(Closed) Baby Einstein videos

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

That’s what I’ve been reading too. At least for the first year or two, I’ll probably avoid videos. A few friends of mine, raised their kids on them, they seem ok..but they just hit grade school.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

They use the Baby Einstein videos at hospitals (such as University of Michigan…I know that one for sure, both of my parents work there) use them with a lot of success with both healthy and sick babies and toddlers. I know my friend didn’t use them (except the lullaby one) until 8-10 months

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

As others have posted, Baby Einstein videos aren’t going to turn your baby into a little Eintstein, from what I’ve read :p I’m an early childhood education student and I’ve never had one professor say that videos/tv of any type for children under 3 are good and it’s generally looked down upon. Many of the best daycares/preschools I’ve seen from site visits don’t even have a TV in the room.

That said, I’m not going to pretend to be all high and mighty; I will likely end up allowing any future children of MINE (not ones I take care of as part of my career) to watch tv. It’s very useful when you need a break or a quick minute to sanitize bottles or something or throw a load of laundry in. It’s also great for long plane rides or sick babies who are having a hard time being consoled. I just wouldn’t use them often if you can help it, and definitely not long periods of time. 30 minutes should be more than sufficient.

But, that’s my two cents and I try not to judge others who let their infants and toddlers watch too much tv. Afterall, my brother and I watched tons of PBS when we were little, and we turned out just fine!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I am a pediatric speech pathologist and specialize in language development. There is very little level 1, high quality research to back up the claims of either Baby Einstein or things like Your Baby Can Read (don’t want to get me started on that one!). The absolute best thing you an do for your peanut is to interact with them yourself. I’m not saying babies don’t enjoy the music etc on the BE DVDs, but from a developmental standpoint they’re unproven. There was another interesting article related to this in the NY Times today that you might want to check out: 

 

Sorry to be such a negative nancy, it’s just a hot-button issue for me, especially when I have parents come in and say “Yeah, I worked on his language with him, I put on the new Baby Einstein DVD every day” (not that you or most people would do that). Makes me crazy! Babies need people! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

@MightySapphire:  Quick answer.  NO ๐Ÿ™‚

Mighty Baby love love loves her momma.  I think part of it is the age our girls are at, but from the time I got home from work today I couldn’t put the baby down for a minute.  It’s great that they are so bonded to us, but man it’s exhausting!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We let Addie watch PBS sometimes.  She likes the Electric Company and Word Girl; at least, those are the only ones she actually watches for more than 10 seconds at a time.  I don’t think she’s “learning” anything from those shows, but she likes the colors/movement and she REALLY likes the rapping and beat boxing on The Electric Company.  She likes to sing along now.  ๐Ÿ™‚

@ MS and DG – Addie’s getting particularly mommy-oriented lately, but I just try to remind myself that there will come a day she will prefer her daddy (or the nanny) over me… and I will be super jealous.  Plus, as long as she needs my time so much, my husband has do everything else to take care of us (like cook dinner, do the dishes, etc…), so that’s a nice perk!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

We learned in Child Psych that they actually slow down development at a certain age. They’ve just now been able to study the score of kids who watched them once they get to 1st/2nd grade time, and their scores dropped below those of their peers. 

Interestingly, kids learn better from good old fashioned play than lessons or educational videos. One of the current theories is that overstimulation floods the brain too quickly. 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m not a big fan of those kind of videos, but I have a weakness for Classical Baby on DVD. It is so sweet and soothing, and it intorduced me and my husband to some classical composers that we weren’t familiar with. I registered for that one ๐Ÿ™‚

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