Baby Think it Over

(VTV BREAKFAST JAN. 30/01)

1. What is Baby Logan?

Baby Logan is a parenting simulation tool. Teens take him home as a class assignment for 24-48 hours, and are required to burb, feed, rock and daiper him as necessary. Activities are performed according to the schedule of a real infant, and Logan’s cry is a tape-recording of an actual baby crying. A computer kept by the teacher records all of Logan’s activities while in the care of a student, including the number of times he was neglected, the number of minutes he cried for, the number of times his neck was not supported, and the number of times he was shaken.

2. How widely is BTIO used?

Baby Think it Over is quite widely used in the U.S. to give teens a reality check when it comes to the responsibilities of parenting and has reported huge success. We are trying to introduce the Baby into BC with a pilot program in North Vancouver high schools.

3. Does it work?

Hard to isolate its effect because so many other factors come into play, but here is some of the feedback I’ve received so far:

“Baby Logan is the ultimate birth control!”

“I learned that mothers don’t get nearly enough sympathy!”

“Wasn’t really fond of the _ hour feeding at 4am.”

“After a few hours, the baby needed more attention than I was able to give at this point in my life.”

“Give out birth control with report cards!”

Grade 12 students at one school would like to purchase a baby simulator for their school as a parting gift.

4. Is BTIO enough to teach teens about the responsibilities of parenting?

No. It’s only a piece of the puzzle. For teens to really learn, it has to be used in conjunction with other elements such as education, presentations by pregnant and parenting teens about the challenges they face, open discussion with educators and other adults, and access to youth-friendly family planning clinics.