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Review: Oxbridge Baby My First DVD

A developmental DVD to entertain and stimulate the minds of babies and toddlers, and be fun at the same time.

Posted: 13 June 2006
by Sarah Lawson

Oxbridge Baby: My First DVD

Gentle stimulation to entertain and help your child begin to develop
Not much to fault unless your toddler’s already onto video games and brash TV cartoons!
Features: 40-minutes of little ‘sketches’, an on-screen storybook, ‘aquarium’ screen of fish, puppetry and animation
Price: £12.99 incl p+p

The concept:
Combines the classical music sounds which are said to be restful but also stimulating to babies with soothing images of puppets doing simple things, developmental toys whirring, turning and flowing, and so on. This DVD aims to entertain your baby for the precious moments when you do want to sit her down in front of the TV without feeling guilty.

Unless your baby or toddler has an older sibling, it’ll be quite a while before your child actually wants to interact with your TV and it will often be switched off, but there is a place for gentle DVDs like this to offer visual stimulation and something subtly entertaining.

The images and sound have been developed by speech therapists, pre-school teachers and mothers so this is well thought-out.

In action:
Although it is intended for younger children, the age range is 1 to 4. I sat down with a nearly-three-year-old who loved it and wanted to watch sections over again. She is used to being in the room when her older sister watches things like Scooby Doo, so this I think was a welcome break for her!

Little nursery rhymes accompany one or two minutes of toy buses counting up and down, or fish swimming across the screen, for example. The mix of jolly tunes, restful classical music and these simple but affecting images seemed to really work. Great for toddlers who need a little wind-down time!

The ThinkBaby verdict

It’ s only 40 minutes long – we loved it and wanted more!
Entertainment: 5/5
Value: 4/5

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Does your baby or toddler have a favourite DVD or TV programme you'd recommend?

Posted: 14/06/2006 at 10:41

pokoyo or pocoyo... annoying music but my baby does enjoy looking at it.

Posted: 16/06/2006 at 13:15

corey is 12 mths and for about 6 mths he has always watched and loves big cook little cook!!

Posted: 19/06/2006 at 16:33

I (and my 10 month old)didn't find Oxbridge Baby even close to the review article. It held his attention for about 2 minutes maximum, no matter how many times we showed him any of the stages. Although the charity involved is worth supporting, I should have donated the cost of the DVD directly to them!
It may well be carefully designed to stimulate babies, but how stimulating can it be if you can't keep them in the same room. To each his own, and this definately wasn't for Isaac.

Posted: 02/07/2006 at 16:29

I felt compelled to add my first comment to the site as we also recently bought a copy of Oxbridge Baby for our daughter (based on the above review) and it hasn't been off our tv for more than a day since it arrived. Jessica (9 months) thinks it's wonderful and can watch it all the way through and still want more at the end!

I suppose each DVD works for differently for different children. I do know that I have also tried one of the other baby titleson the market and it wasn't as liked as much as this one.

Posted: 12/07/2006 at 18:04

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