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Does FaceTime or Skype with Grandma count as screen time?
Good news! Videochatting on FaceTime or Skype can be excluded from your kid's overall screen-time minutes. In fact, you may want to introduce videochatting to your family (if they haven't discovered it already.) Studies show that babies can tell the difference between video-chatting and other kinds of video (such as TV shows), so it's a great way to build cross-generational relationships or bond with a relative who's away.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says videochatting is OK for toddlers as young as 18 months. It's really no different from talking to a family member on the phone -- and it's actually easier to involve babies and toddlers in video-chatting since they can respond to facial expressions better than verbal language alone.
Try these tips to keep the sessions fun and productive:
Choose a good time. Finding a time when everyone's at their best may not be realistic but try to avoid videochatting right before bed because it may be too stimulating.
Have the person you're chatting with read a short book. Kids will enjoy being read to and it will keep them occupied and engaged. Try Love Books for Little Ones, Best Books for Toddlers, and Best Baby Books.
Play age-appropriate games. Easy, entertaining activities such as peek-a-boo, color-naming, and shape-matching increase the bonding potential.