Early parenting choices are never easy and parents always wonder about the right things to do. One of the more perplexing worries is deciding whether or not to allow their infant to watch television or DVDs.

Due to marketing claims about TV shows and DVDs created for babies, many parents find it easier to believe that watching educational programs will stimulate their children’s and promote learning. It's a seductive line of reasoning, however, not necessarily the right one.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that no television time should be allowed for toddlers younger than 2, mostly because no studies have yet established that TV exposure improves babies' learning. Now a new study published in the current issue of Pediatrics confirms that position.

Researchers studied over 800 youngsters from birth to three years, recording the time they spent watching television or DVDs as reported by their mothers, as well as their performance on language and motor skill tests. On average, the babies spent 1.2 hours a day watching TV during their first two years of life, slightly less than the average viewing time reported in previous studies.

The initial analysis showed that babies who spent more time in front of the TV performed worse on language and motor skill tests at age 3 than those who watched less. But once other factors were taken into account, such as mother's educational status and household income, the relationship between TV viewing and cognitive development disappeared.

The study confirms that viewing TV did not influence babies' brain development; rather it was a parent's education and finances that mattered more.

Previous researches have found that mothers with lower education and income tend not to read to their babies as much as better educated moms, and that their vocabulary and grammar skills may be more limited, leading to insufficient verbal interaction with their children.

Mothers with less education also tend to talk to their children less overall; women with higher education are more likely to elaborate details and tell stories to their kids, even about ordinary events and concepts. And studies suggest that parents who talk and gesture frequently to their babies early on have a significant impact on their children's vocabulary and language competence by school age.

Although the study found no benefit, it found no negative effect of watching TV neither. It is likely that her study group did not meet the threshold dose of TV exposure to trigger the negative effects but she also stopped following the toddlers at age 3; and some cognitive changes may not occur until children are a few years older.

A few minutes in front of the TV won’t do youngsters (younger than two) any harm as long as it for parents taking a breask to shower or rest but if watching TV is meant to stimulate their brains, it is essential to learn that watching TV does not have such benefits.

Playing with your child is the best way to stimulate your baby's brain. Basic activities such as playing with blocks with an 18-month-old can improve his/her language skills six months later.