To swaddle a baby is a technique that mimics the coziness of the womb. It can keep your baby warm and comfortable, as well as help him or her sleep better and longer. Back in 2010, we posted this and thought you might enjoy it!
For this activity, choosing a life-like and life-sized doll is important when placing it on your Practical Life shelf. Although the demonstration sheet, below, states the targeted age level as 6-9, one could confidently place this in the primary-age classroom as well.
Spring Valley Montessori School
Sharing Fair, Spring 2010
Taking Care of a Baby
Curriculum Area: Practical Life
Age Group: 6-9 years
Prerequisites: Dressing Frames and Cloth Folding
Direct Aim: Learning how to care for a baby
- infant-size doll
- disposable diaper (cloth preferred)
- cloth diaper
- diaper cover
- receiving blanket
- infant-size clothes
- step-by-step picture books:
Book 2 - How to Diaper a Baby with a Disposable Diaper
Book 3 - How to Diaper a Baby with a Cloth Diaper
- Invite a student to the work.
- Show and name what is in the basket to him/her.
- Demonstrate the lesson (one book at a time, in the order of the book number).
- S/he may repeat the lesson by referring to the book as a guide.
Variations/Extensions: Carrying a baby in a sling, dissecting a disposable diaper (absorbent material experiment), baby anatomy