My Baby CAN Read @ 9mo 3wks old

Colleen - posted on 04/27/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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I bought the "Your Baby Can Read" program when I was 7 months pregnant (I know I know) and had my daughter watching it at 3 months old. She is now 9 months 3 weeks old and she can point to the correct word 10 out of 10 times. Any one else have any success stories with the program.

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Hazel - posted on 04/27/2010

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Oh Dear.



I understand you are an enthusiastic first-time mother, but this kind of hot-housing is not good for a child. Research suggests that plopping children in front of a screen is not the best thing you can do for them. (I don't know how to insert links, but you can do an academic Google search yourself if you're interested.)



Research carried out by researchers at the Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School and published last year indicated that 'screen time does not help babies younger than two learn'.



Still, no matter what anyone else says, you're going to believe that your child is really, actually, reading. If I were you, I would ask *why* that is so important? Why are you already putting pressure on your child to achieve so far beyond what is developmentally appropriate for her age? Why are you putting that pressure on yourself? What messages are you sending to your baby? Why can't you just let her be a baby? She can't actually speak yet - where did the need to have her read come from?



I applaud your interest in your child and your desire to stimulate her and bring her on - but would it be so terrible if you relaxed and allowed yourselves to enjoy her babyhood?

Charlie - posted on 04/27/2010

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You know that program is a disaster for children who enter into school and haven't actually learnt any thing but memory recognition , it makes it incredibly difficult for teachers when the children do not understand phonics , we as teachers end up having to re-teach them how to read properly .

Not trying to be rude just a heads up to let you know from a teachers perspective , although it is very impressive i must say she has memorized those words :)

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Teaching your children should not be an 'age competition'

My girls learned to read on their own at 3.5. They are still very smart, but at just about to enter 4th grade... they have no real academic advantage to a kid who learned to read at 5 or 6... It's their love of learning and determination to do well that makes the difference in their education. Not what age they learned to memorize things.

Jodi - posted on 04/29/2010

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I just don't get it. It's almost like there is some competition that your babies can read. What's the hurry? They will learn eventually anyway. Learning younger doesn't make them smarter. And the term "extra-curricular" in the life of a child that age just doesn't work for me. But that's just me.

Michelle - posted on 07/13/2010

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We teach our children from the day they are born - how to eat, sleep, toilet train, talk, walk, feed themselves, manners, social skills, etc etc so what is the big problem about teaching them to read as well. I don't agree with parents that force things like that on to their children but, if a child enjoys reading they are obviously getting fun out of it so what is the problem? Why not encourage it. Not only does reading help with almost all subjects when they get to school, what wonderful imagination it encourages in your children. My daughters will act out a book when playing in the garden, using the climbing frame as a castle, using the swings as wings, etc. If you child wants to read, whatever age they are, then let them. It IS fun!



Oh and on another note, when children first start school they first memorise pictures and words before they can spell and write them - certainly my daughters school does anyway, but then they start full time school here at 3/4 years old.



I wish all these people would stop being so negative about a young child reading - there's nothing negative about it. It's not wrong and it DOESN'T do them any harm. There's still plenty of time in the day for other activities.

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Colleen - posted on 09/25/2011

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*UPDATE* Abby is 2 years and 2 months old now and STILL LOVES her "Baby movie" as she calls it. She is VERY advanced in her talking, comprehension, hand eye cordination. She knows her shapes, colors, counts to 16, sings the alphabet and reads herself to sleep every night.
She is AMAZING and Your Baby Can Read helped make her make her amazing.
For the parents caught up in the cost it is VERY reasonable when you break it down. You are getting 4 DVDs, 4 Decks of flash cards, 4 books. Doing the math thats $16 a piece... How much did you pay for "The Little Mermaid" or "Cars" How much did you spend on "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" or the "Dr. Seuss" collection.
You just have to put things into perspective.
Some people would rather spend their money on vactaions, toys or whatever. My husband and I choose to focus our finances investing in our childrens future.
Many people voiced concerns about Abby not fitting in with other kids cause she could read and they couldn't. NOT an issue. She started preschool and gets along with all of the kids REALLY well.
I again couldn't not stress enough the benifits of this program. it is worth EVERY PENNY!! (save $7 a day for ONE month and you will be able to buy it)

Andrea - posted on 07/13/2010

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I don't have a problem with someone buy the program and using it, I not disagreeing that there learning something I'm sure the are. We as parents want are kids to be a smart and take of vantage of ever situation and learn something from it. I do be leave they are learning with this program but not to read. At months, 9 months 12 months, 18 months your child isn't reading they are memorizing and recongizing. To be able to read you have to know your ABC and know what every letter is. You have to know what sound every letter make. They have to be able to put those sounds together. When my son was 3 I read him a book every day for weeks, he was then able to read me the book word for word, not because he learned to read but because he memorized the book.

Jennifer - posted on 07/13/2010

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I did not pay over $50 for ours. What things do you buy for yourself for that much? I bet one trip out to eat could cost that much. So why not invest that in my kids?

Ivy - posted on 07/13/2010

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My daughter watches the program as well. If you read to your child, say the words and actively help her learn other than what is on the cards, books and dvds from the program then you are doing great.



My daughter is far more advance than all of the child I know her age. I am sure that you are not pressuring your child to learn how to read like I am not. She enjoys the videos and even makes the sounds like the babies do in the beginning. It helps reinforce the words we have been teaching and visa verse. My daughter points to items and I will say the name. The objects she knows, the words she says and action has been from a combination of things I have been doing to help her.



It would take me awhile to list all the things she can say and understand at 16 months old. Her newest word today was inside. I asked her where she was going with something and she told me inside. That isn't on any of the dvds or other material from the program, it is something that I say when we go inside. I try to tell my daughter everything that I am doing in addition to reading to her, watching the dvds, saying the words with her, etc.



My husband and I both decided that this program was worth getting. She started on the program at almost 12 months old. She didn't hold still very long so I would put her in her jumperoo so she could still jump and play with toys but was able get a good view of the words on the tv and look at me saying them too.



Don't be discouraged by some of the posters as it does work. The "Your Baby Can Read" doesn't promote leaving your child in front of the tv and only allowing them to learn from that.



Anyways, I am giving my daughter a head start. I am happy she won't have the same difficulty learning in school as she will already be ahead.



Keep up the good work, I know I will with my daughter. One more quick thing.



When we were on holiday, I took her dvds with us. The villa we stayed at had a dvd player accessible for my daughter so we had to keep an even closer eye on her. I was doing something when my husband called me in. Our daughter had turned on the dvd player, took out the dvd that was in it, open her dvd, put her "your baby can read" dvd in, put the other dvd in the box, closed it and closed the dvd player and wait for the screen to load. When I got in there, it was ready to play. Let me say, we were both stunned. She has probably been wanting to do this for awhile, but we always kept her away from our dvd player at home as there are glass doors to the cabinet that we didn't want her to get hurt on.



Now you can't say to me that she doesn't want to watch it, she doesn't enjoy watching it and she doesn't learn from it.



(I'm American, but I live in England. It would be nice if they made an English version, but I already teach my daughter the American way and the English way.)

Kelina - posted on 07/13/2010

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My son is 17 months old and I didn't even know there was that kind of thing out there! We read my son a story every night before bed and now he will go pick out his favorites espeicially when daddy gets to read to him(believe me that story sounds a lot funnier when daddy reads it!) He can point to parts of our faces and knows where his bum is, and I've never used any kind of videos or flashcards. I think it's great your daughter loves that part of her day, and it's probably a great interaction for you guys, it's simply not something I would bother spending money on. My son will learn when he's ready for it, and i'd personally rahter spend the money on things like vacations for my family. But that's only my opinion.

Rogina - posted on 07/13/2010

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Umm I am teaching my 7 month old to hit blocks together to make a sound.He loves it. I don't see any need to teach him how to "read". I don't want him to look at a picture of a red truck and not know what it is, but know the word if he sees it. That is just recognition.I want him to look at the truck and understand that it is red,or it has wheels, or it goes vroom vroom. But these are all things that will take time. The term baby steps is out there for a reason.

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I think my biggest problem w/ this program is that they want to charge you $200 for something that you can teach your child for FREE! Maybe not at 9 months, but as I said earlier... my girls learned to read at 3.5 and it didn't cost us anything. WHY spend THAT kind of money to teach a BABY to read?! It is a money making gimmick! They are suckering people into thinking they NEED to spend that much money on a program to teach an infant/toddler something that they will learn for free when THEY are ready.

If they are having trouble learning to read when they 'should' be able to... yes, shell out whatever it takes to help your child. But on a child so young that they have no NEED to read? I will never understand that.

S. - posted on 07/13/2010

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first i just want to say wow well done. i dont really know much about this as it has only just come out over in enland i'm not sure i would bother with it my self as i don't really see the point in baby's reading but good on you for spending the time to help teach her to read i think it's fab :)

Jennifer - posted on 07/13/2010

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I have not really done formal training. Yes, my daughter now does workbooks, but I have a degree to teach so I am always at the educational or teacher stores and she picks what she wants I just pick the appropriate level for her. We do go to the library and the park to learn about nature and art shows to lean about art and let her play on the computer. They are all things she is interested in at one time or another. As a parent you have to put them in or show them new things or their world will be small and contained to only what they know which is very small for them now. I am sure if you look at the toys or games that you have bought for your young children they have some type of skill for them to learn (ex. Colors, numbers, shapes) this is not formal training but allows them to learn as they play. So having a degree in education do I lean more toward buying educational games and toys yes of course but we also have fun with learning which is really in my opinion what makes a great teacher to be able to make learning fun for their students so they forget they are learning.

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Let babies be babies and don't try to rush them! I am trying not to be judgemental here, but IN MY OPINION it is harmful to babies to be hot0housed. Why on earth would you want them to be "reading" or whatever you call it?
Have fun, play silly games, make stuff out of newspapers, take your child to the library for storytime..
Jennifer, the point about babies and young children learning is that they will do it by themselves - it's part of their development. Formal teaching is unnecessary at this age, they learn through interacting with you and nature and the environment they live in.

Nikki - posted on 07/12/2010

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Your baby can read teaches your child to memorize NOT to read, they are two completely different things

On another note, why rush things, why not let your baby be a baby, in a flash they will be all grown up, let them enjoy being young and let them have fun.

Jennifer - posted on 07/12/2010

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We have it too and love it! My kids don’t watch it as suggested they get distracted and don’t care, but my 1 year old son has learned a lot of words and talks really well because of it. I like to incorporate learning with play and do what they are interested in and my 4-year-old daughter does work books for 1st grade. I think your child is never too young to teach them anything!

Dominique - posted on 07/12/2010

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Yup that my baby can read works wonders. My daughter watches it and so does my 2 year old brother. I like it it works for us!

Michelle - posted on 07/12/2010

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I think it's absolutely wonderful that your daughter has memorised so much at such a young age and, personally, I think you should continue to encourage her as she obviously is capable. My daughter was pretty much the same with books and memorising pictures and words certainly didn't hinder her school work. At 7 years old she is now over a year ahead in her school work and spends half her time with her head either buried in a book or writing.



I didn't push my daughter into learning anything. She showed interest at a very young age so I encouraged it. She was a member of our local library at 6 months old. She had tons of toys to play with but always preferred to look through books. It's just the way she is and she still loves it now. In fact, she could spend all day every day in the library if I let her.



She also asks questions about loads of different things and has me looking up certain subjects on the internet - her quest for knowledge is really unbelievable - AND IT'S ALL HER CHOICE!!! It didn't stop her from learning the things babys should - ie toilet training, feeding herself, etc and she still spend time playing. In fact, both my daughters will run around the garden pretending to be characters from the books they read!



My youngest daughter is different. She enjoys books, but not as much and prefers to play with toys or draw/paint/colour. I therefore let her do that, as that's her choice. She's 5 years old now.



The main thing is, both my daughters are happy and healthy. We spend a lot of time together and we have fun.



So, personally, if I was you I would continue to encourage your daughter to learn, so long as she holds an interest and enjoys doing so. It's not going to do anything other than give her a headstart in life.

Daphney - posted on 07/12/2010

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Congrats Colleen and the other mommies with sucessful stories. Mazi my daughter says please, thanks, No, daddy, mommy, love you, in Tsonga (one of the south african languages) at the correct moments and say hello on the phone, when I ask what have you been doin since she stays with my mom :( she starts acting, singing and pointing- in mandarin of corse lol, then says love u mama, tata. all this at 13 months. I am so proud. mom only reads books to her and sings with her and to her. because like some of our mommies here she dislike dvds etc

Andrea - posted on 07/12/2010

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Umm ok ! My 10 month old won't sit still for more than 3 second If showed her a flash card she want to eat it. I turned on a video she look at like so what. Yes I'm sure if I show them a word, I clap,and say clap after a while they figure out all those things go together. So every time they see the word clap they clap doesn't mean they read it. If I show them the word clap and they point to it, it is not reading it is memorizing. If I put my arms up my daughter would do the same, if I showed her the phrase arms up every time we did this she would at some point be able to do it just seeing the words because she recongized it from when I showed it to her while putting my arms up. This not reading!



There is no scientific evidence that baby can read. In general studies of neurological development and education show that forcing kids to learn some task before their brains are naturally ready does not have any advantage. You cannot force the brain to develop quicker or better. In fact, it seems that children need only a minimally stimulating environment for their brain development program to unfold as it is destined to.



I would love to hear from some parent that have use this and there kids are know in school. Even better I like to see something on someone that used this program at 9 months, then something on starting this program on a 4 year (the recommend age a child should start learning to read), then end result being how well each preformed once they both are in school. In theory if this programmed worked you think child that started at 9 months would be far more advanced than the 4 year old.

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Hi Colleen, I know you wrote this post some time ago but I wanted to firstly congratulate you on doing so well with your baby girl and to also add our success story.

We too used the videos and spent time with our baby boy in reading, in addition to all the so called normal learning. He could also read around 9 months old before he could talk by pointing to something when he read it. Now he is nearly 16 months old and can read over 100 words and has started to sound words out that he doesn't know.

I totally agree that it isn't pushing it's just that we've had the time to teach him many different things including reading. It's great for when we're out and about as he recognises words like 'stop' and what they mean, so will do them.

Our baby is on the ball ALL the time and always wanting to learn. I really don't see that by holding back information and not teaching or reading to my baby until they are considered the 'right' age would be doing any good.

And as for when school comes, well I will deal with that then and if by some amazing feat he is well advanced and gets bored then I will look for other schooling options to keep him interested and happy.

Well done again Colleen, would love to hear how your daughter is doing now.

Rebecca - posted on 04/29/2010

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Don't be discouraged by some of the other comments. My son started 1 1/2 months ago. He is 14 months old and doing really well learning body parts and animals. He also knows the words MOUTH and TOES even though he can't say the words yet.

you know how the vids work and it works from what i see to be the same as reading to them every day!

To all those mothers who say it is bad for them perhaps you should stop reading to your children. The vids teach phonics, comprehension as well as nursery rhymes that the children love. It's nonsense that children can't de-code written words until they are school age. Do your research first before putting other mothers down for doing things that will help their children learn new things.

She asked for success stories not opinions so unless you have a success story stay away from this thread!!

Colleen - posted on 04/28/2010

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The "Your Baby Can Read" Is not just "ploping" your kid in front of the TV and expecting them to become Einstein. Actually most of the program is books flashcards and games you play and interact with your child. This program takes up about 1 hr of her day that includes watching the video of the day and reading the book and playing with the flash cards. I am in NO way forcing anything on my daughter, she LOVES it and when I tell you she loves it I mean she LOVES!! it. She smiles and dances throughout the videos and she smiles and squeels while we go through her flash cards. and though some of it may be memorization not all of it is. I placed 3 words at a time in front of my daughter that she had never seen before and are not in the program and she consistantly pointed to the correct words when asked. As for developmentaly that is what extra curricular activities, sports and other peer interaction is for.
Getting this program does not give you the green light to be a lazy parent it is just another tool to better my childs future. And I too take my daughter to the Zoo and talk to her about all the animals and at the grocery store I talk to her about colors and counting and the names of the things I am buying.
My point is... It's a great program. It by far is no substitute for Mommy teaching ABC's and 123's, or reading to baby and all the other things good Mom's do.
If you are interested in the program they are on Ebay for less then $200

Amber - posted on 04/28/2010

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I think it's really fantastic that your daughter can read before she turns 1, but is she potty trained? I personally think that children will learn when the time is right, assuming that the parent and teacher are working together. My son will watch educational television all day long and get the colors, shapes, and sizes correct.

I would probably let the teacher introduce them to new things and I would re-interate what the teacher taught. I think children should learn their body parts, phonics, how to spell their name, their parents' names, etc. before they actually start reading. I applaud you on buying the product and knowing that it works for your child.

Ashleigh - posted on 04/28/2010

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I personally have never put my daughter infront of the TV to learn anything or used that programe but have seen it advertised but didnt really think it was the best thing for my daughter. Instead I just spend alot of time with her, taking her out to different places, showing her different things, just stimulating her mind eg. on not what a picture of a bird looks like but what it looks like in flight, how it sounds, how it acts in its natural enviroment. Thats when a childs mind really starts working and the questions start coming! My daughter has always been quite bright since a very young age. Before the age of two she could read short sentences from her books and all the book titles by memory, recite every letter from A to Z of her ABC's. point to the exact location of up to 12 countries on a world map and even tell me the capital city of that country! At 2 yrs she could count to ten in Italian (just for fun) 2 yrs 2 months - count to twenty and recite all the days of the week, name the correct names of some stars in the night sky and so much more! The thing is I would only tell her something a couple of times and she would just pick it up! She can write her own name now and a few other words and her drawings are unbelievable!! Her drawing ability has shocked most people who have seen them! I dont put her in daycare centres or creche. I do take her to play groups and gym that have other kids there around her age group and I always go with her. I spend so much time with her at home and out and about learning new and exciting things, she just loves it! She a real "social butterfly" (her nickname at play group by her teachers) and such a kind and caring little girl. I am very proud of her ;)

Colleen - posted on 04/27/2010

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She has memorized 30 words... Not bad for a 9 month old. I also work with her on phonics and she knows her letters and what letter makes the B D G K M O P R S T sounds. We are working on colors and numbers now. We start every day by watching those videos and she LOVES them they even sing her favorite songs. She also loves doing the flashcards the smiles the whole time and claps and giggles when she is right... IT'S THE BEST!!

Melanie - posted on 04/27/2010

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Really? lol that's awesome! I don't know how you did it but I don't think I could get my daughter to sit still long enough to watch videos! Keep up the good work momma!

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