So a few weeks ago Oliver was being grouchy as usual in the early evening, after trying to entertain him with poor results, I turned on the TV and thought I would put on CBeebies. In the Night Garden came on and Oliver went silent. He turned and stared at the TV intently. He generally doesn’t watch the TV if I have it on in the day, but he could not turn away.
As the weeks have gone on, I have put ITNG on most evenings as a bit of a wind down treat or I put it on when I want a shower (when it isn’t nap time). It guarantees me 15-20 minutes of peace and quiet, which is pretty unusual in our house. As soon as the theme tune starts he stops and turns to the TV, he gets so excited and just sits still whilst staring at the TV. Sometimes he just crawls over to the TV and pulls himself up on the TV stand and gets as close as he can, it’s so cute to watch!
It is the most bizarre thing though, that a theme tune can effect an 8 month old baby so much, they must have really done their research when they developed the show! Stu and I have slowly learnt all the names of the characters, Stu has given them alternate backgrounds and I can now sing all the songs (and end up doing so when out, in the shower or when I do housework). The joys of children’s TV eh?