Most parents know the best part of the day is bedtime.
If you’re anything like me you start clock-watching an hour before the deadline and the minutes pass more slowly than those last five minutes used to in high school.
In my house I let the kids watch cartoons before bedtime because, quite honestly, by the time the end of the day finally arrives I am just coasting. If I can hand the babysitter reigns over to Mickey Mouse for a half-hour then SO BE IT.
But, apparently, if I want to get my kids some sleep cartoons may not be the best option. Yep. Yet another reason to feel like crap for letting your kids watch TV. It messes with their sleep. Two popular cartoons in particular are singled out as being too violent for toddlers.
As Huffington Post reports the cartoons that will wreak havoc on your kid’s sleep (and then yours!) are…
Spongebob Squarepants and Scooby Doo. Bugs Bunny is another one considered too violent for toddlers. As Babble’s own Madeline Holler previously reported, here are ten more cartoons that aren’t the greatest for your little ones. On the flip side, according to USA Today, the shows this study classifies as safer for little kids to watch at night are Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer and Curious.
This isn’t the first time my favorite little spongy guy has received a bad rap. Last year a study revealed the cartoon’s quick animation cause attention problems among toddlers.
In the new study, researchers at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute looked at the sleep and TV-watching habits of 565 kids ages 3-5 . Here’s how the Huffington Post says it went down:
The families who participated answered questionnaires about their kids’ sleep habits and then completed the same survey 6 months into the study, 12 and 18 months. The researchers split the families into two groups. One group received a home visit, follow-up phone calls and mailings with coaching about how to make better media choices for their young children…The other group, the control group, only received nutrition mailings.
Basically the kids had no significant difference in their sleep habits until parents replaced the programs identified as “violent” with more age-appropriate shows. Research shows that those kids had “substantially” less trouble going to sleep and staying asleep throughout the night. In fact, those kids viewing the aforementioned age-appropriate programming were 64% less likely to have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep and also less likely to have nightmares.
Do you let your toddler watch Spongebob, Scooby Doo or Bugs Bunny? My 3-year-old LOVES Scooby Doo and I love that about her because I grew up watching it… But now, I’m not so sure it’s a good call. What do you think?
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