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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

My baby likes TV!



I have a confession to make: MMom_babytv y baby likes television.

As a new mom life can be hectic. And there are times when I just need my three-month old son to stay put in a nice, safe, confined place.

And at this point, the Boppy lounger  just isn’t cutting it.

So these days I’m utilizing a little bouncer chair that sort of reminds me of a baby recliner. The trick is to cover my son with his favorite silky blanket and click on a colorful cartoon and voila’ you’ve got one content infant.

And to think I fought my husband tooth and nail about putting a TV in the baby’s room. I didn’t want it there. But he argued that during those late night feedings, I might get a little bored. I grumbled, but conceded. And I must say, he was right about the feedings.

And now I must admit I’m doing something else I said I wouldn’t do – allowing the TV to babysit my infant.

But truly there are times when I don’t have a choice. Days when the to-do list is stacked so high I can’t see tomorrow. And with an increasingly mobile infant, I need to find a place to plant him for a bit while I chop down my tasks.

I’ll admit it worries me a little bit. A few days ago I walked in my son’s room and he was actually laughing and cooing at the screen while watching Curious George.

Could he possibly understand what was going on, I thought? And was the television beginning to be more interesting than mommy and daddy?

I decided to do some research. And of course, just like everything else involving babies, there is controversy.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says letting babies watch TV can lead to attention deficit problems. More importantly it takes away from face-to-face contact with baby and parent, which is instrumental to them learning to talk and socialize.

I can understand the concerns, but who has the time to engage their baby 24/7? Like anything I used my “mommy judgement” for this one.

I’ll opt for TV every now and then when I really need to get something done. And if I do, it’s PBS or a Baby Einstein DVD. And afterwards, I give him a big dose of mommy and me time. I think he still likes me more than Curious George, but I can’t be sure.

-- Nicole Hutcheson, new Times mom

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:01am]


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