Baby Einstein DVD for 3-month-old OK? - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 10 Old 04-12-2007, 09:00 PM - Thread Starter
 
happy2bamama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 1,006
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have a 3-month-old and my cousin gave us a Baby Mozart DVD as a gift. I have had it in my car to return (when I find the time - ha!) because I originally thought that babies were too young for TV. I can't give you a real reason for why I felt this way, but my first thought was that there will plenty of time for TV when he gets older.

We only watch a few Tivo'd programs a week and we don't have the TV on a lot with DS around, but in the past month, when we have, he is enthralled with it. He squirms and rolls over (yes, at 2.5 months) so he can see the movement on it. DH and I usually turn him the other way and continue playing with him like we were (and jokingly say, "It'll rot your brain!"), but it started to dawn on me... what if he really loves watching the images move? Is it really any different than me reading a book to him and showing him pictures (which I do all the time)? It's not pure evil - it could actually help him learn, right? I started to wonder if my aversion to things like this Baby Einstein DVD were because I have seen so many of my family members use it as a way to disconnect from their babies and do other things such as have a margarita. What if I was mindful about it and enojyed the DVD with him and didn't use plopping him in front of the TV as a way of parenting? Is that possible or is TV at this age always a bad thing? Has anyone out there watched one of these with their baby?

Thanks!
happy2bamama is offline  
#2 of 10 Old 04-12-2007, 09:39 PM
 
paquerette's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Poconos
Posts: 6,818
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
No, I don't think it's okay. It's not just the detachment issue. There is a lot of evidence that watching things on a screen is damaging to the developing brain. Even the AAP, which tends to be very conservative and wishy-washy, advocates absolutely no screen time for children under 2 years.

I think your instincts were leading you correctly in the first place. I'd return it or else put it away until much older.
paquerette is offline  
#3 of 10 Old 04-12-2007, 09:43 PM
 
NYCVeg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: On my couch
Posts: 5,194
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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."
NYCVeg is offline  
#4 of 10 Old 04-12-2007, 10:27 PM
 
BathrobeGoddess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: The rural foothills of N Colorado
Posts: 5,587
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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!

Eden yikes.gif, working on a PhD in Education mama to Laurelleshamrocksmile.gif (16), Orijoy.gif (6), Yarrowfaint.gif (4) and Linusfly-by-nursing1.gif (1) partner to Brice. 
BathrobeGoddess is offline  
#5 of 10 Old 04-13-2007, 12:17 AM - Thread Starter
 
happy2bamama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 1,006
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks for the posts ladies - I appreciate your responses. Now that I hear you guys say it, I too remember hearing something about no TV before 2 years of age. You're right, my gut instinct was correct and the DVD will go back to the store (or maybe get put on the shelf until he's older).
happy2bamama is offline  
#6 of 10 Old 04-13-2007, 05:16 AM
 
amitymama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: London
Posts: 1,769
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I started letting my DD watch a Baby Einstein video every once in awhile when she was about 3 months but it started to turn into a 'once a day' habit while I showered or did other things and I realised that she was just sitting there staring at it. It freaked me out so I haven't let her watch it since and try to keep the tv off almost all the time when she is awake. In fact, I'm moving more and more towards a tv-free household. But it's more because my tv is broken and I can't be bothered to pay to get it fixed than for any philisophical reason

Mother. Doula. Writer. Feminist. Activist. 
Mum to Moo Moo (4) blahblah.gifand EJ (2) bftoddler.gif
 
 
 
amitymama is offline  
#7 of 10 Old 04-13-2007, 11:11 AM
 
OldFashionedGirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 1,086
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BathrobeGoddess View Post
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!
Could you either post these or PM them to me? I'm trying to convince my finace of this, and I need some hard proof!
OldFashionedGirl is offline  
#8 of 10 Old 04-13-2007, 11:21 AM
 
BathrobeGoddess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: The rural foothills of N Colorado
Posts: 5,587
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
http://pediatrics.aappublications.or...t/113/4/708%20

http://www.cyc-net.org/today2001/today010907.html

http://www.theage.com.au/news/scienc...191629304.html

hope these help!

Eden yikes.gif, working on a PhD in Education mama to Laurelleshamrocksmile.gif (16), Orijoy.gif (6), Yarrowfaint.gif (4) and Linusfly-by-nursing1.gif (1) partner to Brice. 
BathrobeGoddess is offline  
#9 of 10 Old 04-13-2007, 12:21 PM
 
mochimama's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Colorado Mountains
Posts: 1,040
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Someone gave us one of these too. Instead of throwing it away, we put it in the player and turn off the monitor. That way we all benefit from the nice music without the bad tv effects. The music is actually pretty interesting.
mochimama is offline  
#10 of 10 Old 04-13-2007, 12:25 PM
 
CaraboosMama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: CT
Posts: 1,003
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by NYCVeg View Post
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."
I totally agree/ We do a small amt tv now with our 3 year old (a movie & popcorn together when her brother is sleeping once a month or so) But in general - the real world is much better stimulus - for kids and adults
CaraboosMama is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off