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Top stories on Thrive: 2009

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What a whirlwind of a year. Since launching this blog in July, we’ve had more than 230,000 visitors, many of whom have left thought-provoking comments on our posts.

We’ve enjoyed bringing you personal stories and expert insight about current pediatric health topics, and we hope you continue reading us in 2010.

What were our readers most interested in this year? Our most widely read stories range from a video series about defeating a milk allergy to a news report about the discredited Baby Einstein videos. Did you miss any of our most popular posts? We revisit them below.

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Disney to give back money parents spent on Baby Einstein videos

By media expert Michael Rich, MD, MPH, director of the Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH) at Children’s Hospital Boston.

The Walt Disney Company has acknowledged that Baby Einstein does not teach anything nor does it promote better brain development in your infant. In the face of the scientific research and strong public advocacy on the part of the Campaign for a Commercial-free Childhood, they are offering a full refund to any parent who has bought a Baby Einstein DVD in the last five years.

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In utero learning – the new trend of "smart baby" products

Listening to a music“Smart baby” products for infants and have been on the market for years. Now, gadgets geared toward babies who aren’t even born yet are popping up on the market. Could these new “prenatal learning systems” produce a smarter, more alert, calmer – all around better baby? We checked in with David Bickham, PhD, staff scientist at Children’s Hospital Boston’s Center on Media and Child Health, about the trend. Here’s what he has to say.

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