Key Takeaway Points
  • Just don’t do it.
  • It’s not awesome that your young baby is “so smart” they’re able to turn on a smartphone or tablet.
  • Babies receive less 1:1 attention when screens are present. This means they experience less interaction from their parents, and they miss important social and emotional learning opportunities which are necessary for building relationships.
  • Refocus your attention – when you’re together, spend time without screens.


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