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Students wake up to reality of babies

MAYBE BABY: Students Briana Spicer, Lertisha Peard, Selina Howard, Cheyenne George and Brielle Lentfer have been experiencing parenthood.
MAYBE BABY: Students Briana Spicer, Lertisha Peard, Selina Howard, Cheyenne George and Brielle Lentfer have been experiencing parenthood. Photo Adam Hourigan

WAKING up to a baby's cries at 5am daily isn't how South Grafton High student Selina Howard imagined her Year 12 study journey to begin, but at least she gets to give the baby back.

Selina last week took part in South Grafton High School's Community and Family Studies Maybe Baby program, where each student cares for a baby for three nights.

And the babies don't make it easy.

"They cry five times an hour while awake, they want to be fed, rocked, burped and need their nappy changed," Selina said.

"And every action is recorded by the baby as well."

Despite this, Selina said she had grown quite attached to Wilfred, her baby.

"It's hard, but it has been fun as well," she said.

"When I had to give it up for a short time yesterday, I actually missed it."

Home economics head teacher Kerry Barton said the babies could be a real eye-opener for the students.

"Many of the kids get very tired and even a little bit irritable, but it's still quite a positive experience for them in the end," she said.

And as for Selina, she said she'd had a few bad nights with her baby.

"It goes to sleep eventually, and wakes up at about 5am," she said.

"That's actually a pretty good night," Mrs Barton grinned.

"It's only set on medium, too."

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