3.13.2011

Baby Einstein World of Rhythm


When W was born we received a fair amount of Baby Einstein products, but haven't really used them. Except for the books, he always really liked them, and every now and then we listened to a cd when he was a baby. It was the videos I resisted. I think my hesitance to introduce Baby Einstein was more about me... What I'd heard about the videos bugged me: I heard they make no sense to adults and kids become obsessed. And, honestly, we had so much stuff when W was a baby, it's hard to know what to use and when they're ready. So, we just never got around to working Baby Einstein into our routine. I thought we'd missed our window. I was wrong.

When given the opportunity to review one of their new Discovery kits, I figured I might as well see what these products were all about. I chose the World of Rhythm video with a "but my son is very advanced, so I don't know if we're the best candidates for this product" attitude. I figured I'd learn what makes Baby Einstein so popular and then maybe use it for Baby #2.

W and I sat down and watched the video for the first time. He mainly sat, sang along, clapped and seemed engaged. I interviewed him afterward:

Did you like the video we just watched?
Yeah, I did.

What was your favorite part?
I liked the toys playing music. Those ducks were not in there.

What duck?
That duck that wasn't in there.

Did you learn something new?
I did.

What did you learn?
I learned that toys play music. Now Mater is washing Lightning.

Do you want to watch it again?
Yeah.

Did the music make you want to dance?
Nope.

Did you like the kids?
Yeah, I liked them.

What do you think about the video?
I think it's good.

I thought I'd put the video away and pull it out when Baby #2 seemed ready for it. I was proved wrong once again: The next morning W asked to watch it while he did his breathing treatment. And the next day and the next.

We've watched the video at least 15 times since then. At first it was annoying, but then I realized how interactive it could be and we've spent a lot of great time dancing, singing, pretending to play instruments, and running around in front of the tv. When the kids play drums, we play air drums. When toys roll across the scream, we turn in circles around the room. When the kids walk in a marching band formation, we do too.

Bottom line: I have totally been proved wrong. Baby Einstein World of Rhythm video is great when you need a 20 minute activity and is more interactive than most of W's videos. The book doesn't do much for a two and half year old and the music cd is fine, but he's not too into it. I have a feeling the video will continue to be a favorite for a while.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary Baby Einstein World of Rhythm kit for this review. The opinions expressed here are my own and I received no other compensation.

2 comments:

Lucy said...

Baby Einstein kind of drives me crazy. However we LOVE Classical Baby--they have 4 DVDs (Music, Dance, Art & Poetry) and they are all amazing. Our kiddo loves them, we love them. In fact, the first time we watched them I teared up a little because they are so beautifully done.

Yes, I'm a sap.

Anonymous said...

Lyla loves Baby Einstein!

Kari