Your baby can read commercials

Becki - posted on 09/16/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




Has anyone seen the Your baby can read commercials? They look convincing and all, but when I go to the website that 14.99 trial turns into 200.00 for the whole collection. I was wondering if anyone has used it and does it really work?

If it does work I would like to get it for my 7 month old soon.


Mylene - posted on 01/15/2010




Looking at this thing, there is nothing there to teach baby to read. As others have posted, it is memorization, which in and of itself is not the reading we want to acheive. These products are solely for parents. They play on the fact that we want the best for our children and tell us that without these products, they will not acheive their milestones. It's total baloney! The best way to teach your kid to read is simply to read to them everything! A book, a sign, a commercial, a flyer, etc. It might not seem so, but kids will eventually put two and two together to make four.

Also, kids "read" a lot earlier than most people realize. Kids read symbols first. Those who have kids old enough know that they recognise the McDonald sign everytime they drive by. That is also reading! Let's not forget that what we traditionnaly see as reading is simply decoding symbols. All symbols that are recognized by a child is a form of reading and is a first step to traditionnal reading.

Julie - posted on 01/15/2010




I've seen them and I won't say it's impossible because my oldest started reading at 10 months. It was more memorizing books that had been read to her over and over again, but still that in itself is a feat. When she was 3 she would see Hooked On Phonics Commercials and kept asking for it because she wanted to read so my mother-in-law sent it for her and she was reading before she went to kindergarten. But besides that let babies be babies. My oldest is 20 and my youngest is 23 months. They grow up fast enough and learn how to do everything they need to when it's time. I wish I had enjoyed my oldest child's babyhood more rather than pushing her to reach the next milestone.

Jess - posted on 01/14/2010




I saw this being debated on a news program here in Australia and the message was as all these other mums have said.... its not reading !

I would spend that $200.00 on books and some alphabet cards. My mum use to work in childcare and used the alphabet cards constantly !!!

My daughter is only 5 months old but we go through the alphabet with her and she loves it !

Jodi - posted on 01/13/2010




I did mega research on this as I am a huge proponent to reading! Here's what I discovered. This program teaches your child to memorize words more or less. It does not teach your child how to put letters together to form words and words to form sentences and sentences to paragraphs etc. Personally, from what I took from my research, you'de be MUCH better off teaching your child their ABC's and reading to them for at least 15 minutes every day. If they don't learn HOW to make words or put letters together to make words they're not really reading in my opinion. It's like teaching them to run before they can crawl. Good luck on whatever you choose!

Stephanie - posted on 01/13/2010




We had bought the collection when my daughter was 6 months, she is now 15 mo. We have followed directions the program gave us and we have seen no improvement do to it. She loves looking at books and loves being read to. That has been the most beneficial to her as far as language development. If you decide to get this program do not solely rely on it to teach your child to read.


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Iysha - posted on 09/16/2009




I was reading Parents Magazine ,the October 2009 issue, and there was an article in it that basically said that those programs play on parents insecurities. In the magazine it goes into detail on how parents can get their children interested in reading. Getting babies and toddlers interested in reading is the key to literacy, not memorization at a young age. The magazine has tips for engaging babies to elementary school kids. It even explains that talking and reading to your baby sets a foundation for literacy. You should check it out.

My coworker also said that her friend got Baby Can Read and that her daughter will read off the words only in the video, not anywhere else...that doesn't sound too convincing to me.

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