So, the Baby Einstein discussion... yeah, I've seen the reports. You can read more here. Here's another one. I hope to find more links soon, as they just barely got finished interviewing the creator, Julie Aigner-Clark.
Okay, so now that you've read these articles. What is your take on it? Everything in moderation is what I say. These videos are 20 minutes or less, so to have your babe watching an "hour or more a day" seems excessive. Not to say I haven't done this, but it's very rare when I do. Maybe Disney should think about taking the "repeat" option off the DVD menu, so the child is more apt to only watch it once per sitting.
Another thing... I don't think Mrs. Aigner-Clark created these videos to babysit our children. The first few of the 20 videos that I watched, I said to myself, these are just digital board books... MEANT to be watched WITH your child. So you can verbally identify each object that comes onto the screen. And in most cases, we've done this.
As sad as these reports are, I am not going to stop letting Liam watch these videos, or TV for that matter. If I am desperate, he will be placed in front of the DVD player. Speech delays or not, I am willing to make that sacrifice so I can provide a paycheck for my family. I work from home week day mornings... there aren't a lot of options when your kid WILL NOT play by himself. We are making progress with steering clear of the television though. This P.E.R.C. program has helped tons! Liam actually has toys that interest him... new ones every week. So I am grateful that my mornings are ridden with less guilt. Because we've all heard that TV before the age of 2 is frowned upon.
Anyway, please discuss. I would love to hear your take on this TV issue that "stunts" toddler growth.