When I was pregnant with Brett my husband and I decided that there would be no television watching for our child. Books only. In fact, we first said we wouldn’t watch tv when the baby was in the room. After reading so much about the negative effects of television on children we were sure this was the best route for us.
This was short-lived. When I woke up in the middle of the night to breastfeed Brett I would turn on the television because I wasn’t able to stay about for the 45-minutes it took to feed my daughter. In addition, when I was home for the first month or two I felt very isolated and there was no way I was going to leave the television off when I was home alone during the day.
When my daughter was 4-months old my husband purchased the Your Baby Can Read program. This was ‘educational’ so we would sit Brett in front of the tv for 20-40 minutes a day to watch the program. I will blog about this soon but we are HUGE fans of that program.
At Christmas my husband bought my daughter and I a joint gift. I couldn’t figure out what it could be and I was shocked to find that he had purchased a DVD player for the car. This was a combo gift because my daughter would CRY and CRY in the car and he bought this in hopes that it would help her be happier in the car. We went out and bought a couple Baby Einstein and Sesame Street DVD’s and put them in the car. It was a big help and made car rides better for all of us.
It was all downhill after that. I started recording Sesame Street for her to watch. Now, she watches Sesame Street every morning with a cup of milk while I take some extra time to wake up or to make breakfast. She also watches a bit of Sesame Street before bed. She loves all of the characters, but Elmo in particular. All in all she watches 1-2 hours of television a day. Is this perfect? No. But it keeps us all sane.
It is one of the many things I’ll add to the list of things I said I wouldn’t do as a parent that I do as a parent. I’m glad that my husband and I have learned to be realistic about our lives and change the ‘rules’ as needed.