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Elmo and his Muppet friends make merry (PBS)
Engaging live footage set to classical music (Baby Einstein DVD, $20)
Rhymes, music and silly faces (Brainy Baby DVD, $18)
Background TV Distracts Toddlers
While it's normal to want to watch Oprah as you while away the time with your little one, you may not want to make it a habit. In a study of 50 kids ages 1 to 3, children played for shorter periods and were less focused when Jeopardy was on. With a lot of exposure to background TV, child-ren may experience attention deficit and developmental problems similar to those associated with overt viewing of children's programs, researchers said.