Despite our best attempts to raise open-minded, culturally sensitive children, we will inevitably get the questions from strangers (and family members, mind you); "Isn't that a girl's toy?" when they see a boy playing with a doll.
The answer to these questions can be as straightforward or complicated as you want them to be, but playing with dolls has great developmental benefits for our kids - just as much as playing with trucks or car toys has for both genders.
One thing to keep in mind when your child shows an interest in a baby doll is that our babies model the behaviour they see and emulate the things they experience. When your baby chooses to play with a doll, it's most likely because he sees you take care of him, and he is trying to copy that and isn't imitation the highest form of flattery?
Here are seven important lessons your baby (girl or boy) can learn when playing with dolls:
Did we convince you to get your son a doll? No? Don't worry! You're not a bad parent or limiting your son's development. Instead of getting him a baby doll, why not consider a puppet or stuffed dinosaur? He will still learn all the above lessons with any "doll" he cares for.
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