How much screen time do you give your kids?

How much screen time do you give your babies? My baby is one year old, and he wants to watch cartoons while he is eating every time. I feel guilty because I put him cartoons while I do the chores around the house. So he gets a lot of screen time. But I have no other way to keep him in one place while I do the work since I’m a single mom. I’m afraid he will hurt his eyes. What do you think? Do you let your one-year-old watch a lot of cartoons or is there any other way? (We have no playpen)

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My daughter LOVES TV :woman_facepalming:t3:
We started with Little Baby Bum when she was three months old. But she has an intense love for music now at only 1 year. Its educational, she can hum the songs and it keeps her occupied if i need to clean, keep her sitting while eating and even if she’s just crabby that day.
Netflix has it and I’ve bought a few DVDS off Amazon. I have it on a couple times a day…for us. I’m not saying everyone should do that, every household is different. But it works for US. :slight_smile:

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My 7 month old watches little baby bums when I’m cleaning or cooking or need a minute to myself. No mom guilt here

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Maybe do more educational shows then cartoons.

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My daughter loves Dave and Ava on YouTube. It instantly calms her down

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It depends on if it’s a phone or tv, phone have been proven to be bad all the way around for young children. My 3 month old will sit in his jumper and watch Nemo or Family guy (yes adult show but he’s 3 months old he’s happy with just the colors and doesn’t understand words yet) while jumping around while I clean.

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Being a mom is rough, being a single mom is even more rough. If you have to put him in front of a screen to get something done, then you do what works for you. Mine is almost 7m and has an iPad to watch in the car so he’s not screaming bloody murder. Do what works for you.

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Make it educational sesame street, mickey mouse club

My daughter is 15 months and loves watching simply songs but barley pays attention to the t.v. I let her listen to them maybe twice a week. Besides weekends our t.v is never on and she could care less.

Can’t really get my son to watch tv

Some parents do the “TV is bad preach” but my kids LOVE TV :joy: I do anything to make my life easier. I have two boys & man can screen time help to make them sit still! Don’t feel guilty! I bet your an amazing mummy. You deserve two minutes peace! Mine are also avid hikers so as long as there’s some sort of balance. Don’t even worry about it :joy:

My son watches blippi, little baby bum, cocomelon, and Ryan. He’s 3 1/2 now and he’s very smart. He’s watched quite a few educational ones (his choice). Dave and Ava is another one.

My son watches blippi on YouTube on the PlayStation. It’s educational and I can tell a drastic increase in his vocabulary

I have a 17 month old , absolutely no screen time ! And also a single momma high chair , or something that keeps him busy .We listen to music all day and he LOVES IT !

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My ped says screen time has nothing to do with hurting their eyes, but it’s more about the dependency to be entertained by electronics. Kids should be encouraged to have imaginative play and to be outdoors. I think at such a young age you shouldn’t be so hard on yourself and do what you need for things to get done. As long as you’re putting toys in front of them to encourage play you’ll be fine and baby will be fine.

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Sometimes TV is the only way. But I get the guilt. I try to keep loads of toys around, have him help with chores, or put on music instead and dance with him. Its tough though, sometimes they just want the tv and we all know how arguing with a 1 year old ends. Dave and Ava and Cocomelon. At least then they learn something while their at it. :joy:

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It’s on all day…mainly for background noise. They take maybe 5-10 mins to sit and watch then they’re gone again

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Include little one in with chores- it’s never too early! I font think I know one person that follows the pne hour rule. Try to aim for a certain time of day for tv, outside time, playtime, meals etc- then a routine will set in and make things easier

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My 8 month old loves Daniel tiger and story bots… he will only be still and watch for an episode tho lol so he watches no more than an hour a day…
a bunch of small safe Tupperware, lids, spatulas and random safe kitchen stuff in his playpen keeps him busy for over an hour lol :raised_hands:t2::raised_hands:t2::raised_hands:t2:
When he gets bored with that… I switch the kitchen stuff out for “new” safe kitchen stuff and he’s busy all over again :joy::clap:t2::raised_hands:t2:

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