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My daughter is 5 year old and she likes to play baby.

I don't mean she wet their pants or actually act like a baby. I mean she likes to immitate some baby talk and things like that. Completely manageable.

But I feel she's requesting more attention, maybe because in her mind, people care more about babies, so if she's a baby... I think you've got my point here.

At the same time, I'd like to promote some more independent behavior, like eating by herself, slicing the food by herself, getting a little more responsabilities, learning to be more patient, etc.

I know some of these things are hard even for grown-ups (such as being patient) but, well, someone has to help to start it from somewhere.

So I'd like to ask here: is this "baby playing" thing normal at this age? Should I care about it or is it part of a normal process? Do you also have experienced anything like that and how did you deal with it?

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That seems normal. My 6/8 year olds sometimes do it too. With each other taking role of baby and parent in turns :) – user3143 May 29 '14 at 16:18
@DVK I think we parents sometimes worry too much :-) thx – Leo May 29 '14 at 16:38
I totally agree with @DVK. Even my single-child daughter did that for a long time. At 14 she still likes to be tucked in and I rather cherish that... one day she'll be "too old" for that stuff. – Jeremy Miller May 30 '14 at 2:56

Yes, it's perfectly normal.

Anecdotally, both my kids liked to play baby (and parent + baby when together :) well into kindergarten/preschool era. Here are more evidence: {1}; {2} or even 10YO (or continues into adulthood :) Or the whole gazillion Google links :)

If you want to manage this, my best advice:

  • Balance. Promise to play along with her "baby" stuff for every 4 hrs she does things like a more grown up child

  • Offer to trade (you baby she adult) sometimes. It's MORE fun to playact to be a parent for many kids.

  • If it's too much then simply refuse what is being asked in baby talk

  • If still persists over the limits set by you, threaten to treat her like a real baby. NO tasty food (chocolate/cookies etc...). Just milk and fruit puree. Bedtime NOW. No TV/games. (and follow up on the threat)

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