This is definitely one of my favourite finds. I’m not one to advocate putting babies in front of the television, although a lot of my friends swear by CBeebies or Baby Einstein when they need to get the housework done (and, come to think of it, their houses do look a lot tidier than mine…). However, I am a sucker for all things arty and Wee See’s DVDs are certainly that – put one on for an instant art installation in your lounge. Devised by animator Rolyn Barthelman, the concept combines the high-contrast black and white shapes and patterns so beloved by babies with a score by Tim DeLaughter of The Polyphonic Spree – no annoying bleeps and beeps here.
There are currently two DVDs (although I believe there are more in the pipeline). Collection One consists of 14 animations – each between two and four minutes long – of geometric shapes which slowly and fluidly move and evolve, which proves captivating for babies. Collection Two features additional stars, hearts and flowers in 18 animations that create a wonderful monochrome fantasy world. The order of the animations shuffles each time you play the DVD, removing the boredom factor, and there is a flashcard mode with no music if you don’t want that additional stimulation.
My little one seemed hypnotised by Wee See and it was pleasant to have on in the background while you get on with stuff, although I imagine it could have a soporific effect if you were chilling out on the sofa. All in all, a beautiful and practical baby product well worth the price – $20 per DVD (or $35 for both), plus $10 shipping to the UK from Wee See World.