I'll preface this question with the fact that my wife and I followed best practices for the first 18 months or so of our son's life - no screen time. I've heard both 18 and 24 months being the earliest time to introduce TV, but in practice we ended up introducing it to our son gradually between that period.
But now we seem to have opened Pandora's box and can't really de-introduce it, so I'm wondering what best practices might look like for scheduling it into our regular routine.
If I recall correctly, at this age we should likely aim for less than thirty minutes per day, but my question surrounds whether it might be best to have a common 'TV Time' each day, or let him watch in bits in pieces.
Generally we watch Youtube, and keep to educational videos, or videos of 'real-life' things. And what we're finding is that our boy is becoming interested in seeing the real-life version of his toys on TV.
The problem comes in that there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to when we do or don't allow him to watch TV. Sometimes we're tired and just give in, sometimes he really wants to see something specific and we let him do so, other times we say no. But there is no real orderliness to it.
I've heard the phrase 'no means no' with a toddler, but lately I can't help but wonder if it may sometimes be a positive to let him exert a little power, and give in as it were, when he is really passionate about seeing something on TV. Obviously what we want to avoid is him watching TV all the time.
Is there any guideline that we may be able to start following?