Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Baby Einstein: World of Rhythm Discovery Kit Review


From the time D was just a wee baby, she has loved all kinds of music.  I like to attribute it to sharing my iPod with her while she was still in the womb - but who really knows?  Either way, I do feel it's important to encourage D's interest in music, dance and self expression.  Baby Einstein products are a wonderful way to do this - they offer a huge collection of CDs, DVDs, books and toys that allow your child to learn about and explore the world around them.

Baby Einstein have just released their new Discovery Kits, for infants to children 2 years of age.  These are available in three different varieties, tailored to each age group.

Level 1:  Experience

·     Baby Lullaby - Take your baby on a soothing journey with classical lullabies by Bach, Brahms and Mozart. Enjoy relaxing ocean waves, sweet puppet shows, and tranquil images. From fun time to rest time, Baby Lullaby is the perfect way to spend special time with your baby.

Level 2:  Explore 

·    Neptune’s Oceans - 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 world!

Level 3: Expression

·   World of Rhythm - Your little one will want to keep a beat, snap his fingers and march his feet! Join new characters Pillie, the musical woodpecker, and Coco, the dancing cockatoo, and share the excitement of rhythm with your baby. 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!



Our Review
I was sent a World of Rhythm Discovery Kit to review with D.  The first thing we did when we opened the package, was put the DVD in and watch.  I wasn't sure how D would feel about the Baby Einstein style of movie these days, since she's recently developed a love for all things Disney Princess!  However, I was pleasantly surprised.  D watched the entire 30 minute feature presentation without budging - she was very, very interested and focused.  Later, she asked to watch again, but this time I sat with her and throughout the movie we also flipped through the corresponding board book.  I showed D how to act out the different rhythms in the story, and she really enjoyed tapping along to the beat!  It was nice to see her learn things like "fast versus slow" and just about rhythm in general.  We also took the opportunity to talk about the different characters and visuals in the movie - "what kind of animal is that?" "what shape is that?" and so on.  In my opinion, Baby Einstein have got the formula down exactly right for this age group!  Nothing is overly obnoxious, it's easy to follow along with and very engaging.  We haven't yet tried the CD, but I have no doubt it will get D up and moving!  


 -- Have a look at this video preview! --


Earn Rewards For Purchasing Baby Einstein Products
In November, 2010, the Baby Einstein Company launched The Baby Einstein Rewards Program, a customer loyalty program created just for families and powered by Disney Movie Rewards. As part of this program, The Baby Einstein Company includes “Magic Codes” inside the packaging of every Discovery Kit for Baby Einstein Reward members to enter as part of their account and be able to earn and accrue reward points. Reward points can then later be redeemed for a variety of great products including strollers, baby bouncers, books, CDs, DVDs and more. The Baby Einstein Rewards Program is only valid for members who live in the U.S. and Canada and excludes Quebec.  In 2011, The Baby Einstein Company is expanding their rewards program to any newly released product from their full-breadth of product lines including baby toys, books, gear and CDs. Visit the Baby Einstein Rewards site for more information on this program,. 

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Baby Einstein Discovery Kits are available in stores accross Canada and the United States and/or online at BabyEinstein and retail for the suggested price of $19.99 U.S./$24.99 Canada. 


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Disclosure: I received a Discovery Kit to review through an LBi/Baby Einstein program. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and no other monetary compensation took place.

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