The Advantages of Playing With Realistic Baby Dolls
Children use play to comprehend their world. Doll play helps children: clinic nurturing and caring (socio-emotional)re-enact interactions with their own caregivers, family members, and friends (cognitive reframing) prepare for a sibling (rehearsal). Irrespective of a child's gender, these skills are valuable life lessons. In carrying, holding, feeding, and rocking a baby doll, kids are practicing being loving to others. They may be mimicking how they remember being cared for as a kid, or how they see adults in their world caring for children. Just as children replicate parents talking on the phone, working in the kitchen, vacuuming, etc., doll play is just the same. It's children's way by practicing these events begin to create the world and to comprehend their own. Play is also. Doing so allows them to increase their comprehension of the events. They can also take on the opposite role, which allows them to view things from another's perspective (SUCH an important skill to acquire!) . Many times children will enjoy taking on the adult role in order for them to feel a sense of control and power. This makes complete sense because kids have very little control over their world (for some necessary and very good reasons). Giving a child the chance to have some power and control in play allows them to give it a go in a secure way.
Playing with baby dolls is also a wonderful way for young children to get ready for the birth of a sibling. Parents can model ways to care and suitably touch for a baby which could give a flavor of what they can expect to the sib-to-be. Also, once the baby arrives, the can care for their own baby doll right alongside dad and mother. This can be particularly helpful since it's fairly normal (for obvious reasons) for the older sibling to not get as much attention once the baby arrives. Being able to have their own action -- but still feel connected to the parent(s) and family -- can help a child ease into having an extra member in the household. Some kids will prefer to play out these very same situations with other stuffed toys or miniatures because they feel better attached to them or they need the play to be more removed (less real to the actual situation) than playing with baby dolls. I am mentioning this because I do not want parents/caregivers to think that just because a child does not play with baby dolls that they can not understand and practice these skills. But I do believe that baby dolls offer children something unique that other toys can not do.
Bathing: Children can practice giving their doll a bath (with feign water if the doll is not permitted to get wet)! This is wonderful for practicing sequencing skills (first fill up the tub, then put on shampoo, then rinse hair, etc.). I have also used dolls in therapy to help kids move past their fear of bathing with them help me give the doll a pretend bath using all the necessary supplies (so that they get used to the sensory experience from the water, shampoo, etc. and can have more control over the encounter ). We talk about the supplies needed and the actions taken during bath time, and then they can narrate the steps and relaxation the doll during"bath time" while playing out a simple or elaborate feign story. (A plastic Potato Head also works great with this experience.) Parents have been so proud when their kid eventually agrees to get in the bath after practicing with the doll for months on end!Grooming Hygiene: Dolls provide the perfect chance for practicing grooming and hygiene skills such as brushing hair, brushing teeth, and washing hands. Potty training: While I do not have a great deal of experience on this front (yet!) , a child with an active imagination can really benefit from using a doll to help with potty training. While skills such as indicating discomfort over soiled pants and sitting on a potty seat with help are skills a child must grow in him or herself, they may be performed on the doll either from the caregiver or the child him/herself. For example:"Uh oh! Baby has a wet diaper! He feels yucky", or "Okay, Baby, time to sit on the potty!"
Reborn Baby Boys are some of the oldest toys that kids have played . Their use was documented in Greece. There's very good reason for these toys to be long lasting through human history. They allow for a child to acquire a greater understanding of themselves as well as those around them, and are a representation of the child . While conventional gender roles dictate that dolls are a toy for girls, playing with dolls may provide important growth. Playing with dolls solidifies abilities which are obtained in a child's early developmental years. When children play house, cooperate and they learn to communicate with one another. By taking good care of a doll, they know how to take care of one another.Responsibility. By learning important social skills at an early age, children are learning responsibility as well. They learn by playing with it how to take care of a doll. Learning learn to take care of their pets, or siblings more easily understand how to care of their younger siblings. Empathy Compassion.Another important social skill that children learn when playing with dolls is the way to process emotions such as empathy and compassion. Like caring for their doll teaches responsibility, it enables them to develop into people that are caring and teaches them to empathize with people around them. Imagination.Dramatic play, the kind of play that happens when children play with dolls, helps develop a child's creativity as they experience creative, imagined scenarios with their dolls and other kids. Language. Playing with their friends in addition to dolls, kids run for their own games into special and new situations. Communicating between one another can strengthen their language by filling it with language. By communicating in this manner with their friends, children gain insight. In this way they discover the world around them.
The baby doll is a toy that can really help open up and expand a child's pretend play. Children learn a lot of language through their play and play offers them opportunities to use and practice their language and speech skills. Let's look at only some of the language notions that a baby doll can help teach and support: Body Parts: Dolls are FANTASTIC for teaching various body parts: eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hands, fingers, stomach, feet, feet, knees, elbows, etc.. Yes, you can teach these without a baby doll but providing another chance to practice labeling this vocabulary can help to generalize the vocabulary to other people. It helps to teach children that"nose" not only refers to the item in their own face but to all faces. Basic Concepts: Use infant with other infant toys (bed, blankets) to teach some basic concepts like: prepositions (infant in the bed, infant under the blanket), colors, and size concepts (using different sized dolls). Verbs/Feelings: Use the baby with another baby toys (bed, bottle, clothing ) to educate verbs/feelings/etc. We ought to give him something to eat!" Answering"wh" questions: You can ask your kid an array of questions to work on his understanding of those words while he plays. "Where's baby?" "Where is baby's nose/fingers/belly button?" "What does the baby want to eat?" Social/pragmatic skills: Baby dolls can be a terrific tool to use to help teach appropriate social/pragmatic skills. Children can take turns playing with different dolls, and they can practice using language to ask questions about the dolls and what they are doing.
The baby doll is a toy that we hope ALL children .will have the chance to own and play during the toddler years. This is because baby dolls are packed with potential for teaching kids about themselves and the world around them. Let's take a look! Baby dolls provide children lots of opportunities for developing self-help skills, fine motor, and their cognitive. Kids often find it much easier to practice these skills on someone (or something) else until they could apply them to themselves. And because boys often develop some of their fine motor and self-dressing skills than women, it's essential for them to be exposed to more opportunities for practice. For example: Dramatizing with a doll: Around two children begin to behave as if their doll can see and interact together. They may link several actions with the doll in sequence such as feeding the doll, bathing the doll, and then placing the doll to bed.
Removing clothes: Though some clothing items are easier to remove than others (like those baby socks that never remain on their little feet!) , prior to doing so for themselves kids often gain from trying it out. Taking clothes off is usually mastered before putting it on and involves removing things such as hat, socks (pulling from the top rather than pulling on the feet ), shoes, top, using a pincer grip to unzip, pulling down pants, and unbuttoning large buttons. Putting on clothes: Getting clothes on can be tough and is typically MUCH easier when first practiced on a doll. Some common clothing items children can practice on themselves and dolls include placing a hat on their head, zipping with some assistance, putting shoes on, pulling up pants, putting on a shirt, and buttoning huge buttons. Using both hands in midline: This skill is expected to emerge around a year and a half and will coincide with the development of skills like zipping/unzipping or holding . Feeding: As children play skills grow, so do their self-feeding skills! Playing with a baby doll gives them the opportunity to practice appropriately holding and using feeding things like spoons, bottles, cups, forks, bowls, etc..