How Screen Time is Affecting your Baby? Here’s What You Need to Know!

How Screen Time is Affecting your Baby? Here’s What You Need to Know!

Have you ever wondered why most people are always scrolling through their phones and almost glued to their screens? Nowadays there are lots of options for entertainment for you from movies, series, games, and news to social media. Using phones, going through new updates or seeing something gives you a dopamine rush, which is why you often feel a strong urge to go back and check if there is any update. If not regulated in a proper way, it can lead to an overdose of dopamine, and you will not be able to find anything interesting outside that screen.
Now imagine this is happening to your infant or toddler. These days you can notice babies who are 6-7 months old are also grabbing a phone with both of their hand and watching cartoons on them. There also have been incidents like babies are not having their food or crying and screaming if parents are not allowing them to have screen time.

Even the older children spend more time in front of screens than they do playing outside or interacting with others, so it's important that we understand how this affects physical growth and development from the very beginning.
Screen time affects brain development:

1. Researchers say that there is a link between screen time and attention span or executive function skills such as planning and problem-solving abilities. They believe this occurs because our brains develop through playtime with others (such as toys) rather than solitary activities such as playing video games or watching television.

2. Attention Problem: The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a new policy statement that calls for a total ban on television, computers, and smartphones for children under two years old. The AAP attributes the change to new scientific evidence showing that screen time is negatively affecting children’s development. They are harming their attention span.

3. Psychologist Sheri Medigan has stated that research has proved that increasing screen time left bad impact on three-year-old babies. Screen time “was linked with poorer performance on screening tests for behavioral, cognitive and social development at 36 month”.

4. One may have also heard that doing video call is fine but as research has also found that toddlers don’t understand what a video call is and often found it as confusing. It’s only with the help of a caregiver that they can understand what a video call is.

5. Increasing Stress Hormones:
Research has also found that watching TV was linked with higher levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine (adrenaline). This might be because when you're stressed out, your body releases these hormones into your bloodstream.


Here are some tips to reduce the screen time:
1. Try not to introduce screens to your babies in their initial months. Delaying it would be a better choice to begin with.

2. Read books to them. Babies love showing pictures in the book. Keep the book in front of them and let them grab it or look at the pictures. You can go through the Tinyvers Activity kits to get the age-appropriate book for your baby.

3. These days our life has been revolving around screens but try not to use them around your child. Children imitate parents. So, they will be interested to hold them and use.

4. Engage your baby in different activities while you are away from home. You can show them different objects surrounding them or sing a song and play certain games with them. You can always take toys and books with you while travelling. It will help you to keep your baby engaged.

5. If you have already introduced screens to your baby, try to not let them watch tv or mobile before afternoon. Limit the screen time to a specific time period and try not to exceed it.

These are a few tips from us for you and your little one. To explore more activities that you can do with your baby check out our age-appropriate Activity kits! You can get a collection of age-appropriate activity kits for your baby and have a fun-filled educational time with them. To read more interesting blogs go to www.tinyvers.com .
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