Tots take lead in learning DVD
BABIES' fascination with other infants is the inspiration behind a new baby-watching DVD, launched this month by an Australian media mum.
Baby to Baby - an endearing DVD featuring more than 40 babies and toddlers of all shapes, sizes and cultural backgrounds - explores the wonders of nature, how things work and the simple joy of friendship through beautifully filmed scenes, original catchy songs and fun activities for the under-5s.
The brainchild behind Baby to Baby is Jacquie van Santen, a freelance journalist with a special interest in science, health and education.
Jacquie said making a DVD exclusively for babies and toddlers with their peers as the sole stars made perfect sense.
"Who better to entertain babies than other babies? Ask any parent and they'll tell you that babies are just fascinated with each other from the moment they can hold their heads up and focus," she said.
"Most DVDs for young children feature adults acting like little kids. I wanted to produce a DVD that young children could really relate to... Baby to Baby achieves that. It's a simple, but very effective idea."
Jacquie said the idea for Baby to Baby came to her after watching a family gathering at the beach one day.
"It made me realise that babies are learning all the time, even when we don't realise it, and that young children love nothing more than exploring and discovering new things with other young children," she said.
Baby to Baby features a mix of musical styles from cha cha and classical to jazz and swing, and concludes with a soothing lullaby. All songs are performed by award-winning Australian folk acoustic singer Miranda Bradley.