Every mother tries her best to raise her children to become a reasonable member of society, yet unfortunately, this almost always means that strict rules are followed. Some of these have been passed down from generations of mothers especially those who have grown up in strict traditional homes where children are not allowed to make any choices for themselves.
One of these rules involves ensuring that the child is made to follow strict schedules throughout the day. This means that the children are only allowed to be involved in selected activities such as regular crib and bassinet napping, playing and eating. Some activities such as screen time are often considered as a big NO by mums, and here are a few reasons why:
From this and many other reasons, the answer to the question may seem quite obvious.
On the other hand, however, screen time has a couple of benefits for babies and children. Some mums use them to preoccupy their newborn on travel or in prams or car seat capsules. While others use them when they are out of reach like a baby monitor. Some benefits include:
With that in mind, one can deduct that screen time may be beneficial for babies even in the most basic of ways; capturing their attention as they get fed. It should, however, be moderated to avoid going overboard and leaning in towards the disadvantages.
Some ways that mothers or guardians can moderate it include:
By now you probably have the answer to the question; screen time is okay only if it is limited as well as monitored. Some leading children programs and associations, however, advise against it completely. It is therefore up to you to gauge whether it will be beneficial to your baby.
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