The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids under 2 years old not watch any TV and older children should not watch more than 1 to 2 hours a day of quality programming.
When I first read about this somewhere when my son was a newborn, I knew this made sense. Especially during the times that I did allow him to watch some Baby Einstein videos for long periods of time. Being the lone person in the house doing all the housework, taking care of the baby and doing my online tasks, the television is the easy instant nanny that I tried to make use of. The few times that I allowed my son to watch more than a couple of hours, he turned into this kind of wild child that won’t hear of it if I tell him watching tv is done. His zombified look was enough for me to learn my lesson and take APP’s word for it.
Now that our son is 5 years old, we still keep the two hour max rule, whether he is watching television or playing xbox or Wii. And we are actually glad, he knows this deal and takes note of the time and look forward to being able to watch again another day. 🙂