Sound like a harsh title? Well, some people would argue that it is spot on. Why? Because I let my son watch some Baby Einstein every day.
Yes, I am aware that studies have shown that it isn’t good to let a child under the age of 2 watch tv. I am aware that allowing a baby that young watch tv is linked to a delay in the development of language in toddlers.
On the other hand I also know how important tummy time is. Besides aiding in the prevention of positional plagiocephaly (flat head), it also helps in meeting milestones and is linked with a reduced risk of developmental delays and learning difficulties.
So, what does Baby Einstein have to do with tummy time, you may wonder?
Well, we do tummy time in several short increments during the day and using several different methods. One of these methods consists of placing my son in front of my computer so he can watch some Baby Einstein for as long as he can stand being on his tummy, which, for the record, never exceeds 15 minutes (and that is on a very, very, very good day).
In short, my son
hates tolerates tummy time, but loves Baby Einstein (you should see his face light up when he hears the music!), so I let him catch some screen time as he works on his muscles (and, at the same time, don’t have to hear him scream at me).
And you know what?
I don’t even feel guilty about it!
The way I see it, since I spend my day chattering, singing and actively playing with him (when I’m not actively trying to calm him down and put him down for a nap), 15 minutes (max) of Baby Einstein per day, isn’t going to have much of an impact.
Would love to hear your thoughts on the subject. (And you are allowed to disagree with me, you know, I’m a big girl, I can take it ;P )