TV Time with Baby
Can you remember the first thing you saw on television when you were young? Most likely, it was
So, now that you have more choices than ever, what should you watch with baby, and how long should you watch it? Though there are several high-quality shows on cable TV (notably, on Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. and The Disney Channel), many parents still prefer the learning focus of Sesame Street. There's even BabyFirstTV, a new channel just for babies featuring lots of short, animated shows with plenty of learning opportunities.
Check out lots of different shows for kids, and then pick out your own favorites. Baby will enjoy whatever you enjoy, because you are the one who will make it all a fun experience for baby! So clap, sing along, and learn new things together — just keep it age appropriate for baby's developing brain.
Experts still disagree on exactly how much television babies should watch — and even whether they should watch at all. Try to be a responsible parent: if baby is watching TV, you should be watching with baby, singing and playing along to make it an interactive experience. Don't use the TV as a babysitter.