So we finally signed up for Netflix. It is AWESOME. I used to think there was no way we would watch enough movies to justify the cost, and I knew that we would never mail the movies back in and end up paying the monthly fee just to hang on to the same three dvd's. Then they came out with the deal where you can get movies and tv shows instantly through the computer or playstation, and we were hooked. It is so fun to be able to see something on a whim, and also get dvd's in the mail (we get one at a time, so that is only one to keep from being colored on!). Since I haven't been able to see a movie in the theatres in a million years (so not fun when preggers and you have to run and pee 10 times during the film!), it is great to catch up on everything I missed.
I have found that since I am nursing around the clock, our older son gets to watch much more tv than we ever thought we would let him watch. I want him in my sight, and I don't want him to feel punished while I feed the baby, which I figure will lead to jealousy, so I thought it was a fun treat to let him watch Elmo or Blue's Clues (we are a Team Steve household, Joe is so not as good!), or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse while I nurse. The problem is, what started out as a treat when the baby was tiny and was sleeping most of the day and only nursing for small stretches has turned into big brother watching hours of television a day. I'm worried that this is bad for him, but I really don't know what else to do! How do other mommies keep their toddler occupies so they can breastfeed a new infant??
Lately he has gotten into movies too- G rated, of course, but he wants to watch them over and over and over. He loves Toy Story (aka "Buzzy moobie"), and even though this movie is for kids, I'm surprised at the language. No 4-letter words or anything, but they do say "shut up", "stupid", "idiot" and "moron" quite a bit. For my little copy cat, this is not great. He has already starting calling our little yorkie "stupid dog" because the bad kid Sid in the movie says that to his poor doggie. :(
Am I overreacting? (Please say yes!) Is it ok for a 2 year old to watch tv/movies for a couple hours a day? Or even 3 hours? It's not all at once, it is stretched out over a 12 hour period, but he definitely craves it now and would watch much more if I let him. And what is the deal with the language? Should I shelve Toy Story for a few years? It is such a cute movie and he LOVES it, but I would rather he not call his teacher a moron at Mommy and Me.
Any feedback or advice? From my 1 reader? Anyone? Bueller?