Baby Einstein - worth it or not?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Jared has been fond of the Baby Einstein videos lately. His favorite is the Numbers Nursery and he can now identify the numbers from 1 to 5. We let him watch one almost every morning believing that it would really help him expand his vocabulary. But after some research, I thought maybe we're wrong...

I've read from the internet that for every hour a day that babies 8 to 16 months old were shown such popular series as “Brainy Baby” or “Baby Einstein,” they knew six to eight fewer words than other children. Ok, I got worried about this but I don't exactly believe it.

Moreover, there was also a study which showed that educational movies influence negatively on the infants (8-16 months) language skills development and it influence neither positively nor negatively on children from 18 to 24 months.

Well, I knew way before that watching TV is not recommended for children under age 2 but I think it's unrealistic or just impossible to do since everyone at home watches TV. I think that what we should do is just guide and accompany our toddlers whenever they watch TV and also limit their viewing time.

So now I decided not to show these videos to Jared until he turns two. For me, reading and conversation are still the best language learning tools.


scrapgurl said...

Para sa akin Batibot parin the best! hehe.

Jenny said...

haha! fave ko rin yung batibot!

Lynnette said...

batang batibot din ako! :) Pong pagong was my fave! I remember, when I was 4, nasira ko yung TV namin kasi atat ako manood ng batibot, kasi ako lang nasa loob ng bahay, tapos di nakasaksak yung TV, sinaksak ko mag-isa, eh 110 V pala sya! ayun nasunog tuloy dahil sa Batibot!!! :)

Sinubukan ko kay Zach yang baby einstein, wa epek! Hindi kasi masyado mahilig sa tv yun eh, ang gusto lang nya panoodin eh commercials!!! Pag tapos na commercial, balik na naman sya sa ginagawa nya.

Jenny said...

hindi mahilig sa tv si zach? wow swerte mo gurl! si jared super hilig, binabawasan ko na nga tlg ung time nya sa pag watch ng tv..

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