How can I cut back on my baby's screen time?

There are many ways you can cut back on your baby’s screen time.

Be a good role model

  • Set a good example. Babies and children learn best from people around them. If your baby sees you doing activities that do not involve a screen as often, they are more likely to follow your example.
  • Ask others to set a good example too. If you have a babysitter, nanny or other caregiver, ask them to also set a good example for your baby.


  • Start slow. Start by cutting back on screen time by 5-10 minutes a day.
  • For toddlers, set time limits. Use devices with screens only when needed. Set a timer to keep track of how long your toddler uses a device.

New activities

  • Introduce your baby to new activities that do not involve a screen. This can include reading, playing games, building blocks, playing with a water or sand table and much more.
  • Read books with your baby. Reading together helps create a special bond with each other. It also helps your baby learn words better.

Create a positive environment

  • Keep devices with screens out of your baby’s bedroom. Your baby will sleep better without any devices in his room.
  • Turn off the TV in the background. Instead, play music, listen to the radio or listen to audio books.
Rev. 9/2018. Reviewed by the MGHfC Family Advisory Council. MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Massachusetts General Hospital do not endorse any of the brands listed on this handout. This handout is intended to provide health information so that you can be better informed. It is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to treatment of any medical conditions.