Babies and Electronics: Yah or Nay??

Baby Pancakes loves to learn.  He loves to read.  He loves music.  He loves to dance (he has this killer one hand move).  He loves technology including TV, iPhone, iPad, computer…name it, he is all over it.  Which brings me to whether technology should be a Yah or Nay for young children?

We have several apps on the iPad for Baby Pancakes.  Ok, ok we have more than several apps on there from PBS to Fisher Price apps to ABCMouse and so on and so forth.  We also have a few on my iPhone.  And he loves playing with them.  He knows where his apps are and is able to navigate the apps, find what he wants, start and end and go to a different one.  I mean for a thirteen month old…it’s actually quite scary how deft he is at navigating the apps.

Although it’s exciting to know that Baby Pancakes is learning so many things from the apps (alphabets, colors, body parts, shapes, stories and songs), i am beginning to believe my baby might be a wee bit addicted to all the technology.  He will actually reach and whine for the iPhone and iPad when he sees it.  And as soon as he gets his hands on it, he is searching for his apps.  It’s cute but also concerning at the same time.

Cute, because it’s fascinating for him to learn where his eyes, nose, ears and mouth (yes we are learning Heads and Shoulders) and everything in between but not so cute because it may be too much stimulation.  Addictive.  Additionally, he may be straining his little eyes, neck because he is always looking down and fingers because he is always swiping and pointing.

I don’t want my baby to be obsessed with electronics but i also don’t want to deny him something that he is going to use later on.   Everything in moderation of course!!

Question of the Day: Thoughts on toddlers and children using electronics?

The baby and the iPad.


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23 Responses to Babies and Electronics: Yah or Nay??

  1. LaShawn says:

    I think our kids are growing up in a new age where technology will be such a big part of their lives, that they need to start early learning how to navigate it. However, I too noticed an addiction to the apps, the games. SO we now limit the time Pookah can be on it. I guess it’s like how my parents used to limit TV time or Nintendo time. He can’t be on it first thing in the morning, and in the evening I limit the amount of time he can use it for games and netflix. But most of the apps he has are learning apps and he learns a LOT from them! So, that makes me not feel so bad about it!

    • it is so true that it’s equivalent to when we would watch tv and play video games…or speak on the phone. i loved talking on the phone. i do limit his time on the apps too…like he is not able to use it early in the morning and late at night. which has also limited our time because if he sees it…he is all over it!

  2. Tamara says:

    I would have thought I was against it completely, before I had kids. Now, it’s the norm. My son is one and he knows to grab a phone and swipe it to be able to see things.
    I think it’s going to be part of their lives, the second they get to school, so why not before that?
    Of course, moderation is key and lots of play time and outdoor time. Obviously!

  3. Heather says:

    I don’t have kids yet, but when I do, I definitely want them to learn how to use and navigate technology at a young age, especially because it’s going to be such a big part of their lives. Like you said, I think it’s all about moderation and finding the right balance!

  4. JJ says:

    I am all for it. My little girl acts like it’s her iPad. If it teaches her something and entertains her at the same time, all the better.
    Funny thing happened last week though. I left my computer on the ground and came back to find her trying to swipe the screen. I guess she doesn’t understand the whole concept of a computer just yet.

  5. Kita says:

    I think it depends on the age. My son who is 7 is into technology and they actually have HW online and has to email their teacher their work so he has to learn he has no choice. They even do ipad teaching in kindergarten here in GA. My 4 year old can play some angry birds you hear me she started getting into it at the age of 3 but not before then.

  6. It cracks me up how my 3 year old nephew knows how to navigate the i phone. He knows the home key and can find his little game app. I think it’s good they know it because computers are now. Just don’t let them turn into computer potatoes (similar to a couch potato). I made that up. That’s when they sit in front of a computer all day.

  7. toi says:

    AOI asks for her iPhone, she good at navigating through her apps but sometimes she mischievously open apps that she knows she is not allowed, like Youtube and Kindle. I don’t mind her using the iPad or my phone sometimes but I want everything in moderation for this reason sometimes I tell her iPad needs a rest. When it comes to my phone, sometimes if I’m lucky, she hands it to me once she’s done with it.

  8. Dana says:

    I think if you have a balance of electronics and non-electronics. I have applications on on iPad and iPhone for the little one. She mainly uses them on long trips, church service or went shopping with me. I tend to focus more on non-electronic things at home. I think they need to know how to use technology since who knows what it is going to be like when she gets older.

    • I’m always thinking what are people going to think about electronics at church but they do keep their attention. May need to try that at church because he refuses to sit still

  9. Rachel G says:

    I don’t think it’s a bad thing for them to learn how to use technology, to learn from it, or to even be amused by it. I remember my friends always wanted to entertain my baby sister with cell phones that would ring and light up (this was the age when teenagers did have cellphones, but not smartphones, lol!) But yes, they shouldn’t be addicted to it. There are lots of different things for them to play with!

  10. I let both of my kids play with devices but only learning apps. They don’t play any games, they are ok with the jingles, storybook and sing alongs. I love how my one year old slides my phone open with ease, he needs to know these things!

  11. Pegster says:

    YAY all the way. I let my kids use electronics all the time. It calms them down and sometimes I can use that quiet time.

    Obviously if you are not ok with it you don’t have to let him use it. I don’t think it will affect them negatively necessarily. They might be a bit behind compare to their peers but it wouldn’t be the end of the world. I mean I never saw a computer in my life until I moved to America at 16 and somehow I was able to graduate from college with a degree in computer engineering.

  12. Lauren says:

    Elyse LOVES to play with the iPad and she knows which apps she can play with…I normally let her play with it while I’m getting ready in the morning and then once she’s had it for a bit she will gladly give it up when I ask her to!

    While I don’t agree with her spending every waking moment on it, the technology is a part of their life and I think that they will learn so much from it, if used in moderation!

  13. Abe Lee says:

    Great post. My wife and I are expecting our first any day now, and I’ve bookmarked your blog now that I discovered it while googling for information on this topic. I work in electronics and plan to teach my son about coding and hacking on software and hardware. It’s creative and stimulating and useful and will be very much a part of the world this generation is growing up in. That said, it seems intuitive that electronics and virtual experience should not replace ‘in-real-life’ learning and development. Moderation is key, and it isn’t easy. Tech is addictive for us adults, so it follows that it would be even more so for those exposed earliest. I plan to hold off at least a year on introducing any tech, instead changing to music and reading and play, even for my own entertainment at home (we’ll see how well I can stick to that). Another thing I have read about and seen in my own nieces is a strong attraction to the devices adults are actively using, where a kid will ignore toys and old electronics given them for play and constantly want to handle ‘Mommy’s phone’. I’m guessing this is imitative behavior. They want to do what we do, with what we’re doing it with, whether tablet, phone, tv remote or whatever. I constantly check my phone. I’m going to try and cut down on that, but I also plan to hide it to the extent that I can, so my kid doesn’t see his dad constantly staring at this magical box. Thanks to all the experienced parents who contribute to these threads. It’s an amazing resource for those of us just embarking on the parenting journey.