My Experience With A RealCare Baby

Hannah Recker (11) shares her experience with taking an infant simulator home for a weekend

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My Experience With A RealCare Baby

Hannah Recker (11) poses while holding her baby.

Hannah Recker (11) poses while holding her baby.

Christian Carper

Hannah Recker (11) poses while holding her baby.

Christian Carper

Christian Carper

Hannah Recker (11) poses while holding her baby.

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In teacher Christian Carper’s Parenting class, each student takes care of a RealCare Baby for one full weekend. I took my turn in mid December.

At first, I was panicking because I could not remember what time the baby turned on. My anxiety escalated because the baby was so quiet. Thirty minutes into the weekend, the baby started to cry, and I kind of freaked out. I ended up changing its diaper and then it went back to doing nothing. 

As the night went on, I fed it and burped it a few more times. Finally, I started to calm down.

Since I was going to be home all weekend, I figured I’d find something to do. So I went to Walmart to get some paint. 

It was almost 10 p.m., so it was pretty dead. But everyone there stared at me. One lady laughed at me because I was carrying a fake baby in a car seat. But thankfully she understood that it was for a class. But another lady stared the baby down as she walked by. I was honestly kind of freaked out by it. 

I shrugged it off, and then later on at Walmart the baby started crying because I needed to change its diaper again. I panicked and wondered if I should run out to my car to change the diaper. However, I ended up changing the baby’s diaper in the automotive aisle in Walmart. Thankfully, no one saw me.

I was pretty tired when I arrived home around 10:30 p.m., and the baby wouldn’t shut off for quiet hours until midnight. I decided to sit around and stay up until it shut off for my three quiet hours. 

The baby woke me up at 3 a.m., 5 a.m, and 6 a.m. I wanted to just quit and give up because it was so much work. I woke up once more around 8 a.m. and decided to just give up on trying to sleep anymore. 

That Saturday was pretty long. I went to my friend’s house to hang out for an hour or two. On the way there, the baby started crying in the back seat. I pulled over and was embarrassed because I had to feed and burp the baby in a parking lot. After returning home, the baby was quiet so I took an hour nap, which made me feel a little better. 

It was a rough weekend overall. My baby finally turned off at 6 p.m., so I definitely went to bed early. I learned a lot about what it’s like to be responsible for a child. I also learned that I will not be having any children for a long time and that I need to be more than ready when I do have children. But overall, it is a good experience. Thanks, Mr. Carper!