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My friend just told me that her 6 month old will watch the baby channel for an hour? That can't be good..
 

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What is "The Baby Channel"? Slow moving mobiles, black-and-white patterns, and the alphabet in bright colors, interspersed with closeups of babies' faces, and boobs, and white noise?
 

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I was amazed too, when my friend said the same thing. Only she thought her 6 mo son watched more like 2 hours total a day! Its hard, because I know they are loving, comforting, holding, kissing parents who interact with him a lot. I hate to judge but it still doesn't seem natural.
 

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lol boobs! ... i know i want to send her some kind of study that may change her mind about doing that ... i mean we are very friendly and i am always sending her stuff that she thinks is way off the wall ... but she just loved all the bed sharing stuff i sent her cause she has found herself bed sharing and needs something to defend herself with her friends and relatives
 

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What amazes me is that they have found programming that will keep babies interested. Is there nothing sacred anymore? It's so so sad to me that kid's are put in front of the tv "babysitter" for hours at a time.
 

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<a href="http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/oct07studies.htm" target="_blank">here's</a> a little blurb from the AAP which recommends no TV for kids under 2.<br><br>
that being said, the tv is on pretty much all the time in our house and so the kids "watch" however much they want. the baby will sometimes stare at it for a few minutes and then move on to something else. the 5 year old watches a show or two before bed. i don't have a problem with tv watching in general (obviously <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) and i think the main negative issue is if it being used to the exclusion of other activities and interactions.
 

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My almost-4-month-old would watch TV if we let him. If it's on we try to turn him away and he actually cranes his neck around at an awkward angle trying to watch. My first was the same way, except we actually let him and he had his own movies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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My baby likes Barack Obama. I kid you not. I watch CNN in the mornings, and if Barack is on TV, there is NO distracting my child (6 months). Seriously. He's amused by bright colors and moving objects, obviously, but nothing gets him glassy-eyed and slack-jawed except for Obama. Weird.
 

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I don't think that is what this is about... in fact I think my friend is a most excellent parent... I would just like to share with her something she may not be aware of in terms of damages TV may cause...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My baby likes Barack Obama. I kid you not. I watch CNN in the mornings, and if Barack is on TV, there is NO distracting my child (6 months). Seriously. He's amused by bright colors and moving objects, obviously, but nothing gets him glassy-eyed and slack-jawed except for Obama. Weird.</div>
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Well, he has good taste, anyway. Now if it were Mitt Romney, I would be concerned! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
My dd did that with hockey games and Dr. Phil, of all things. In fact, we were in Costco once when she was about 18 mos old and all the screens had hockey on. She just pointed and yelled, "hockey!" over and over. I was laughing sooo hard.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><a href="http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/oct07studies.htm" target="_blank">here's</a> a little blurb from the AAP which recommends no TV for kids under 2.<br><br>
that being said, the tv is on pretty much all the time in our house and so the kids "watch" however much they want. the baby will sometimes stare at it for a few minutes and then move on to something else. the 5 year old watches a show or two before bed. i don't have a problem with tv watching in general (obviously <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) and i think the main negative issue is if it being used to the exclusion of other activities and interactions.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: This is us too. I'm a SAHM and DS is my first so I keep the TV on all day just so the house isn't silent. He will watch for a few minutes sometimes, but only when he's tired.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My baby likes Barack Obama.</div>
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There is no one's, but no one's, face outside of my family itself who makes my son smile like Barak Obama's. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Evidently he was just <i>made</i> to have the baby kissing aspect of politics down.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What amazes me is that they have found programming that will keep babies interested. Is there nothing sacred anymore? It's so so sad to me that kid's are put in front of the tv "babysitter" for hours at a time.</div>
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I don't know...I think it just depends on your circumstances. For example, I consider myself a very attached mama. I'm a SAHM, and I'm rarely away from DS. He is worn very frequently, we spend hours playing and reading together, and he definitely gets a ton of attention.<br><br>
But having said that, every time we're in the car, we have a Signing Times or Baby Einstein DVD in the portable DVD player. Otherwise, he screams the entire ride. I decided that my sanity (not to mention our safety, since a screaming baby is pretty distracting) was worth him watching TV, regardless of what the AAP recommends. And I've also been known to stick him in the excersaucer in front of one of those baby programs for 30 minutes or so while I fix dinner (he's usually happy hanging out in the kitchen with me, having a snack or something, but sometimes when he's really fussy and I'm on a tight schedule, you do what you have to do).<br><br>
I try to remind myself that most parents are really just trying to do the best that they can. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
However, I don't think that the OP meant to be judgemental in her post...she just sounds concerned that her friend might not realize that she's doing something that may not be best for her baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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My baby watches TV.<br><br>
There, I said it.<br><br>
I know what the AAP says.<br><br>
I do NOT use the TV as a babysitter...or maybe I do, I don't know. It isn't a conscious choice for me, "Oh, I'm going to let Barney babysit Willow so I can eat lunch."<br><br>
But, I will put in a Baby Einstein dvd while we're sitting on the floor and I'm trying to fold clothes. Willow will plays with the unmatched socks and practice crawling, and I will fold, all the while "Baby Galileo" will be playing in the background, and it seems to get her attention enough to allow me to get a few loads of laundry folded.<br><br>
I carry her around, but have not found a sling that works for me yet, as I have some back and shoulder issues that make slinging really painful for me, and trust me, I've tried to work through it, and it just hurts. So, I can't just sling her and go about my business, cleaning the house, cooking, etc. So, sometimes I let her watch TV...<br><br>
Oh, and she loves Stephen Colbert...and has been in love with him since she was newborn and I would watch it while she was nursing and up until all hours.<br><br>
If that makes me a bad mom, then I guess I'm a bad mom.
 

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Okay I'll come out and say it too. We got a baby einstein movie for Christmas, which I was initially disgusted by... but my 11 month old is SO on the go and I am CHASING her around all day long, 30 minutes of her sitting on my lap watching it (and she laughs at it and really interacts with it too) while I veg out is sometimes exactly what I need once or twice a week. It's for my sanity.... I don't see it as making me a bad mom.<br><br>
I think it's terrible to let your kids watch hours a day, but a little bit every once in a while is okay. I grew up watching wheel of fortune in my highchair and I'm okay lol (not that I'm going to do that with my kids!)
 

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My babe LOVES to watch sports. The only time we have the television on is to watch the news, movies (after she's asleep), and SPORTS. Whenever her daddy is watchin' football, she's absolutely entranced by it all.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My baby likes Barack Obama. I kid you not. I watch CNN in the mornings, and if Barack is on TV, there is NO distracting my child (6 months). Seriously. He's amused by bright colors and moving objects, obviously, but nothing gets him glassy-eyed and slack-jawed except for Obama. Weird.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Obamania is sweeping the nation. My daughter was like that with the Geico Gecko and Stephen Colbert.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My almost-4-month-old would watch TV if we let him. If it's on we try to turn him away and he actually cranes his neck around at an awkward angle trying to watch. My first was the same way, except we actually let him and he had his own movies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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Silas is only 2 Months old but he has been interested in the TV since about 3 weeks old..<br><br>
My oldest is a TV Junkie and we are trying to Detox...<br><br>
I will NOT be getting the baby any videos this time around. He will be asking for them soon enough anyway...<br><br>
I can't believe that there is a baby channel!!<br><br>
TV...Can't live with it, can't Live W/out it (at least WE can't seem to!!)
 

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My baby boy likes to watch football. Not that we sat him in front of it, but he watches more intently when it is on.<br><br>
My mom turned on baby einstein and I let him watch it for a while....he LOVED it. He was totally fascinated. I'm not going to let him watch it at home, but I thought it was interesting how much he tuned in at 4 months old.<br><br>
I don't intend to let our kids watch a lot of TV, especially as babies. I grew up on TV as I'm one of 6 kids. My mom appreciated any break she could get. So, it didn't damage me, but I still like TV a lot, unlike my DH who didn't grow up watching it as much. He's more ADD than me though, he gets so bored watching TV that he reads a book at the same time, all the time.<br><br>
oops...i guess i rambled a lot.
 

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My dd did that with hockey games and Dr. Phil, of all things.</div>
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I was going to post about Dr. Phil. DS LOVES Dr. Phil. If he hears his voice, he turns towards the tv and giggles. It's hilarious.<br><br>
I don't let him watch for any great length, but I do let him look at Dr. Phil for a couple of minutes and have his laugh for the day.
 
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