My 16 year old will be bringing a new baby home today. He is taking Parenting classes in school and is being assigned an electronic baby today. He will have it until Monday. This should be an interesting experiment. I'm sure he will do fairly well, but I think he is in for an eye opener. I don't think he realizes just how much work goes into taking care of an infant. I almost wish they had to keep them longer just to get more of an idea of the lack of sleep.
I'm really looking at this as a form of birth control. Well, not the only one obviously!!! I just hope that this experience makes him take birth control seriously and waits until he is ready to have kids. We have already had lots of talks about it and how bc is not just the girl's responsibility.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to getting a glimpse into the future and getting to see what kind of Daddy he's going to be someday.
Update: I tried to add a photo, but I am technologically challenged. He's a boy, antomically correct. It comes with two diapers, two outfits and a onsie, and a bottle that all have sensors. He's cute, kind of looks like Denzel Washington.
Anyway so far he has had a couple of issues, once he lifted the baby too high during a changing and he dropped the carseat with the baaby in it. He's done fairly well taking care of it. There are only four things you have to do for it, feed, change, burp and rock. He's already figured out that there is a different cry for each. I have only helped him out twice, once I burped him because he fussed while ds was in the shower and I held the bottle while he ranto the bathroom. It woke him up 3 times last night.
So far it seems like a fairly realistic baby experience. It could use a few tweaks IMO, but I think it's going to get the job done.
I did have to laugh today when I saw him rocking it and he saying "SHH, it's okay".