2001 that GAPT first discovered the baby-think-it-over doll. the purpose of the
doll is to provide an
opportunity for teenagers to have a simulated parental experience.
the experience takes place in a setting where supervision is
provided by a teacher, parent, therapist or other adult supervisor.
the experience is facilitated by the doll baby known as
realcare iI which is battery operated,
life size, and comes with a variety of features. the baby must
be feed and diapered and has many attributes of a real baby. it even
cries in the middle of the night. it can be very demanding,
just like a real infant.
project gives teenagers the opportunity to learn what having a baby
is really all about. typically they are given custody of the
baby for a day or two during which they must comply with
needs the infant exhibits regardless of what else is going on in
learn a great deal about childcare in a very short time span.
read some of their comments below under
feedback from the baby
keeps track of the effort the student makes to keep the baby
comforted. the following is a sample of the information about
for a student who had the baby for 1 day, 19 hours, and 43 minutes.
15 neglected 1
crying time 44 minutes
my experience with taking
care of the baby was okay. i was the babysitter for the baby
and i really do not want to watch it again. the reasons why i
would not want the baby is because when you try to sleep it will
wake you crying all the time. then you have to change the diaper and
feed it so it will stop crying. it is just too much
responsibility to take care of a child at my age because you got
school and i play sports so i could not play, i would have to sit
and watch other people play. this is how i fee about taking
care of the baby.
rebecca age 15
what was it like to take
care of the baby? well, at first i was kind of nervous.
why? i don't even know. i kind of got the hang of it after the
first 20 minutes. after the first night, i kind of started to
feel real. like it was a real baby, like my very own son.
then it kind of made me realize what my mother went through. i
really enjoyed it.
john age 15
anonymous 16 Year old student kept a diary for four days about his
experience. to read it