Baby Einstein Dvd's

Updated on August 12, 2006
S.G. asks from Willowbrook, IL
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I am looking to buy Baby Einstein DVDís and/or CDís /if you are done with yours..and you think they are good/.
Also have a question on what experience do you have with any DVDís/CDís for babies,
How old the baby has to be to watch them /and for how long/ or shows interest in it. Any kind of advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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D.G.

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They are excellent! Highly recommend. You can buy them individually used on Amazon.com. Do a search in DVD's and they offer you an option to buy used. You can get a great deal on them. I also buy books and cd's on Amazon used and have great luck.

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N.A.

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Dear S.
I treid Baby Einstein with my older son (now 5), I feel that it served me in that it allowed me to take a break but does not hold any advantage for my child.I now believe that the less you expose children to TV the best they are (in that they remain active and learn to engage themselves)...so personally I do not recommend it...and certainly will skip it with my newborn...

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S.

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I used the Baby Einstein series with my older daughter, and found it to be helpful in giving me a few minutes to shower or get dinner together. Not much educational value though -- as a few other respondents have addressed. Instead, I recommend the Signing Time series. It teaches both hearing and hard of hearing babies through adults American Sign Language. The series was developed by a mom of a deaf child, and a child with CP or some such thing. She is also a musician. The mom, Rachel Coleman, demonstrates the sign and tells you something to help you remember it. Then, they show video of kids doing the sign. She has also created songs that use all of the vocabulary. The signs start off fairly simply with the things that a baby would want to say -- "milk" "mom" "dad" etc. They then move on to more advanced signs with their videos about school signs, outdoor signs, neighborhood signs, family, etc.

I believe that that they have a Baby Signing Time series, but we just used the regular series since my kids were very small. It has been excellent. My girls (5 and 2) LOVE these videos, and are excellent signers. ASL is an excellent way to help your child communicate with you, as children can sign much earlier than they can speak. You can get the videos and learn more about Signing Time at www.signingtime.com. I HIGHLY recommend this series.

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A.K.

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Well, you might get a few varying opinions on this....from people saying they allow their babies to watch videos to people saying that you are not allowed to let your child watch TV until they are over 2 years old.

My son has been watching Baby Einstein videos since he was 5.5 months old. He would sit and watch the whole DVD - about 20 minutes. He is now 17 months old, and we own the whole collection. I bought the collection off of Ebay. For 19 DVDs and shipping, it came to $40.00. You can't beat that! He is truly addicted to them now!! It's a good thing, and a bad thing. He has learned soooo much from watching them! The other day, he started 'whispering' in my ear like he was telling a secret. I had no idea where he learned that...well, there's a BE video with 2 monkeys telling each other secrets. He's learned so many animals and their sounds. We have pictures in our bathroom with fish on them. He pointed to them, and said 'ish' for fish. He learned what a fish was from the videos. He dances and claps along with the videos. It's so cute!

I can't recommend really a specific one really. My son loves them all so far...I guess his favorites at the moment are 'Discovering Shapes', 'From Head to Toe', and any one with animals in it. 'World Animals' is the one he started watching at 5.5 months old.

Hope this helps!
A.

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S.D.

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We have several videos we would be willing to part with. Our daughter is 2 1/2 yrs old, she really got into the baby videos about 6 months. Some times she would watch them for the whole video and sometimes for only 10 minutes..but that is long enough to start laundry!!
We have the following for sale..$10.00 each
1. Baby Einstein VHS: Symphony of Fun ($5.00)
2. Baby Einstein DVD: Baby Bach
3. Baby Einstein DVD: A D. on the Farm
4. Brainy Baby: Peek a Boo (my daughter loved it)
5. Curious Buddies: Look and Listen at the Park
6. Curious Buddies: Let's Go to The Farm
7. Curious Buddies: Let's Build

The Curious Buddies line is by Nick Baby, they are a mix of puppets, kids, and lots of great music. These were my daughter's absolute favorite videos ever!!!

If intereasted let me know. We live in Old Irving Park. I also have a BABY TAD for sale for $15.00 if intereasted?!
[email protected]____.com

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J.D.

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S. - my daughter LOVED them and learned a lot. Despite the recommendations, personally we feel if they're educational and we only do 20 min or so 2 times a day or less, it's no problem. We started around 3 months, maybe later, depending on the dvd. I can't remember. I just know it was a godsend for the time for me to shower. DD's 19 months and still loves them. I think we have 9 or so DVDs. Let me know if you'd like to know which ones we have (I'm not near them right now). We'd love to sell them. We're in Northbrook.

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J.

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Hi S.:
We were just about to put our Einstein DVD's on cragislist for sale. Our son is two years old and his interest's have switched more toward Elmo and Thomas The Train. He absolutely loved the Einstein DVD's. They are stimulating and educational. He watched them at a very young age and it was great. I can be reached at ###-###-#### if you are interested in purchasing the DVD's. I believe we have about 4 or 5 of them.
Thanks,
J. Warsaw

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L.

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Our daughter loved the Baby Einstein videos as a baby and occasionally still does. The time of the tape (or DVD), 20-30 minutes or whatever is enough TV for a baby. Don't be surprised though if he loses interest after ten minutes. Babies are curious about everything and love new stimuli so switch it aroud for interesting things to play with. A soup pan and a wooden spoon provide lots of interesting possibilities to a new person.

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C.

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Looks like a lot of people have already expressed the APA recommendations of waiting until a child is 2 years before using the TV. I wanted to tell you about the research that was conducted a year or two ago that POSITIVELY LINKED television watching to ADD! They decribed that the ages between 0-2 is the time in which the brain is developing its 'wiring patterns'. When they watch TV, everything moves so fast, but the world moves so slow & they get bored and have difficulty focusing later on.

I still believe 'everything in moderation'. So just keep this in mind & try to limit your child's exposure to a minimum.

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N.L.

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My daughter has been watching videos/tv since about 6 months old. I know some people frown on that, but I think she learns a lot from the programs. We have the Baby Einstein DVD's, and they don't hold her interest level as much as Elmo, Blue Clues, Little Einsteins or Backyardigans. (She is now 15 months). I continue trying the Baby Einstein videos, but I am lucky to grab her attention for 10-20 minutes.

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C.S.

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American Pediatrics Association recommends no TV before age two. That is our goal. I have a 7 month old. We listen to a lot of music, kids songs, sesame street songs, disney songs, nursery rhymes, we read books. She doesn't get TV at day care. APA says kids will have a better attention span and be able to focus later in life if you limit their TV time,as too much stimulation overwhelms thier little brains. They say physical stimulation is better. I'm no expert. I am just going with it for now.

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F.H.

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Hi S.,
I started my son watching the baby einstein dvd's at 7 months. I would sit and interact with him while he watched-pointing at the pics on the screen and then saying the corresponding name of the object. Depending on his interest level we would watch 20-30 minutes. He continued watching regularly up until he was 3 years old. He is now 4 and he will recognize music that was on his dvd's. Just yesterday we heard a Bach piece and he said "that's the music from my baby einstein dvd." We now have a second child and she is now enjoying the dvd's as well. My 4 year old will now tell his sister the pics on the screen, so as to teach her as well.

Good luck and enjoy!

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A.

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The only we watched was Sesame Street and the Ses St DVDs. We started around 12 mos with having it on in the background and between us singing the songs about numbers colors, etc., and the show itself, both of my children were singing along at a very young age. AMer Acad of Peds recommends no tv until age 2 but we went with the "everything in moderation" theory and picked the most educational show available. I am not a fan of the Baby Einst. videos.

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N.O.

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Hi S.,

My duaghter LOVED them. I realize you'll hear not to let your child watch tv until 2. I applaud people that take this route but don't think you need to be that rigid. Moderation has been lost in our world. There are a few that are 0-3 months and they are fantastic.

The classical music is very calming and they multi-layer their products...you can later buy books and flash cards...that build with the same visuals as the videos...(they'll see the same musical instruments on the flash cards as the videos etc.) good for early recognition skills.

They're reasonable at Costco if you can't find them on Ebay or from another mom.

Good luck!

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J.

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sam's club has box sets for a great price i love them all

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D.S.

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My son has loved these DVDs since he was about seven months old. He is now almost four years old, and would never give them up. You can buy them new at Costco ( a set of about eight dvds ?) for about $99. I'm not sure about the exact cost but they are worth every penny. He would watch these all day long if I'd let him. Now that he is older, I can see that he has a real appreciation for classical music due to these dvds. Sorry we're not ready to give ours up.
Diana

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K.M.

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S.!!

We are having our garage sale tomorrow and I was going to put all of our Baby Einsteins in the sale. Email me directly at [email protected]____.com the way, I LOVED the Baby Einsteins. I have two the same age and it was the only way I got a shower when they were still in their bouncy seats :)

K. McCloud
Manhattan, IL

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A.A.

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The APA says NO screen time for babies under 2 and I would have to agree.

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K.K.

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Hello
I have found that renting them from the library has really worked for us and it is free!

My older daughter, now 2, did not watch TV until 1 1/2. We only allowed Seasame Street or Disney--Jojo Circus--Doodle Bops--Higley Town Heros. Our younger one does not seem too interested in TV yet.

Rules of TV for us, 1 hour a day--roughly.

On a side note, not a fan of Nickelodeon (spelling?) Commercials during the shows--do not want kids seeing them. Also I do not like the show Caileu (spelling?) it is on channel 11--a whinning boy that seems to get away with bad behavior.

Anyways--try the library! Maybe even your religious ogranization might rent them?

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B.D.

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Hello S.,
I wanted to talk to you about the DVD'S. I started my son on Baby Einstein at three months. I started with Discovering the Sky and Baby Bach. My son is now 3and 1/2. When he got to be around six months he started to watch the Baby McDonald. As for CD's I think you could start those when ever. I play soothing cd's at bed time and kid song's for at least ten minutes a day. I should mention that I run a daycare and on the days that other kids(ages 4months to 6years) are here we listen to atleast 30min of music, I get up and dance with them. I don't let the kids watch much t.v. I don't have cable or satelite, but once or twice a week I will put in a Baby Einstien movie. Or one of the other movies that I feel teaches the kids. Some of the movies that teach may say for one age group, but I have found that a lot of kids watch the same movie no matter the age. The kids can learn a lot from some DVD's and music too. The movies and music and be a time for you to get something else done, or a time for you and your child to do something together.
B.

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S.M.

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Hi S.. I have a nine month old. I do put him in front of the television with a baby einstein video. I think that the age range they list on the videos are pretty accurate. I probably only allow 30 minutes to an hour of educational television for baby. He does pay attention to the video for the full time it's on. So I guess just follow the age range that they have listed on the videos. I think the baby einsteins are great.

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