Thursday, May 13, 2010

Preschool At Home: Washing Baby Dolls

Please don't judge me for buying a  plastic baby doll at Walmart today...
I had a good reason.
I've been wanting to set up a baby doll-washing station for my youngest daughter "C."
She is three years old and in that mirroring mommy/mommy's little helper phase.

All of our other baby dolls have squishy cloth bodies and
I didn't think they would take to the bath very well.
We've given our babies "pretend baths" with air for years in this little tub
but the secret to real fun (I learned today)
is to use REAL water and REAL soap/shampoo!

I set up her baby washing station in the kitchen
so I could keep tabs on her while I fixed lunch,
 unloaded groceries, 
(and worked on my neurotic packing for our vacation next week)

Equipped with a homemade terry cloth apron
(I'll post about it tomorrow!) and two trays she was entertained for a solid 45 minutes!

The first tray had:  a wash cloth, a child-sized pitcher of warm water
Soap, Mild Baby Shampoo bottle, and a Dry Hand Towel

Second tray held her doll baby bathtub
(you could also use a dishpan/plastic shoebox/or salad bowl)
and her plastic doll
I used trays to keep most of the water on the table and off the floor...

but I let her play with water in the kitchen in hopes that some of the soapy water 
WILL SPILL on our filthy kitchen floor and help clean off a layer. 

I added some water to an empty baby shampoo bottle
and it created just the right amount of suds and was easier for "C" to pour.

"C" had a great time lathering and rinsing her baby.
Scrubbing her arm pits,feet, and tushy. 

Also, shampooing her hair and putting in her "contacts" (like daddy)

She named her doll "Lilly Rose" 
Lilly Rose was a very well behaved baby and did not complain when her bath water got cold
or when she got soap in her eyes.
She did however pee in the doll crib --
I may need to drill a few small holes in her to facilitate drainage!

We're planning on another bath for Lilly Rose after "C"s nap today. 

Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea


Shawna said...

sos cute....yes I used to always put baby dolls and soap in the sensory table when I taught preschool-----the kids love it!!

Joyfulmama said...

Love it! We also have only cloth body dolls around here, and I have set up a baby changing station in my toddler daughter's bedroom with an old changing mat, kitchen swabs cut to fit in an empty wipes conatainer and an empty powder bottle, but I think she will LOVE giving a doll a 'real' bath. Plus, her baby brother will be relieved, since he gets scrubbed by big sister in the bath each night whether he wants to or not!

The Activity Mom said...

That is adorable! I can't wait until my daughter is big enough for fun stuff like that! =)
have a fun vacation!

Stacy said...

This is such a cute idea! We're having another baby in November, so Bekah would love "practicing" to help mommy and it will get her excited! Thanks!

MommaMindy said...

We've never done this in the kitchen, just in the tub. This looks way more fun! I can hardly wait to try this.

We love washing doll clothes, too. We wash and rinse outside in basins, and line dry on a line I put up on the deck.

This post made me realize, again, how much I love being a Mom and playing with my kids. Thanks!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Mindy - You and Me both!! Being a Mama is the best job in the world : )

pink and green mama MaryLea said...


Congrats on the baby on the way! I think Bekah would have a blast with her own baby to take care of : )
I did a lot of role playing like that with "E" when I was pregnant with "C"

Cassie said...

Oh that is such a good idea!

TwigandToadstool said...

Love your blog...you are so full of fresh and wonderful ideas!!!
I love that your post starts with "don't judge me for shopping at Walmart" we live in a super rural area, and sometimes the only place you can get what you need, within an hour, is walmart, which is in the nearest city...you do what you can to avoid it, but occasionally you've gotta give in, (especially when the craft bug hits and you just HAVE TO HAVE glittery pom poms!!!)
much love

Melodie said...

I like plastic dolls for this reason too. Actually, I bought my first daughter one from a second hand store and it is one of those old rubber dolls like we played with as kids - or maybe that was our parents? (the arms and legs don't move) and the kids love it.

Deb Chitwood said...

This activity was always one of my daughter's favorites! Thanks for giving me permission to use your photo for my activity of the week. I featured your post at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2011/05/09/activity-of-the-week-doll-washing/ Please feel free to pick up a featured on badge from the tab at the top of my blog.

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