Refunds offered for Baby Einstein videos

If you were duped into thinking that Baby Einstein videos were helping your baby's brain, you can now get your money back.

Three years after the Walt Disney company stopped claiming the videos were educational for children under 2, it has announced it is offering a refund to anyone who purchased a Baby Einstein video in the past five years.

The offer is a victory for the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission that accused Baby Einstein, Brainy Baby and BabyFirst TV with making false and deceptive claims about the educational value of its products.

In fact, research has found that an hour a day of watching Baby Einstein was associated with slower acquisition of new words.

The videos' popularity was fueled by the "Mozart Myth," or the idea that playing classical music to an infant can make the child smarter. One study done on college students showed a short-term beneficial effect that was gone in half an hour, according to Princeton University neuroscientist Sam Wang, who co-authored of "Welcome to Your Brain" with Sandra Aamodt.

"Though babies don't have the wiring to process all the complexity in classical music, they are mesmerized by it, which might be why they seem to like 'Baby videos' like Baby Einstein," they wrote.

If you bought a video between June 5, 2004 and Sept. 4, 2009, here's how to get your refund: http:www.babyeinstein.com(S(3qnoffi1whnnnt55h2ljk355))/parentsguide/ satisfaction/upgrade — us.html

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