Our five-year-old grandson Noah Paul suddenly became attached to a Wonder Crew Super Buddy Doll that his mom got him last year. He named him Baby Will after a friend's older brother. Baby Will originally came dressed in a red shirt and pants with matching cape and mask. Recently my daughter found a set of boy pajamas that came with tiny orange slippers. He also got a zip front hoodie, pretend earphones and backpack containing a little water bottle and cell phone. Noah tells me that I am Baby Will's grandma and that he is just too young to go to Primrose School, so he stays home. Baby Will sleeps with him and is often included in activities he does at home.
This reminded me of my son Pete's doll, Baby Joey (made by Fischer-Price), who came dressed in jeans, a baseball jacket and blue sneakers that tied. He had a lot of fun with him when he was Noah's age. One Christmas, the girls received Cabbage Patch dolls from their grandparents. Peter begged for one, so we returned a toy we had purchased and traded it in for a Cabbage Patch doll. The three of them player endlessly with these new babies, pretending and making up stories.
Noah and I talk about all the things you need to do for a baby (feeding, changing, bathing, etc.) He likes to tell me that he rocks Baby Will to sleep. Lena has a very realistic baby doll with a weighted bottom that she named Witten after tight end Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys. He wears three-month baby clothes, including Dallas Cowboys onesies. Noah joins in when she plays with her doll, now that he has one of his own. It's as much fun for us as it is for them!
I'm Chris Barabasz, retired from a 35-year career managing communications for health care development (that's fundraising for you civilians). I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and freelance writer. My husband Andy and I moved from Delaware to Texas to be closer to our daughters and three adorable grandchildren.