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In light of all the recent toy recalls, you may be looking for new ways to entertain your baby. Well, don't park your little loved one in front of a video, even if the title contains the words "Einstein" or "Brainy" - new research indicates screen time may delay developing language skills in babies.

Researchers at the University of Washington found that with every hour per day spent watching baby DVDs and videos, infants learned six to eight fewer new vocabulary words than babies who never watched videos. Watching DVD's during the early stages of language development, from around 8 months to 16 months, was found to be most detrimental on babies learning new words. Basically, more TV time equals fewer words.

This UW study is not the first study to criticize baby videos, and chances are high it will not be the last. Mounting evidence suggests that passive screen time doesn't promote learning and might actually hinder development. The truth is, babies require face-to-face interaction to learn. So talk to your baby as much as you can, any way you can. One of my favorite sayings is, "Read to your baby often, and someday soon, your baby will read to you."

While videos are often used by harried moms to create much needed breaks for themselves, it might be time to rethink that plan. Any suggestions for how to keep little ones occupied so moms can take care of necessary business, like: phone calls, bathing, chilling out? Share your ideas in the comments section below.


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