• Baby Think It Over
    This project is a parenting simulation using RealCare Baby.  The parenting simulation is designed to help young adults understand three important facts about infants:
    1.  Infants' demands are unpredictable and must be met promptly.
    2.  Infants require a great deal of time and attention.
    3.  Infants change a parent's life profoundly. 
    *The program offers experiences that help students make informed decisions about parenting.  The parenting experience allows students to draw their own conclusions and discover for themselves what the role of parents feels like.  It is an authentic task that is very close to the real thing. 
    RealCare Baby will require care throughout the day and night.  Baby's schedule is based on the schedule of a real infant.  When Baby cries, it will be the student's responsibility to attend to Baby's needs.  The student responds by touching an ID to the contact point on Baby's back.  The student must then figure out what kind of care baby needs.  Baby needs to be fed, burped, rocked, or have its' diaper changed.  Baby will also make "happy" and "fussy" noises for brief periods of time that do not require care or use of the ID. 
    Baby will also cry if it is roughly handled, held in a position it does not like, or if the head is not properly supported.  It will be your son or daughter's responsibility to keep Baby safe and cared for.  You can help by providing emotional support and treating the Baby as if it were real.   Be a coach for this event, not a player.  Offer advice, but whenever possible, your son or daughter should do the actual work of caring for the baby.  Students will have received detailed instructions in class on how the equipment works. 
    This project takes the place of a final exam at the end of the semester.  However, there are alternatives to doing the "Baby Think It Over" project.  Students will receive information regarding these other options.
Last Modified on February 16, 2024