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Early Childhood

Should I limit my phone use when I'm with baby?

Parents: be aware of how much time you're spending on the phone when you're with baby. Young kids learn best through nurturing relationships with caregivers and loved ones, so make sure your phone use doesn't interfere. Some things are unavoidable: You may be craving adult conversation and connection -- or maybe you need to work from home while watching the baby. The most important thing is to make sure you're keeping an eye on him; there have been instances of kids hurting themselves because their parents were distracted by their phones. 

  • Talk, play, hug, and make eye contact with infants as much as possible.
  • Use screens in service of relationship-building (showing a photo of grandma) or to occupy yourself while the baby is sleeping.
  • Wait a beat before responding to incoming messages. Answering immediately can become a habit that gets in the way of your enjoyment of your time with your baby. You can program automatic messages that let the caller know you're with baby and will call back later.

Do you think it's OK to use the phone when you're with baby?

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Teen, 13 years old written by BananaGoat

Of course! You don’t want your child feeling left out or addicted to your cell phone do you? Play with your baby, give them things to do and don’t ignore them to do things on their phone.
Adult written by mswise

That's a great question! A very thoughtful inquiry.... Yes! Limit your phone use when with your baby. Using it as a phone to communicate verbally is one thing, but using it to read and look thru fb or whatever highlights it as a cold, lifeless object between you and your baby. Especially if your gut is telling you to ask this question, you probably already know the answer.