Thus begins my predicament. I bought Micah a Baby Einstein video for Christmas…Baby Mozart because I know from my sister and many other moms that these videos can be life savers. He has a Baby Einstein jolly jumper/exersaucer toy I decided I would put in front of the T.V. once a day when I needed to shower and he could play in there while watching the video. The problem: I’ve begun noticing as soon as he sits in the jolly jumper, he immediately looks expectantly around our small living room area for Baby Mozart to begin…this is very tempting for me since I’ve noticed the calming effects of this video are immediate and I know if I just press a few buttons, Micah’ll be set for half an hour.
Before Micah was born, I felt certain I would never put him in front of the T.V. I would instead put my energies into grooming the most imaginative and brilliant baby around! Now I see that realistically, the only means to rearing a T.V. free child is to not have a T.V. Yup, don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out I’m hearing many of you say but still, I wish as humans we never enjoyed anything in excess and it was possible to ignore the allure of the big black box (nope, no fancy compact Plasma TV for us:).
What do I do though? My fear is my son will be affected by this early T.V. watching and become addicted as he gets older! I would love some tips or suggestions from other moms out there on how to entertain babies/small children and even how to resist the urge to turn to the pacifier of pacifiers, T.V.
**Note: I realize this is a concern of mine and it may not be shared by everyone…I am not passing judgment on other parents, etc.