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Tuesday, June 27, 2006


The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 2 view NO television. Apparently the AAP has never had an inconsolably and squirmy child that calmed right down to the sounds and sights of Baby Einstein. When Luke was immobile (which was over 10 months ago, so really, that's a distant memory) I put him in the swing a couple times with Baby Einstein on and he calmed down and fell asleep.

Later, mindful of the AAP warning, I would sit with him and we watched Baby Einstein together. I would point things out and hug him and hold him so it became a more interactive experience. Because I was worried about his interactive experiences.

This was, apparently, a bit of an error in judgement on my part, because Luke came to associate Baby Einstein time with sitting on Mommy's lap being hugged and rocked. Okay, so that in itself is not a bad thing. But when you want to be able to run around the house and change loads of laundry, put away escaped items, etc, you want Baby Einstein to suck your child into that TV trance. Luke would follow me out of the room whining when I tried to get up.

Finally, FINALLY last night we had that experience. My son, being all typical boy on me even though I am adamant about "I WILL NOT MAKE PRESUMPTIONS ON YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE MALE!" has fallen in love with cars and trains and trucks. My mother got him Baby Einstein 'On the Go' last week, and we've watched it several times. He actually became so involved in this video that I was able to go into the kitchen (next to the family room) and empty the dishwasher, begin dinner preparations, and generally clean and straighten. You have no idea what you can do with 15 minutes until you have only 15 minutes.

Screw the AAP, they probably have cleaning ladies and can afford to order in every night.


Blogger The Kept Woman said...

The rendition of "Wheels on the Bus" on the "On the Go" video is my favorite. I love the "boinging" in the song and how the bus breaks down.

I realllllly need to get out more.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Elisette said...

That actually bothered me a lot when I first saw it. "The bus breaks down!?!? What?!?! Luke's never going to ride a bus now, thinking they all break down! I'll have a child with irratioanl fears!!"

But then, Disney movies kill off a parent every time, so I guess they turn out okay...

12:58 PM  

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