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.
Playing with dolls has great developmental benefits for our kids - just as much as playing with trucks or toy cars 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.
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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