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post #21 of 47
i don't like the original "baby einstein" either. it pisses me off that the dialogue does NOT relate in any way to the visuals. how the hell am i supposed to follow along, and how is the kid supposed to integrate the words they hear in a foreign language when the picture is totally unrelated?
try the one of the animals videos. or, there's a video by baby genius (i think) that takes you on a tour of the san diego zoo. that might be a big hit.
post #22 of 47
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Originally posted by Elphaba
baby newton makes her cry, so we threw his ass out.


We have a few - Aaron does enjoy them, but I tend to sit with him and watch. My favorite is the Baby Neptune - I love water animals!

Edited to agree with the post below!
post #23 of 47
i think the one you like is baby neptune. baby newton is the weird CGI one about shapes. baby neptune is the water one.
post #24 of 47
I would not have bought these for my ds but were given them as a gift from my best friend. I put putting them on for a while, then dh put one in when my ds was just having a real hard time and he was home with ds by himself. I must admit to loving them for me. I really like the Baby Doolittle I love putting that one on and cleaning the living room with the big dolphin jumping out of the water and I also like baby Van Gogh.

The one tape with the dragon that pops out and goes BLAHHH!!! always scared my ds.
post #25 of 47

could be a LOT better!

i don't hate them, but i totally agree about........


The music is phony! Why not have real classical symphony?

The toys are SUCH A GIMIC! They sell those stupid things and that bugs me. Why not use common toys kids already own? I'll tell ya why.............you cant make as much money that way.


I DO Like the way they do repeat play, as my son falls asleep with it on at nap time, and it is nice that it keeps playing (if it stopped he would wake up)

Classical music is suppose to be good for IQ< but I have to say, i worry this music might reduce it.

I wish someone would re-do them
post #26 of 47
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The one tape with the dragon that pops out and goes BLAHHH!!! always scared my ds
That was always my sons favorite part of that video.. He loves that dragon. We have the puppet.
post #27 of 47
I admit, the whole reason I signed up to Netflix was because I wanted to check out the Baby Einstein series.

So far, we've had Baby Bach. I hated it, Gavin hated it, and it went back the next day after we didn't even bother with the whole dvd because it was *that bad*. I'm willing to try the others, but there is no way I'm going to buy the dvd of any of them before looking at them first.

He enjoys the German films we watch way more than any of that icky infant oriented crap. (He also really seemed to enjoy an Iranian film we watched, but apparently doesn't like Hungarian, since he was far from calm during it )
post #28 of 47
we have baby van gogh and my children love it. I was thinking about getting somemore but after the reviews here it sounds like there are only one or two good ones.
post #29 of 47
they sell toys now??? Missed that completely. The ones I had seen used other company's toys...
post #30 of 47

i can't see how an 18 month old would find them fun

DD was bored with them by 5 months.

We have the Bach, Mozart, and Einstein DVDs. Bach was great when she was a newborn - I'd be walking around the bedroom in the dark rocking her and singing to her and I'd put the Bach one on the TV. I would hold her and show her the TV (it was high on a bureau) and she would watch for a few minutes. It seemed to calm her. Later (about 2 - 3 months old) it became a routine for us to wake up, go downstairs, I'd put her on her baby blanket and turn on the Bach or Mozart. She would watch for about 15 minutes max but it was long enough for me to have a bowl of cereal and make some tea. I felt like I was in heaven, lol!

But she soon tired of them and now I can't get her to watch any TV (which is GOOD, I think). I can't imagine an older child liking them.

Had to LOL about the kids outtakes showing off. They did seem kinda stuck on themselves, didn't they? he he. And the Einstein one with the languages seemed such a neat idea but yeah, the pictures have NOTHING to do with the words they're using (in whatever language) so I thought it was stupid.

I'll prob'ly sell them on ebay, lol.
post #31 of 47
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Originally posted by Clarity
they sell toys now??? Missed that completely. The ones I had seen used other company's toys...
They have a whole website that has toys and cd's and books from the baby einstein series.
post #32 of 47
I feel like I've missed out on some quality "me" time. I tried them once when my son was little and he just crawled away. He's now 2 and still has never seen any videos, etc. We do watch the news but never have the volume on. I have always just hated the idea of him sitting passively and watching, but it sure is tempting. I do have to respect those of you who are able to have breathing space while their kiddos enjoy it!
post #33 of 47
DD watches them often with DH, or when I am cooking lunch. She enjoys them. We have Mozart and Bach. She laughs, and watches intently. But I can honestly say I don't believe that TV is the devil either, and mine is usually on all day, for noise if nothing else. We have Disney Channel or Noggin on most of the morning. We are not necessarily watching it, but it's in the background.
post #34 of 47
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Originally posted by Spookygirl
But I can honestly say I don't believe that TV is the devil either, and mine is usually on all day, for noise if nothing else. We have Disney Channel or Noggin on most of the morning. We are not necessarily watching it, but it's in the background.
Same here, Spookygirl!

I wanted the Baby Einstein videos for DD so badly this past Christmas. Sadly, I did kinda buy into the "make your baby smarter" thing. Thank God I've wised up!

That said, DD has rarely watched them. Some of the little segments hold her interest, but a lot of them don't, so she goes back to playing with her toys. I actually just used them the other day to buy me some time to get a much needed snack.

FWIW, I find the language one kinda boring, but mildly informative to DH and me. DD isn't into it AT ALL.
post #35 of 47
I saw the Baby Einstein videos at my sister's house before dd was born and it seemed to me that the point of the video was to mesmerize and put a kid into a trance. I don't see how that could have any educational value.: Especially when a baby or toddler needs to bring multiple senses into the learning situation. I think it is all marketing to the parent without any real substance for the child. Of course most TV is this way. Dd is VERY high-needs and still at 16 months has to have me right next to her to nap & sleep at night, but now she does play well by herself. I used to have to sling her to get anything done. I think if I'd put her in front of these videos it would have shortened her attention span and now we'd both be in a worse situation. Just my opinion.
post #36 of 47
We own 3 of them that dd still enjoys every so often. When she had gas/colic at around 4 mos. old the Baby Mozart tape was the *only* thing that calmed her down long enough to stop crying. I sat down and watched them with her. She loves the Baby Dolittle Neighborhood Animals one with the antics of the animals.

These videos/DVD's were made by a SAHM who didn't want to leave her children to work outside. She borrowed equipment and shipped the videos out of her garage for awhile, and finally sold it to Disney when it got too large for her to handle. The original videos are a lot better than the ones that Disney did after they took over.

Darshani
post #37 of 47
I also hated the fact that the music is not the real thing! (we have watched them quite a few times though.) The music-as-brainfood theory isn't just about the melody; it is the whole package of different instrumental sounds, ranges and dynamics.
There is a series of videos called Brainy Baby that are similar to baby einstein and they do have real orchestral music. There is also a video we have enjoyed called Mozart Nature Symphonies with great music and animal scenes.
Some good educational videos are the Bilingual Baby language series (basic, but a good introduction) and a sign language video called Talking Hands.
post #38 of 47
can i buy yours? we love them only want dvd's
post #39 of 47
can i buy yours? we love them only want dvd's
post #40 of 47
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I can't imagine an older child liking them.
All kids are different.
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