Maybe you just have a TV - or two. Maybe you have TVs in every room, an iPad, a smartphone, baby videos, baby apps, computer learning games... Either way, your baby is most likely exposed to digital screens during at least part of each day.
The American Academy of Pediatricans - this country's preeminent group of baby doctors - has for the past 12 years said no, no, NO to screen time for children under age 2. The Academy even asked doctors to have moms report on how much TV their little ones had seen since the last well-baby visit. But hey, sometimes you just have to go to the bathroom/read your email/catch your breath. And giving the baby a screen to watch is one of the surest ways to grab those few minutes.
Last week, for the first time since 1999, the AAP issued a new policy on babies and screens. Maybe the docs listened to moms who said "get real"; maybe they based the new policy on more recent studies that show no long-term developmental fallout from some screentime (though some suggest the possibility of attention issues as a result of lots of meida consumption by babies and toddlers).
Here's what the AAP now says:
The AAP doesn't say what that limit should be, so we're asking you: If you were going to limit screentime for your little one (or if you already do), including background TV, how long would that limit be? 5 minutes a day? 20? Please share!