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Surprise, surprise, educational DVDs not only are useless for teaching infants language skills but also may impair language development.  According to ScienceDaily, the May print issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine will provide the full report on this topic. 

UltimateMama believes the best way to teach your child language skills and build their vocabulary is by reading to them and talking to them.  Plopping your child in front of a television and putting in a so-called educational DVD is a great way to hinder, not help your child’s verbal development. 

UltimateMama is always amazed by clueless parents who think Baby Einstein is actually educational for their child. Even Baby Einstein has publicly stated that it is not educational.  

Parents, if you want a babysitter who engages your child then hire one and do not expect the television to do that job!  And if you want to spend money to buy a special treat for your child then buy some books.  Reading to your child regardless their age not only helps build vocabulary but also strengthens the parent-child bond.

To take a look at the abstract detailing the recent findings of the study on Educational DVDs and infants from the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine click on the link below:

UltimateMama wants you to realize how lucky you are to look down into a baby girl’s eyes and just cuddle her in your arms. You know that you will do your best to mold her to become a strong, educated individual.

Check it out – The Economist (issue March 6th-12th 2010) has a cover story titled “Gendercide – What happened to 100 million baby girls?”

According to a story in the Telegraph super-mega-technology giant Apple has admitted to using child labor at its factories that produce its iPods, iPhones, and computers.  Just something to think about before making that next purchase…