Baby Einstien Rules

23 Replies
Heather - November 16

So my daughter has been miserable all day she is starting to teeth, I popped in Baby mozart and proped her in front of the t.v in her swing and she loves it!!! She is quiet! Am I bad I just started the dvd over it plays for 30 min? I always said I wouldn't resort to her watching tv. but I think this dvd is awesome. Anyone else.


Shelly - November 16

Hmmm,I may have to buy that one.How old is your baby? Jesse is 15 weeks.


Amaya's mommy aka Stephanie - November 16

Amaya loves the Animusic dvd. It is a animated movie that has all the instruments playing music. I highly recommend it! we have the first dvd.


Steven's Mom - November 16

My son also has that DVD and he loves it. Under Water adventures by Baby Genius is pretty good too. Although sometimes I feel that he is getting addicted to the TV all ready he will just stare at and sometimes it's hard to get his attention so I decided today less TV time unless it's baby friendly.


jorden - November 16

my son loves baby einstein!!! i started him on it when he was like 3 weeks old...i couldnt help it...i had so much to do but ever since then, that is the only thing he will sit down and watch. He could watch it over and over again. He likes sesame street and barney but not like baby einstein...he's quiet through the whole thing...i have 5 different ones...its great!


d - November 17

My son only likes baby einstein. I showed him since he was three weeks old. It was just amazing to see him watch it that I had to video tape him. It really helped me to get things done in the house too the only thing is, by the end of the day I get a headache but he loves it. Whenever the puppets would come on he would smile.


maria - November 20

well, not to be the bearer of bad news, but i did buy the videos - they are cute and i do like them - but i read not too long ago about a study done on children saying that children under the age of 2 shouldn't be watching tv, videos, etc...i guess that is the time the brain is developing the most and the studies showed that children under 2 who watched tv had totally different brains than those who didn't. i mean, not like just smarter or dumber -but that it totally re-writes the brain. i'll have to see if i can find that study. with THAT in mind, then, i'm not letting sugarpie watch her videos till later.


maria - November 20

aha! here it is:


d - November 20

These Baby Einstein videos have cla__sical music along with educational observation ie. languages, colours, shapes, nursery songs. I thought cla__sical music is good for babies brain development and that they should sleep with it too. That's what I heard on the news. I tried to get ton the site your refering to but I can't get through.


maria - November 20

sorry, d, don't know why it won't work. here's the page: TV Linked to Attention Deficit by Jean Lotus A study from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that watching videos as a toddler may lead to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD, also called ADD in UK) in later life. TV watching "rewires" an infant’s brain, says Dr. Dimitri A. Christakis lead researcher and director of the Child Health Inst_tute at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle, Wash. The damage shows up at age 7 when children have difficulty paying attention in school. "In contrast to the way real life unfolds and is experienced by young children, the pace of TV is greatly sped up." says Christakis. His research appears in the April 2004 issue of Pediatrics. Quick scene shifts of video images become "normal," to a baby "when in fact, it’s decidedly not normal or natural." Christakis says. Exposing a baby’s developing brain to videos may overstimulate it, causing permanent changes in developing neural pathways. "Also in question is whether the insistent noise of television in the home may interfere with the development of ‘inner speech’ by which a child learns to think through problems and plans and restrain impulsive responding," wrote Jane Healy, psychologist and child brain expert in the magazine’s commentary. Babies brains grow rapidly Even a child playing with its own fingers has the neural patterning that comes from bending, flexing, stretching and grasping. Scientists tell us that the brain develops in completely unique ways between birth and three years. As a kiddie viddie baby sits "mesmerized", neural paths are not being created. This is crucial brain development that stops by age three. "You don’t want to think that something as innocent as half-an-hour’s peace and quiet could reduce your kid’s chances later in life," says Claire Eaton, 27-year-old mother from Lewisham, Australia. Setting up baby for failure in school Are parents who use infant videos such as "Baby Einstein" and "Teletubbies" putting their child at risk for a lifetime of Special Ed cla__ses, school "behavioral therapy" and Ritalin? In the study of more than 2,000 children, Christakis found that for every hour watched at age one and age three, the children had almost a ten percent higher chance of developing attention problems that could be diagnosed as ADHD by age 7. A toddler watching three hours of infant television daily had nearly a 30 percent higher chance of having attention problems in school. Infant videos: They wouldn’t sell them if they were dangerous --Would they? An explosion of kidvids for the bouncy chair set has hit the market. These include Baby Einstein, Baby Mozart, So Smart etc. TV shows, such as Teletubbies, aim at 18-month-old toddlers. These videos are peddled as "educational tools" to "give your baby a head start." The truth is, they are a video-tether that keeps baby out from underfoot. "Max is learning German right now from a video" Parents take away crucial life experiences from their child every time they pop in Baby Einstein. But they do love how it takes the baby out of their hair for awhile Listen to what parents say in testimonials about infant videos: "I love spending time with my boy but let's face it, there are times when you just have to have 10 minutes or so to yourself so that you can wash the dishes or do laundry; that's when you pop this video in. It's 25 minutes of entertainment that holds the attention of even very young children. ," (son 10 months) Chris Hudson from San Antonio, TX. There are times I rewind it and play it again and again until I get the dishes done and order restored. My son is captivated (and hopefully learning something). Mom I n Connecticut The only thing I wish is that the videos were longer than 30min. Melissa Perruzi, Clinton Mississippi (From Baby Eisntein reviews on Big problem for little people Twenty-six percent of US children younger than age two have TV in their bedrooms - often watched from the crib, and 36 percent of families leave the TV on almost all of the time, even when no one is watching, according to a 2000 Kaiser Family Foundation study. Don’t put your child at risk! The good news is, infants and toddlers don’t need television to distract them. Humans raised children for 50,000 years before television sets and you can do it too. Your children can learn to entertain themselves or play with your supervision. "When one-year olds are playing with a toy, they can explore it, poke at it, drop it," says Yale University Television Researcher Dorothy Singer. "They’re learning about space, about sound, and they’re developing sense of competence. Watching a TV show just doesn’t provide the same sensory experience." Leaving a child alone with the TV is never a good idea. "Would you entrust you toddler into the care of a baby sitter, even for a few minutes, who cannot hear or see your child?" writes Nancy Hall of Yale University’s Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy. "Would you leave your child in an environment that encourages pa__sivity, limits creativity and results in increased aggressive behavior? Many 1-year-olds are spending time regularly with just such a baby sitter: the television set." What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? ADHD affects 12 percent of US school children and has increased dramatically over the past 50 years. Studies show ADHD increased with the introduction of children’s television in the 1950s and then spiked higher in the mid 1980s when VCRs and home video became commonplace. Although the condition is known to be genetic, scientists have noted its rapid spread throughout every social cla__s of children, and guessed that there could be an environmental cause. TV watching is a cause, this study shows. How much TV should I let my baby watch? No child under age two should watch television at all, the Academy of American Pediatrics advised in 1998. Doctors blame TV for increasing aggression and obesity in children, now they add ADHD risk to early TV use.


Lesley - November 20

There is nothing wrong with letting your children watch TV. My son learnt his alphabet from watching Dora the Explora. He was 3 year old and could say it from A through to Z. He can add and subtract. He is brilliant with numbers.


d - November 21

Your children can learn to entertain themselves or play with your supervision. "When one-year olds are playing with a toy, they can explore it, poke at it, drop it," says Yale University Television Researcher Dorothy Singer. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------From my understanding, it sounds like parents are just providing television and the children are not playing. I allow my 8 month infant to play with his toys and have Baby Einstien as a backround music or to look at if he wants. He is squirming trying to crawl and exploring around when he is awake. I play with him but I also watch him from a distance while I do domestic chores which have to be done. I agree that children 1 years and up should not be watching T.V too much but interact with someone. They need social skills. A lot of older children don't play and just sit on the couch and become T.V couch potatoes. This is not helping them much with hands on experiences and social skills.


maria - November 21

i agree, d. my daughter does watch some tv with us when we sit down together to watch something in the evening. i think the point is that we don't just sit them down in front of it during the day and let them zone out. when i did play one of the baby einstein videos for my daughter, who was then 11 months, she literally zoned....thumb in mouth, eyes glazed over, and i could barely get her now we';ve put them away and till wait till she's older.


Rachael mommy2lucas - November 21

Tv in moderation is fine at any age, in my opinion. There are so many educational shows out there as well. My son likes to look at some tv shows from time to time. I do not consider it any different stimulation watching the colors and listening to the talking/music, than when you dangle a toy in front of them while playing with them. Lucas is 3 mos old and I know he will be very bright and just fine. I think sometimes people go from one extreme to another. For the most part, I am sure nobody here means tv is great for kids to be set in front of from dawn til dusk, just from time to time. There is a lot of overeacting going on here. Baby Einstein is very cool. Lucas does not pay much attention to it, but prefers sesame street nad Rugrats. He gets plenty of one on one interaction every single day all day long.


Simone - November 21

In my experience videos have been good. I don't like the baby einstien series so we haven't used them. I think they are overrated and provide little benefit. They fall into the catergory of junk TV for us. We have been successful with signing videos made for babies. The best ones look "low budget" for lack of a better description. There are no animations or rapid scene advancement. The use alot of toys that can be found at your local toy store so activities on screen can be recreated and reinforced in "real life". So far we have been successful. I know that she knows at least 20 signs, she doesn't do them perfectly but it's just like talking we don't do that perfectly at first either. The difference is, I believe, is that we don't use videos just to have a break, but we also do the things in the videos. They help me as much as they help her because I was totally clueless about "infant play" before having a baby. I will let you know if we need adderall when she is 7.


maria - November 21

you know, some of you people can be so rude! i only pointed out that i had read a study and "d" said she couldn't open it. so i copied and pasted it. it's not overreacting to post a study, and i'm not saying your kid will need adderall. give me a break!!! some of you make this site very unenjoyable.


Simone - November 21

The fact tha I even mentioned adderall just means that I read the study. You know the ending where it says signs of ADHD show up then. I wasn't trying to be rude.



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