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Baby Einstein Offers a Refund for DVDs

Does Your Child Watch Baby DVDs?

The name says it all. Parents who wanted their child to be the smartest kid on the block loaded up on the brainy Baby Einstein DVDs hoping to boost their babe's brainpower. Some parents popped in the educational videos to gain an extra 20 minutes to themselves. No matter their intention, unsatisfied customers will be able to get their money back. The Walt Disney Company is offering a refund to anyone who purchased a Baby Einstein DVD between June 5, 2004 and September 4, 2009 ($15.99/DVD for up to four videos). This comes after a class action lawsuit was threatened against the brand for claiming the Baby Einstein DVDs are educational, especially as studies have found that TV time for little ones under the age of 3-years old is associated with attention problems later in life.

Still, many parents feel there is nothing wrong with a little downtime in front of the small screen and find these gentle cartoons to be good entertainment for their wee ones. Does your toddler or baby watch DVDs?

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klrouth klrouth 7 years
My daughter loved the Baby Einstein DVDs when she was younger, and it gave me time to take a shower and get a few things done. She liked watching the toys and animals and would laugh an coo. Of course I didn't think the videos were going to make her smarter - that is just ridiculous. I think most moms know TV is not a substitute for one on one time, but sometimes you just need a little break and the Einstein DVDs were a good choice, for me anyway. I guess the Baby Einsteins company's big mistake was making claims it couldn't back up, because I don't think they produced a product that was any worse than the other DVDs out there.
EvieJ EvieJ 7 years
I love the Baby Einstein DVDs. I asked my mom what she did with us and she said "Sesame Street", "Electric Company" and "Mr. Rodgers". I'm 38 and don't think there was any great harm done to me by watching TV as a baby/toddler. One thing I do when the DVDs are on, is get down and watch them with my daughter. I'll make comments like "Oh, look at the wombat, look at it go!" or similar. It's just another way for us to interact with each other and learn about different things. But if she had the choice between a DVD and a book, she'd choose the book every time - she loves to 'read' to herself!! Are DVDs ideal? No. But if they are not used as a constant babysitter so mommy can do other things, and are instead used only occasionally, there's nothing wrong with them. Everything in moderation!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
My children loved the baby einstein videos when they were babies. I liked them too. I could sit and watch with them, repeat the words with them etc. Or I could simply sit next to my children and read with the great classical music in the background while they watched.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
ooh, gotcha, that makes sense. I definitely agree with having more time. I have so many friends who plan their lives around when their shows are on. My parents after we all hit teenage stage, took on the habit of leaving it on 24/7 which drives me nuts. I hate the constant background noise, and I tend to turn it off whenever we visit. It's probably why we don't even have commercial tv, just a dvd and vhs player.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
Thanks for your reply. I meant it has worked for ourselves, since our parents hardly let us watch TV. We still don't, and feel like we have a lot of free time that way. Which we spend online, apparently. ha!
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
If they don't sit down and watch hours and hours and hours of tv, a movie or whatever will capture their interest more readily (generally) then a pile of blocks. I don't do it for short steps out of the room, i generally bring her with me, but if i need a shower, I usually put a movie on for her. It's about stimulation with little to no effort, which is why its so bad in large doses. We don't pay for cable, but we do enjoy watching movies, and i don't see anything wrong with it. We also go out, play outside, read books, do an art project a day and she plays on her own doing whatever she wants for hours. I LOVE movies, but i will always pick going somewhere or reading a book over them, so i don't think its a problem unless its babysitting your kids. I have a question though how is it working out great for you if you don't have kids yet?
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
I don't have kids yet, so maybe I don't understand it, but I have a question: Why can't you set your kid down in front of some building blocks to go pee? Shouldn't that have the same effect for a few minutes? It's not like a DVD guarantees your kid isn't going to scream for you. When me and my husband have kids, we will try to keep them away from TV for as long as possible. It has worked out great for us.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
seriously? this is crazy! my mom always said that sesame street saved her life when my sister and i were little (and 18 months apart in age). i mean, moms need a little break now and then! plus, there are waaaaaay worse things the kids could be watching. like the above posters, everything in moderation. and if you're stupid enough to think a DVD will actually make your kid into an actual "little einstein"...
HLHArts HLHArts 7 years
My issue here is that the article that explains how children can be harmed does not name the videos by name. In fact, it just generally says that children under two should never watch television. Of course, it then goes on to explain that the harm comes from children doing ANY sedentary activity (including drawing and reading) for several hours at a time. The study was commissioned to address obesity concerns in children. Are our children getting fatter? Well, sadly, yes. However, that means that the article set out to prove a particular point and, as such, is a bit biased. I don’t believe for one instant that children should sit in front of the television for hours, but I do think that there is ZERO harm in a little bit of tv now and then. I also think that there is nothing wrong with a few hours a day of reading or drawing, as long as you’re making sure they also get at least an hour of real, aggressive physical activity per day as well. As in everything else, it is all about balance. BALANCE!
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
lol, i grew up watching a disney movie a day and other kids stuff, and playing hard the rest of the time. Most kids play even during a kids show anyway. Kairi watches a disney movie or two a day, and is bouncing off the walls every other moment. We don't have cable and she doesn't always nap anymore though, so she needs some downtime and I like being able to shower.. i believe the lawsuit is complete bs though.. seriously. Anything with an infant thats educational isn't going to teach them calculus , so i dont think theres any room to get compensation. I think what they are labeling adhd so much is just a very ingrained habit of having stimulation constnatly becuase so many kids get set in front of the tv all day long. They could be trained out of that and back into normal habits. Some kids DO have it, but I really think they sling the term around too much. Between crime, both parents having to work, and the plethora of shows, movies, and video games available, much more time is spent on instant gratification and stimulation and less on independent mental and physical play.
bsobos1123 bsobos1123 7 years
I think it depends on the kid. My 5 year old has loved tv since she was a baby. My 14 month old has yet to pay it any attention. I don't see anything wrong with a little tv to create some down time.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
I was always one to say how could people plop their kids in front of a tv, until I had the 2nd and had no time to even pee. I've learned not to judge!!! And yes my kids watch videos and Nick Jr. occasionally.
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