TV and Babies
Sitting children in front of the TV can do more harm than good in children under 2. I thought it was harmless to sit with my daughter and watch Sesame Street, but according to researchers it harms their intelligence.
The first two years is a critical time for brain development. Babies brains are wired by experimenting with cause and effect. So interacting, exploring, playing with you and others help develop the skills they need to grow intellectually, socially and emotionally. Exposing them to classical music builds language skills, spatial and temporal reasoning which is needed for math. So the next time you have time to play with your baby, keep the TV off and enjoy more time interacting and exploring.
I think everything in moderation.. there really has to be a LOT of TV watched to cause a problem I would imagine..
What I learned was my daughter didn't care to watch tv for more then 5min when it was on. She responded to some shows more then others (which to me seems like a sign of intellectual development) but usually would just smile at the screen and then continue playing with whatever else was around. As she got older tv helped her gross motor development because she would roll towards it. Kids shows often play classical music that she listens too while playing, which doesn't seem that different from listening to the radio to me.
I guess my opinion is that tv in moderation can't hurt as long as parents are still interacting and the child is still playing like normal. I let go of my tv hating-ness, Lol
My lo doesn't watch any shows yet ( he won't sit still long enough) but we do play him sesame street music videos and sing along with them. He loves it and gets really excited, and it's just 3-5 minutes at a time. His favorite is Cookie Monster "Me want it."