Baby Think it Over Program
The Baby Think It Over (BTIO) program was initiated in Hillsdale in 1995 when the Hillsdale County Community Foundation provided funding to purchase dolls and start the program. Since 1995, the Baby Think It Over Program has grown as the old dolls were replaced with more technologically advanced successors. Today teens and students involved in the program interact with extremely realistic baby simulators that cry when they need attention, feeding, or a diaper change.
CAPA’s BTIO dolls also require proper head support and proper handling. Rough handling, abuse and missed care are recorded and later translated into a grade through the computer software that interacts with the dolls. The students can then evaluate their performance. Regardless of the student’s score, the reaction is always the same. Students develop deep respect and understanding of the rigors of childcare.
We use our time in the classroom to bring awareness to safe sleep and shaken baby syndrome and what could happen to infants if these occur. Each student is sent home with brochures on this and encouraged to share what they learned from this program.
This program does not need to only be in a classroom setting. We work with anyone who is interested in the program, so please call if you have any questions.
Photo Credit: Children's Trust Fund of Missouri