The magic of In the Night Garden

The magic of In the Night Garden

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!

I thought I was safe leaving him alone with ITNG!

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?

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  1. October 23, 2016 / 9:48 am

    It’s funny, isn’t it? I used to think Night Garden was ridiculous before I had kids. But then it came on when my eldest son was around the age yours is, and he stopped in his tracks and was transfixed. My youngest now shouts with joy when it comes on. The really did do their research. I’m not sure quite what they find so fascinating! #kcacols

  2. October 23, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    My 9 month old is the same with Doctor Who! I’m a massive fan so of course I’m pleased he likes it, as soon as the theme tune plays he is desperately trying to turn to face the TV and will sit and watch a whole episode if I let him! So cute!

  3. October 25, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    My two younger children were fascinated by it too!I have no idea why, they would just stop in their tracks and watch.Hot coffee time, yay!! x #kcacols

  4. October 26, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    My son absolutely loved ITNG when he was little. He’s five now and will still happily sit and watch it! x #KCACOLS

  5. madelinelittlejohns
    October 27, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    Haha, I watched the gilmore girls loads when I was pregnant with my son, and when he was little, and I remember he used to come crawling into the room to look at the tv when he heard the theme tune to it. So funny! x #KCACOLS

    • mummymiller
      October 27, 2016 / 11:18 pm

      Haha brilliant! I love Gilmore girls and have been watching it a lot recently, I wonder whether this will happen with him!!

  6. October 28, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    They are so clever! My 9 month old knows the theme tune to Charlie and the numbers! Good old baby tv! #KCACOLS

  7. October 28, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    Personally despise In The Night Garden but our little one loved it for a while!! Glad it helps you get some downtime! #KCACOLS

    • mummymiller
      October 28, 2016 / 10:19 pm

      It’s the most ridiculous thing, but I’ve noticed they slip in some good educational bits! Although most kids to is madness really!

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