My husband and I get this channel through our DirecTV subscription and we feel that it's an amazingly good deal.
This channel is specially made for children aged 6 months to 3 years. Their programming is made up of short educational videos designed in different ways to help develop childrens budding mental and physical development in ways that provide the perfect amount of stimulation.
Some notable programs include:
The Numbers Farm - little viewers are encouraged to help the little chick count different farm animals.
I Can Sign - A program that teaches both children and parents how to sign
Sandman - A picture is drawn in sand and children are encouraged to guess what it's going to be.
On top of all of this, each program has educational tips at the bottom of the screen, helping parents understand how to make the most out of the show.
As with every baby video, many adults cannot handle the simplistic, overly-excited tones that children love about these programs. There have been many times when someone came into the livingroom while I was watching BabyFirst with my son and turned back around thinking I'd gone insane. To most non-parent adults this channel is simply mind-numbing, and I've even fallen prey to the idea. But to kids, this channel is pure GOLD!
My favorite part is the nighttime programs, soothing, slow-moving programs to put your child in the mood to sleep.
Why would anyone pay for a subscription, you ask? If you think about the cost of the channel ($5.99 per month) and then factor in the cost of individual, 30-minute DVDs (around $10-20 each) this is not only a great deal, but a steal!
Update On Apr 21, 2008: For anyone who's interested in BabyFirst TV that doesn't have DirecTV, you can go to http://www.babyfirsttv.com and get DVDs for the full cost of around $16 each.