Product Review: Baby Einstein

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By Heather Lopez

Okay, so you know that at Happy and Healthy Mom we like to focus on the woman behind the baby. Every so often baby products are pitched to me and I usually turn them down. However, when Baby Einstein approached me, I agreed. Why, you might ask? Well, when my daughter was very small we had a Baby Einstein DVD and when she got very agitated, I would pop it in and she would go to sleep. The DVD went missing, so I never had a chance to try it out on my son and I was curious to see if they DVD’s worked for toddlers too! Okay, yes, I am admitting it: I wanted to review the products to see if they still could help calm down my daughter (& maybe my son.) Relax time for kiddies= Relax time for mommy.

Okay, so here is what they sent me: 

Baby Einstein

Baby Einstein™ Discovery Kits: A New Way for Babies to Discover the World $19.99 SRP

Baby Lullaby Discovery Kit- Level 1

Take your baby on a soothing journey with classical lullabies by Bach, Brahms and Mozart.Baby Lullaby is the perfect way to spend special time with your baby.

 Enjoy relaxing ocean waves, sweet puppet shows, and tranquil images. From fun time to rest time,

Neptune’s Oceans Discovery Kit- Level 2

Dive in with your little explorer for a voyage of undersea discovery!

Journey Across Neptune’s Oceans to encounter amazing marine life in their natural habitats. Penguins, whales, dolphins, sea lions and crabs come to life in engaging musical portraits. Together, you and your baby will ride a tide of fun as you explore this wondrous new worl

World of Rhythm- Level 3

Your little one will want to keep a beat, snap his fingers and march his feet!World of Rhythm explores rhythm in music, rhythm in nature and rhythm as a form of expression. It’s a fun way to encourage children to express themselves through singing, dancing, clapping and playing!

Join new characters Pillie, the musical woodpecker, and Coco, the dancing cockatoo, and share the excitement of rhythm with your baby.

My thoughts

The Level 1 Kit came with a DVD, a CD, and a book. The level was geared towards younger kids (i.e. babies) than my own. This also was the most effective one in getting them sleepy for naptime. The calming and peaceful music, combined with the simple images and characters on the DVD, made this one perfect to put on to lull them to sleep.

The Level 2 kit came with a DVD, CD, and these fact cards. It was more in line with my son, who is turning two soon. My daughter paid attention for a little while because she thought it had something to do with Nemo, but got a little bored and left. The cards seemed a bit more advanced than the level of the DVD and my son chose to chew on them rather than review with me. My son watched the DVD and eventually fell asleep.

The Level 3 kit came with a DVD, a CD, and a book. This one seemed to be the most favorite for both of my kids. They enjoyed the music and danced, which they love to do. The DVD was also effective at calming them down after they initially got excited.

Having studied music growing up and even a bit in college, I am aware of how music stimulates the brain. The music on the DVD’s and CD’s can be wonderful to play for your kids and stimulate the mind at the same time. The images seemed a bit more simple, without as much of a storyline like other shows the kids watch. I think that’s why they can be so effective in lulling the kids to sleep.

I did not like that the packaging is set-up in a way that once you open it, you lose the organization of the the kit as the books and cards must now find a new and separate home away from the DVD, rather than being stored together.

Overall, I think the kits are adorable and a better alternative to plopping the kids in front of the random stuff that is on tv. The kits were more geared towards learning and brain stimulation and highly effective at calming my kids down for rest and relax time. The kits were a godsend to me in a time when things can be so crazy at home with two toddlers running about.

Please know that I focus on you moms and I would not have done this review, had I not thought it could help you in some way. These products seem to be something that can help give you some for yourself, by serving as great relax/ nap time accompaniments.

Disclosure:

I was not monetarily compensated for this post, but I did receive three of the kits as samples to review. This in no way affected my opinion of the products.

Posted by hahmom   @   13 May 2011 0 comments

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