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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

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CrypticLife

I nearly burst out laughing when I heard this on the news this morning. I'd never gotten these things because I wasn't convinced they did much, if anything. Hadn't considered that they might make things worse.

Joel Sax

I have to admit that I snickered when the news came out, too.

Rae Pica

I'm not sure what infant-development theories Alissa Quart is referring to. The websites for these companies state that their products are based on research, but they offer no evidence of the research itself.

Yes, there was some excitement a few years ago concerning the importance of an "enriched" environment in the first three years of life. But as leading brain researcher Dr. Marian Diamond has contended, most of the media's sound bites about the research were "unnecessarily discouraging." Parents were given the impression that if they didn't do all they could to promote their children's brain development before age 3, their children would be doomed to failure. Even the researchers behind the "Mozart effect," which Baby Bumblebee's president cites, have said that their conclusions were misinterpreted and misrepresented.

The belief that 10 to 20 hours of viewing per week is necessary for brain development is terrifying! What babies need are games like peekaboo and patty-cake, which have survived for generations because they offer infants so much, developmentally speaking. What babies need for optimal development are touch, communication with the important adults in their lives, sensory input, and movement!

I'm a children's physical activity specialist, and I didn't laugh when I read the news in the paper; I jumped for joy. Then I ran to my computer and blogged about it myself!

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