FYI: My baby can read!!!!

Crystal - posted on 01/25/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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So I while back I was seeing posts about the My Baby Can Read program and a lot of the post were moms saying it’s a scam or a rip off, a tool moms use to baby sit their kids ECT…. My baby can read is not a scam!

My son is 9-1/2 mo and we have been using My Baby Can Read for about 7 months. I always thought it was a good system just because it was teaching my son it was fun to participate in the flashcards, reading, and watching the movie I RECOMMEND MY BABY CAN READ 200% . My son is sounding out the words And best of all we have confirmation he can read the other day I decided to lay out 3 words @ a time and asked him to show me that word he looked @ each word and consistently pick out and picked up the word I had asked for !!! Out 7 questions he got one word wrong Zebra he only got zebra wrong for days later he is no longer getting zebra wrong. The my baby can read program takes time and dedication on the parents part. It is so worth it im happy to realize it is never to early to start flash cards are to implement learning tools to a new born!! Regardless if u can afford this program are not at least start the flash cards as early as possible stimulation is key!! My baby can read is not a scam.

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Terri - posted on 01/25/2010

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I saw a program on the my baby can read tools and yes even though they work, it was documented that by the time they were in kindy or reception it doesnt actually make any difference. They just drop back to the same level as normal kids. And it was found that these kids also had higher anxiety levels.



Personally I would rather crawl across the floor or have a peekaboo game or tickle fight with my daughter than try and cram stuff in to her head. Babies should be allowed to be babies and find excitement in the little things in life. Give me a pot and spoon anyday over flashcards! :)

Crystal - posted on 01/30/2010

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The first three years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a baby's development!

It is our responsibility as parents to provide the stimulating experiences that foster optimal brain development. Infant’ stimulation is key to fully develop the neural connections and pathways that facilitate later learning. We also know there are many things parents can do to help children get off to a good start and establish “healthy patterns for life-long learning, cognitive and emotional development, like talking to the children beginning in infancy, reading to them from a very early age, and helping them play simple games. So I ask u how is implementing the “MY BABY CAN READ” any different then the above suggested stimulated activities that comes as natural mothering instincts! Because that’s all it is the only difference is that your interacting a little more with your child and that interaction is a little more structured. And that doesn’t mean your baby isn’t being a baby isn’t laughing having fun. An in regards to a child will have more fun banging a pot an pan doesn’t that revert back to societies impressions they put on children just like “blues and trucks and dirt’s for boys” and “boys don’t cry and have to stifle their emotions boy’s cant play with what society has deemed girl toy’s else they’ll be ridiculed. Just as newborn babies are born with a set of very useful instincts for surviving and orienting to their new environment their little individual personalities shortly start to shine so why not start giving them the tools to let them decide wut is fun for them. My son picks what toys he wants to play with along with his toy’s are his flashcards and books and shapes and colors. He decides when he wants to read when he wants to do the flash cards are if he wants to just be stimulated by looking through the window of the passing cars out side are looking up in to the leafs of the trees are just sitting their being amazed at his own little fingers rocking back and forth to the music. You should kno as a parent wut your child does and doesn’t like and that knowledge shouldn’t be made based on what works for you we as parents must step out of our own box’s to help our children become who they are meant to be even if it challenges your own views. You might think I’m way of topic but what we teach our children now matter

Research shows that, like protein, fat, and vitamins, interactions with other people and objects are vital nutrients for the growing and developing brain, and different experiences can cause the brain to develop in different ways. It is this "plasticity" of the brain, its ability to develop and change in response to the demands of the environment, that will enable baby to learn how to use computers as successfully as his ancestors learned how to hunt animals in the wild. The number and organization of connections in the brain influence everything from the ability to recognize letters of the alphabet to facility at managing complex social relationships. As he grows, Babies ability to understand language, solve problems, and get along with other people will be determined by his “early childhood environment.”

It is job as parents to recognize our children’s cues, that they are hungry for stimulation or have had enough. What one likes the other may not I just kno my baby is happy and gets the most cheezmo smiles when it comes to anything that has to do with learning regardless if Im in the room are peeking in with out his knowledge!!.



My mind is truly boggled on how implementing a learning tool can be put in the same logic of thinking that children are growing up to fast and getting faster and faster. I didn’t have a childhood believe me from experience this program is not depriving any baby of not having fun, just playin an being a baby. Growing up to fast is not caused by intellect; It’s caused by parent’s putting their burdens on their children and the lack of morels passed down and society new norms of sex & drugs and perverts taking innocents away. Parents to embarrassed are wanting to shield their children to wuts going on in the world so when they go out into it, they are unaware and taken advantage of!! It’s Not Learning programs!!!



And just because a parent is Doing this program are using flashcards does not mean were not playing peek-a-boo, are crawling on the ground having tickle attacks!! Come on now pp!!lol!!

Danielle - posted on 01/25/2010

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thats great fro your son....

but i personally wont go to that extreme as i think it is unnecessary..why does an 9mo need to read...why cant parents just let kids b kids,,,childhood has become shorter and shorter,,,kids are growing up to quickly because of the things they are exposed to...

However that is really great for ur son.

My daughter is 18 months old and knows a few letters and recognises her name and knows there is an a.b.y. and sounds them out,lol..its soo cute and i didnt push eher at all, or spend hrs "teaching "her...we just read a book or 3 every night and she has started asking what the letter is and i soun it out and then she points to the same letter again in a different sentence...she knows that t and h together sound like "th"..but i wont push her..if she wants to learn thats fine, but if nots thats ok 2..she can already count upto 8 so im pretty happy,lol.

Christabel - posted on 01/25/2010

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Why does a 9 month old baby need to learn how to read? They just left the womb 9 months ago.Its great that you're such dedicated Mums because when your child starts school you will make sure they get the message that education is really important and it is your attitude which will probably have the most influence on their success. However reading is a rote skill. Sure they get it- read the letters, make the sounds into words but in all likelihood they are still not going to be reading Tolstoy at four. Reading is nothing without comprehension and that requires experience. Enjoy your babies. Give them all that love and nurturing you have and start their lives whith a firm foundation of security and fun and stability and unconditional love. As they say "life is not a race, its a journey."

Kelsey - posted on 01/25/2010

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I was all for it till I was told that the teaching method used in "Your Baby Can Read" works, but has been shown to cause issues later on such as comprehension and even spelling. I beleive it. Im not too concerned about teaching my baby to read so quickly anyway, I find it silly. I would rather leave the teaching up to the proffessionals, and let her focus on baby things. Reading just isnt a natural thing for a baby to be learning. I think its not at all age appropriate, and not at all as beneficial as people think. Babies are learning too many other, more simple concepts at this age, and shouldnt be distracted from their basic learning with reading. Just because you dont see how toys and simple things are stimulating, doesnt mean it isnt, they are learning thigs as simple as what happens when things fall, what blue plastic tastes like, what mommys shirt smells like, what happens when you smile at someone, and that everyone sleeps. Why inturrupt that with reading nonsense? They may "enjoy" it and fell like its play, but that doesnt make it automatically ok to push it on them. Anyways, thats just my opinion, I dont blame people for wanting to make their kids smarter, but nomatter when you learn to read, its not going to make you actually smarter, especially when it has been said to make things worse in the end, why risk it?

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Shawnn - posted on 03/03/2011

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A question for you parents who swear by this system: If you are pushing your kids at this age, when are you going to let them be kids, learn in a sensory environment, and just plain PLAY?

Not bashing, just simply curious. My kids were NOT pushed to read, but both are consistantly reading at post college level in middle school and high school.

Alecia - posted on 03/03/2011

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i actually have this program, but dont use the videos any more. my daughter is 17 months and we r casually working on recognizing individual letters. i dont think my baby can read is necessarily a scam and it certianly doesnt ask u to put ur kid in front if a tv for hours. i think jennifer has a lil too strong of an opinion on infomercials. lol. but anyways, if u want to do it, then go ahead...im letting my daughter discover reading on her time, at her own terms that way she'll love it as much as me. i was one the best readers in my class and i learned at the same time as other kids, so i dnt feel the my baby can read program gives anyone a leg up.

Kim - posted on 03/03/2011

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IDK, I've found that kids start to view reading as a chore when they get flashcards and things like "Baby Can Read." Now I like this one show my friend gave me called "Can I Read to You." It shows older kids reading directly to the viewer. My dd loves it and wants to imitate the kids onscreen. It's fun and really sweet -- just these happy, real-life kids reading books. IMO, kids will be better readers if they love reading because it's fun.

Jennifer - posted on 01/30/2010

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MY BABY CAN READ IS A SCAM, ANY MOTHER WANTING TO GET THIS PROGRAM ITS REDICULOUS, THEY MAKE YOU PUT UR CHILD IN FRONT OF THE TV FOR HOURS AT A TIME WATCHING A DVD AND MEMORIZING THE SAME WORDS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. INSTEAD OF BUYING A FRIGGIN 200 DOLLAR PRODUCT MAKE UR SELF FLASH CARDS PRINT PICTURE AND PRESTO U GOT UR 10 DOLLAR MY BABY CAN READ PROGRAM SAVING U WUT 190 DOLLARS. TOO MUCH TV IS HORRIBLE FOR TV AND IT WILL PUT UR CHILD BACK AS WELL AS GIVE THEM DISORDERS SUCH AS ADD OR SOME OTHER KIND OF LEARNING DISORDER. WHY SPEND SOOOO MUCH MONEY ON SOMETHING THAT WILL HARM YOUR CHILD IN THE LONG RUN YES UR CHILD MIGHT BE ABLE TO READ THE SAME COMMON WORDS BUT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT THE LONG RUN, PROLLY NOT U PROLLY GOT SOAKED UP ON THE MY BABY CAN READ INFOMERCIALS AND WANTED IT BECAUSE IT SHOWED HIS GIRL READING WELL. ALL INFOMERICALS ARE SCAMS.

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Eh... I taught myself to read at 4. My mom never bothered to teach me cuz she didn't realize a child could learn it that young. She just read to me and I did the rest myself.



Same w/ my girls.... They were in preschool (youngest in their class at 3.5) and the oldest kid in the class (who had just turned 5) finally figured out that she could read, so my girls wanted to as well... and did. :)



Sure, an infant/toddler 'reading' is cute, but I see no logical sense in spending that kind of money on this program. Education is very important, but get some books from the library and read away. ;)

Terri - posted on 01/30/2010

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Thank you Jodi and Amber! Thats what I was saying! And you must have seen the same research as me because I remember now about the comprehension side of things.

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from the hubby: This is SO wrong it's not even funny. They do not teach it after it has closed. In fact, reading scores tend to go DOWN later in life with kids who learned before age 5 and they are highest for kids who learned at 6-7 (which, btw, was the age reading was taught before parents got caught up in believing their kids were the brightest and best if they could read earlier than their neighbor's kid).



Kids who are taught to read early do not comprehend what they read, and they struggle to learn to read. This is not enjoyable and does not benefit the child long-term. If you teach a child to read when they are fully ready (varies by child but usually about age 6, although we force kids these days to learn well before that), they will catch on quickly and love it.



Do the research. Anyone who thinks they are giving their child an advantage by doing this is NUTS. There are developmental stages infants and toddlers and young children should be going through and reading is not one of the ones a 2 year old needs to be successful in life.



UGH!!! Thank God the research is now starting to lead kindergartens AWAY from garbage like this and toward understanding that social skills, succeeding at projects they begin on their own IN NATURE are the things which benefit children long-term.

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i agree with the other moms why and why and whyyyy.... why would you want to start your child so early on reading(memorizing) its watt to early and it causes many problems later in life with their learning skills... im not a fan of making our kids grow up soo fast... 7 months is a baby and so is 9.5 too young too young... they should be playing with blocks and sand and getting into things and learning by experimenting on his or her own time..

Jodi - posted on 01/30/2010

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BTW, It would be great if you could break your posts into paragraphs because it was honestly a pain in the neck to read......

Jodi - posted on 01/30/2010

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Crystal, the point is that it is no different than other activities. So you are spending money on buying the My Baby Can Read program that is really of NO GREATER benefit to your child than other activities, that is all people are saying. If you want to purchase the flash cards and dvd, kudos to you. But you will not, as a result in the long term, have a more advanced child than someone who chooses not to. That's the point other people are making. If you are happy to spend the money and are happy with the program, then that's great.

Sheena - posted on 01/30/2010

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i just got the My Baby Can Read vidoes and have been using for two weeks now....we will see! Thanks for the review of the my baby can read program!

Jodi - posted on 01/25/2010

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Ok, now show him a book with words he doesn't recognise and tell me he has learned to "read". He is not reading, he is memorising. To be competent readers in the future, children need to understand phonics, and this system does not teach this method. Great, your 9 month old can read. But reading flashcards by memory is not reading, it is memorising.



I also agree with those asking why....

Ann - posted on 01/25/2010

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My son will be starting school in about a year and would love for him to get a head start. We are getting My Baby Can Read for his 3rd birthday. I think that's a little too young at 9 months. They are just learning how to walk, and feed themselves and start potty training. I can see learning numbers, shapes, and colors but actually reading, too young. But that's great.

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Dont you think its a bit much pressure to be putting on a baby they will spend the rest of their life learning let the baby be a baby. I believe it works I just dont see the need for it is it going to make baby super intelligent? More likely it will make baby fed up with learning stuff by the time they get to school.

Kerry - posted on 01/25/2010

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wow i have neva heard of such a thing my daughter is 2 and a half and i wish i had heard of it when she was younger

Kimberlee - posted on 01/25/2010

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oh yeah WE got that for our son too.He's four months.But he loves it.The video's,flashcards and books.he smiles huge and gets super excited anytime we do learning stuff.

Alecia - posted on 03/03/2011

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i actually have this program, but dont use the videos any more. my daughter is 17 months and we r casually working on recognizing individual letters. i dont think my baby can read is necessarily a scam and it certianly doesnt ask u to put ur kid in front if a tv for hours. i think jennifer has a lil too strong of an opinion on infomercials. lol. but anyways, if u want to do it, then go ahead...im letting my daughter discover reading on her time, at her own terms that way she'll love it as much as me. i was one the best readers in my class and i learned at the same time as other kids, so i dnt feel the my baby can read program gives anyone a leg up.

Jennifer - posted on 01/30/2010

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MY BABY CAN READ IS A SCAM, ANY MOTHER WANTING TO GET THIS PROGRAM ITS REDICULOUS, THEY MAKE YOU PUT UR CHILD IN FRONT OF THE TV FOR HOURS AT A TIME WATCHING A DVD AND MEMORIZING THE SAME WORDS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. INSTEAD OF BUYING A FRIGGIN 200 DOLLAR PRODUCT MAKE UR SELF FLASH CARDS PRINT PICTURE AND PRESTO U GOT UR 10 DOLLAR MY BABY CAN READ PROGRAM SAVING U WUT 190 DOLLARS. TOO MUCH TV IS HORRIBLE FOR TV AND IT WILL PUT UR CHILD BACK AS WELL AS GIVE THEM DISORDERS SUCH AS ADD OR SOME OTHER KIND OF LEARNING DISORDER. WHY SPEND SOOOO MUCH MONEY ON SOMETHING THAT WILL HARM YOUR CHILD IN THE LONG RUN YES UR CHILD MIGHT BE ABLE TO READ THE SAME COMMON WORDS BUT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT THE LONG RUN, PROLLY NOT U PROLLY GOT SOAKED UP ON THE MY BABY CAN READ INFOMERCIALS AND WANTED IT BECAUSE IT SHOWED HIS GIRL READING WELL. ALL INFOMERICALS ARE SCAMS.

Jodi - posted on 01/30/2010

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Crystal, the point is that it is no different than other activities. So you are spending money on buying the My Baby Can Read program that is really of NO GREATER benefit to your child than other activities, that is all people are saying. If you want to purchase the flash cards and dvd, kudos to you. But you will not, as a result in the long term, have a more advanced child than someone who chooses not to. That's the point other people are making. If you are happy to spend the money and are happy with the program, then that's great.

Sheena - posted on 01/30/2010

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i just got the My Baby Can Read vidoes and have been using for two weeks now....we will see! Thanks for the review of the my baby can read program!

Ann - posted on 01/25/2010

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My son will be starting school in about a year and would love for him to get a head start. We are getting My Baby Can Read for his 3rd birthday. I think that's a little too young at 9 months. They are just learning how to walk, and feed themselves and start potty training. I can see learning numbers, shapes, and colors but actually reading, too young. But that's great.

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