PSST… I wrote this post when Little Man was 3.5 years old; two years on, he STILL enjoys this crap!!!
Ok, so all this while I thought it was just Little Man who was a bit, err, weird! Let me explain…
I am one of those moms who uses the telly as a babysitter (more than I would like, but well, I call it survival – to hell with you Momguilt!!!)… anyways, I digress… Yes, so while my son has access to CBeebies and Amazon Prime both of which offer lots of different educational and entertaining shows (he's had his Peppa Pig phase and Thomas the Tank Engine phase and In the Night Garden phase and Postman Pat etc etc) – he often chooses to see what in my opinion is UTTER CRAP on Youtube (the downside of the world wide web I guess). By utter crap I mean watching other kids/ cartoon characters open toys and play with those toys. Yes, you read that right!
So while he just chanced upon these kind of videos on Youtube (no, I did not willingly expose him to it), he now seems to love them. And as I mentioned before, often chooses them over the normal stuff! Which brings me back to the point I made – I thought he was just weird!
I read a thread on a mommy Facebook group that asked a question along the lines of: Does your toddler also watch videos of other kids playing with their toys on Youtube? And that thread had a gazillion responses, all in the affirmative. You cannot imagine how happy that made me feel (sorry not sorry). So my toddler wasn't weird, he was just being a toddler!!! (Ok, toddlers are kinda weird, but then he wasn't weirder than the rest!!!).
And then I came upon a couple of comments on other blogs which mentioned how their toddlers loved seeing Youtube videos of other kids mindlessly opening kinder eggs… ah, that sounded familiar too. And further affirmed that
a) Little Man was normal and
b) all toddlers are WEIRD!!!
I mean, why on earth would they want to watch videos of other kids playing with their toys when they have REAL toys of their own? Which they can touch and feel? My only guess is it has something to do with wanting what others have (a typical toddler trait) and in this case, imagining they are playing with those toys (every mum knows how appealing another kid's toy is in their toddler's eyes – if they have it, they don't wan't it; if they see someone else with it, they want it NOW!).
If it's not a kid, it's a fake Spiderman or a fake Paw Patrol pup playing with some random toys. I say fake because it's not the real characters; it's some crap version of the real deal. Makes no sense to me, has NO educational value but somehow keeps Little Man (and other toddlers) occupied/ happy/ quiet. So, I question not, I just accept. Relieved that it's not just my toddler…
Does your toddler also enjoy watching such videos? Do you think it's weird too? I'd love to hear other mums' thoughts on this…
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