As my wife and I prepare for the arrival of our first child, we've been
babysitting our nephew more and more often. This past weekend we traveled about
5 hours to the east and visited her grandmother and took him with us. As we made
it halfway through the first full day there, the laptop computer and Baby Neptune
proved to be an invaluable tool.
This series of videos are based upon the Mozart Effect, which is:
· The use of music and the arts to improve the health of families and
· The general use of music to improve memory, awareness, and the integration
of learning styles
· The innovative and experimental uses of music to improve listening
and attention deficit disorders
· The therapeutic uses of music for mental and physical disorders and
· The collective uses of music for imagery and visualization, to activate
creativity, and reduce depression and anxiety
This by no means represents all the uses and aspects, but presents a good overview
as to the theories behind the entire series of Baby Einstein videos. A series
of images (still and moving), music, sounds, and spoken languages are repeated
in an effort to induce the desired results.
There are opponents to this series of videos, ones that feel that introducing
children at this young of an age (they're intended for 1 to 18 months)
is wrong no matter the content. Obviously the opponents to this series are either
stay-at-home parents or ones that have maids that help with the cleaning.
These videos often prove themselves to be invaluable when the baby is fussy
and you're trying to prepare a bottle or nothing else seems to calm them.
To top that off, I'd rather my child (borrowed or not) watch something
that is halfway education and entertaining than the latest episode of whatever
is on the television.
Like other recent entries in the series, the disc has a more specific theme.
Having run the course of royalty free composers and other historic artists,
this one focuses on introducing the baby to water, hence the name.
The 30-minute running time of the video is filled with whales, water and water
themed toys being displayed on the screen to a series of lively tunes. The playful
hand-puppet characters that frequent these videos are present, as well as several
children that play peek-a-boo from underneath umbrellas (which proved to be
a popular section). Several scenes from a large aquarium are present and are
also present on a separate 12-minute section. I believe these were filmed at
the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, as I recognize several of the fish and
Overall, it's another successful entry in this ever popular series that
doesn't deviate slightly from the others that have come before it.
Video: Considering the audience, the video on this disc is
quite spectacular. The stock or live action footage looks especially good, but
the sequences filmed using the toys and puppets virtually jump off the screen
when matched to the black background.
Audio: The stereo mix is as same as ever, bright and evenly
mixed, so it provides a soothing listening experience and one that catches your
baby's attention easily.
Extras: Aside from the repeat play feature on the main video,
there is another 12-minute section of footage from the aquarium set to music.
Flashcards are also present that reveal the names of the bathtub and other water
related elements at the press of a remote button. There is also a DVD-ROM section
that has pages for your child to color when printed out and links to buy the
toys featured in the video.
Overall: As proven by my nephew's reaction, the videos
do a good job of entertaining your child. At this young of an age (less than
1-year old), it's hard to verify the educational value. But from watching,
as I stated, there are worse things that they could be watching.