Last week, after watching Sam remove a doll from a toy stroller by her hair and then return her to her seat upside-down, I decided it'd be good to give him an opportunity to practice being gentle before our new baby arrives. So we headed off to the toy section of Target to find a doll of Sam's own.
The first problem was that I didn't see much that met my specifications. I didn't really want a doll with special skills (like blinking, crying, peeing, smearing her own face with babyfood etc.). And she had to be cheap. Alas, while there were many dolls to choose from, most were both highly skilled (Seriously. Who wants a doll who defecates?) and highly priced.
The second problem was that Sam didn't want to leave the car & truck aisle long enough for me to thoroughly review all of the baby doll options. So instead of a doll, I bought him this:
That'll work, right?