Seriously, I am pretty sure my baby is a genius. So perhaps his amazing reading is due to Your Baby Can Read, or maybe it's just his superior intelligence. In any case, here's my take on the now everywhere "Your Baby Can" enterprise.
I've heard critics of the program. "It's not reading, it's memorizing. Babies can't sound things out, they can just learn to recognize images of certain words." Here's a link my mom emailed me a while back:
one night Bob surprised me by reading "baby bubble bath" on this bottle
He's starting to read phrases, like, "holding hands" or "kick the ball" but we're still working on the concept of reading words in a row. At least out loud. Who knows what's going on in his head.
When friends ask me, does it really work? I say, Yes! But honestly, who really cares if babies can read? There's no real need for Bob to read at this point. Obviously. I don't send him into the grocery store with a list while I listen to the radio in the car.
That there to the left is what I got suckered into buying. I'm not saying you should buy it; I'm just saying.
If you have seen Bob's reading in action, please feel free to post a comment as a testament to his genius. One random commenter will win an autographed photo when Bobby is named smartest baby in the world.