For babies and toddlers, development occurs within the context of relationship. The ‘curriculum’ for our youngest children is the relationship between children and their caregivers. This relationship is the perfect connection to develop a healthy brain...the cars, toys, games and everything else are simply accessories.
The Infant-Toddler Years:
During this time of rapid development, the brain is storing relationship patterns that become our mental model of self, relationships with others, and our ability to motivate and regulate.
By teaching through attached, attuned, playful relationships, Baby Doll Circle Time addresses developmental components.
Dr. Becky Bailey developed Baby Doll Circle Time as a way to offer young children ways to experience themselves as nurturers and connect to their baby dolls in a manner similar to how they relate to parents and other important caregivers. The goal of Baby Doll Circle Time is to enhance the quality of the relationships between caregivers and children by strengthening attachment, attunement and social play.
One wonderful benefit we've experienced with the introduction of Baby Doll Circle Time is that the children begin to treat each other with the same warmth and caring they have learned with their dolls. They now realize they are capable of comforting another and without prompting extend their affection to one another. It becomes a common fixture in our classrooms for children to cover their friends at naptime, pat their backs, and initiate a favorite “I Love You Ritual” with a special friend.