While you want to limit your toddler’s time in front of the TV and engage him in hands-on activities and other play, sometimes you just need a break or something to entertain your toddler while you do a load of laundry or make breakfast. Those are the times you turn to the TV. There’s nothing wrong with letting your toddler watch a little TV every now and then, but when you do, you should pay attention to what your toddler is watching.Not all shows are designed for toddlers. Cartoons on stations such as Cartoon Network are designed for older children and often have a lot of fast action. Watching too many fast-moving shows can decrease your toddler’s attention span. Your toddler may also be introduced to violence and other themes you’re not quite ready for her to hear about. The same is true for some shows on Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel.
Instead of simply turning on the TV, pay attention to what your child is watching. Look for slower-moving TV shows, for example choosing a show like Caillou over a show like SpongeBob. Also focus on picking shows with an educational focus. At your toddler’s age, you do not simply want him to watch mindless TV for an hour or two. Channels such as PBS, Sprout, Nick Jr. and Disney Junior offer programs designed to help young children learn. If you don’t have cable, many of the shows are also available on DVD or through Netflix.