Every time we pass by baby dolls Animal smiles and gets excited. He doesn't have siblings. And he doesn't have family or friends his age. And as I've mentioned he can be a little aggressive.
When I saw his interest in the baby dolls I thought to myself, awesome, we can use the baby to help Animal learn to be gentle.
So this weekend while the hubby and I were shopping we passed some baby dolls and Animal got excited. I picked up a doll and handed it to him. He touched it's face gently and I knew I had to buy it for him.
Hubby: Why are you letting him play with that.
Me: Because he wants a baby, so I'm going to buy it for him.
Hubby: He doesn't want that, he wants any toy you show him. (he picks up a wrestler plush toy and puts it side by side with baby) which toy do you like Animal?
Baby touch's them both. Looks back and forth for a minute or so. Then grabs the baby again.
Me: See he wants a baby. It's good for him, he needs to learn to be gentle.
Hubby: (not convinced) Well can you get the one in purple pajamas instead of pink?
Me: (rolling eyes) Sure. Here you go Animal, hold your baby.
Animal loves it, holds all the way to register.
When we get home I take tags off and wipe down before I let him play with his baby.
Hubby: Why is a baby good for a boy?
I'm a little annoyed this is still an issue for the hubs. He's not a sexist, and I know it's a baby doll, but come on. He doesn't think it's weird that our niece collects Hot Wheels.
Me: It's a teaching tool. He can learn how to treat others this way.
Hubby: Show me the studies that say that's true.
Me: Google it. Believe me, you'll find them.
Hubby: Ok, Ok. I'm sure your right.
Me: I am.
I remember that my niece has a stroller in her toy box at our place. I run to grab it and bring it back to the living room. The hubby takes Animal's baby and puts it in stroller. Animal is thrilled and starts walking around the room happily pushing his baby.
Hubby: (excited) Look he knew what to do!
Me: Of course, he's doing it just like daddy.
My husband sits back, smiling watching his son play daddy. Animal sits in front of stroller and starts to chatter away to his baby.
Hubby: Does his baby have a bottle? Maybe he wants to feed him?