Yesterday, I learned about a new research findings claiming that "Baby Einstein" videos may actually impede babies' language development. It is important to discuss the findings. They are done by the researchers at University of Washington and Seattle's Children's Hospital. Both are highly reputable research institutes.
They found that every hour infants 8-16 months old spent watching such programs, they understood an average of 6 to 8 fewer words than other infants who were not exposed to the videos. The videos had no positive or negative effect on the vocabularies of toddlers 17 to 24 months of age.
I wrote in this blog back in September 2005 that people can rent "Baby Einstein" series from Netflix. Now I think parents should just rent movies for themselves :)