Childhood Diseases

Posted by: melissa | 2011/12/07



Hi! just wondering if TV can affect a 6month old sleep. I work during the day and my mom looks after my son. She lets him watch TV about 2 hours a day, and he barely sleeps! at most 9 hours a night and about an hour and a half during the day. Please advise, i''m burning out! :( Any sleeping advise is welcome!

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This is always a controversial subject. The influential Americam Academy of Pediatrics after reviewing the results of much research into the effects of TV watching on children under 2 years, advises against babies watching TV. It is best to play with and talk to babies when they are awake. They learn more this way and do not become overrstimulated.

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Posted by: MomToo | 2011/12/07

I have been blessed with a baby that sleeps very well and, all I can say is that I have hardly ever put her in front of the TV or my laptop. She RARELY sits on my lap or maybe with my hubby in bed and watches cartoons or watches me work.
From the very beginning I taught my little one to play on her own so that, while she plays, I can get things done around the house. Your little one is only 6 months so I''m sure there''s still time to teach her that. I find that my little one struggles to sleep if she has a lot of energy so I try to play with her a LOT and then we relax a bit together and not too long after that, she passes out.
Is your baby teething? This can also contribute to lack of sleep. My little one has been teething for a while now and I''ve noticed differences in her sleeping patterns. She still sleeps through the night and, unlike most kids, she seems more bothered by it during the DAY. I find that when she is over tired AND in pain, she gets really cranky and she can''t sleep so I hold her in a very firm position in my arms so that her movement is restricted and I almost force her to relax (like the same effect as wrapping up a newborn baby). Once she relaxes, she sits quietly and eventually dozes off.
Your baby will sleep less during the day as they get older and this lacking desire for sleep might be a need for more activity to get rid of energy and to stimulate the brain too.
Scientists say that when you watch TV, your brain is LESS active than when you sleep! Just some food for thought. I hope at least something I said can help you.
Remember that each child is different and my brother, when he was a baby, would watch the test pattern on TV constantly. It kept him calm and he would sleep for 12 hours at night. He was obviously lazy compared to your little one.

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