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Baby Einstein - Discovering Shapes

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Item description for Baby Einstein - Discovering Shapes by Walt Disney Home Entertainment...

As babies develop their understanding of the world and how its pieces "fit" together continues to progress. DISCOVERING SHAPES playfully introduces five basic forms circle oval triangle square and rectangle as each appears in the context of toys nature and everyday objects. We've added adorable puppet shows; silly sound effects; happy busy babies and captivating real-world imagery accompanied by beautiful classical music to provide a delightful sensory experience. So whether your baby plays along by bouncing a ball watching eggs hatch building with blocks or tracing the outline of a checkerboard you'll enjoy sharing in that fresh sense of wonder that takes shape as your child greets each new discovery!

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Running Time: 30 Mins.
Rating: G
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Item Specifications...

Actors: Baby Einstein
Directors: n/a
Format: AC-3,   Animated,   Color,   Dolby,   Dubbed,   DVD,   Full Screen,   NTSC
Language: English,   French,   Spanish
Region Code: 1  (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Running Time: 31.00 minutes
Format   AC-3 / Animated / Color / Dolby / Dub
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.4" Width: 7.5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  DVD Video
Release Date   Jul 24, 2007
Publisher   CHORDANT ACNT# 3707
Age  3
ISBN  0012469637  
ISBN13  0786936737943  
UPC  786936737943  

Availability  0 units.

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TV and videos are not good for babies under 2  Jan 15, 2008
The name "Baby Einstein" can lull you into thinking it's okay or even good for babies to watch t.v., but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no television at all to children under 2 because so many studies have proven its harmful effects on children. Studies have shown that:

- for every hour of television a baby watches a day, their chances of acquiring an attention deficit disorder increases by 10%.
- among babies ages 8 months to 16 months, every hour spent daily watching programs such as 'Brainy Baby' or 'Baby Einstein' translated into six to eight fewer words in their vocabularies as compared with other children their age."
- brain wave activity in babies is slower when watching television than when sleeping.

I believe television should be used SPARINGLY and with caution, and without any delusions of it increasing baby's intelligence. As for making them more intelligent, Dr. William Sears says, "relationships, not things, make babies smarter." The easiest way to make babies smarter and calmer is to carry them a lot. Slings, pouches and carriers help make this more manageable. Studies have shown that:

- carrying babies an extra 3 hours a day resulted in 40% less crying.

Babies who are frequently carried are proven to pick up verbal skills faster, and develop better core muscle strength and balance. My Listmania list "Natural Parenting for Baby's First Year" has more information on babywearing, or you can google "babywearing" or "television and baby studies" for your own research.

Crown Crafts The Original NoJo BabySling by Dr. Sears - Black Chambray is a great starter sling.

Finally, I'd suggest "SIGNING TIME" videos - not to be confused with "Baby Signing Time" - as a last resort instead of other baby videos because at least baby can learn sign language. Sign language is proven to:

- reduce frustration and tantrums
- accelerate language development
- promote parent-child bonding

I found the entire series at my local library. I especially liked Signing Time! Volume 4: Family, Feelings & Fun DVD and 'naming' feelings also increases emotional intelligence in babies.
Pleasantly Surprised  Aug 29, 2007
I have to admit I was skeptical that Baby Einstein had come out with a new shapes DVD but this is a much better shapes DVD than Baby Newton. My 1 year old had no interest in Baby Newton but loves Discovering Shapes. My 4 year old loves it too! Especially since he is the one who picked it out for his brother's first birthday present. I think the editing has definitely gotten better with time.
Baby Newton minus the clown!  Jul 27, 2007
This was Baby Newton minus the clown. I felt cheated, the format was so similar even my son picked up on it. No new material. He got bored after just a few minutes. I love the movies, my cildren learn a lot from them, but I think the producers got lazy on this one. (I have a two year old and six month old) We love doing the discovery cards together and learning new words, as well as watching the extra puppet shows- again nothing new for him to learn- and there were only three extra puppet shows...

I haven't been inpressed with the comapny since Baby on the Go, and for the record- I have seen, and own EVERY einstein dvd!
Fresh and fun!  Jul 27, 2007
These DVD's are looking better and make more sense than they used to. I really love the new narrator's voice, too!
A great way to bond with your child  Jul 25, 2007
Teaching simple messages at a gentle pace -- with vivid color, crisp sound and perfect focus and lighting -- the Baby Einstein DVDs just keep getting better. Assuming you're watching them with your child, and that you don't overdose him or her on video, they offer a fun and rewarding way to spend time together. This one, I think, is the best yet.

The 30-minute main feature consists of five brief lessons about five basic shapes -- circles, ovals, squares, rectangles and triangles. Each shape is explored using animation, photographs, video and puppets, which are all mixed together in a sweet, simple style that is never rushed but always interesting.

Here, for example, is what happens during the sequence on squares:

After a blue line draws itself into a square, the line transforms into a photo of a soda cracker, which itself is remade into part of a grid. Then a piece of bread becomes a yellow-lined square, which changes into a live-action waffle that's being chewed on by an infant. Next, a gentle video montage shows square glass windows, a little boy playing with a square toy, an overhead shot of two older kids playing checkers, toy blocks, a checkered flag blowing in the breeze, a mom tracing the edges of a box with her young daughter, kids peering out of the windows of a school bus, some square carpet remnants, a young girl playing with boxes, movers carrying cardboard boxes, Rhino the puppet drawing a square on a whiteboard, and finally a young girl jumping out of a box. The square segment concludes with Rhino doing some short, silly skits. Throughout it all, the audio is simply light music, accented by voices saying "Square!" every now and then.

(By the way, that's the first time I've ever written "live-action waffle.")

The disc also has some good bonus features.

I especially liked the "Discovery Cards" feature, a collection of still-frame sequences that review the shapes in the main video and introduce stars, hearts, diamonds and crescents. Each shape is shown just by itself, then with its name underneath, then with a voice pronunciation of the name, and then as part of a photo which shows how the shape exists in real life.

Similar to the skits Jim Henson did with his Muppets back in the 1960s, three 45-second puppet shows present sock-puppet animals squeaking their way through brief encounters with an "Enormous Egg," "Nesting Box" or "House of Cards."

Also included is a 90-second long "Locate the Shape" game, which presents still photos and asks viewers to find the shapes located within them, such as the rectangles that exist on the front of a house; a 3:30 "Story Time," which encourages viewers to find the shapes within the illustrations of the book Baby Einstein: See and Spy Shapes (Baby Einstein Books), a handy "Toy Chest" that identifies the colorful and creative toys used in the DVD; and a 3:30 Baby Einstein informercial.

The only downside: a commercial for "Einstein Pals," a toddler series that premieres on DVD next year. The one-minute spot is teased before the main feature, then, if you wait long enough, plays automatically afterward.

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