Blogging LA Times: Baby Einstein: A Bright Idea?

Blogging LA Times: Baby Einstein: A Bright Idea?

Carrie McBride
Aug 8, 2007

E=huh? Doubts have been raised before about the efficacy of educational toys and videos, but a newly published study has found that programs like Baby Einstein and Brainy Baby may actually negatively impact your baby's vocabulary. "I would rather babies watch 'American Idol' than these videos," said the lead researcher of the University of Washington study.

Every hour a day a baby watched these videos decreased his or her vocabulary by 6-8 words, according to the study. The authors found that old fashioned activities like being read to or being told stories increased a baby's vocabulary. Similarly, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 2 years shouldn't watch any televison.

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What do you think? Does this make you think twice about educational videos?

(image via Inky Circus.)

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