πŸŽ₯ WATCH Study: The Harmful Effects of Screen Time πŸ“Ί

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Hey supermoms!

We’ve got an important video to discuss today regarding our little ones and screen time. This is something we all grapple with in the digital age.

Study: Screen Time and Developmental Delays

The video cites a recent study from JAMA Pediatrics that found too much screen exposure for 1-year-old babies – we’re talking 1-4 hours per day – is linked to developmental delays down the road.

Yikes! Delays were observed as babies grew into toddlers in the following areas:

  • Motor skills
  • Communication
  • Social behavior

Now, the study didn’t distinguish between educational content versus just zoning out to videos and games. More research is definitely needed there.

A Wake-Up Call

toddler on smart phone

It’s definitely a wake-up call about limiting those tiny humans’ screen time as much as possible when they’re that little.

The AAP officially recommends avoiding screen time altogether for kids under 2 if you can help it.

I know, I know – way easier said than done in our multi-tasking parent lives!

Sometimes letting a baby zone out to Baby Shark for 15 minutes is a lifesaver for us.

Reasonable Compromises?

The video suggests some compromises:

  • For the under 2 crowd, keep it as minimal as you can.
  • From 2-5 years old, cap it at around 1 hour max per day.
  • Interactive video calls with family are always okay!

What to Avoid

The big no-no (according to the study) is using screens as a mindless pacifier when they’re fussy. Instead, we should aim for more engaging, interactive screen time when it does happen.

Watch the Study Overview Here

Source: ABC News on YouTube

What do You Do? (Comment Below!)

So what do you all think? Are your babies and toddlers exceeding the recommended limits?

How do you balance screen time in your homes?

Share your tips, questions, and realities in the comments! Raising little ones in this digital world is no easy feat. We’re all just trying our best.

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