I’ve noticed a lot recently that in most of my instagram pictures of Jasper, the one’s where we’re sat eating or him playing in the living room, we always have the TV on. This is mainly because it keeps him at the table and stops him from trying to get down during meal times and also for a little background noise while we’re playing cars or trains on the floor. This is all well and good but I’ve found Jaspers become a bit dependent on it. Well, maybe it’s me that has. If he’s playing he’ll never ask for TV, it’s more me that puts it on so that between activities Jasper can get distracted by it and I can relax a little. It’s only when he’s eating that he asks for it; the first words he says when he sits down at the table are ‘Peppa pig on tv’ and I know I could say no and think of other ways to entertain him, like engaging in his food, but sometimes it’s easier just to say okay and then feed him like a baby while he stares in a possessed like manner at that bossy little pig and her whinge bag brother!
I’m not anti-TV; I believe it’s really good for little ones to have a bit of down time to watch their programs. Of course I’d prefer something educational over Peppa; but I’d never put Jasper on a TV ban or anything. I’d just like to limit it a bit more and introduce something else. We’re big fans of music in this house; I can’t have a car journey, cook or sit down to work without a little background music and Jasper really loves it too. He loves to have little dance sessions around the house and sings lots of songs at his toddler groups so I’ve been trying to incorporate that more into our daily lives.
Listening to music not only allows him to focus visually on what he’s doing, e.g. eating or playing, making it a lesser distraction; but it’s also fab for developing their language, rhythm and memory skills. So much of Jaspers vocabulary has come from nursery rhymes and then putting new vocabulary to those well learnt tunes. I’m also trying to introduce it into our bedtime routine. Since Jasper has been in a big boy bed he’s not been great at going to sleep and really relies on having a bottle to get him off. We kind of rush from dinner to tooth brushing, pj’s and a quick book in bed before I pass out with tiredness and I don’t think he’s calming down enough to drift off by himself. I think playing gentle lullabies in the background with the blinds drawn and maybe a few spritzes of lavender scent around the room will hopefully lull him into a nice sleep, even if I need to leave the music running till the end of the CD.
I thought I’d share some of the soundtracks we’ve been loving lately, whether it be at bedtime, during playtime or for a full on home disco. None of which may I add, have driven me crazy yet! Here’s mine and Jaspers top music for toddlers:
Does your little one listen to music? I’d love some recommendations on soundtracks as Jasper is slowly learning the words and tunes to most of these and I’d love to expand his mini library!
Thanks for reading,