Baby Einstein: Good or Bad?

Beth - posted on 06/29/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My baby girl (3 mo.) is fascinated by the TV... not surprising because there are always things moving and making sounds... Great but not great. I hate seeing kids who lose it when you turn off the TV or want to do something outside. SO, we bought her a few Baby Einstein videos. I like then but I'm still worried about her having a "TV addiction". I try to have to TV off as much as possible but you know men. Her Dad loves TV too so it's always on, even if we're not really paying any attention to it. Anyone else worried about infant TV overload?!

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I think it's fine in moderation. The music and the pictures/colours seem to be stimulating for them. I sit down with Caley and watch a video with her a couple of times a week. She's sometimes into them and sometimes not. The Baby Galileo and World Music are the ones she loves :) I wouldn't swear by them but I don't think they're extremely harmful in small doses either.

Krista - posted on 07/03/2009

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I know a lot of people swear by Baby Einstein and other DVDs like them, but I did some research on them before my son was born and found that they're not as beneficial for babies as parents like to think. TV is not recommended at all for children under 2 and has been linked to ADHD. You put the word "educational" in front of anything and parents jump all over it...but I really don't expect my 7 month old to be learning the alphabet right now, and when he is old enough, I'd rather take the time to teach him myself than to plop him in front of the TV. I wouldn't think anyone was a bad parent for allowing their kids to watch TV in moderation, but it's not something I want my baby to be doing at all.

Jaci - posted on 06/29/2009

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I feel the same way about tv watching, and I have the same concern for my 5 month old her. I feel way less guilty letting her watch the baby estein dvd's (since they're educational), and it seems to keep her happy. I've found that I've done a lot of things that I swore I'd never do (she's my 1st). Plus, one of my most intelligent friends (who doesn't watch much tv now) says that her mom used to plop her in front of the tv to watch cartoons for like 6 hrs a day, and she learned her abc's and her numbers before most of her peers (and she's now a doctor)! That made me feel a little better. :)

Marigold - posted on 10/17/2013

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The only real way to stimulate the neurons in an infant under 12 months old is direct contact with them. They learn from human interaction, and it starts building into being able to learn from a program like that, but baby Einstein will not in any way shape or form help in an infant's brain development. Eye contact, holding them, rocking them, smiling at them is how your infant will start brain development, and help them learn motor skills. You could plop your infant in front of spongebob and get the same effect as baby Einstein. After two years old? GO FOR IT! This is when your child can piece together things on the program, and can actually learn through it. Realistically we cannot speed the process of development we can only help it.

Amy - posted on 06/29/2009

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I don't typically "let" my daughter watch TV but I do love the Baby Einstein DVDs. She's 5.5 mos now and I've been showing them to her maybe once a week since she was 3 mos. She is absolutely captivated by them and to be honest, sometimes I really just need the 28 minutes of peace they always give me! I think they're educational; they are engaging the child. My daughter laughs, smiles, coos, and reaches her hands toward the TV. I don't think I'd let her sit in front of the TV daily, but I don't see a problem with letting her watch them once in a while.

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LARISSA - posted on 09/03/2012

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I HAVE READ A FEW POST ON DIFFERENT OPIONS I HAVE YET

TO GET THE EINSTEIN BOX SET BUT WILL AT SOME POINT I HAVE 4 MTH OLD.

I FEEL YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER YOU CAN OVER LOAD YOUR CHILD ON INFORMATION WERE IT CAN DO MORE HARM THEN GOOD.

THE CHILD WILL GROW AND LEARN AND ITS HOW YOU SET THE PACE. EVERY CHILD IS DIFFERENT, BUT WE ALL HAVE THE SAME THINKING. WE WANT THE SMARTEST BRIGHTEST CHILD AND WE CAN BUT IT TAKES A NUMBER OF FACTORES..

YOUR TIME WITH THE CHILD AND YOUR CHILD HAVING THE CHANCE TO LEARN WITH OTHER KIDS VIDEOS,TAPES, EXT ARE PART OF IT BUT THE TIME YOU SPEND EXPOSING YOUR KIDS TO LEARN WITH OTHER KIDS I FEEL MOST IMPORANT.

MOST KIDS WILL COPY AND MINMIC PUT YOUR CHILD IN THE RIGHT INVORMENT AND THEY WILL EXCELL EVEN FATSER. NEW MOM DO ACTIVITYS WITH YOUR CHILD KEEP.

DONT BE AFRAID TO TRY NEW THINGS.

Gillian - posted on 07/03/2009

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my son loved the tv at 3 months too /still does i bought him a baby einstein dvd boxset for christmas and he loved it from the first day and he still loves it now at nine months i would certainly recomend it

Trisha - posted on 07/02/2009

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my hubby loves tv too. but when my son was younger I always got him to do projects like when I am doing my house work I will see if he would color me a pic for the frig or some other art project or something like that. he watched tv in the morning like wiggles and what not. Now at the age of 7 he likes to play outside or color or play with his toys then watch tv and thats ok with me.

Lynlee - posted on 06/29/2009

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It's something that concerns me as well. We never let our son watch tv until he was about 2 years old. If my husband wanted to watch something, he taped it and watched it after our son went to bed or before work. But sooner or later it becomes impossible to stop children from watching tv, so our son watches about an hour of tv each day (he's 2.5 years old) which I still think is too much. I have heard a lot of research saying that babies and toddlers shouldnt watch more than half an hour of tv each day as it can make them more agressive and they are not learning through hands-on stuff like reading/playing. I have also found that if my son watches more than an hour of tv, he is less well-behaved and more hyped up. I tend to let him listen to children's cds, classical or ethnic music rather than tv. I have heard that those educational videos are not very effective at being educational compared to reading etc so havent bothered to buy them so far...

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Our son loves baby Einstein. He has been watching them since he was 3 months old. You could also try the cd's which are great if you are concerned about the t.v. I wouldn't worry though. Baby Einstein movies are kind of like mobiles on the crib but also have a learning feature to them. You could try the older ones like 6 months that name the animal in the videos.

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