Curious about Baby Einstein and baby can read.....

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Cathralynn - posted on 08/19/2009

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I couldn't read the article the link couldn't be found but I have done a lot of research and decided no tv before two and we will reconsider then. It hurts babies developement. They learn to get info in short bursts and then when it comes time to break down info a different way they have troubles sorting it out. "educational" tv is no different for babies and does not help them learn any faster. I am a big fan of just getting down on their level and teaching them yourself, thru reading and just plain examples and talking. Babies are soaking it up right now, they don't need the added stimulus and confusion.

Stephanie - posted on 08/19/2009

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Quoting Malinda:

Here is a great recent article specific to Baby Einstein, but I think it applies to all "educational" videos:
http://www.time.com/time/health/article/...,8599,1650352,00.html


Thank you for that link.  I read a lot of interesting articles on TV and development.



Obviously TV can become a problem I believe if abused.  I think one of the most important part of the article was to concentrate on the interaction that you have with your child.  Make sure they are still learning through creative play and you are taking advantage of your cooing time with them.



I have been struggling with using the my baby can read videos as much as it says to use them.  Not only that I have two different family members that use TV to occupy their childrens day.  One even has a TV in their 3 yr old room and puts them to sleep by it.  I just dont want my little one to have the same learning problems that have come up for them.



I guess I will just find a good balance that works for me and maybe concentrate more on using the flash cards and watching the video together.  ;o)

Lydia - posted on 08/15/2009

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I use the baby einstien dvds when she gets grumbly in the evening but isnt quite ready to sleep. She loves them and I dont hate them so it works well for us.



I just happened to catch a documentary about tv and kids a couple of nights ago and the essential verdict is that these programs do not actually help a childs development - in fact it is the same as reguler tv in the fact that they become reliant on outside stimulus and do not develop their creative thinking. Despite claims it is still not recommended that children under 2yo spend much (if any) time infront of a screen. However these critics may not be full time parents of a grumpy baby and need a half hour break! :)

Tonya - posted on 08/15/2009

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Quoting Ashley:

Every child reacts to things differently...at first I LOVED Baby Einstein...my son started it at 3 mnths and he couldn't get enough.....but it got to the point where that was all he wanted to do...at 1 yrs old.. he had learned to work the DVD player himself just so he could watch his dvd's.......of course I should've realized that it was a problem and quit letting him do it so often...but I was a new very young mom and every one told me.. if it makes him happy let him do it. Now my son is almost 4 and would rather watch DVD's then go out side to play. I feel like I have failed him. I thought baby einstein was supposed to help them with developments but all it seemed to do was delay his speech.



Honey, don't feel like you have failed him.  at 4 he is still very young and can be retaught to play outside.  I have 4 children and my oldest (6) would rather sit inside and watch tv or play pc games. my 4 yr old wants to be outside digging in the dirt ALL day long.  Children are never too old or too young to be retaught and at 4 he is old enough to understand the word "no" and lets go play outside.  I let my oldest watch a lot of tv, things like Sesame Street and cartoons.  They learned a lot.  He learned numbers, letters, colors, etc through it but we have to make him go outside and play now.  the delayed speech can be fixed.  if he is going to preschool they will begin working with him there. if not when he starts kindergarten they will do speech therapy and things with him.  it may not be the movies and things that delayed it.  Some children have delayed speech and never watch tv shows etc.  be the best mom you know how to be and everything will turn out ok.  :) 

Ashley - posted on 08/14/2009

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Every child reacts to things differently...at first I LOVED Baby Einstein...my son started it at 3 mnths and he couldn't get enough.....but it got to the point where that was all he wanted to do...at 1 yrs old.. he had learned to work the DVD player himself just so he could watch his dvd's.......of course I should've realized that it was a problem and quit letting him do it so often...but I was a new very young mom and every one told me.. if it makes him happy let him do it. Now my son is almost 4 and would rather watch DVD's then go out side to play. I feel like I have failed him. I thought baby einstein was supposed to help them with developments but all it seemed to do was delay his speech.

Renee - posted on 08/14/2009

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I have the Your Baby can read program. All I will tell you is that it is a big commitment. If you are a working mom try and get your babysitter or daycare to go through the program while they are keeping the baby because there are several steps to go through. For example at one point my daughter was going through 2 dvds twice a day, note cards and the flip books as part of the program. I couldn't keep up on the pace that they want but I still do my best. I've been doing it since she was 10 months old -She knows a couple of words and she is 16 months old now. I feel that it is an ideal program for a stay at home mom because you would have more time to dedicate to it. Either way I think the program is worth it but a lot of work :-)

Angela - posted on 08/14/2009

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My baby (2 months) watches both Baby Can Read and Baby Einstein. They both grab her attention and she even smiles and talks to the tv. They're great! I recommend both!

Tonya - posted on 08/14/2009

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I haven't used the baby can read program but I do own a little Einstein cartoon from Disney. my kids love it. they love anything with music in it and my 2 yr old has loved Dora the Explorer from the time she could reach for things. it doesn't hurt to try new things and let your child experience a wide variety though because every child learns in a different way. best of luck!

Stephanie - posted on 08/14/2009

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I found the baby can read for 50 bucks on craigs list!! hope you can find a good deal because they are expensive!!
My daughter seems to love the songs as well. I decided that I am only going to do the video once a day b/c we are a little anti tv...but I think as long as it is educational a few mintues here and there cant hurt.
We have been reading her bed time books since about 3 months and she loves those so...I guess I will see. I like the baby can read better too. Much more realistic and I think it is more relateable for babies.

Traci - posted on 08/14/2009

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I am about to get the Your Baby Can Read program.. although pricey completely worth your childs future.. i have posted the same sort of question on here and got a lot of responses from moms who loved the program because it worked. I believe in the baby can read process and i believe that it will work. Good luck.

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I have one of the series of Baby Can Read and my daughter loved it. Neither of my girls ever liked the Baby Einstein (I didn't either). I and my daughters liked that real children are in the Baby Can Read videos and the music (although annoying) captivated them. That kept there attention more than Baby Einstein.

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