Technology foe babies?

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Technology foe babies?
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Sun, 03-11-2012 - 2:15pm
I have been thinking about this one for awhile now and am not certain how I feel about it.
When we were raising our babies, we were warned about how bad TV was for them, but I always figured that it was OK in moderation. My grandson sees very little TV, but he's pretty attached to his daddy's smart phone. My son in law has put a number of apps on his phone that are there solely to entertain the baby while his parents are doing chores around the house or studying. They do interact with him a lot, I would have to say he spends an hour a day or less with the apps. So what do you ladies think? Just the next generation's way of occupying the baby for short times, or a not so great idea that is bad for babies?
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Sun, 04-01-2012 - 12:53pm

I read, just recently, that use of computer software (I'd assume apps fit in here) lowers a chid's IQ.

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Mon, 03-12-2012 - 11:05pm

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Mon, 03-12-2012 - 10:37pm
Rose, I think 15 mins is excellent for a child your grandson's age. That's a long time.

I have a couple of matching games on my tablet that Noah likes to play. Also have one game that makes cupcakes. Again with anything, it's moderation.

Dee
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Mon, 03-12-2012 - 10:35pm
I learned an interesting lesson when my DD was about 7 & DS was 5. They used to spend a lot of time at our neighbours' house which was great as I had a newborn who wouldn't sleep. The neigbhour only had 1 child & his wife worked 7 days a work at 2 jobs as motherhood wasn't for her. He was older & felt his DD needed companionship since there would never be a sibling. This child had more toys than a toy store & my kids loved being there. Their favourite movie was "the best little whorehouse in Texas". Don't freak yet - I used to fast forward through any of the "interesting" parts - I had that tape memorized. We used to call it the best little house in Texas. Anyhow, to shorten this story - one day, we were watching the movie and my DS asked why did I make the dancing part go fast so he couldn't see it like he did at the neigbours' house. For those who don't know the movie there is a scene after the big football game where there is some bed action. Nothing that would be x rated but just a little too much information for small kids in my opinion. It turns out that the little girl next door had a major collection of video tapes & was allowed to just pop them in whenever she wanted. I restricted the amount of tv/video time at my house & until that comment never realized they were watching videos as the kids had never talked about it. I knew these people very well. The Mom was one of my best friends but I never knew they allowed unrestricted video access.

Dee.
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Mon, 03-12-2012 - 8:20pm

I've never seen the Baby Einstein series so I cannot comment on that but I believe that my kids learned a lot from Sesame Street. Starting at 1yo we let our kids watch an hour a day of Sesame Street, that was the only TV they watched until they were around 4. Then we started allowing occasional viewing of Disney movies, and some cartoons on Sat morning to buy ourselves some additional sleep LOL but also as they were more frequently outside of our direct supervision we found that many other people did not share our attitudes about appropriate television viewing and the kids were going to get exposure there. I remember going to my SIL's and finding that my nephew (then about 3 or 4yo) had a tv in his bedroom and was watching Magnum PI. I was apalled but all I could do was ask that the tv be turned off while my ds was there playing.

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Mon, 03-12-2012 - 7:23pm
I haven't said anything to the kids about their choice of toys for Wyatt, but I sure do bite my tongue sometimes. Some of the apps aren't too bad - my sister in law has a couple on her tablet that she plays with he/r grand kids that are matching games matching shapes, colors, animals. One matches the animal to the sound it makes. She says the kids love them but she only let's them play for awhile and then its off to other things. Her grandkids are 18 and 22 months, Wyatt isn't ready for the games that those kids play yet. We do baby Einstein occasionally too, but he tends to loose interest after about 15 minutes and starts looking for other things.
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Mon, 03-12-2012 - 5:03pm
K, I'm going to say this is fine in small doses but I'm a great fan of baby einstein dvds & cds in moderation. We used them for Noah & my great nephew (3 wks older than Noah). Both of the boys were signing before they could walk or talk. My nephew's Mom spent more time working on the signing, colours, words & her son was faster in his development.

I love the toys that are out today as most of them provide some form of interaction for the babies but one of my favourites is still a pot & a wooden spoon. Noise level is horrible at times but they love it so much. Walkers are banned in Canada. You can try to smuggle one across the border but they will seize it if they see it. Instead they use these exercisers which have lots of things to keep a little one busy. One of Noah's favourite toys was a baby cell phone, it played music. I would be more apt to give a child one of these rather than my good cell.

Things are changing from our day. I can't find Saturday morning cartoons on many channels anymore unlike when my kids were small but I do find lots of educational tv shows which at first I rebelled against letting Noah watch but then I realized how much he was getting out of them. Again we allow in moderation but if I never see that purple dinosaur again, it will make my life complete.

My DD & SIL let Noah play video games. Some of which I don't agree with but they say it's good for his hand eye coordination. He has played wii since he was about 2. Since he has limited mobility, it was good for him as he could play all the sports as in most cases the action happens from the controller held in your hand. Plus we all played with him. Now he is into killing games which I don't like. They said he thinks it's all make believe & therefore it isn't harmful. I disagree but you learn to keep quiet after you speak your peace.

Dee
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Mon, 03-12-2012 - 11:18am

I have never seen any of the baby phone apps so I don't know what the baby might learn from playing with them, but it doesn't sound like a very good idea to me. The first thing I thought of was that eventually the baby will drop or throw the phone...how does he hold it now, is he sitting on the floor? And there's the issue of EMR, I know that many insist that cell phones pose no threat (and I don't hold an opinion one way or the other) but that's what has been said about other things that turned out to have a risk...I don't think I would want to unnecessarily expose my vulnerable baby to a potential danger.

I understand that parents cannot interact with the baby all of the time and I think that children do need to learn to entertain themselves, but when there are so many toys and everyday objects that the baby can play with and learn motor skills etc...why plug him into a tiny monitor?

It must be tough to be the grandma and worry about how something untested is going to affect your precious grandbaby, knowing that the most you can do is offer an opinion.

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Mon, 03-12-2012 - 8:50am

I'm not a fan.