So apparently, having babies watch TV doesn’t make them smarter.
Neither does watching DVDs, no matter what the packaging says.
Disney found that out the hard way, as they need to start giving out refunds to parents who bought the Baby Einstein videos.
It could be a costly mistake for Disney. This is from a New York Times article about it:
According to a 2003 study, a third of all American babies from 6 months to 2 years old had at least one “Baby Einstein” video.
When a group found out the video don’t actually make babies smarter, they threatened to bring Disney to court to hold them accountable.
I think this makes sense on both ends. Disney said the videos were educational, but they weren’t.
But I think parents need to take a bit of the blame as well. Watching TV is not meant to make babies smarter; it’s meant to be a babysitter so you can do whatever you need to do around the house.
Or at least, that’s how it should be.