It’s finally happened. I made it 20 months without her, but I’ve finally embraced Peppa Pig.

Toddler watching Peppa Pig

As Miss Belle is baby number one, we set out with a fairly strict TV rules. Just like we did with the fairly strict healthy eating/no refined sugar, biscuits, cake rules (which have been somewhat slackened I’ll admit). Not because I wanted to walk around with a flashing neon sign saying ‘my baby doesn’t watch TV’, but just because it was some sort of parental gut feeling my husband and I had. I know lots of small children who watch TV but I’d heard various bits of advice from family and friends that made me want to limit it if I could… they shouldn’t watch any TV til they are two, “wallpaper TV” or background noise is distracting and can delay their speech, yada yada yada. One bit of advice was that it was better to watch TV together, so it was like an activity, and talk about what we were watching. Ok, let’s do that I thought. Because let’s be honest we all need a quiet 10 minutes on the sofa every now and again.

So quite a while ago we introduced Thomas the Tank Engine – feeling that because this TV programme was around years ago, it must somehow be more acceptable or better for her than all these modern cartoons. We watched it as kids so it must be OK, yes? She loves trains and that theme tune – well, it is immense. I know the words off by heart now. Miss Belle’s face lights up when she hears it. She’s not at all bothered about the boring 10 minute cartoon either side of the theme tune, in which no doubt Thomas has been asked to be a Really Useful Engine, and then either doesn’t listen, or does something stupid so as to feel silly, before realising the error of his ways. (There’s a theme there isn’t there. And I’ve spotted it. Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrghhhhhh.)

But now I can get stuff done!

Putting Thomas on quickly became less about sitting and watching it together, and more about me being able to chop an onion for dinner without a screaming toddler pulling on my leg shouting ‘up, UP, UP!’ at me. It’s alright when you can leave them on a play mat for a few minutes, but it’s really flipping hard to get anything done at the minute. Sometimes I just need her to sit still or at least stay at ground level when I’m holding a knife.

Bored of Thomas not being really bloody useful or entertaining, I decided it was time to branch out. So, I started recording a few episodes of Peppa Pig to see what she would think, and because I knew the episodes were shorter so hopefully she would sit and actually watch it without climbing all over the sofa and onto the windowsill. Well, I didn’t have to worry. What is it about this Pig? Does it have magical brainwashing properties? Why after two episodes has she been transfixed into a loyal Peppa Pig fan, who now regularly throughout the day shouts ‘Pig!’ and points to the TV? There must be some clever magic marketing trick there…

So now we have developed a little routine in the mornings – I can get 10 minutes to myself to get showered without her climbing into the shower with me/pull all the toiletries out of the wicker basket, or I can run downstairs and put some washing on or put my makeup on without her emptying foundation all over the bed. It’s revolutionary! Do I feel guilty that her shape sorter no longer cuts it and that Peppa Pig is my new weapon? Slightly, yes. Is it bad that if she has a full on meltdown like the other day when she wouldn’t get out of the Tesco trolley, that I ask her if she wants to go home and watch Peppa Pig? Is this bribery acceptable? Surely a couple of cartoons every day won’t hurt?

How do you feel about toddlers watching TV? Are there bigger things to worry about?

And what’s the next programme I should get ready to unleash?!

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33 thoughts on “Embracing Peppa Pig

  • 6th October 2016 at 1:52 pm
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    When I was pregnant with my first I used to bad mouth ‘In the Night Garden’. I used to ask people ‘WTF is all that about?’ Then, sometime early during my son’s first year, it came on and my son stopped in his tracks and watched with rapt fascination. He’d been exposed to all sorts of grownup TV in the background but I hadn’t put any kids’ programmes on. These kid’s programme people know what they’re doing! I don’t know what it is – but it fascinates the children. They won’t like just any old thing on the telly! Great post, I enjoyed reading it. Don’t feel any guilt about using the rectangular babysitter. #ablogginggoodtime

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    • 6th October 2016 at 3:02 pm
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      Hahah rectangular baby sitter! That so is what it is!! Thanks for reading x

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  • 6th October 2016 at 1:57 pm
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    I never had the magic of peppy pig with my boys but they did love Thomas! I think it’s perfectly acceptable and much needed behaviour essential for mummy well being! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime

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    • 6th October 2016 at 3:01 pm
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      Hahah bet you knew the theme tune words too! Thanks, I think everything in moderation is ok too x

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  • 6th October 2016 at 8:00 pm
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    Fab post, all so true! My little girl is a huge Peppa fan, I am not so much and find it irritating to say the least but at those times when you need to get ready to leave the house, make dinner, feed the baby etc etc that pig has been a lifesaver! x

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    • 6th October 2016 at 8:06 pm
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      Oh yes – I can imagine with another baby it is most definitely a life saver! Thanks for reading X

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  • 8th October 2016 at 3:28 pm
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    Peachy likes Thomas too. She perks up every time she hears the music. I think she would actually prefer for the show to just consist of the theme song playing over and over.

    I think the “no tv” rule is overrated. Peachy has been watching tv from infancy. There are people who criticise me and say I shouldn’t allow that. Oddly those same people tell me to just leave her in the crib when I need to get something done. So it’s ok for her to lay there by herself staring at the ceiling, but it’s not ok for her to watch tv? Am I missing something?

    As all things, the key is moderation. Obviously our little ones need us to interact with them, but we can’t be on all the time and sometimes we have other things that require our attention. Of course they require playtime which helps them develop skills, and they need physical activities, but they need a break sometimes too. As long as we make enough time for other activities, how they enjoy their down time can’t be an issue. #fortheloveofBLOG

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    • 8th October 2016 at 4:17 pm
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      Yep I’m with you on the moderation. I find myself singing the theme tune too! Waaaah! Thanks for reading X

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  • 8th October 2016 at 6:42 pm
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    I don’t know what they do to make Peppa Pig so appealing but it grabs all toddlers, without fail! I didn’t let my son watch tv for quite a while, but it’s become something that we do at a few points in our day now, and I like sitting down together to watch it. Personally I think there are bigger things to worry about, and a bit of tv every now and again isn’t going to hurt. Don’t feel guilty! Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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    • 11th October 2016 at 9:11 pm
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      Thanks, I totally agree! Thanks for hosting x

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  • 8th October 2016 at 7:01 pm
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    Daddy Pig makes me insane- I just wrote a rant on my blog about how horrendous he is. Now- that said my twins looooooove these pigs. These pigs save my ass every single day- even for a few minutes.

    such a love hate relationship we have me and the pigs 😉

    #fortheloveofblog

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    • 11th October 2016 at 9:10 pm
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      Haha, he is so irritating! This mornings, with the pancakes? ARRRRRRRGH! I will come and check your post out. Thanks for stopping by x

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  • 11th October 2016 at 6:38 am
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    I was the same with my eldest and she didn’t watch much tv when she was younger. But peppa has always been a hit in our house. It was more difficult to manage with my youngest.,now I have two peppa fans.,thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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    • 11th October 2016 at 9:09 pm
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      Thanks for reading and hosting x

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  • 11th October 2016 at 9:35 am
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    Hahaha, Peppa Pig! You’ll soon know all the words to Peppa Pig. I think it’s perfectly acceptable to use the TV in moderation, because honestly, how else are you going to get anything done if you have a very active and restless toddler? Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink

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    • 11th October 2016 at 9:07 pm
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      haha yep I know the words and the tune already! Waaaaah!

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  • 11th October 2016 at 8:52 pm
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    I miss Peppa! We had Ben and holly and now my little girl adores Dora and Sofia the First. She dances to all the songsI will always have a soft spotfor Peppa though. ..

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    • 11th October 2016 at 9:08 pm
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      I’ve heard of this Ben and Holly, I’ll have to check out Dora and Sofia now! Thanks for reading.x

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  • 12th October 2016 at 8:02 am
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    This is an interesting topic and one I wouldn’t feel bad about, unless they were getting too much screen time. We all need a break every now and again to get stuff done, and tv or an ipad is a good way to do this. I like how you started watching TV together making it an activity and shared thing to do. I now have the Peppa pig them tune in my head. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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  • 13th October 2016 at 6:31 am
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    My little one can’t stay still on the sofa either… That’s it! I will try Peppa Pig today! Whatever it takes lol #SharingtheBlogLove

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    • 13th October 2016 at 7:39 am
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      Haha yeh she used to just get up off the sofa after the Thomas theme tune but now with Peppa it’s like she’s glued to the sofa! Thanks for reading X

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  • 13th October 2016 at 3:17 pm
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    I like to think of it as a safety precaution. If you need to get something done would you rather they watched Peppa Pig or stick knives in plug sockets while chugging a litre of bleach? I vote Peppa 😉 #SharingTheBlogLove

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    • 13th October 2016 at 6:58 pm
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      Haha definitely! Totally agree, at least o know she’s safe and sat still (usually) for a few minutes!

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  • 13th October 2016 at 9:53 pm
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    TV is essential. It becomes more essential when you have multiple children. Sometimes they only way I could get the peace and quiet necessary to get the baby to sleep was to give my daughter the iPad (she can easily use iplayer herself, where as the TV remote is more complicated).
    Yes I can see the negative effect on her behaviour, but peace is beautiful (when you know they aren’t causing chaos). It’s also super helpful for car journeys when they stop being at the nap in the car stage.
    #SharingtheBlogLove
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  • 14th October 2016 at 3:12 am
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    I’m going to try and wait at least 18 months before introducing TV because like you have heard all the stories etc but I only have a 7 month old so its ok for now. I don’t know how mum’s are able to get anything done without TV when they are more active and moving around. I asked my husband’s mum for some tips and her advice was to use the TV when necessary, my husband was basically raised on it and he is totally fine! #sharingthebloglove

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  • 14th October 2016 at 3:37 pm
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    Hehe! I used to be the same. NO TV… ever!!! Except in real life, it doesn’t usually work out that way, unless you have buckets of help. I deploy the powers of ‘Little Charmers’ or ‘Dora and Friends’ when it’s time for brushing Little Buttons hair. Peppa pig was a firm toddler fav. #SharingtheBlogLove
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    • 14th October 2016 at 4:06 pm
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      Oh yes Peppa helps at brushing teeth time too! Thanks for stopping by

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  • 15th October 2016 at 12:44 pm
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    Oh I was the same when I was pregnant I decided that my baby will be not watching TV. Now he is 6 month and sometimes if I need to go to kitchen or toilet (!) he is on play mat and watching something on TV he also likes baby’s songs 😀 I just don’t want to make him one of this kids who only watching TV or playing on tablets or mobile phones
    #SharingtheBlogLove

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    • 16th October 2016 at 12:06 pm
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      I feel the same. I’m still trying to limit it, but sometimes it’s a necessity and really flipping useful! Thanks for reading and commenting x

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  • 16th October 2016 at 10:03 am
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    This is another one of those annoying parenting ‘should do shouldn’t do’s’ that really annoy me if I’m honest. There is so much kids tv that is actually educational. If you can see past the negative comments that get thrown around. I’ve never kept the tv away from my little boy. He is four in a December and his speech has been incredible from very early on – so that puts that theory to the dogs! Half the time it’s background noise & the rest of the time he may watch it if he’s tired in the afternoon, they are little and can’t be on the go all the time. For me it comes in line with other screen time, as with sugar and treats, everything in moderation. But no one should feel guilty for needing 10 minutes to themselves and if Peppa Pig allows that then good for you! Although I can’t guarantee in two years you will be quite so fond of her!! 😉 #sharingtheBLOGlove
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    • 16th October 2016 at 12:05 pm
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      I think parents should just do what feels right for them. I’ve come round to the idea that things in moderation are OK, and we shouldn’t beat ourselves up about it even if it feels like we are deviating away from what we thought we wanted to do. Thanks for stopping by x

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