|Baby, think it over|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 17 February 2011 22:04|
By Landen Lawless
WP Journalism Staff
The Wauneta-Palisade Schools invested in a lifelike doll that teaches students about what it takes to have a child. The baby allows teens to experience some of the demands of infant care, and the baby also knows whether you neglect it or abuse it. It counts the total number of hours the student has the child and counts the amount of minutes it cries.
The infant is a lifelike, life-size (20 1/2 inches) vinyl baby weighing 6.5 pounds. The students get to pick the name of the baby. Each student is given infant clothes and diapers so they can change the baby on a regular basis. There is a non-transferable key that the student must insert into the infants back for a specific length of time to simulate feeding, bathing, comforting, and diaper-changing. If the infant has been properly cared for, it will coo to signal the end of the session. You must take the key out or the infant will start to cry again.
The Baby Think It Over infant simulator, which costs approximately $285, was first made in 1993. Richard Jurmain was the founder of the Baby Think It Over infant. He got the idea after watching a public television program on sex education for teenagers.
Students that are participating are Darien Adams, Landen Lawless, Dawn Pinkal, and Raven Walters. The Adult Living teacher is Ms. Emily Hudson.