At the moment, Cesca is in a discovering phase. Everything fascinates her and keeping up with all that goes around her sometimes proves difficult. Lights enthrall her and sounds (the louder the better) keep her amused. She sits still on my lap looking at me while I talk to someone else and I see her small lips trying to form words. This past month she has discovered the power of screaming. And she puts her voice to the test in the places I pray she keeps quiet – on board a plane flight and after her 5am feed. A has felt a tooth about to pop out, and she drooling like crazy, putting her whole fist (and mine too sometimes) in her mouth. She loves me talking to her, she loves her light-and-sound toys and can’t get enough of her Baby Einstein DVDs.
Too much so in fact.
I know too much television is not good for babies. Googling the topic brings about hoards upon hoards of studies, reports and opinions which all seem to say the same thing – the least TV young ones watch, the better.
But what do I do with a baby like Cesca, who does not simply like TV, she absolutely adores it! In fact, add to that any lighting device which emits sounds. So we’re basically including our computer, laptop and phones. This week she even extended her hands outwards to touch the iPad! She hears the Skype ringtone and looks expectantly at the screen waiting to see who will pop up to talk to her.
I am not happy with this situation, at all. I am actually quite scared to see how fascinated she is with all this technology. But the thing is, other toys do not interest her one bit. I hand her dolls, rattles, books, lay her on her play-mat, try to encourage her playing, but all she does is look at them for a couple of minutes and throws them aside. And then she cries. Since she only naps for 3 times a day for 20-30 minutes at a time, I end up putting on her Baby Einstein DVDs and she is silenced in a second. She can watch them time and time again, she laughs with them, she coos, she puts her hands out and loves the puppets. It is the only way I can find time to shower, cook, clean the house and get ready to go out. Sure, we read, we have tummy-time, she plays on my lap and I talk and sing to her constantly like a nut-head, but she is not even remotely interested in playing. It’s as if normal toys bore her.
I’m not giving up because I know repetition is important, but it does not seem to be working till now. I talked about this to my Health Visitor who told me not to worry at all. But it still irks me that I can’t leave her laying on her mat, surrounded by toys and not hear her cry.
So I always resort to TV. And I’m not happy about it.