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null In case Brainy Baby DVDs and other prematurely marketed educational gadgets give you the creeps, you can now breathe a sigh of relief. In fact, you may now freely roll your eyes at mommies whose most cherished souvenir is a baby-sized Harvard-sweatshirt and who regularly plant their toddlers in front of a Baby Einstein video. Looks like rebelliously no-fuss parents can now have the last laugh. A recent study at the University of Washington has revealed that eight-to 16-year-old infants who have watched Brainy Baby or Baby Einstein series know six to eight fewer words than other children. Designed to engage a baby's attention, the videos tell their stories through vivid, colorful images. Dialogue is kept to a minimum. The tapes might increase a child's curiosity, but, according to the researchers, watching American Idol would be more beneficial. Simply enough, this iconic series is likely to evoke commentary from a child's parents and thus benefit cross-generational communication. Your best bet, however, is to not introduce your children to TV until age two, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends.
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