Recently Jeremy and I decided that the TV is broken when Sam is awake. After a short "detoxing," we saw huge changes from the TV being off. The biggest benefit is that Sam will now play BY HERSELF.
As long as I'm not on the computer she's perfectly content to tend to her bears and babies.
I'm dead serious. This child is finally EXPLORING the world around her!
She doesn't even come up to whine while I'm taking a shower. I just turn on music and she's off in her own little world!
She does get plenty of TV at daycare and Mimi and Papa's. So far the "it's broken" charade has worked quite well. I will admit that the tv does become "fixed" every once in a while. It's only happened when one of us is sick or an occasional 20 minutes of a Disney Classic right before bed while she eats her dessert. She LOVES the books so a movie is like the books coming to life!