have you ever dealt with a 'baby-think-it-over'?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by daofktr, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. daofktr

    daofktr irritating, yet surly

    Feb 15, 2005
    aurora, IN
    my stepdaughter brought home a virtual baby for a child dev. class today, for a 48 hour stint.
    this thing is unreal...it's programmed to act like a newborn...and my sweetheart and i had to babysit, since erin had to work.
    i've never been so nervous around a real baby...everything that happens to this thing is recorded, and she is graded on how it's data comes out. it's gonna keep her up at night like a real baby, so she's gonna be a bear tomorrow.

    just thought i'd rant a bit...sorry about the really off-topic.
  2. MarztekMilita


    Feb 10, 2005
    as a high school student, who has baby sat one for a friend. those things are really creepy!!! they act like a new born, BUT WORSE!!!!!
    but the creepiest thing is the crack baby one. shakes and trembles and consantly cries. very surreal.
  3. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I remember the episode of Beavis & Butthead where they had to do this. They used a five pound bag of sugar, it was funny.

    Actually, our daughter did this also when she was in high school. She had it for a few days.

  4. daofktr

    daofktr irritating, yet surly

    Feb 15, 2005
    aurora, IN
    crack baby variant?
    ohboy...i can hardly wait for the crystal meth baby model.
  5. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I hear the oxycotton one is cute,
  6. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    the canadian methadone recovery baby circa 1992
    get's sponsored by the govt' to travel to n'awlins and attend a clinic there to re-coup.
  7. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    the girls at my high school had real babies. :p
  8. They had those things at my high school - teachers used to get angry when they would cry during class and whatnot, so the rules were changed to allow students to turn them off during school hours. How unrealistic! Cheaters...

    Didn't know they had a crack baby model - they ought to have a "Rosemary's Baby" model. Now that's a deterrent!
  9. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    We did this with the kids when I used to do social work. There's an electronic device that you lock into the baby's back so that it cannot be removed without a key. That holds the control center that makes it cry and whatnot. It can sense when the baby is laying down, being shaken or hit, etc... Then when we pull out the control center there's a series of lights on the back that lets you know if the baby was neglected or abused.

    It was pretty funny because the girls couldn't wait to get those babies and take them home (over a weekend) but when they came back Monday morning they were begging us to take them back.

    brad cook
  10. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    no pics, no baby
  11. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    showed a friend this thread, and this is how a part of the conversation went:

    friend: oh i just got it! [my comment] that IS funny. but sad funny
    me: yep.
    me: sucks for them.
    friend: yeah. bet those kids are treated pretty bad though, cause they don't have battery things and aren't graded.


    edit: we're kidding, we're kidding! :spit:
  12. Where can I buy one of those? :hyper:
  13. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    Buy? You can pick them up free down in Baltimore...oh you probably want the electronic one don't you?

    I had that project in high school. It didn't work out so well. First I refused to take the baby on the grounds that I wasn't getting laid so I had no need to worry about reproduction. That didn't work so I threw it down a staircase, which of course caused me to fail the project and get a lecture about how I would never think to do that to a real baby. So I responded with "Of course I wouldn't, I'd have thrown the MOTHER down the stairs before the baby was born." That wasn't well received either.

    The best part about the whole project was the fact that 3 of the girls in that class already had babies or were pregnant, but they still had to take care of the electronic kid too, so they would learn why being a parent sucked (in case they hadn't figured it out yet)
  14. ... or we could just educate teenagers about birth control instead of trying to scare them with those creepy baby things. :spit:
  15. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    I imagine 'scaring them with a creepy baby-thing' is a pretty good way to get them to pay attention when told about birth control.

    I believe the most effective commercial I ever saw for condom use was the one where the guy is at the supermarket with a crazed screaming chimpanzee pretending to be a child.(Okay, it was an actual child. But he was such a little monster I would rather be trapped in an elevator with a rabid chimpanzee than that child.) The kid has a screaming, flailing, hysterical, hissy-fit, complete with damage to both public and private proerty. And the guy just stands there looking embarassed and miserable, Like he'd rather be dead than be there.

    And then on the bottom of the screen, the words: 'Use condoms.'

  16. justateenpoet

    justateenpoet Have you...killed the Venture brothers!?!?

    May 14, 2005

  17. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    I personally don't really view it as a scare tactic. It's not like the baby's head spins around and then it grows fangs and attacks you. It's simply a baby that's meant to give a limited simulation of the reality of having a baby. Believe it or not, when I was doing social work with middle school kids (that's 6th, 7th and 8th grade) every year we had multiple girls who really, literally wanted to have a baby (and every year it seemed that there was at least one girl in the school who did have a baby, although no one that we served in my program ever did). I guess it's kind of like other kids want a puppy or a pony. But they see other girls their age or not much older who have cute little babies and they seem so grown up and they want one too. Also in some families they've seen an attitude that having a baby is a way to get more money from the government (you might be surprised at how many times I heard that). They would look so forward to this baby think-it-over deal and then after that weekend they were often cured of a strong desire to have a baby. So, it's not a scare tactic really, just a dose of reality...that a baby is not like a cute little puppy that you can put out in the back yard when you're tired and whatnot. Is it effective? I don't know...but it seemed to cure many of the girls of the desire to have a baby.

    brad cook
  18. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    tash's and digme's posts are awesome, for entirely different reasons. :D
  19. syciprider

    syciprider Inactive

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    When these things finally cure all the young uns desires to have babies, will Energizer battery shortages reach pandemic levels?
  20. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process...

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    naaaah... in the words of the psycho cheerleader 'can't wait? masturbate!'... energizer will be doing JUST fine!!!

    sign me up for this model!!!