I grew up dressing and primping my Barbie’s and baby dolls. My mom had sewn clothes for all my dolls. So, when I had girls of my own, I made clothes for their dolls too. Playing dress up with the baby dolls was part of the fun. The developmental skills learned by having and caring for dolls is priceless.
Research shows that when kids play with dolls, it teaches them about themselves and those around them. On a basic level, it teaches them fine motor skills and self-help skills by dressing and undressing the dolls. Speech and language development through pretend play. Socio-emotional skills develop through caring and nurturing for Why Kids Should Play with Baby Dolls…Yes Even Boys.
So, is it okay to give a someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia a baby doll to use therapeutically? A study in Nursing Times in 2007, found an increase in positive behaviors and decrease negative behaviors when a doll was given. They found doll therapy to be a promising and effective approach to use in the care of older adults with dementia. Of course, there are always two sides to an issue. Some people believe it is demeaning to treat loved ones like children or to see their loved one caring for a baby doll as if it’s real. A controversial conversation. Leave a comment below with your opinion