for 10 minutes while I get him to sleep. I keep fantasizing about 15 minutes of Winnie-the-Pooh or Milo and Otis
Talk me down from the ledge! Tell me we'll get through this without TV! Aggghhh!