We know that until research proves otherwise, the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly discourages television viewing for children ages two years old or younger, and encourages interactive play.
For older children, the Academy advises no more than one to two hours per day of educational, nonviolent programs, which should be supervised by parents or other responsible adults in the home.
There are definitely many waking hours with a child that do not involve the typical diaper change, feeding fun and nap/sleeping that still need to be filled with something. So what do you do with a child all day if you cannot watch TV? Listening to and making music is one of the things you can do to fill the empty space or time when you have a baby or toddler who isn’t talking/interacting with you much yet.
There are many ways to achieve this too. You can bang on pots and pans in the kitchen, turn on the radio, sing them a song or just dance to the music in your head. One of my favorite things to do is to turn on Pandora. You can create your own stations, get exposure to songs you’ve never heard before and almost completely customize what kind of music plays. The best thing is this is a FREE solution. You can pay a subscription fee to avoid advertising and add many other options, but the free option has worked well for me so far.
There are other options out there as well to help you. AOL Radio, the local library story time hour and Kindermusik with Dominique classes an all help you entertain your child with music and movement when you can’t watch TV. Contact me to find out when classes will resume so you can attend a no obligation FREE preview class with your child/children.