Television and Babies’ Sleep
A baby sitting in front of a big screen TV.



How to Cite

McDanel, Kristen, and Suzanna Smith. 2012. “Television and Babies’ Sleep: FAR0426/FM395, 8/2012”. EDIS 2012 (8). Gainesville, FL.


“There are a number of video and television programs that have been made for children under the age of three. At times it may be fun to watch your baby or toddler bounce or dance along with the characters on the screen. Many busy caregivers also use these shows to give themselves a little time for a needed break or to prepare a meal or tidy up. However, watching television may not be best for your baby or toddler’s sleep.” This 2-page Family Album Radio transcript was written by Kristen McDanel and Suzanna Smith, and published by the UF Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, August 2012.


American Academy of Pediatrics. (2001). Children, adolescents, and television. Pediatrics, 107(2), 423-426.

Thompson, D. A., and Christakis, D. A. (2005). The association between television viewing and irregular sleep schedules among children less than 3 years of age. Pediatrics, 116(4), 851-856.