Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Baby Einstein Review

Baby Einstein is celebrating 10 years of discovery!

For the past 10 years Baby Einstein has been sharing the beauty and wonder of the world to millions of babies and parents. In celebration of their anniversary, they are introducing two special editions of their most popular DVDs- Baby Mozart and Baby Beethoven.

Also coming in 2009 will be a whole new line of World Music products celebrating music and culture from all 7 continents.

We love Baby Einstein. I remember the first DVD that we showed Sara. Hubby and I just sat there watching her watch it. It was so cool!

I was lucky enough to receive the 10th Anniversary Baby Mozart DVD, Baby Einstein Touch and Feel Baby Animals Board Book and Lullaby Classics CD for review. We love all of it. The Baby Mozart DVD is great, as all of them are. And Sara is in love with the board book. She flips through it and feel all the animals and tells me about most of them.

Here are some helpful DVD viewing tips to be able to get the most out of the videos!

Talk! Talk! Talk!
From the moment we say that first hello to our new baby, we begin developing our little one’s language. So, when you’re watching a Baby Einstein DVD, you don’t have to be quiet. This is a chance to create little stories.

For example, if you see mechanical toys on the DVD, describe the action to your baby—“see the seals go UP the ladder. Now they’re sliding DOWN and around-- very fast.” If your baby starts “talking” back to your sounds, praise, cuddle, and imitate your baby to keep the conversation going. Even if you feel self-conscious about talking to a 6 month old, just stay the course. Your baby is probably listening and may show you with a smile, nod, or squeal, the many different ways they understand your language.

Bring it to Life
If children or puppets on the DVD are jumping or dancing, you can hold your little one and dance along to show baby how it feels. You can also play infant sized musical instruments to accompany the DVD Orchestra. Or, try using puppets or baby’s favorite stuffed animals to mimic the action in the DVD. You may get giggles from your little one. Babies usually want to do what they see and you can make that happen.

Make it Personal
Try making connections between what happens on screen with what happens in baby’s life. If you have a DVD that contains sign language, try some of the simpler signs with your baby. If you see how the puppets always do silly stuff, bring a puppet to mealtime to help you serve the food or provide additional encouragement to complete the meal.

Make it a Family Affair
Consider using DVD time as a way to interact with the whole family. If baby has an older sibling(s) around you can invite them watch the DVD with you. Encourage your older child to point out the names of the animals, say the colors, or even make animal sounds. They will probably love playing with baby and will be excited about showing off how much they know!

Thanks to Mom Central for the opportunity to help celebrate Baby Einstein's 10th Anniversary.

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