Is it OK to keep the TV on when I'm with my baby?

This is risky. So-called "background TV" can lead to fewer interactions with your child and less conversation, both of which have real impact on kids' development. The images and tone of what's on the screen are problematic too. Infants sense emotions and experiences in a very real way, whether they're from a parent or from actors on the screen. If you need to keep the TV on, mute the commercials, avoid mature content, and make an effort to talk and play with baby as much as possible.

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