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As an early childhood interventionist I always recommend no TV before age 2 and after that very, very limited TV. And you're right, Baby Einstein videos teach nothing...they teach nothing at all. They are basically a direct way to market toys to very small children and over stimulate their little brains into a sort of hypnotic state. Stay far away is what I say!
ETA: Yes, there has been studies about how TV affects the brain of the very young and that is why no TV is the recommendation for children under 2. I can dig a couple up if you want to read them!
Your ds is "enthralled" by TV b/c it puts him a quasi-hypnotic state. TV depresses the metabolism to levels below what they would be if your ds was sitting staring at a blank wall. Babies' brains are not designed to view the flickering, rapidly changing images on a screen. TV at very young ages changes the ways the brain absorbs and deals with information (TV is all "input" with no output or exploration) and is associated with ADD, obesity, and disinclination to read later in life (when the brain gets used to rapid-fire, constantly changing images and instant gratification, book reading seems slow and arduous by comparison). The AAP recommends no TV viewing at all for children under the age of 2. The content of the program doesn't matter--it is the act of viewing itself that causes damage.
I highly recommend the book "The Plug-In Drug."
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