Most of your baby’s brain development will happen in the first two years of life. It’s important for babies and toddlers to explore the things around them and experience natural sights, sounds, tastes, and textures. Interacting and playing with others helps children learn about the world around them. For that reason, limit the amount of time your baby spends in front of a screen. Despite what you may have heard, there is no research studying a connection between tablets or smartphones and infant learning.
HERE ARE THE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SCREEN TIME FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS:
- Children under age 2 should have NO screen time.
- Limit screen time to 1 to 2 hours a day for children over age 2.
Remember, screen time includes all forms of electronics: TVs, movies, video games, computers, tablets, and cell phones. Basically, anything with a screen. Learn more about screen time recommendations and choosing play at marylandfamiliesengage.org
Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology. https://tech.ed.gov/earlylearning/principles.