For at least a few weeks now our 17-month old daughter has enjoyed playing with teddies and dolls, especially putting them into situations which she experiences. For example she'll want to brush their teeth or change their nappy.
We think this is fun, so we join in with it. Sometimes we play at making the doll throw a tantrum about having her teeth cleaned, complete with our imitation wailing noises - just like our daughter throws a tantrum when having her teeth cleaned. I have to admit that part of the reason we do it is a kind of ironic revenge on our sometimes-stroppy daughter.
What surprised us is that our daughter thinks the doll or teddy throwing a tantrum is hilarious, it always gets a good laugh.
I find it hard to believe that she really understands the irony of the situation, as she seems to be of average development for her age. Is this just a kind of humour that can be enjoyed on many levels?