'Yo Gabba Gabba' Banned in My House

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Yo Gabba Gabba
Jack Black gets nutty on Yo Gabba Gabba. (Here, sans camel toe.)
We all know TV is NOT recommended for kids under 2, right? Right? At least, that's what the American Academy of Pediatrics has been mandating for the last few years. That doesn't actually stop parents from letting their little ones watch TV. Heck, Kavya gets plenty of small screen exposure, given the fact that I make my living working from home in my pajamas, writing mostly about TV. It can't be helped.

In fact, lately, at 9 months old, I've noticed she pays more attention the screen. (At 46 inches in a tiny apartment, it's pretty hard to miss.) Sometimes she even waves to the people she thinks are hanging out in our living room, having random conversations and ignoring her. 

So if she's around, we try to distract her by engaging in playtime. And for sure, we won't be allowing her to actively watch TV anytime soon. Especially not the super-psychedelic Yo Gabba Gabba, which I doth hereby ban. (Sorry, I wanted this proclamation to be dramatic.)

Yo Gabba Gabba
Camel toe Jack Black.
The show is SCARY. A few months ago, when we had some parent friends visiting, the husband of the duo flipped from some action movie to the show, and their little girl, just under 2, stood there in our living room, completely and totally transfixed. You could wave a hand in front of her face -- or maybe even a lollipop -- and she wouldn't have noticed. It was like she was in a trance or a daze, caught up in watching those creepy characters and guest star Jack Black acting a fool, complete with some pretty obscene camel toe. (Can men get camel toe?) 

Look, I'm no fan of Dora the Explorer or many of these other kiddie cartoons. Admittedly, I haven't watched many. But they all seem like a safer bet than Yo Gabba Gabba, which seems expressly designed for adults tripping on acid, with its psychedelic backdrops and its nutty sing-alongs. I mean, does anyone not find this show scary? How is it that it's a runaway international hit? Have parents actually watched this thing?

When Kavi is a bit older and she is allowed to watch some TV, Yo Gabba Gabba will surely not be on the short list. We're sticking to the classics, like that old school set of Sesame Street episodes we've got on DVD.

How much TV time do your little ones get? What shows make your banned list?

Images via Nickelodeon

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