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News Story: Babies and Educational DVD's

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A research team from the University of Washington surveyed 1,000 parents over the phone and asked them questions about their children's age and the amount of time their child spends watching various television programs, as well as infant DVDs and videos.

They gauged each child's vocabulary by determining how many words on a list of 90 the child knew or had used. The plot thickened when the researchers compared how often the children watch videos with the sophistication of the children's vocabulary.

For children between the ages of 8 and 16 months, they understood an average of six to eight fewer words for every hour per day watching the videos than infants who didn't watch them. Researchers found that the videos and DVDs have no effect, positive or negative, on the vocabularies of toddlers between the ages of 17 and 24 months.

According to Senay, it is important to note that this research is consistent with previous findings that suggest children should avoid watching television. Prolonged time in front of a TV for children under the age of 2 will not help them. In 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendeded that children under the age of 2 avoid television altogether.

Senay said, "The way that babies learn language is not passively, but actively. Sit and talk to the baby. Read a book to the baby."

The researchers who conducted the study agree that more research is necessary. The long-term effects of these videos and DVDs have yet to be determined.


I let Liam watch TV.. not alot of it but sometimes it just helps when you have to get things done!!   He plays great by himself and I read to him quite often  but now that he's getting a bit more mobile (crawls like a demon now)   putting him in the playpen or chair and Blues Clues/Jack's Big Music Show) or Sesame Street works wonders!!

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  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Posts: 2,671Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I think the confound in that study is that a lot of parents are letting the TV do the teaching and aren't interacting with their children otherwise. Of course those kids will have lesser vocabs.

    Xander has never liked watching TV. I have tried. Believe me, I have tried. I wanted him to self entertain so I could cook or whatnot. I even bought Monsters, Inc. after Meg and Spiderlashes said that it was magical. Not in my home. :( However, just two nights ago, we turned on Cars and he sat still for over an hour only moving to talk to the TV. I think I will start turning it on while I cook dinner or change clothes.
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  • M2LRM2LR Posts: 8,630Registered Users
    My kids watch maybe an hour of TV a day. In the AM when we are getting ready for work, my son likes Calliou, and Ben 10. My 18 month old really doesn't care right now, although will sit and watch Calliou or Sesame Street for a few minutes. She loves being read to, and would rather go and get a book and sit on your lap than watch TV.
    Plus, they both LOVE being outside right now, and going outside to play ALWAYS wins over TV.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    People actually put 8 month old babies in front of the TV? I don't think any of my kids watched TV before the age of around 5.
  • deezee02deezee02 Posts: 1,509Registered Users
    Steven has LOVED jacks big music show since he was about 6 months old. It is more for background music and something entertaining for him during the day as he plays by himself so i can get a shower, cook or clean. I am not a big TV watcher, so we throw it on for the noise and he really enjoys the sounds, music and colors

    He watches about 2-3 shows through out the day, they are abtou 20 mins each show.
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  • wavezncurlzwavezncurlz Posts: 1,814Registered Users
    Yeah, Kennedy found these boring.
    I wish I could say we never watched videos or TV but I can't. It was close to impossible.... and now with number 2 coming,I admit to putting her in front of her favorite show (barney) while I get my second wind.

    She did love any videos with sing a longs though (classic songs). And I have to say, she learned a ton of vocabulary from the songs early on and now speaks in full sentences at 22 months. I also always watched with her and play, discuss, as we watch together. It's not the video per se but the level of interaction you provide (DURING ANY ACTIVITY)...
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  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    Ben watches some TV now. Some days none, some days an hour or so. He likes Jack's Big Music Show, Thomas and Animal Planet. He did not watch any till he was two, though. No Baby Einstein for him.
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  • rainshowerrainshower Posts: 4,420Registered Users
    i believe that no video can/should take the place of real-life, parent-to-baby teaching.
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  • inheritedcurlsinheritedcurls Posts: 2,954Registered Users
    Chas gets maybe an hour a week???? T.V. watching occurs if I need to get a shower and DH isn't home to watch him. I will put him in his exersaucer and turn on a baby einstein. It entertains a little...he goes between either the exersaucer or einstein.

    Otherwise, the only T.V. he gets is when I'm eating dinner and he's cruising around the living room. For some reason the child stops and watches the t.v. for about 1 minute if it's on Wheel of Fortune otherwise he ignores it.
  • curlyninercurlyniner Posts: 130Registered Users
    Signing Time has been the hit of the century in our house. She does not want to watch anything else anymore, and hasn't for probably 5-6 months. She watches one episode a day, so that's a half-hour each day for a 2 1/2 year old.

    On the plus side, she can sign the entire alphabet (and spell her name when asked), sign 1-20, and does the signs for probably 200 nouns/simple adjectives/verbs. It comes in handy when I tell her that mommy needs some quiet time (she has to keep her mouth closed but can keep talking with her hands).
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  • Oregano  (formerly babywavy)Oregano (formerly babywavy) Posts: 5,297Registered Users
    My daughter watches a lot of t.v. We're a big t.v. family. I am especially. I always have it on. I spent so much time by myself as a kid that I always had the t.v. on b/c it made me feel like people were in the house. Now it's just habit.

    However, it's so normal to have it on in the house, nobody just plants themselves in front of it and stares at it all day long. We still do a lot of things. Bailey likes to play games on the computer, and we do a lot of reading and playing and stuff.

    I'm so tired of the "t.v. is bad" argument. Then people disagree w/ them playing video games or computer games.....if it's age appropriate, I don't see what the big deal is. If you think about it, in the future all learning and games will probably be electronic.
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  • j'adorej'adore Posts: 1,966Registered Users
    I agree it all depends on the interaction you have with the child. If that is sufficient, then education DVDs can be a great supplement. I am a single mommy, and hell yeah, those shows/DVDs are a lifesaver when I need a moment to get things done! I tape Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, Teletubbies, and Barney every day. She will watch a couple each day. And Marley's vocabulary is EXCELLENT. She is 2, and I am told she is progressing well ahead of her 4 year old classmate who is on his way to preschool! She can count, say all her ABC's and catches on so fast she makes my head spin.

    I say use all the resources available and expose your child to as much good stuff as you can. I would imagine "just" sticking your child in front of the TV won't do much.
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  • deezee02deezee02 Posts: 1,509Registered Users
    I totally agree, I think the parental involvment has to be there too. Being a stay a home mom, honestly steven gets sick of me sometimes. He has become quite an independent baby, and likes to figure out his toys and play by himself a lot, he gets anoyed when i try to play with him sometimes.

    We read every night and before each nap. We do therapy 3-4 times throughout the day. I like the noise it makes rather than a quite house while he is playing. I hate the agruments also. When i tell people he watched TV is get so much grief. He is a happy baby, and that is all i am concerned about at this point.
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    j'adore wrote:
    And Marley's vocabulary is EXCELLENT. She is 2, and I am told she is progressing well ahead of her 4 year old classmate who is on his way to preschool! She can count, say all her ABC's and catches on so fast she makes my head spin.

    I tell you, Marley reminds me so much of Kennedy! :)
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  • Oregano  (formerly babywavy)Oregano (formerly babywavy) Posts: 5,297Registered Users
    deezee02 wrote:
    I totally agree, I think the parental involvment has to be there too. Being a stay a home mom, honestly steven gets sick of me sometimes. He has become quite an independent baby, and likes to figure out his toys and play by himself a lot, he gets anoyed when i try to play with him sometimes.

    We read every night and before each nap. We do therapy 3-4 times throughout the day. I like the noise it makes rather than a quite house while he is playing. I hate the agruments also. When i tell people he watched TV is get so much grief. He is a happy baby, and that is all i am concerned about at this point.


    Right, and a lot of those kids shows are interactive, and if I'm watching it with her, we play along w/ the games and interact w/ it so she's not just vegging out. Although sometimes she gets tired, but not enough to need a nap, and she wants to chill out in front of the t.v. for a bit. Which I don't see as a problem either.
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  • j'adorej'adore Posts: 1,966Registered Users
    j'adore wrote:
    And Marley's vocabulary is EXCELLENT. She is 2, and I am told she is progressing well ahead of her 4 year old classmate who is on his way to preschool! She can count, say all her ABC's and catches on so fast she makes my head spin.

    I tell you, Marley reminds me so much of Kennedy! :)

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  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Posts: 2,671Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Thanks to this thread, I went home and pulled out the Baby Einstein DVDs that Xander ignored for the first 22 months of his life. He loved them!!! Yay!
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  • Oregano  (formerly babywavy)Oregano (formerly babywavy) Posts: 5,297Registered Users
    DarkAngel wrote:
    Thanks to this thread, I went home and pulled out the Baby Einstein DVDs that Xander ignored for the first 22 months of his life. He loved them!!! Yay!

    I know, Bailey still loves those. She also has some by Fisher Price called Baby's Day and Baby Moves which she still loves.
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  • j'adorej'adore Posts: 1,966Registered Users
    Kids love to copy other kids. Marley has been trying to count since she saw the little girl doing it on one of her DVDs. Elmo too. Kids will do anything Elmo tells them to do. :laughing9:
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  • CGNYCCGNYC Posts: 4,937Registered Users
    I count S's fingers and toes to distract her in the car or when changing diapers. She points at her fingers and toes and says random numbers...one two two two eight four NINE TEN. As long as you start with one two and end with nine ten, you're in the clear, apparently.
  • cymprenicympreni Posts: 9,609Registered Users
    babywavy wrote:
    My daughter watches a lot of t.v. We're a big t.v. family. I am especially. I always have it on. I spent so much time by myself as a kid that I always had the t.v. on b/c it made me feel like people were in the house. Now it's just habit.

    However, it's so normal to have it on in the house, nobody just plants themselves in front of it and stares at it all day long. We still do a lot of things. Bailey likes to play games on the computer, and we do a lot of reading and playing and stuff.

    I'm so tired of the "t.v. is bad" argument. Then people disagree w/ them playing video games or computer games.....if it's age appropriate, I don't see what the big deal is. If you think about it, in the future all learning and games will probably be electronic.

    I agree, I grew up the same. My oldest has autism and despite everything I did for him, he wouldn't talk, even with an entire year of intensive therapy he gained only 3 words. Then a little over a year ago, we moved in a hurry. For the first week of unpacking we put sesame street and various other preschool programs on, and all of a sudden a language explosion. 1 year ago, I was told my son was probably had severe mental retardation, mere months later later there was talks of him skipping a grade. Now his vocabulary is incalculable, he is reading, counting, and learning to write his name, and he's only 4.
  • wavezncurlzwavezncurlz Posts: 1,814Registered Users
    cympreni wrote:
    babywavy wrote:
    My daughter watches a lot of t.v. We're a big t.v. family. I am especially. I always have it on. I spent so much time by myself as a kid that I always had the t.v. on b/c it made me feel like people were in the house. Now it's just habit.

    However, it's so normal to have it on in the house, nobody just plants themselves in front of it and stares at it all day long. We still do a lot of things. Bailey likes to play games on the computer, and we do a lot of reading and playing and stuff.

    I'm so tired of the "t.v. is bad" argument. Then people disagree w/ them playing video games or computer games.....if it's age appropriate, I don't see what the big deal is. If you think about it, in the future all learning and games will probably be electronic.



    I agree, I grew up the same. My oldest has autism and despite everything I did for him, he wouldn't talk, even with an entire year of intensive therapy he gained only 3 words. Then a little over a year ago, we moved in a hurry. For the first week of unpacking we put sesame street and various other preschool programs on, and all of a sudden a language explosion. 1 year ago, I was told my son was probably had severe mental retardation, mere months later later there was talks of him skipping a grade. Now his vocabulary is incalculable, he is reading, counting, and learning to write his name, and he's only 4.

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  • internetchickinternetchick Posts: 6,191Registered Users
    cympreni wrote:
    babywavy wrote:
    My daughter watches a lot of t.v. We're a big t.v. family. I am especially. I always have it on. I spent so much time by myself as a kid that I always had the t.v. on b/c it made me feel like people were in the house. Now it's just habit.

    However, it's so normal to have it on in the house, nobody just plants themselves in front of it and stares at it all day long. We still do a lot of things. Bailey likes to play games on the computer, and we do a lot of reading and playing and stuff.

    I'm so tired of the "t.v. is bad" argument. Then people disagree w/ them playing video games or computer games.....if it's age appropriate, I don't see what the big deal is. If you think about it, in the future all learning and games will probably be electronic.

    I agree, I grew up the same. My oldest has autism and despite everything I did for him, he wouldn't talk, even with an entire year of intensive therapy he gained only 3 words. Then a little over a year ago, we moved in a hurry. For the first week of unpacking we put sesame street and various other preschool programs on, and all of a sudden a language explosion. 1 year ago, I was told my son was probably had severe mental retardation, mere months later later there was talks of him skipping a grade. Now his vocabulary is incalculable, he is reading, counting, and learning to write his name, and he's only 4.

    Wow, that is fantastic!! Clap.gif

    I think it's more about what the kids watch, parent involvement, etc. We don't have cable, so the children's programming my kids watch is PBS mostly. We do own movies, but they aren't watched daily. Some of them have a continuously play feature Crazy.gif We also do a lot of activities with our kids too. I gotta say though getting rid of cable was well worth it. They play outside a lot more and I don't constantly hear "Can I have! Can I have! Can I have!". I see so many kids now that are huge and they are always the kids that are rarely outside playing. Their TV time isn't monitored by their parents. It's sad.
  • mad scientistmad scientist Posts: 3,530Registered Users
    Karan has never watched tv (I never put it on for him, and now he's not interested), and he's a late talker. I actually figured kids learn vocabulary from watching tv like Sesame Street.

    I've never seen Baby Einstein. But it sounds like their advertising claims are pretty bogus.
  • fuzzbucketfuzzbucket Posts: 996Registered Users
    I gave my nephew a Baby Einstein DVD at 3 months on the advice of some parents/friends. He got hooked and now (at 2) watches A LOT of videos. He has a pretty big speech delay and I wonder if the TV time had anything to do with it? I know it may have happened anyway and that it is all how the parents use the TV time, but it makes me think.

    We are going to try our hardest not to let Harry watch anything until age 2. We aren't big TV people, though. More radio and computer than anything else. I wonder what too much NPR can do to a kid? Probably turn him into a Republican. :wink:
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  • Oregano  (formerly babywavy)Oregano (formerly babywavy) Posts: 5,297Registered Users
    fuzzbucket wrote:
    I gave my nephew a Baby Einstein DVD at 3 months on the advice of some parents/friends. He got hooked and now (at 2) watches A LOT of videos. He has a pretty big speech delay and I wonder if the TV time had anything to do with it? I know it may have happened anyway and that it is all how the parents use the TV time, but it makes me think.

    We are going to try our hardest not to let Harry watch anything until age 2. We aren't big TV people, though. More radio and computer than anything else. I wonder what too much NPR can do to a kid? Probably turn him into a Republican. :wink:

    To me that would be worse!! I could handle a speech delay!!
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  • curlyninercurlyniner Posts: 130Registered Users
    babywavy wrote:
    fuzzbucket wrote:
    I wonder what too much NPR can do to a kid? Probably turn him into a Republican. :wink:

    To me that would be worse!! I could handle a speech delay!!

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