Toddlers and Screen Time

    toddler screen time

    How much screen time do you give your toddler? The older my kids get, naturally the more screen time they crave – this includes our 2 year old toddler, Izaiah. The iPad is his newest addiction and while yes, he does spend a little too much time watching Yo Gabba Gabba, I have to say it’s quite amazing watching his brain work while interacting with the tablet.

    His newest love is Photobooth. He will open is up and make all kinds of faces. Again, he opens up the app – which freaks me out. How can a 2 year old mind get what some adults just can’t grasp. I guess this is what you call a digital native.

    So yes, the iPad keeps the toddler entertained and provides a source of education – but the million dollar question is….

    How much screen time should Toddlers have?

    The truth of the matter is the limit on screen time should be decided by each parent and most likely will be different for each child. What works for one family – another family might think is absurd – and likewise – isn’t that how most parenting topics go? (Funny how that works!) I really don’t think there is an absolute answer!

    While I would love to say that we are working the technology tickets – truth is we’re coming off a long summer and screen time hasn’t been limited. My kids run and play, they see the outdoors and they interact with other kids. Our older kids even read several books this summer (actual PHYSICAL books!). Until they stop wanting to do those things – I’m not so picky about their screen time limits IF their screen time is including something that is helping my kids and toddlers learn.

    Screen time in our house is about 20% television – 30% computers – 50% tablets (either Apple iPad or Kindle Fire).

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    What are your thoughts on how much screen time should Toddlers have?

    { Toddlers and Screen Time is part of the Digital Mom Blog series Toddler Talk  }

    • Molly Thornberg is a creator. She made 4 awesome kids, too-many-to-count blogs and disasters anytime she tries to DIY. She is an introverted extrovert, believer in grace, all-around geek and total type-B parent. Molly and her family circus reside in Dallas, TX

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    • Nine Naturals Mom

      So ideally, how many hours in a day would be screen time for the kids? And how do you control their gadget usage? With so many educational apps in the market, parents can’t help but let their kids be exposed to technology at such a young age.

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