About My Talking Toddler
My Talking Toddler is an “As Seen on TV” early communication development system that claims to use a combination of sights and sounds to help teach your child to communicate at a very young age. According to the program’s website, the period from birth to age 3 are the most important years in terms of brain development, and My Talking Toddler claims to help your child turn sounds into words, to express what they need, and to give them every advantage you can.
In order to accomplish this, the My Talking Toddler system is claimed to include a total of 6 DVDs and 3 CDs comprised of the following:
- A sign language DVD that helps children express exactly what they want.
- A “P, B, & M” DVD that concentrates on the first letters many children are able to speak.
- 3 additional DVDs that help children learn words for different animals, verbs, and body parts.
- A vocabulary DVD that will help them form sounds into words.
- 2 CDs with bedtime stories, as well as a bonus “Music for Me” CD.
Using all of this, the My Talking Toddler system is claimed to give your child the gift of learning, and to be so effective that it received Mom’s Choice Award Honoring Excellence.
Talking Toddler Pricing & Refund Policy
My Talking Toddler is priced at $19.95 plus $7.99 S&H, bringing your total to $27.94.
The program also comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. In order to initiate the refund process, you’ll need to contact customer service at 973-287-5178.
Important note: Without a manufacturer listed on the product’s website, we contacted customer service to verify this information (read more about this in the final section). However, the representative claimed that My Talking Toddler is a discontinued product, and that it is no longer being sold. However, when we mentioned that the website was live and was allowing orders to be processed, we were told, “I’m sorry, but we have no information regarding this product.”
What Do Other Consumers Have to Say About Talking Toddler?
Overall, it appears that My Talking Toddler has a mixed online customer reputation, with some claiming that it helped their children form words at an earlier age. However, numerous other customers appear to have been displeased with the program, most of whom complained that the program did nothing for their child’s vocabulary, and that the production value left a lot to be desired. In fact, one Amazon reviewer claimed that they “seem a little on the amateur side,” and another claimed that it seems “very "home-made."
Can Talking Toddler Help Your Child Develop Communication Skills?
When it comes to your children, you want to give them every opportunity in life, not only to succeed, but to excel. With this said, can you reasonably expect the My Talking Toddler system to improve your child’s communication skills at a very young age? Perhaps, but consider the following before placing your order:
“As Seen on TV” Status
First and foremost, My Talking Toddler is an ASOTV product, which for the most part, tend to come with customer complaints related to not working as advertised and for low quality (see more about this in 6 Tips for Your Next “As Seen on TV” Purchase). In fact, as we mentioned above, several consumers appear to have been dissatisfied with My Talking Toddler’s production value.
With this said, the program is manufactured by Tristar Products based out of Fairfield, NJ, who also makes hundreds of other ASOTV products such as ClearTV, Copper Wear, and the Perfecter Fusion Styler. Based on several hundred HighYa reviews for these products, the most common complaints reference failure to work, poor quality, and difficult customer service (see the Pricing section above for our experience with Tristar’s customer service department).
Tristar also has a C- rating with the Better Business Bureau based on nearly 1,000 closed complaints over the past 3 years, most of which reference these same concerns.
The My Talking Toddler Difference?
Production value and quality concerns aside, we have to ask ourselves, “What differentiates the My Talking Toddler program from thousands of similar DVDs and CDs available on the market?”
Before becoming an “As Seen on TV” product, the My Talking Toddler set appears to have been sold for as much as $189, so you might be inclined to believe that it works better than many “bargain bin” DVDs you’d find at your local big box store. And because the program’s promo video features Dr. Cindy Bunin, a child development specialist and family therapist, you could reasonably infer that it was formulated by industry professionals.
However, even after some fairly intensive research, there is nothing available online to lead us to believe that it was developed by anyone specializing in child development, or that it works any better than any other phonics/vocabulary DVDs sold elsewhere.
Does the Mom’s Choice Award Really Honor Excellence?
Next, although My Talking Toddler is claimed to have earned a Mom’s Choice Award Honoring Excellence, the company who hands out these awards has been met with a great deal of skepticism. This is primarily because they actively promote themselves to manufacturers, and charge a $150 to have a product reviewed and promoted.
Because of this, a great number of people have been led to believe that the program is less focused on awards than they are about collecting a fee to promote products.
Your Information Will Be Shared
Considering its somewhat mixed online customer reputation for efficacy and production value, its status as an ASOTV product, and the fact that the company’s customer service claims the program is discontinued, you may want to visit local retailers (even learning/education-specific stores) for similar programs. And ultimately if you’re dissatisfied, you’ll then be able to return your purchase hassle-free.
I really like My Talking Toddler DVDs
We use the DVDs with our grandson. He is 18 months now, we started using them when he was 9 months. He sits and watches them or plays with his cars and books as he watches. When I am in the room, I will repeat the words for him. He is thought by his doctor to be a little developmentally delayed. So I figure anything to help him see and know more of the world and the words that express the world are good. He never gets bored of the DVDs. They are not highly entertaining but that's not their purpose. I think they will be highly beneficial for him in the end. The one thing I wish was changed would be using more racially diverse children and adults in its production. But two thumbs up for My Talking Toddler DVDs.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend