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The pile-on continues against videos that claim to educate babies. Following a University of Washington study that found the Baby Einstein videos to be of "no value," a new study out of the University of California Riverside confirms that the DVDs don't help babies learn words featured throughout the programs.

In a column over at Newsweek, Kate Dailey suggests that while we know that children under 2 should not watch TV, in reality, parents often need a break – be it to go to the bathroom, prepare dinner, or draw a bath. She said:

The kiddie-DVD industry hasn’t made her into Einstein—but it has made sure she’s properly fed, clothed, and bathed even at the most harrying of times. That, in its own way, is genius.

How do you keep wee ones occupied so you can take care of other matters at home?

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carolynz carolynz 6 years
I think if you can avoid using the TV as a babysitter until age 2 you are setting yourself up in a good position. My daughter had extremely limited screen time until she was 2 and now TV is something "special" for her, instead of being expected. Before she was 6 months I would put her in the bouncy seat in the bathroom while I showered. Then I would just bring her into the shower with me and she would get a bath while I showered. Time-saving!
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
A little cup of frozen yogurt gives me enough time to check my email and Facebook. An episode of Blue's Clues, Zoboomafoo, or any other 30-minute show gives me time to shower and get dressed. Special time with my Sesame Street 30th Anniversary book (big hardback book with lots of pics) will distract her while I clean the litterbox or take out the trash.
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