During this experience students must do a fair amount of reflection. Most students are enthusiastic about the experience at the beginning, but quickly learn the amount of time and energy required to properly care for a newborn. The Babies are very demanding. Teenagers can be self-centered, but this assignment requires them to think about something else—all the time. The infant simulators don’t care if the student is doing homework, shores or sleeping.
Since implementing the baby simulators into our Child Development curriculum, it has had positive results. Students have returned the following day exhausted and eager to returned them. Many making comments like, "I am never having any kids!" The disappointment continues for many of them, when they find out their grade is much lower than they expected. As a result of the low grade, students must wear the 30 pound pregnant belly for one whole school day or complete an alternative writing reading assignment.