I want to say we limit Melody’s screen time to something appropriate but that would be a lie. The truth is, we have a clingy yet independent baby. If we didn’t use her jumper and Baby Einstein or Sesame Street we would get far less done. We use it as a distraction for the morning when I leave for work as well. She cries less that way.
I mention this because there are some perks to this. Last week we were in Target and I showed her a small Abby doll. Her face lit up with that smile which is as wide as she can possibly go. Of course I bought it because I love seeing her that happy. Whenever you fly Abby to her she lights up still. Definitely worth the $5. Tonight my wife was watching a video of Sesame Street muppets on Jimmy Fallon. She lit up again and made all sorts of noises at them. While we watch Sesame Street she gets so happy with certain parts. Abby’s Flying Fairy School of course. The number and letter of the day songs. This commercial with kids dancing that runs before the show. She really reacts to the songs. And while there may be evidence that screen time isn’t good, it makes her really happy. She still has quiet time with her toys and lots of time cuddling and flying and playing with any of us. She’s not neglected by any stretch of the imagination. So we have a kid that watches tv. We all grew up that way without a second thought. And we know she’s learned to recognize her favorite characters so she’s absorbing things from the show. I guess there are worse ways to parent.