The Benefits of Playing With Reborn Toddlers

Social-Emotional Skills.  Children use play to comprehend their world.  Doll play helps children: clinic caring and nurturing (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 all valuable life lessons.  In carrying, holding, feeding, and rocking a baby doll, children are practicing being loving to others.  They may be mimicking how they recall being taken care of as a kid, or how they see adults in their world caring for children.  Just as children copy parents talking on the telephone, working in the kitchen, vacuuming, etc., doll play is no different.  It is children's way to comprehend and begin to make the world their own by practicing these events.  Doll play is also.  Doing this allows them to increase their comprehension of the events.  They are also able to take on the opposite function, which enables them to view things from another's perspective (SUCH an important skill to acquire!) .  Many times children will enjoy taking on the role in order for them to feel a feeling of control and power.  This makes complete sense because kids have very little control over their world (for some essential and very good reasons).  Giving a child the opportunity to have some control and power in play allows them to give it a go in a way.
Playing with reborn dolls boy is also a excellent way for young children to prepare for the arrival of a sibling.  Parents can model ways to touch and care for a baby which could give a flavor of what they can expect to the sib-to-be.  Once the baby arrives, the can care for their own baby doll directly alongside dad and mother.  This may be particularly helpful since it's quite normal (for obvious reasons) for the older sibling to never get as much attention when the baby arrives.  Being able to have their own activity -- but still feel connected to the parent(s) and family -- can help a child ease into having an extra member in the household.  Some children will prefer to play out these same situations with other stuffed toys or miniatures because they feel better attached to them or they require the play to be removed (less real to the actual situation) than playing with baby dolls.  I'm mentioning this because I don't need parents/caregivers to think that just because a child doesn't play with baby dolls that they practice and can't learn these skills.  However, I do believe that baby dolls offer children something unique that other toys can't 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 bathtub, 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 may have more control over the experience).  We discuss the supplies needed and the actions taken during bath time, and then they could narrate the steps and comfort the doll during"bath time" while playing out a simple or elaborate feign story.  (A plastic Potato Head also works great for this experience.)  Parents have been so proud when their child finally agrees to get in the tub after practicing with the doll for months on end!Grooming & Hygiene: Dolls supply the perfect chance for practicing grooming and hygiene skills such as brushing hair, brushing teeth, and washing hands.  Potty training: While I don't have a great deal of experience on this front (yet!)  While skills such as indicating discomfort over soiled pants and sitting on a potty seat with assistance are skills a child must grow in him or herself, they may be played out on the doll either from the caregiver or the child him/herself.  For example:"Uh oh!  Baby has a wet diaper!  
Dolls are a few of the toys that kids have played with.  Their use was documented in Greece.  There's very good reason for these toys to be long lasting through history.  They are a representation of the child and allow for a child to acquire a greater understanding of themselves as well as those around them.  While gender roles dictate that dolls are a toy for girls, playing with dolls can provide significant growth.   Playing with dolls solidifies skills that are obtained in a child's early developmental years.  Cooperate and they learn to communicate with one another kindly when children play home.  By taking care of a doll, they know how to take care of one another.Responsibility.  Children are learning responsibility as well by learning skills that are important at an early age.  They learn by playing with it how to look after a doll.  Learning learn how to take care of their pets, or siblings know how to care of their younger siblings.  Empathy & Compassion.Another important social skill that children learn when playing with dolls is how to process emotions like empathy and compassion.  Exactly like caring for their doll teaches responsibility, it allows them to grow up into people and teaches them to empathize with those around them.  Imagination.Dramatic play, the kind of play that occurs when children play with dolls, helps develop a child's imagination as they experience creative, imagined scenarios with their dolls and other kids.  Language.  Playing with dolls in addition to their friends, children run into situations that are new and unique for their games.  By filling it with language that is practical, communicating between one another can strengthen their language.  Children gain insight.  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 plenty of language through their play and play provides them opportunities to use and practice their language and speech skills.  Let's look at just some of the language concepts that a baby doll can help teach and support: Body Parts: Dolls are FANTASTIC for teaching different body parts: eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hands, palms, stomach, feet, toes, knees, elbows, etc..  Yes, you can teach these with no baby doll but providing another opportunity to practice tagging this vocabulary helps to generalize the language to other men and women.  It helps to teach kids that"nose" not only refers to the thing on their own face but to all faces.   Putting on and taking off the clothing also works on fine motor skills!  Basic Concepts: Use infant with other infant toys (mattress, blankets) to teach some basic concepts like: prepositions (baby in the bed, baby under the blanket), colors, and size concepts (using different sized dolls).  Verbs/Feelings: Use the baby with some other baby toys (bed, bottle, clothes) to teach verbs/feelings/etc.    We ought to give him something to eat!"  Answering"wh" questions: You can ask your kid various questions to work on his comprehension of these words while he performs.  "Where is baby?"   "What does the baby want to eat?"   Social/pragmatic abilities: Baby dolls can be a terrific tool to use to help teach proper social/pragmatic skills.  Children can take turns playing different dolls, and they are able to practice using language to ask questions about the dolls and what they're doing.
Why Kids Should Play with Baby Doll.  The baby doll is such a toy that we expect ALL children .will have the opportunity.  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 offer children lots of opportunities for developing fine motor their cognitive, and abilities.  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 frequently develop some of their fine motor and self-dressing skills later than women, it's important for them to be exposed to more opportunities for practice.  For example: Dramatizing with a doll: Around two children typically start to act as if their doll can see and interact together.  They may link several activities with the doll in sequence such as feeding the doll, bathing the doll, and then putting the doll to bed.  This form of pretend play is a hugely important part of their cognitive development.


Removing clothes: Though some clothing items are easier to remove than others (like those baby socks that never stay on their small feet!) , before doing this for themselves kids often gain from trying it out.  Taking clothes off is usually mastered prior to putting it on and includes removing items like hat, socks (pulling from the top rather than pulling on the feet ), shoes, shirt, using a pincer grasp to unzip, pulling down pants, and unbuttoning large buttons.  Putting on clothes: Obtaining clothing on can be tough and is typically MUCH easier when first practiced on a doll.  Some frequent clothing items kids can practice on dolls and themselves 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 This ability is expected to emerge around a year and a half and will coincide with the development of skills like zipping/unzipping or holding the ring while pretending to feed it.  Feeding: As children's pretend play skills grow, so do their self-feeding abilities!  Playing with a baby doll gives them the opportunity to practice suitably holding and using feeding things like spoons, bottles, cups, forks, bowls, etc..