Baby Einstein Not So Smart After All

8 Aug

From the DIS News:

Researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle say that baby DVDs and videos – such as “Baby Einstein” – are different from beneficial children’s programming because they have little dialogue, short scenes and disconnected pictures and show “linguistically indescribable images such as a lava lamp.”

The researchers found that for every hour per day spent watching baby DVDs and videos, infants understood an average of six to eight fewer words than babies who didn’t watch them. Their study was published Tuesday in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Want to help your baby’s language skills? Don’t put on a video, just have a nice little chat.

7 Responses to “Baby Einstein Not So Smart After All”

  1. biblioadonis aka George August 8, 2007 at 10:07 pm #

    Or…take them on multiple trips to you favorite Disney theme park!

  2. Grumpwurst (aka Ray) August 9, 2007 at 10:41 am #

    This is very interesting considering the push to have parents use these videos even before Disney owned them. Plus, I know my sister-in-law with a severely mentally handicapped son swore by these videos as improving his intellect. I’d feel awful if the day-long sessions he say in front of these videos actually made his development worse

  3. Kitty-chan August 9, 2007 at 8:45 pm #

    Ray, I think that would be sad too. But it might not be the case . . . some kids may well benefit from things that would be harmful to others. Think for example of a wheelchair. To a kid with a disability, it’s a godsend. But to put a kid in a wheelchair if they don’t need it would be detrimental. So it’s possible the videos are actually helpful to your sister-in-law’s child, and not complicating matters.

    (In other words, any study of course will be generalizing results across a group of subjects . . . hence, your mileage may vary.)

  4. sarah August 13, 2007 at 3:43 pm #

    Hello I would just like to say that you are totally wrong and certain DVDs are geared to certain age groups because of the baby Einstein videos my 2 year old can sign in SIGN LANGUAGE and understands what she is singing for, as well as the brainy baby videos she can speak several words and count in Spanish I totally disagree with your accusations of the baby Einstein DVDs not being beneficial you are so wrong they have taught my daughter things that I would not have been able to teach her myself and think that in this time every child should have several different ways and outlets to communicate
    being that it is such a multi cultural world. and the earlier you can teach them these things the better off our children will be. SO YOU JUST SUCK !!!!

  5. Kitty-chan August 14, 2007 at 9:29 am #

    Wow, sorry to hear this is so upsetting to you Sarah.

    (Just for the record, I didn’t actually perform either of the studies myself, just reported on them.)

  6. Mike January 23, 2009 at 4:40 am #

    Relax hoe he was just stating the facts of studies

  7. Jennifer January 23, 2009 at 11:05 am #

    Wow, Mike, that’s kinda harsh language….yeah, she was kinda worked up, but let’s not sink to her level of discourse, okay?

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