The Transylvania Times -

By Ray Tuers 

Life-like Dolls Teach Teens Parenthood Is Serious


April 3, 2017

Brevard High freshmen Sydney Gilbert (left) and Hannah Cabe hold electronic baby dolls that can mimic real infants right down to crying and gurgling. A Children's Center program called "Baby-Think-It-Over" shows teenagers what it's like to care for a newborn.

The high school kids pick up their babies on Fridays and by Monday morning they've had a sobering dose of what it's like to take care of an infant.

They're not real babies, but they cry and coo and burp and even gulp imaginary milk from a bottle. The girls – and boys – who care for them 24-hours-a-day learn quickly that tending a newborn is work.

Take Hannah Cabe, for instance. She's a 15-year-old from Brevard High and she recently completed a weekend with an eight-pound baby boy doll. The lesson she learned?

"Not to have a baby!" she laughed.

It's called the "Baby-Think-It-Over"...

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