Hi New Mommy! What a precious little girl! I recently spoke to a friend of mine about this, as she is a PhD working at Emory University in Child Development studies on this very topic. She's also a mother of two, so I trust her opinion. When we spoke, she specifically named Little Einstein as being unhelpful at best and harmful at worst. I don't know what she would say about MBCR, though.
I feel much like the other moms on here do. I think in moderation it won't hurt your child, especially if you need something to keep them occupied for a moment so you can go to the bathroom. I'm waiting until after my son is 2 before we do any TV time in our house. Ultimately, studies have shown that if you want your child to be a reader, the best thing to do is to read to them. It's pretty basic, but it worked for me as a child! My mom read to me well into my pre-teens. I think a love of reading fosters a love of learning.
i thought i'd let everyone know that lo still loves mother goose club. i even got her the dvd. i highly recommend it. i think it has helped us alot. my 14.5 m lo knows over 50 words! she can practically have a convo with us. when we read to her she normally says every word at the end of the sentence plus some in the middle. she isn't just repeating words because ie she'll say tongue and open her mouth and touch it. i think she's very advanced verbally. it's so funny too because she's also very small for her age so when she started really taking off with the talking (20+ words) people thought she was 3-6 months. she started saying momma and I at only 2m. we also got her image flash cards and she loves to play with those, she loves sorting through to find the ones she knows to tell us all about it. we are not trying to teach her to read yet though ha. that'll be years off.
I let my son start watching tv when he was around 1, even though I said I would wait until he was 2. At first he barely paid any attention, but now he enjoys it - a little too much if you ask me! He only watches PBS shows and I try to limit it, but he's gotten to the point where he will bring me the remote and ask for "Elmo" or "Choo-Choo".
I guess my point is that pretty much all children will eventually want to watch tv, so why rush it. I wish we had just waited before he got introduced because now he really wants to watch it. And while it is educational and all that, a plethora of studies have shown that the absolute best way to lay a foundation for reading and learning in general is to read to your child. That is the best and really the only proven way to foster a love for learning. So, good for you for taking an early interest in your child's well being. You just want to do what's best for your child; I think we're all in the same boat. My advice: I think I would ditch the MBCR dvd's and turn off the tv and just read to her every day. When she's older she'll start to want to watch tv on her own and then you can decide how to proceed by choosing what shows and how long you want her to watch. Good luck!
Your baby doesnt actually learn how to read she just memorises the words also that and back track her instead of going foward.
I always try to keep my LO away from the TV and in fact turn it off every time he is glued to it but there are just boring days that I also want to watch TV and DS is right there. I once was convinced to get these 'your baby can read DVDs" but I end up not using them very often as I don't want LO to stay too long in front of the TV.
I think you just need to be smart about what she is watching. I don't think a little bit of TV is necessarily bad. My 2-year old started watching Dora the Explorer with the "big kids" at day care when he was just a few months old. He watches an episode or two a day still, and last week he walked up to me with his yogurt and asked me to open it... in Spanish!!! You can't tell me he's not learning from that show!
As far as the baby can read programs, I've never used them myself, but I am a teacher and can tell you the number one thing you can do for your child is to read books with her. Learning to identify words on a screen or a card is all well and good, but when you read to her, she is working on so much more. If you think about it, kids need to learn the basics of how to hold a book, how to flip the pages, etc. and the only way that happens is if the parents read with them. They are also learning from the intonation of your voice, the cadence of language, vocabulary, etc. Plus, reading from a book is much more interactive. When she gets a little older, you can ask her questions about the book ("Can you show me the doggy?"), help her make connections to the book ("Do you remember when we saw Grandma's doggy?") and make predictions ("What do you think will happen next?") These are all critical pre-reading skills that will greatly benefit her as she gets ready to go to school. Happy reading!