After 3 long years I get the feeling that Little Z is starting to expand his TV watching horizons beyond CBeebies. A bit of Peppa Pig here, a bit of Bubble Guppies there. It’s only small little steps out of the safe little world he’s been engrossed in up till now but I know there will soon be a transition to other channels and programmes which makes me a bit sad. I love CBeebies now. I didn’t always used to. In fact, if I look back, there was a few phases that eventually got me sucked right in.
Probably ones that will inevitably get a lot of parents. Probably ones like this…
Initially the “Who the heck would watch this?” phase.
You own a 3 month old Little Z and you feel like a permanent zombie from being up all night.
You love watching back to back repeats on E4 and, our of curiosity, flick over to CBeebies to see what’s on.
Something called “In the night garden was coming on”. Why is the girls skirt flapping up and down? Why is that Iggle Piggle avoiding bed at all costs? Why is he sailing away into the darkness at the end?…..By himself? Did someone write this when they were a bit high?
You realise your 3 month old more interested in sucking his fists and you happily go back to watching glorious E4 repeats and forget about CBeebies for a while.
Then the “How did we start watching this so regularly?” phase
Your child is a couple of months older and is loving having CBeebies on especially the flappy skirt girl and the blue boy that resists bed time.
You realise it’s a great little thing for after bath time with all the floaty tunes and equally floaty characters.
You like the poc pocs even though they really just look like hoping onions.
You try to limit the time your child is staring wide eyed at it and, if you’re honest you still don’t get a lot of it. What the heck is a Squiglet anyway?
The “Why does CBeebies rule our house?” phase…
You realise your child is now talking and asking for it on all the time.
To this day you don’t really understand Granny Murray at all and try to dissuade Little Z from watching her. It doesn’t work and you spend the the rest of the trying to block out the “Me Too” ear worm”.
You unashamedly try to use CBeebies on iplayer as bribery outside to try to get Little Z to eat.
You’re secretly smug when Little Z points to her and shouts “Mummy!” and tell anyone that will listen.
The “Oh no, they’re going to change the schedule” phase….
You hear rumours they’re going to change the schedule.
You start wondering if it’s true.
You realise you’re worried they’re going to change the schedule.
They’re not going to change the schedule are they?
Oh no, they changed the schedule. What the heck is this Alphablocks.
Ok ok…it’s ok. Everything is fine. He likes it.
The “I think I like CBeebies a bit too much” phase…
You start persuading Little Z that an episode of Charlie and Lola would be good to watch. You “completely absolutely” love Lola
You’re a bit annoyed when Little Z would rather watch Grandpa in my Pocket. Why does he never sit in one place? Doesn’t he know he could be accidentally crushed under someone’s foot?
You start following news about CBeebies Live and grab tickets as soon as they’re out.
Watching CBeebies for an afternoon is no longer torturous.
You worry what this means for the state of your adult mind. You don’t actually really care and do another rendition of the Sarah and Duck theme tune together. You love how Little Z pronounces “Strawberry Louffle” – that episode is your favourite.
I think I will miss it when he eventually gives it up.
(First Photo credited to BBC and CBeebies.)