3 year old insisting on watching Baby Einstein

Sherrey - posted on 03/10/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Do you think it is o.k. to let a 3 1/2 year old watch Baby Einstein. My husband found out about a month ago that my mother-n-law was letting him watch it. I guess they still have a video I gave them years ago. Who knows how long he has been watching it. He told them to stop (I doubt they will listen!)Then a couple of weeks ago my son found the Baby Einstein DVD on our video rack and my husband let him watch one when I was at work. He's asking to watch one about every other day now. Considering he only gets 2 hours a day to watch TV I want it to be educational. He really enjoys them and counts aloud if they show numbers or a number of toys. He already knows these things though. Any advice is appreciated.

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Rebekah - posted on 03/10/2010

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My son just turned four and he will still on occasion request the baby einstein videos (they are still sitting on the shelf with all the others). He has told me that he loves the music--and dances around to it--and I know he thinks the puppets are a riot. Even though he's mastered the concepts long ago (shapes, numbers, colors, etc.), I think he just enjoys the other elements, the toys, and the familiarity of it--he knows them so well he can tell me what toy is coming up next. I think kids feel comforted by reviewing things they have already mastered. If he were watching them all the time and nothing else, I'd want him to be challenged more too. But doing it on occasion is no concern whatsoever! I'm happy he's enjoying the classical music. And it is soothing. For both of us! :)

Catherine - posted on 03/10/2010

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I dont think there is anything wrong with it. My daughter occasionally puts one on.. she is nearly 3 1/2. They find different things to learn from it. She knows her colours, identifys the animals, etc. and the music is stimulating. There isn't anything on there that isnt suitable for older children. If they still want to watch it i say let them..

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If you think its too baby-ish for him, then I'd just hide it. Buy something more age appropriate and tell him you don't know where Baby Einstein is, but you have this other thing he can watch. The Leap Frog Letter Factory video is pretty good for educational things. My daughter also likes the new math show on tv called Team UmiZoomi. It's on Nik or Nik jr. or one of those channels if you get them. If you find something he likes, maybe get a copy and give it to Grandma too.

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Rebecca - posted on 03/10/2010

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although my daughter mostly watches other things, sometimes she'll ask for baby einstein or something else that is really meant for younger kids.... i think she likes the simplicity of them and helps her relax. i don't think its an issue at all...

Alexandria - posted on 03/10/2010

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I dont really understand, why would he not be alloud to watch Baby Einstein?? If i remember baby einstein is meant to teach kids all kinds of different things and is specifically made for young children, so i would have no problem with that if my son wanted to wach it. Althou i am of the opinion if my son wants to watch it he can. I do not force my child to watch something that he doesnt want to and i encourage him to watch things that interest him. For instance my son is hugely into animals (just like his Mum) and his favorite station on TV is animal plannet, they have all kinds of great shows for kids. I would not worry about letting him watch it, if it is making him happy and giving you a little time to get something done, why not? Hope that helps a little!

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