Faye, my cousin who’s a preschool teacher, told us not to let Anika watch any TV. It’s quite hard because we can see how much she enjoys watching Mickey Mouse in Playhouse Disney. Hindi ako mapakali kaya I researched it. Here are some points that I learned:
1.) Children below 2 years old should not watch any television and children older than 2 shouldn’t watch more than one to two hours a day. This is from the American Academy of Pediatrics or AAP.
2.) However, many DVDs are available in the stores such as “Baby Einstein”. The creators of this series advice parents watch televisions with their children so that parents would be engaged with them and help them understand unfamiliar concepts. This is if they would allow their children to watch TV at all.
3.) Experts in this field associate excessive TV watching with variety of problems in children such as childhood obsity, ADHD and aggression.
I began thinking. If Anika would start watching TV from now on with Girlie, she will be able to watch some shows not suitable for babies like the news or action films. Bata pa ang baby magkakaalam na siya about killings, war and violence. I don’t like! Without guidance, she will also might believe that monkey people are real (TV show NOAH which Girlie is so addicted to!). Or might make gaya how those girls make giling on a noontime show. Tatay will definitely have a heart attack! Worst, she might end up talking like Vice Ganda. Hay! I super don’t like!
If we let her watch cartoons naman, hindi madedevelop masyado ang brain niya. I read of a study also that those babies who watch cartoons / TV often, make less words than those who don’t. They skip some blah blah development in their brain. She needs also to practice her motor and other skills that they cannot get in TV watching. Skills that they learn from you playing and talking to them. The American Speech-Languange-Hearing Association recommends variety of cognitive development exercises for your babies such as:
-engaging in back and forth conversation
-peek a boo games
-reading to child
Also the article that I read was right. Babies spend half of the day sleeping. If they watch TV pa, you rob them of the parent-child interaction time which is very important to them. Remember, this is their development stage. As parents, we need to make sure our babies are guided in a way where all needed skills should be developed well. It’s all for them really.
You can read more on why parents shouldn’t let babies watch TV HERE.
Kung kanina, I was feeling so low, ngayon my smile is reaching from my left ear to my right ear!
I just blogged like 10 minutes ago my text conversation with Alvin, how I was feeling so low and how he never fails to make me smile. And then when I came back from our merienda break, Des said that somebody was looking for me at the lobby. When I went, somebody was carrying this!
*warning: super mushy post!*
Sometimes I do feel very lucky with my husband. I was feeling so low (as in super low) today because of some private things I do not want to divulge here. Then I received a text from him.
ALVIN: 5 ba kita sundo later babe?
ME: Yup. Wala kasi ako sa mood.
ME: Di ko lang alam.
ALVIN: Cge, ano gusto mo gawin mamaya, para sumaya babe ko?
ME: Wala naman. Uwi lang maaga para makaspend time kay Anika.
ALVIN: Cge malaman natin mamaya baka magbago mood mo. Week naman natin to eh. Anniv natin diba?
I. Am. So. Lucky. ganito ang asawa ko. He makes me smile even on my lowest days. I am super thankful he came to his senses and married me *big grin!*
To my dear hubby: I know we still have a lot of years together and I cannot wait to spend it all with you. Yes, I am still looking forward to the day na mapanot ka and mangulubot tayo. We will grow old together because we will do everything to STAY TOGETHER. I promise. I love you so much. These five words aren’t enough to express how much I am in love with you.
Mommies, I like this:
I want to buy one for Anika. I’m scared of the blankets that we put on her when she sleep eh. She might accidentally pull it on her face while sleeping. She’s so malikot pa naman!
My friend Norie said that this is availabe in SM and Rustan’s. I’ll go check it out. Hopefully it’s not that expensive!
There you go!
Kayo, what are your recent purchases for your babies?! =)
Last month, I was bothered because they said that during the fourth month, babies will turn to their tummies already by themselves. I was making bantay Anika and she already did it once. Never na na-ulit. So I practiced and practiced her until I let go na. I thought baka derechong tatayo na lang siya someday. Choz!
Anyways, just two days before her fifth month birthday, Girlie told us that Anika kept on rolling and rolling to her tummy. I was so happy and saw that she can roll na nga by herself.
Presently however, I’m getting worried na naman. She keeps on rolling to her tummy every freaking time!!! When she’s playing during the day, while Girlie sponge baths her before she sleeps and worst, while she sleeps.
I didn’t get to sleep well last night because every time I wake up she’s like this:
And then I turn her to her back and go back to sleep. I wake up again and ganyan na naman! I’m so scared she might suffocate herself! I am contemplating the following solutions: a.) pabantayan ko kay Girlie every night (bigyan ko na lang siya ng bonus or something) but she might report me na to DOLE or b.) i-masking tape ko si Anika sa bed kaso parang di ata type ni Alvin yung suggestion ko na yun because when I told him, tinalikuran ako ng lolo niyo or c.) put plenty of pillows on her side and just pray to God to delegate all the available Guardian Angels in Heaven to be with Anika during the night.
Do you have other ideas mommies out there?!