What’s Baby Einstein doing to your kids?

This controversial topic between television and the affect it has on children really interest me. I think I did a research paper on this topic like four different times in college. All with the same research, the same findings, the same conclusions.

 Some parent’s don’t allow their children to watch any TV at all while others let them watch hours a day and are thankful they have a ” babysitter.”  In both instances, (from what I’ve seen) the kids from either side seem like kind, healthy well adjusted individuals. So does it really matter? Does it really make a difference? 

Research says it does. 
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no television watching for children under the age of two. Personally, I don’t think that a little television is going to hurt anyone.  And by little, I really do mean little. I don’t think TV is by any means good for a child of any age but I don’t think a little is truly harmful in small amounts.  I also don’t think a movie here or there is going to negatively affect our children in a huge way as long as what they are watching is appropriate and as long as it’s not used as a babysitter every single day.  However, this post isn’t about my views or opinions. It’s about the research and the studies that have been done over and over again. 
Studies have shown that television and movies are over stimulating our children’s minds. Research has shown that watching videos such as Baby Einstein actually delay language development and the rate at which they learn new words. Researchers also say that these videos have ” little dialogue, short scenes, and disconnected pictures,”  

The majority of brain development happens before the age of two, so while children are watching television they could be missing out on crucial development. Aren’t our children learning and growing more by reading books, playing with toys, and interacting with us- real, life people face to face-  then they are by watching a movie or television show?

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

6 thoughts on “What’s Baby Einstein doing to your kids?

  1. Hi Samantha–I totally agree with the research and believe that children, especially very young children such as infants and toddlers, should NOT be subjected to television and videos. I think the issue about allowing “a little” screen time is that it is a slippery slope. What is the definition of “a little”? Ten minutes or 1 hour? Or 2 hours? And, for a busy Mom, who looks over and sees her baby mesmerized by a video isn’t it too easy to let 20 minutes turn into an hour…it give that much more time to get the house clean, put away groceries or whatever.

  2. I’m going to be totally honest here…I disagree with the Baby Einstein thing. Nathan LOVES his and has learned SO many things. He repeats the words as they say them and he learned many First Signs from it. I think tv should be in moderation however tv does not single handedly determine how your child will develop. If people rely on that half hour of Einstein to teach kids what they need to know, then there is a problem. What are they teaching their kids when the tv is off? I let Nathan watch Einstein and he loved Elmos Christmas Countdown. He reinacts the things they say and do. People can form their own opinions and this is mine!!!Thanks:)

  3. unfortunately it all goes back to the ol’saying “children are supposed to be seen, not heard”…pop them in front of the TV or some video game and PRESTO! You don’t have to worry about them being kids…just robots…I’ve seen it happen to two of my nephews and my niece and they are all obese and have no imagination…just makes me so mad!I let my kids watch about 20 minutes of PBS in the morning so I can get ready in the morning and rainy days when we’re all done with playing with eachother…but it’s horrible when we go to someone’s house and the TV is on when no one is even watching it! Like it’s a family member or something!…and what kind of family member is it? One that brings horrible language and visuals to the table, never apologies, and never helps out around the house.

  4. Hmmm… well, I used to be one of the moms that always SWORE my kids would watch little to NO TV growing up. Now? Well, I do limit it, and am very picky about what DD does watch, but with a toddler and an infant, it has been a bit of a life saver. KidSongs are her new favorite, actually, and it's all, well, songs! Which she loves.

    The stuff I've read links too much TV to ADHD and the inability to control impulses, and as an early childhood teacher, I have to agree!

    Anyway, I guess what I'm driving at is parents need to be informed, and should strive for a balance.

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