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Can toys or TV watching be allowed during meal times?

Playing with toys during a meal is okay, in fact there's nothing wrong with that. Children under two like some form of entertainment and engaging with toys while they eat makes the eating process enjoyable for them. Unlike with toys, children watching TV become totally distracted and stay glued to the TV. Many times they are so transfixed to the idiot box they are removed from the eating process. Once this habit forms, it becomes very difficult for the child to eat without the television being on. In fact meal times can become a battleground if your kid doesn't get her way. Often the child will not eat unless the TV is switched on. Since both, toys and TV, offer entertainment to your baby, toys becomes a better option because children stay engaged without losing focus of what they are doing i.e. eating.


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