If you are anything like me, before you gave birth you swore: “no tv for my baby”. And then, the Baby Einstein Collection appeared out of nowhere to soothe a lot of moments intensified by tears.
Yes, it worked for me. 30 minutes a day before bedtime calmed the little one down. Now at 14-months old, he still likes Baby Einstein from time to time, but he is addicted to Dora The Explorer and her cousin Diego -although I hate for him to watch it.
My concern with Dora and Diego is that their pronunciation of words in Spanish is not the best one. Also, they are loud and repetitive; but most of all, the voice over (dubbing) is terrible because they all seem to have the same person impersonating… You get it? I never know when is the map or the backpack talking, or Boots… the two shows have the same people doing the dubbing and I believe that HAS to be confusing for children.
The same thing happens when I watch other shows with him. I find Syd The Science Kid is great, although not for his age, but again the dubbing is not realistic. In my opinion, Franklin has the best voice over talent, they sound like…well, real kids. Plus the stories are interesting and fun.
Blues Clues seems to be educating as well, and Jack’s Big Music Show used to be his favorite at 9-months old. Sesame Street is a classic, nothing wrong with that. And he shows a huge smile with Ni Hao Kailan every time. I am a fan of Olivia the pig myself but he’s not too much into it yet, even when her brother is called Ian like him.
Well, maybe my son is not like every other baby, but maybe this will help mommies who gave in into having their kids watch TV. I promise that he never watches more than 1 hour a day, and there are days when he doesn’t even want the TV. But, he has started developing a love for trains ‘tren’, and cars ‘cacos’… So Thomas the Train is perfect for the routine after his bath…he stays still for once. And he can watch F1 with his dad too.
I’ll keep you posted with TV news for babies, but listen to the dubbing (voice overs) and tell me I’m not right. Hopefully, my sister will get a job doing just that and then kids will be able to differentiate characters by listening to their voices only. I know I can’t.