The Montessori approach to establishing healthy screen time habits for your baby
In today’s digital age, it’s almost impossible to avoid screens altogether. However, too much screen time can have negative effects on a child’s physical, emotional, and cognitive development. That’s why it’s important for parents to establish healthy screen time habits for their babies, even in a Montessori approach.
Here are some tips for incorporating screens in a healthy way while still following Montessori principles
Limit screen time
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under two years old should have no screen time, and children over two should have no more than one hour per day. This means that babies should have minimal exposure to screens, if any at all. Instead, prioritize other activities such as outdoor play, reading, and creative play.
Choose high-quality content
When you do choose to expose your baby to screens, be selective about the content. Look for educational programming that is appropriate for your baby’s age and development level. Avoid fast-paced, overstimulating shows or games that can be overwhelming for young children.
Use screens as a tool, not a babysitter
Screens should never be used as a substitute for human interaction or as a way to keep your baby occupied for long periods of time. Instead, use screens as a tool for learning and exploration. Sit with your baby and engage with them while they watch a show or play a game. Ask questions, point out interesting things, and encourage conversation.
Prioritize hands-on learning
In the Montessori approach, hands-on learning is highly valued. Instead of relying solely on screens for learning, provide your baby with opportunities for hands-on exploration and discovery. Sensory play, art activities, and outdoor exploration are all great ways to engage your baby’s senses and promote learning.
Model healthy screen habits
As a parent, you are your baby’s first and most important teacher. Model healthy screen habits by limiting your own screen time and being present and engaged with your baby when you are together. This will set a positive example for your baby and help them develop healthy habits for life.
In conclusion, screens can be a valuable tool for learning and entertainment when used in moderation and with intention. By following these tips and staying true to Montessori principles, you can help your baby develop healthy screen time habits and promote their overall development and wellbeing.