Baby Einstein harms language development

According to a Time magazine article, research conducted by Frederick Zimmerman and Dr. Dimitri Christaskis from the Univeristy of Washington, revealed that infants who...

According to a Time magazine article, research conducted by Frederick Zimmerman and Dr. Dimitri Christaskis from the Univeristy of Washington, revealed that infants who watched an hour a day of baby DVDs and videos learned six to eight fewer new vocabulary words than babies who never watched the videos.

These products had the strongest detrimental effect on babies 8 to 16 months old, the age at which language skills are starting to form. "The more videos they watched, the fewer words they knew," says Christakis. "These babies scored about 10% lower on language skills than infants who had not watched these videos."



Good-old fashioned reading and storytelling are the best ways to develop language skills, the article suggests, as well as real interactive face time with the parents.


If you are a parent, what are your thoughts? Is Baby Einstein stumping your baby's language development? On the contrary, I babysat for a brilliant little baby whose way-beyond-his-age verbal skills were fostered by countless reruns of aforementioned videos.


 

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