I have been seeing more and more men out and about with pushchairs over the last couple of years. Modern men seem to be taking more responsibility for their children and spending more time with them which really is lovely to see. With the responsibilities of men and women having changed more women are becoming handy with all sorts of previously male specific chores and vice versa. Gender specific roles are slowly starting to blur allowing us all a little more freedom and also opening the world up that much more for our children allowing them to have far more options available to them as they grow.
The line between girls and boys children’s products are now becoming more blurred and parents are far more open to their children playing with toys that had previously been specific to just one of the sexes. Last year we got a Tiny Tikes kitchen through for the children but it was primarily for Mr Squishy and I must say he loved it. My little boy has played with this toy so much and it seems he may have inherited my love of cooking which is wonderful.
A toy which he also loved was my daughters Baby Annabell doll. He enjoyed cuddling the doll and was really gentle with her. I was so surprised that he took to the toy as much as he did and decided that maybe he should have his own.
One of my lovely contacts offered to send my little man a baby Annabell baby brother doll (from Zapf Creations). Mr Squishy was super excited when he saw the doll in the box and so were his sisters. He kept pointing at it and saying baby Annabell. I was pleased to see he was so interested in a toy that didn’t encourage any form of aggression on the contrary it was helping him develop his nurturing, protective side traits that are important for a modern day man.
I see many boys toys that incite aggression and so many boys playing with swords for example and actually hitting other children or their parents.
Is this something we want to encourage?
I think not.
By all means enrol them in a martial art class when they are old enough to enable them to get out any frustrations and get a great workout too plus it can help encourage a little healthy competitiveness but, it is also important as parents to let them enjoy having a carefree childhood full of interesting, fun and different things.
Playing with dolls helps to develop fine motor skills in children as they love to undress their baby, change it’s nappy (you can do this with the Baby Annabell baby brother doll) dress it up again, even feeding it with a bottle helps here too. For those expecting another child bringing a doll into the equation prior to baby’s arrival can help a child prepare for the new baby’s arrival as you can show them how you would hold, feed, clothe, and generally look after a baby.
Dolls are great for encouraging role play and to develop empathy. Want your children to progress in the world then empathy is something you need to develop as studies have shown that people that are more empathetic can be more successful, academically, emotionally and interpersonally.
The baby Annabell doll is perfect for this, not only is it a super cute doll it also looks pretty life like and makes noises like a really baby – yes it really is fantastic. This little brother can babble, gurgle, suck on his bottle or dummy with real sounds and mouth movement, cry real tears, burp, yawn and fall asleep. Mr Squishy and the girls was also super excited about the fact that he can even wet his nappy and you can make him use one of the potties available from the same brand (Zapf Creation). This of course is going to be a great tool that will support me in toilet training Mr Squishy when I feel he is ready. The doll is 46cm and comes with a bottle, dummy, bib, nappy and cute pendant.
My little man was very impressed with his baby brother especially that he could feed him and change his nappy and of course the lifelike sounds and movements. He knew it was his but he did let his sisters play with the doll too which was great as they all played together with the Baby Brother and Baby Annabell dolls pretending they were their babies which was hilarious and super cute to watch.
Do your children love dolls?
What do you think about boys playing with doll, are you pro modern man or a little more old fashioned?
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We were sent a doll for our consideration although I think it’s pretty obvious to all that we loved it!