netflix to the rescue.

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5:00pm is what I like to refer to as “the final hour.” This is when you can find me calling Brett in 15 minute increments asking the following questions: “Are you on your way home yet, sweetie?” and “Where exactly on the freeway are you?” and “So you’ll be home in 17 minutes if you hit all green lights?”

I wish I was exaggerating.

5:00pm is my breaking point, where all of the day’s chores and cries and poopy diapers and toys on the floor catch up with me, and I wearily wave my little white flag to surrender. This is also the same time of day when I attempt to make dinner, which is already a struggle, made even more difficult by the baby hanging on my leg speaking whiny gibberish while I try to cook pasta.

Enter: Netflix (and Elmo) to the rescue!

I’ve been a loyal member of Netflix for as long as I can remember. I love watching weird indie films, food documentaries, and getting hooked on TV shows that I wouldn’t know existed had I not gotten sucked into a seven-hour marathon on a rainy afternoon (Arrested Development, Mad Men, Parenthood, Scandal, just to name a few).

Between Brett and I, we get more than our money’s worth with Netflix, which is why I was super excited when they introduced a whole new family site just for kids. $7.99 for unlimited movies and TV shows AND ELMO?! It’s basically the best eight bucks I spend every month.

And just like that, “the final hour” became “the Sesame Street hour”. Everett gets to learn letters and shapes and colors while I cook in peace. Win-win.

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Do you let your baby/toddler watch a little bit of TV sometimes? Have you tried the Netflix family site? So far we’ve only let Everett watch Sesame Street—any other (educational) shows I should add to our queue?

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16 Responses to netflix to the rescue.

  1. Amanda H says:

    World World, Sid the Science Kid, and Daniel Tigers Neighborhood. All beloved by my 12 month old, and very toddler friendly. I DVR them!

  2. Michael says:

    Absolutely. We’re both full time working parents, but sometimes when we’re trying to get out the door, or at sick (because, if you have a boogery toddler, you’re always sick in some fashion), we just have to. And we don’t feel bad about it. Sure, we’d rather be out riding bikes (which we do) or painting (which we do) or playing Thomas the Tank Engine (which we do), but sometimes, we’re burnt out.

    One thing we try our best to do is if we ARE watching TV with our kid, we’re not on our phones. That way at least he knows we’re all engaged together, and not checking out on our phones.

  3. Allie says:

    I totally hear you on the last hour before daddy gets home being killer! We let our 13 month old watch Elmo a little bit (or Melmo, as he calls it), but he does not sit for more than 30 seconds. sigh. Your little guy is so precious!
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  4. lacey says:

    we watch a little each day, although my son prefers watching a disney movie rather than something on netflix. we do have netflix though, and occasionally use the “kid” channel when needed. his favorites revolve around leapfrog, martha speaks (a terribly annoying show, i might add), and richard scarry’s busytown mysteries and chuck and friends (i think that’s what it’s called).
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  5. Jen says:

    Oh my gosh, no harm, no foul. You gotta do what you gotta do for your own sanity come end of the day. I know without a doubt our kids have learned so much from their TV shows and ipad/itouch games. Kids learn from hearing and watching, not just books and traditional “lessons.” I love the singing and dancing shows in particular – soon enough he will be ready to shake his money maker to shows like the Fresh Beats and the Wiggles. And you will find yourself singing along!

  6. kelsey says:

    we have (and love!) netflix. a couple months ago we started watching curious george as a family at 6:45 pm to help Roo settle down for bed. at first she would only sit still for 5 minutes but now she loves it! it’s a very special time for our family every day 🙂

    p.s. my breaking point on wednesdays is 3:00 pm so hooray for you on making it til 5:00 🙂
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  7. lindsey eppler says:

    oh my gosh since we both work, Netflix-sesame street and Baby Einstein has been our saving grace. In the morning, Ella watches sesame St or Baby einstein while i get dressed and put my make up on in peace. We use it on weekends sometimes too! We dont feel bad either, because lets face it, we need a little down time too. 🙂

  8. Annette Eland says:

    We love all things PBS Kids, get the free app for your phone/ipad for Ev. Curious George is hands down our family favorite. Word World is awesome for Ev in a few months.

  9. Anna says:

    We’re big fans of Curious George up in here. It’s surprisingly educational and has great themes. The episodes are short, and they seriously saved us during morning sickness!
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  10. Sarabell says:

    One of the three-year-olds I used to work with loved Word World and of course Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. You’ll be singing that Hot Dog song for days…
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  11. Jaime says:

    We let Claire watch PBS. Especially when we need to keep her from bugging us… I mean… keep her entertained…. She LOVES Super Why (her favorite… teaches about letters, words, reading), Cat in the Hat Knows a lot about That, Curious George, Word World, Sesame Street, (ahem.. Barney), Arthur, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (an off-shoot of Mr Roger’s Neighborhood). We have also ventured into Disney videos… that was really after she turned 3.

  12. These are the cutest pics EVER!
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  13. Yes! We totally use the Netflix kids. Generally while I make dinner. Dinner time seems to be my breaking point AND my sons. He only wants to be held and I need to get something ready to eat so TV is so very helpful. We do Sesame street and my son REALLY likes this show called “Eebbee Baby” that’s basically just babies playing in laundry. But he really likes it!
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  14. Karen :0) says:

    Definitely a fan of Netflix! Your son is too cute! :0)
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  15. Erin says:

    My daughter loves Little Bear. We have it on our DVR and it is what she watches during her morning milk time while I get dressed for work and it is our wind down show before bed. Even before she was two she would ask for “Bear”. Now she is 3 1/2 and likes a few other shows but Little Bear is still her favorite.

  16. Lauren says:

    Adore this photo shoot! you elevate the mundane my dear friend

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