Baby Dolls are some of the oldest toys that kids have ever played .  Their use was recorded in Greece around 100 AD.  There's good reason for these toys to be long lasting through history.  They allow for a child to acquire a greater understanding of these as well as those around them, and are a representation of the child themselves.  Playing with dolls may provide significant growth while traditional gender roles dictate that dolls are a toy mainly for girls.  Playing with dolls solidifies abilities that are obtained in a child's early developmental years.  Cooperate and they learn to communicate with one another kindly when children play house.  By taking good care of a doll, they learn how to take care of one another.Responsibility.  By learning important social skills at an early age, children are learning responsibility also.  They learn by playing with it how to look after a doll.  Learning learn how to care for their pets, or older siblings readily understand how to care of the younger siblings.  Empathy & Compassion.Another significant social skill that kids learn when playing with dolls is the way to process emotions such as empathy and compassion.  Like caring for their doll teaches responsibility, it allows them to develop into people and teaches them to empathize with those around them.  Imagination.Dramatic play, the sort of play that happens when kids play with dolls, helps develop a child's imagination as they encounter creative, imagined scenarios with their dolls and other kids.  Language.  Playing with their friends as well as dolls, children run for their games into unique and new situations.  By filling it with language that is practical, Communication between one another can strengthen their language.  Children gain insight. 
Playing with baby dolls is also a wonderful way for young children to prepare for the birth of a sibling.  Parents can model ways to care and suitably touch for an infant which can give a flavor of what they can expect to the sib-to-be.  Once the baby arrives, the new big-sib can care for their own baby doll directly alongside mom and dad.  This may be particularly helpful since it is fairly normal (for obvious reasons) for the older sibling to not get as much attention when 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 same situations with other stuffed toys or miniatures because they feel better connected to them or they need the play to be removed (less real to the actual situation) than playing with baby dolls.  I'm mentioning this because I do not need parents/caregivers to believe that because a child doesn't play with baby dolls they practice and can't understand these skills.  However, I do believe that infant dolls offer kids something unique that toys can't do.

Eliminating clothes: Though some clothing items are easier to remove than others (like those baby socks that never stay on their little feet!) , before doing for themselves, kids often benefit from trying out it on a doll.  Taking clothes off is usually mastered before placing it on and includes removing items like hat, socks (pulling from the top rather than pulling on the toes), shoes, top, using a pincer grasp to sew, pulling down pants, and unbuttoning large buttons.  Putting on clothes: Obtaining clothes on can be tough and is typically MUCH easier when first practiced on a doll.  Some common clothing items children can practice on dolls and themselves comprise placing a hat on their head, zipping with some assistance, putting shoes on, pulling up pants, putting on a shirt, and buttoning large buttons.  Using both hands in midline: This ability is expected to emerge around a year and a half and tends to coincide with the development of skills like holding or zipping/unzipping .  Feeding: As children's pretend play skills develop, so do their 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..

Children use play to comprehend their world.  Doll play helps kids: practice nurturing and caring (socio-emotional)re-enact interactions with their own caregivers, family, and friends (cognitive reframing) prepare for a sibling (rehearsal).  Regardless of a child's sex, these abilities are valuable life lessons.  They may be mimicking how they recall being cared for as a baby, 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 no different.  It is children's way to comprehend and begin to make the world their own by practicing these regular events.  Doll play is also a way for children to things that have happened in their lives.  Doing so allows them to increase their comprehension of the events.  They can also take on the opposite role, which enables them to view things from another's perspective (SUCH an important skill to get!) .  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 essential and very good reasons).  Giving a child the chance to have control and some power in play allows them to give it a go in a way.
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 speech and language skills.  Let's look at just some of the language concepts that a baby doll can help teach and encourage: Body Parts: Dolls are FANTASTIC for teaching different body parts: eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hands, fingers, tummy, feet, toes, knees, elbows, etc..  Yes, you can teach these with no baby doll but providing another opportunity to practice tagging this vocabulary can help to generalize the language to other people.  It helps to teach children that"nose" not only refers to the item on their face but to all faces.  Clothing Labels: Together with the doll and its clothes, you are able to teach the names of clothing items like shirts, pants, shoes, socks, jammies, etc..  Basic Concepts: Use baby with other infant toys (bed, blankets) to teach some basic concepts like: prepositions (baby in the bed, infant under the blanket), colors, and size concepts (using different sized dolls).  Verbs/Feelings: Use the baby with some other baby toys (bottle, bed, clothes) to teach verbs/feelings/etc.  Like: eat, drink, sleep, sit, stand, hungry, sleepy, thirsty, and more.    Answering"wh" questions: You can ask your kid an array of questions to work on his comprehension of those words while he plays.  "Where's baby?"  "What does the infant want to eat?"  "Why is the baby crying?"  Social/pragmatic abilities: Baby dolls can be a great tool to use to help educate proper 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're doing.
Bathing: Children can practice giving their doll a bath (with pretend water if the doll is not permitted to get wet)!  This is great 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 beyond their fear of bathing with them help me give the doll a pretend bath using all the needed supplies (so 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 measures and comfort the doll during"bath time" while playing out a simple or elaborate pretend narrative.  (A plastic Potato Head also works great for this experience.)  Parents have been so pleased when their kid eventually agrees to get in the bath after practicing with the doll for weeks on end!Grooming & Hygiene: Dolls provide the perfect chance for practicing grooming and hygiene skills like brushing hair, brushing teeth, and washing hands.  Potty training: While I don't have a lot of experience on this front (yet!) , a kid 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 chair with help are skills a child must grow in him or herself, they may be performed on the doll either by the caregiver or the child him/herself.  For instance:"Uh oh!  Baby has a wet diaper! 
The baby doll is a toy that is fantastic that we hope ALL children .will have the chance to own and play during the toddler years.  This is for educating kids about themselves and the world around them, because baby dolls are packed.  Let us take a look!  Baby dolls provide children a lot of opportunities for developing fine motor their cognitive, and self-help skills.  Kids often find it much easier to practice these skills on someone (or something) else before they could apply them to themselves.  And since 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: About two children typically start to act like their doll can see and interact with them.  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. 

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