Post # 1
What do others feel about the Baby Einstein DVD’s? I first went into Mommyhood with the idea that my kids wouldn’t watch TV till much older. However, my DS is SOOOO fussy that a friend recommended getting a DVD, so I did.
Oh MY GOD, it was amazin. At first my DS wanted to sit on my lap and watch it but at least I was sitting and he wasn’t fussing, then I was able to sit him in his bouncer and watch it. He doesn’t normally last through the whole 28 mins but I can still get a good 15 mins out of him. I sometimes sit him in front of it 2 times a day ( depending if I need to get a lot done)
What do others think about babies watching the TV at this age?
Post # 3
I used to think that I would never condone tv watching, however, in order to pick up the house, take a shower, or make a phone call, I realized that it was worth it. I just searched for educational/stimulating things. It certainly made life a little easier.
Post # 4
My psychology classes have said they don’t *really* help babies learn, but when I was basically a nanny for my niece she watched them and the videos were kind of amazing (as in it held her attention). I’m not sure what I’ll do when I have kids of my own, but I do know moms need to get things done sometime!
Post # 5
I don’t want my baby to watch TV that young.
I work at a children’s hospital, our Cheif of Psychology has spoken out in numerous interviews against TV in general and the Baby Einstein videos. He says TV, even the “educational” videos, actually delay kids’ development, the exact opposite of what they market.
Post # 6
I agree with @abbyful: Baby Einstein, Sponge Bob, or infomercials, it won’t make a difference at that age. Your kid is entertained by the moving colors and pictures, but he will learn only through direct interaction with a real person.
Post # 7
I like the baby einstein DVDs, my 5 month old nephew responds very well to them. They are in a totally different league from cartoons like spongebob and they are very stimulating for babies. Everything is moderation though, you dont have to leave your baby in front of it for hours but it doesnt hurt to let them watch it every once in a while.
Post # 8
yeah my baby stares at basketball games, Good Morning America, HGTV, CNN… anything thats on. I don’t think the Baby Einstein videos are anything special.
Post # 9
“In the latest study on the effects of popular videos such as the “Baby Einstein” and “Brainy Baby” series, researchers find that these products may be doing more harm than good. And they may actually delay language development in toddlers.”
These products had the strongest detrimental effect on babies 8 to 16 months old, the age at which language skills are starting to form. “The more videos they watched, the fewer words they knew,” says Christakis. “These babies scored about 10% lower on language skills than infants who had not watched these videos.”
Post # 10
I think it’s easy to say “I won’t let my baby/kids watch tv” when you aren’t a parent yet. I also used to be one of those people now that my son is 3 YES he watches tv at times during the day so I can get things done and the kids I babysit also gasp watch tv at times during the day so I can prepare lunch, do the dishes, etc. It is not on very often but yes it is on. I also don’t think the educational videos really make any differnce when it comes to babies watching tv but it keeps them entertained and is worth using every so often so Mommy can get something done.
Post # 11
I let my kids watch TV in order to shower and get some house work done. They never sat and actually watched it. Now that they are older they love animal planet and how things work and etc… I think they learn some interesting things from those programs.
Post # 12
I have a bunch of baby einstein dvds (they were a gift) but my son hasn’t watched them yet. my son is 8 months old and honestly, despite all the recommendations i’ve heard to not allow children under 2 to watch tv, i don’t think there’s anything wrong with your child watching 10-15 mins here and there to keep them calm while you clean/take a shower/etc. at that age they’re really just paying attention to the movement and colors. i don’t think they will likely jumpstart their learning, but i don’t believe it will do much harm either. now, if you’re sitting your child in front of the tv for hours at a time, that’s a different story…
Post # 13
ps. plus, there of course needs to be a balance with actual parent/peer interaction. a few minutes of tv or a baby einstein dvd a day should be waaay outweighed by a day full of talking, singing, music, art projects, dancing, walks, people watching, playdates…you get my drift 🙂 as long as your not trading QT with your baby in for tv time, i would think it’s fine 🙂
Post # 14
I don’t think the Baby Einstein videos do anything in terms of a baby’s learning and development (no more than being entertained by the moving colors or ESPN, HGTV, etc would do). But I have no problem with parents using them or something similar every once and a while to get things done.
So long as the TV doesn’t take the place of the parent.
Post # 15
My 4 month old loves LOTR….lol. It doesn’t matter what you put on they like the movement. Heck my son’s favorite tv show is my screensaver. I think it gives a different kind of stimuli. I am not talking about a tv babysitter. But a little tv can’t hurt.
Post # 16
I’m a big believer in everything in moderation. I will probably have a TV in the playroom, but won’t sit my child in front of the TV for hours. If they watch a program a day and then everything else they do is interactive then I think they should be okay. When most of us were little, we had TV’s and turned out just fine. Also as I got older I was still only allowed a certain amount of time each day for video games and tv, the other times I was to be playing (especially outside) or reading. I have seen both extremes of one friend who won’t let her kids watch TV that when they do they lose their mind because it’s something that has been made so forbidden and then I also have another friend in the same circle who has sat her kid in front of the tv since he was an infant and now has learning problems. But I see the problems more as though since she sat him in front of the tv all day that there was no interaction and games, arts/crafts, etc.