Baby's Favorite Places: First Words--Around Town

  • Review Date: July 24, 2006
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006

Common Sense Media says

A gentle word adventure for toddlers.
  • Review Date: July 24, 2006
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

May encourage kids to sound out words and identify common objects.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this DVD is expressly designed for babies. Both Common Sense Media and the American Academy of Pediatrics advise against allowing children younger than 2 to watch television and other screen media. Studies have raised concerns that early exposure to television could be detrimental to attention span and cognitive development. That issue aside, young children will find much to enjoy, and are likely to want to watch this DVD over and over again, trying to sound out the words presented in this video.

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What's the story?

Baby Einstein is well known and loved by parents for presenting their little ones with entertaining and enriching videos and DVDs on everything from colors to sounds. Now, the series presents your child with a new opportunity: to identify the things that make up her world. In BABY EINSTEIN: BABY'S FAVORITE PLACES, kids are taken on a gentle adventure around their known world: from their house, driveway, or street to the library and park. Learning happens through repetition, and children are given the chance to learn several ways: through words, sounds, and, with the help of Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin, sign language. Between vignettes, they're encouraged by good-natured puppy, kitty, and squirrel puppets who explore the world as your toddler would.

Is it any good?

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While it's geared for kids as young as age 1, we (along with the American Academy of Pediatrics) recommend that children under 2 avoid all screen media (TV, computers, DVDs, videos) and therefore are only recommending it for kids 2+.

Of course, many families will feel comfortable sharing this DVD with their babies. One 18-month-old demanded to watch it again immediately after his first viewing. He was engaged by it, pointing, asking questions (in baby talk) and putting down his sippy-cup long enough to scrutinize the funny images of doggies hiking, kitties cooking, and raccoons getting the newspaper. Even his 3-year-old sister enjoyed watching and identifying the words as objects came on screen.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the words presented in this DVD, and parents of toddlers can help little ones learn to identify common objects (mailbox, school, library, picnic).

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 25, 2006
DVD release date:July 25, 2006
Cast:Mallory Lewis, Marlee Matlin
Director:Bill Weisbach
Studio:Buena Vista
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:35 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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