TV, tablets and phones are a big part of our lives now. But they can be distracting, so you might miss out on one-to-one time with your baby.
Think about how much time you spend talking and playing with your baby and whether you might be missing some of those chances because of the TV or phone.
Even a TV that’s on in the background can be distracting for your baby:
- If the sound's on they can’t tune in to your voice
- If the sound's off the changing pictures can distract them
Just be aware of how much time you’re spending on your phone or tablet. Make sure it’s not getting in the way of talking and playing with your baby, spending time with your family and friends or being active.
Can't put the phone down?
Everyone finds it hard to put their phone down sometimes.
To help you focus on your baby, try to:
- set aside special times for talk and play, even if they’re short
- put the phone in another room on silent when you talk with your baby
- use the times when your baby's asleep for social media catch-up.
You can also try an app that helps you manage your screen time.
Try and find time every day when you’re away from screens so you can focus on playing and talking with your baby.
You could do that when:
- they’re just awake and interested
- you’re feeding
- you're out and about
If you’re feeling stressed or lonely, sometimes chatting with your baby can help you feel better.
Screens at bedtime can be bad for your sleep.
If you’re as tired as most parents are, try to:
- have an hour or so before bed without your phone or tablet
- set your phone to flight mode or put it a few feet away from your bed when you go to sleep
Social media and apps can be great for sharing news about life with your baby with your family and friends. It can also help you to keep in touch and feel less isolated or cut off from friends or work.
Think carefully about whether to share photos of your baby through social media. Photos are online for a long time and as your child gets older and becomes an adult, they may not want other people to see them.
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