We absolutely love the Baby Einstein company.
Squeaker has several Baby Einstein toys and the DVDs are some of the few that I feel comfortable with letting her watch. Not that she watches alone, of course. I watch with her and we interact with the video. I let her set the pace and once she’s done, she’s done.
Today though, I wanted to talk about a few of our favorite things from Baby Einstein. And as much as we love the toys and movies, Squeaker also loves the books. And I enjoy incorporating the books into our everyday learning experiences.
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For Christmas, I hope to get her enrolled in the Baby Einstein Playful Discovery book club, but that will be another post for another day.
Today, I want to focus on some of our favorite Baby Einstein Books and how we’re learning with Baby Einstein. As you may have read in my Learning Begins At Home post, I’m a big advocate for reading to children of all ages. I believe that reading to a baby is highly beneficial in many areas of early childhood development. You’re also helping to strengthen your bond with your child by reading to them while they’re young.
Though not pictured above, we love this book! It’s just the right size now, for Squeaker, that she can turn the pages by herself. Lately she’s been on a bit of ‘cat’ fancy, so she’s searching for the C page. However, she also surprised me the other night when she landed on ‘K’ and found a picture of a kitten. So yes, she absolutely correct in pointing to the kitten and saying ‘cat’.
A favorite for both of us, I think, these Alphabooks are just the right size for Squeaker. She enjoys taking them out of the box and putting them back in, just as much as she enjoys reading through them. Each book is about three to four pages long and features a picture that corresponds with that letter. Sometimes we’ll read through the vowels and other times, it’s her pick as to what we read through.
These are not our first favorite, simply because the books (while small enough for little hands) are also somewhat cumbersome for her to turn pages with. I enjoy the concept though, so if we use these in our learning time, Squeaker is on my lap so I can turn the pages for her.
Through the coming years, I’m sure we’ll find new ways to integrate our Baby Einstein books into our learning experiences. I know that when we start Tot School, I want to do a book basket based on the letter or theme. The Alphabooks will be perfect for this. And even though we might not like the small board book set, I can also see us using that as starting point for Tot School in terms of introducing new themes for Squeaker.
Overall, we enjoy Baby Einstein books as much as we enjoy the toys and DVDs. They truly help us bring learning to life.