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ANy of you parents let your kids watch baby einstein? My wife bought into the hype when we had our child and he has been watching a video since he was about 2 or three months old. I thought nothing of it. As he got older I noticed that the videos basically hypnotize him. he will watch it and wont even blink it seems. I pick him up to take him out of the room and his eyes are glued to the tv. eh wont even acknowledge my or his mothers presence when the video is playing. I dont think these videos are what they say they are. After looking up some studies on them, they arent. It improves babies none and in some studies fairing worse.

ANybody else find their children mesmerized by these videos when they r on? anyone else think thats a little weird?
 

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It's just more absentee parenting. Good in small doses, but people tend to over-do it. I've seen parents carry around a portable DVD player and put on something like that for their kid like no matter where they are.
 

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both my neices watch it. it's good in moderation. take advantage of it now befroe the kids get older. once they are older and can think for themselves they will not watch any wholesome family style tv.
 

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My daughter watched them as a baby, she is now in kindergarten and is one of the smartest kids in her class. Like others said its ok in moderation.
 

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i was with my ex this past weekend, and her kid ( not mine ) was watching this video, and she said the same thing happens to him, he literally gets sucked into these videos lol
 

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Our kids watch it sometimes. Though they mostly watch Mickey Mouse, Tigger & Pooh, and Caillou.
 

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This totally reminds me of an episode of Angel where when the parents left the room the demon-possessed characters would suck the little kids' souls out through the TV screen.
 

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My daughter watches no television. We feel that there is more developmental benefit from reading books or playing with toys.
 

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My daughter watches no television. We feel that there is more developmental benefit from reading books or playing with toys.
I hope you actively talk to her then. Once benefit of television at a young age (actively watching with the child), is the stimulation it provides to the development of the brain. This can be substituted with "conversations" with the parents and friends; but I've been told not to make baby sounds too much but talk to them like a regular person. Music helps too. And definitely books as you stated (along with visual images of course)

Its not proven yet, but many kids who had a lot of social interaction as infants end up being a lot smarter than average when they get older; no matter the intellect of the parents. Makes sense since the brain is growing on a whole order of magnitude faster at that age. I've read a few books that deal with a kid whose brain never stopped growing; its all fiction of course, but its pretty cool. :) Do a search on my handle ;)
 

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My boy is 13 months now and sometimes he watches that Einstein shit, but hes addicted to Barney instead.

People think too much into parenting. Just try to raise them the right way, teach them to stay out of trouble and put some fun fucking cartoons on for them once in a while, like Voltron, Duck Tales, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and let them develop naturally.
 

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I hope you actively talk to her then.
All that television offers is talk and IMO of questionable value. I think that young children need the full range of verbal, social, and emotional interaction (all without commercial interruption!) that they can only get from direct personal interaction with their parents and peers.

I don't mean to come off so righteous but there is no way that a child is getting more benefit from the television then from playing, reading books and interacting with their parents.

*All statements above are purely the opinion of Darksyne and are not intended to insult other parents*
 

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just thought it was weird that he zombies out when it came on.

i let him watch blues clues and tom and jerry. thats about the most tv he watches a day and its only 25 minutes.

i dont agree with no television, but i do agree that a little tv is ok. it gives the child something new and does stimulate the brain. however we spend more time playing the keyboard( at 8 months this kid has got skills lol), reading or playing with his toys. and baby talk never is spoken is our house. i communicate with him just like i would anyone else. large vocabulary words and all.

my child is very observant and picks up on things quickly. he just figured out today that the playstation controller controls whats on the screen. he cant really press the buttons but he moves that joystick back n forth lol
 

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it keeps their attention thats for sure. we have a couple of the baby einstein series and even as an infant (less then 3months) it would capture his attention and keep it.

We haven't watched them in quite some time but only cause we use a lot of different thing to stimulate learning. Just like anything else moderation is the key.

Our neighbor said its been know to cause siezers (sp?) in some children from all the different colors and flashing lights but I don't know how much if any truth there is to that since she's a whack job to begin with.
 

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I've notice that with my boys too. But they only have it on in the morning then they are watching movies all day. Normally in the background cuz they spend the time playing with their toys.

I used to watch porn when I was a toddler.... It had the same affect...
 

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Our neighbor said its been know to cause siezers (sp?) in some children from all the different colors and flashing lights but I don't know how much if any truth there is to that since she's a whack job to begin with.
i dont know about baby einstein but i know some video games color patterns can cause seizures. a little boy i use to babysit had seizures from games. so its possible
I've notice that with my boys too. But they only have it on in the morning then they are watching movies all day. Normally in the background cuz they spend the time playing with their toys.

I used to watch porn when I was a toddler.... It had the same affect...
porn as a toddler? whoa. that is something i wish i had not found out about so early (5th grade)
 

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Kept my daughter occupied to let me rest, wash dishes, clean the house, etc. It was worth it. Now she's five years old and nothing's wrong. Stop worrying and press play.
 

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I don't mean to come off so righteous but there is no way that a child is getting more benefit from the television then from playing, reading books and interacting with their parents.

*All statements above are purely the opinion of Darksyne and are not intended to insult other parents*
At the age of infancy, its all about just stimulation from what I hear. Language, no matter the content, as long as its regular speaking, helps develop the brain.

And yes those other activities work well too; but television (at an early age) does bring quite a bit of diversity that normal interaction between parents.
 
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