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Doctors Say Babies Should Only Use Screens For One Thing

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently urged parents to avoid screen time in children younger than 18 months. Those famously strict guidelines only allow ONE SINGLE TECHOLOGY in a baby's life: video chat. Here's why...

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Video-chat is interactive.

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Barney Saltzberg, the kid's book author in the video, wrote Tea with Grandpa as a tribute to video chat sessions with his family. All of the real life interactions in this video work over Skype and Facetime as well.

Kids can learn during video-chat conversations.

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The AAP wrote: "Emerging evidence shows that at 24 months of age, children can learn words from live video-chatting with a responsive adult."

Video-chat can raise a kid's spirits.

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AAP research has shown: "A video chat with family members can improve children’s spirits and wellbeing and reduce their stress levels while in the hospital."

Kids remember toys from video-chat.

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I live in LA and my parents are in Michigan. My mom bought some hand puppets to use with my daughter over Skype at this age. My daughter adored the puppets and freaked out with happiness when she saw the puppet in real life for the first time in Michigan. We even ended up bringing one of the puppets back home to LA with us.

Distant loved ones can read books with the baby.

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Reading is one of the most important activities you can do with a child. Video-chat allows grandparents, uncles, aunts, and anybody else to share a book with far-away children.

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