While holidaying in Bali in June, we came across this commercial-free TV channel called Baby TV. We were initially skeptical of such a channel but after few viewings during our short vacation in Bali, we became a instant convert. We found that BabyTV’s programmes are geared to address the developmental milestones that our baby encounters in her first years and the programmes are made up of short stories and experiences that reflect her world. Later, we found out that all of Baby TV’s programmes were specially developed in collaboration with child experts for infants and toddlers.
Since our return to Singapore, we’ve subscribed to BabyTV with Starhub Cable at only $4 per month and it has become one of Dana’s daily mode of entertainment. I know some parents would frown at the thought of allowing our young ones to watch TV programmes for fear that they would become ”TV addicts” in the future. But we limit her TV time to not more than 1 hour a day. Whenever we switch on BabyTV, we ensure one of us (either Daddy or Mummy) would sit by her side and interact with her. Often, we sing along to the songs together; we discuss with her about what is shown on screen; we encourage her to respond to our questions and then we offer explanation for what the characters are going through and reinforce the concepts being taught. So far, it’s been a really worthwhile and useful learning tool.
Here are the Top 5 Dana’s fav programmes from BabyTV:
Kids & Pets – a group of toddlers meet live animals and learn to love them by playing with them, feeding them and learning about their habits.
Lily and Pepper – Lily and her friend Pepper the Bird engage in a wonderful journey of discovery. They visit the beach, the zoo, the garden and more and delight in their findings as they explore the world around them.
Louie’s World – Louie the friendly dog introduces first words that describe basic objects in groups such as animals, toys, musical instruments, and more.
Oliver – Oliver the monkey takes viewers to familiar environments to introduce basic first concepts.
Tiny’s Playground – Two tiny friends play different games through which they explore first concepts such as colour, shapes and numbers.
Of course Dana enjoys the many children songs and rhymes that were telecasted in between these programmes too. For more information on BabyTV, check out their website at http://www.babytv.com/ 🙂