I had vowed not to. Before I had Baby Z, I would watch mothers feed their tiny tots as they held a phone or tablet and watched their favourite cartoons, and I vowed I would never be that parent.
But now with a wriggling baby boy with the attention span of a gold fish, sometimes things have to give. Now, before you judge me, I absolutely still hold on to the principal of not watching anything during meal times. I am an advocate of family-around-the-dinner-table kind of parenting and stick to that almost every day.
But there are rare occasions. You know those times when you just NEED to get something done, get ready in peace or distract your child whilst he/she is on the brink of a melt down, and at those times I cave in and put on a few nursery rhymes for Baby Z to watch.
I really don’t like it. I try my best to avoid it and use it as a last resort. However, we all know that at times nothing else works like a charm, other than letting your Baby watch a bit of Baby TV.
Due to this guilt that I get whenever I prop up the iPad or an iPhone in front of Baby Z whilst it plays the YouTube video of my choice, I try to have some control over it. Firstly, I ensure that it is educational in some way. I would rather have the Alphabet songs and nursery rhymes play on than Tom and Jerry (because which parent wouldn’t love their child to be singing their ABCs before they can say their own name!) Secondly, I time it. Since I can see how long the video has been playing for, I can control how much time Baby Z watches his nursery rhymes or cartoons.
I could go on with a number of excuses and strategies but I guess what I am trying to say is that I should not feel so guilty about it. I know my boy isn’t addicted to it and allow cartoons in moderation whilst making sure they are suitable for my baby to watch. Hang on… Why am I even explaining myself?!
The biggest reason is that it allows me to get whatever it is I need getting done to be DONE! So please don’t judge me, but sometimes I allow my Baby to watch cartoons…even though I had vowed not to.
What are your thoughts on the topic? Am I the only one who feels so guilty? Let me know in the comments section below!