Word learning from baby videos

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 May;164(5):432-7. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.24. Epub 2010 Mar 1.


Objective: To examine whether children between 12 and 25 months of age learn words from an infant-directed DVD designed for that purpose.

Design: Half of the children received a DVD to watch in their home over the course of 6 weeks.

Setting: All participants returned to a laboratory for testing on vocabulary acquisition every 2 weeks.

Participants: Ninety-six 12- to 24-month-old children.

Main exposure: Baby videos.

Main outcome measures: Parent report and observational measures of vocabulary acquisition related to words highlighted in the DVD; parent report of general language development; and parent report of children's media use.

Results: The age at first viewing of baby DVDs was related to children's general language development. There was no evidence of learning words highlighted in the infant-directed DVD independent of parental intervention.

Conclusions: Researchers should continue to examine whether infant-directed media are effective in teaching infants and toddlers content and consider the cognitive factors related to whether very young viewers should be expected to learn from a DVD.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Child Development*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Comprehension
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Language Development
  • Male
  • Regression Analysis
  • Speech Perception
  • Television*
  • Time Factors
  • Verbal Learning*
  • Video Recording*
  • Vocabulary*