My kids would not watch T.V. until they turned around 18 months. Then, it was all Thomas, all the time~with a little Elmo thrown in the mix! I know it's not good for my 2-year-old to watch much T.V., but I do let him in the mornings while I get ready. It's too stressful not to! How much T.V. do you let your kids watch?
A new study suggests that watching television won't improve a baby's language or cognitive skills, even if they watch several hours a day.
To assess whether or not TV has an effect -- positive or negative -- on babies' brain development, Schmidt and her colleagues included almost 900 children who were assessed at birth, six months of age, and then again at age 3. The researchers also asked the mothers to complete questionnaires on the baby's TV-viewing habits at six months, one year and two years. On average, the children watched 1.2 hours of TV a day.
SOURCES: Marie Evans Schmidt, Ph.D., research associate, Center on Media and Child Health, Children's Hospital Boston, and instructor, pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Sara Hamel, M.D., developmental behavioral pediatrician, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; March 2009, Pediatrics