News Story: Babies and Educational DVD's

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.
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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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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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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.
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.
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.
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)...
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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i believe that no video can/should take the place of real-life, parent-to-baby teaching.
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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.
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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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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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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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.
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.
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I tell you, Marley reminds me so much of Kennedy!
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.
Originally Posted by deezee02

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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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.
Originally Posted by j'adore
I tell you, Marley reminds me so much of Kennedy!
Originally Posted by wavezncurlz
Yep!
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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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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!
Originally Posted by DarkAngel
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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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.
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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.

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