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.