Why Did RealCare Baby Shutdown?

By Nate Schlieve, Realityworks Product Support Technician

Did you know that there are four ways that RealCare Baby can turn off before its scheduled stop time? Ever look at your simulation report and see “______ Shutdown” and wondered what it means? The four different methods that can end a simulation early are: Abuse Shutdown, Battery Shutdown, Emergency Shutdown, Neglect Shutdown. Here is what causes the Baby to trigger each
specific shutdown.

Abuse Shutdown – Occurs when the Baby has been mishandled 24 times. That includes head supports, rough handling and shaken baby. Once Baby triggers 24 mishandle events the Baby will turn off.

Battery Shutdown – Battery level drained out enough to stop the simulation.

Emergency Shutdown – This occurs when the button that is above the red light is held down for 6 continuous chimes. This is manual, it will NEVER happen on its own.

Neglect Shutdown – If the Baby does not respond to an ID within 12 continuous hours it will turn itself off. So if the student gets the wrong ID, of the ID does not get programmed, it will turn off in 12 hours.

Visit our RealCare Baby Product Support page for videos, guides, FAQs and troubleshooting tips!

Tips for Programming Quiet Times for RealCare Baby® 3

By Nate Schlieve, Realityworks Product Support Technician

Quiet Times are a function that allows the instructor to set a specific time during a simulation where the RealCare Baby will not ask for any care. This is a discretionary function, and does not have to be used unless the instructor feels there is an event that warrants a Quiet Time. Here are some tips when setting the Quiet Times.

  1. Quiet Times can only be used up to three times during a simulation, and each Quiet Time has a maximum of 12 hours each. There is no way to increase the number of Quiet Times or increase the total hours of Quiet Times. So, if you use the Quiet Times, use them wisely.
  2. Quiet Times cannot be programmed at the same time a simulation begins. So if you set a simulation to start at 3 pm, you need to program the Quiet Time to begin at 4 pm.
  3. If programming an evening Quiet Time that will begin any time after midnight, be sure to set the Quiet Time to begin the following day. Example: if you have a simulation beginning on Friday, at 5 pm and you want the Quiet Time to begin at 1 am, you have to set the Quiet Time to begin on Saturday at 1 am. Remember, Friday ends at midnight.
  4. On rare occasions we have encountered instructors who use Quiet Times and Day Care during the same simulation. If you put the Baby into Day Care mode in the morning, but have an afternoon Quiet Time, you must end the Day Care BEFORE the Quiet Time starts. Example: Let’s say the students bring the Baby to you in the morning and you turn on the Day Care mode, but there is a 3 pm Quiet Time. You MUST end the Day Care BEFORE 2:59 pm. If you end the Day Care any time after 3 pm, you will also stop the Day Care.
  5. Finally, remind the students that in a Quiet Time the Baby will not ask for care, but the Baby WILL cry if mishandled (head supports, rough handling, shaken baby, wrong position). Quiet Time does not mean totally quiet; students are still responsible for how they handle Baby in a Quiet Time.

Full details on Quiet Time and Day Care modes can be found in the RealCare® Control Center Software Help Guide

For more RealCare Baby product support, including videos and FAQs check out our product support page.

The Impact of the RealCare™ Drug-Affected Baby

by Diane Ross, M.Ed., Senior Field Account Manager with Realityworks

As I work with teachers throughout the year, one of the most poignant moments of my career is showing teachers the RealCare™ Drug-Affected Baby. Realityworks has been carrying the Drug-Affected Baby as a part of our RealCare™ Infant Health Trio (Shaken Baby, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Baby and Drug-Affected Baby) for several years. This past year we added a new unit in the curriculum that covers Methamphetamine, which makes this product more relevant than ever before.

We’ve all seen the news stories of young parents, passed out in their cars, using meth, while their young children are present. Children are losing their parents in an alarming rate in our country overall to drug abuse.

Recently, my college coach, who is now the Executive Director of the School of Medicine at Marshall University, my alma mater, posted a news story created by a classmate about the increased drug problem in Huntington, WV. After watching the news story, I saw the parallels to our own curriculum concerning drug affected babies and their families.

I am convinced that every student, whether in West Virginia or any state, should see this video. It is not a dramatization, but reflects real lives, real people affected by heroin, meth and any other drug. Watching what this small town has had to do to combat the rising drug rate, as well as the rising number of infants born ‘drug addicted’ is alarming.

I challenge you, as a teacher, to spend a class period watching this video and discussing it with students. Many students will become child care givers and even more will become parents. Education is power. I think this lesson will be one of the most important. I welcome your comments and would like to get your feedback on how students have reacted and some of the conversations you have with your students. I’d like to share the comments in this forum, as well as in sessions you may attend or lead during your conferences and meetings.

As a teacher, you may underestimate your influence on society. I look forward to hearing your stories on how you continue to positively impact your students’ lives.

We would love to hear from you – please leave your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!

Diane Ross, M.Ed. is a Senior Field Account Manager with Realityworks. She graduated from Marshall University with a degree in Broadcasting, then returned for a Master’s in Secondary Education.

High School Health Class Uses Infant Simulators for Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Thanks to RealityworksRealCare Baby infant simulators, ninth-grade students in New York’s Campbell-Savona Central School District are experiencing firsthand what it is like to be a parent – and realizing what their lives might look like if they happen to become pregnant as teenagers.


“We live in a rural community where the median salary for a family is $44,000,” said Monique Knapp, who uses the infant simulators to address teen pregnancy prevention in her high school health classes. “We want these students to realize that a baby is not just a toy thing, but that there are real responsibilities – everything is not fun.”

Knapp, who has been using the infant simulators in her health classes for three years, currently has 10 RealCare Baby II models and three RealCare Baby 3 models. Both models cry for care throughout the day and night and require regular changing, feeding, burping and rocking. The RealCare Baby 3 models even monitor surrounding temperatures, track how long they sit unattended in car seats and how often their clothing is changed.

Knapp uses her simulators during a unit on sexuality, which features discussion of the human body and development, birth control options and speakers from local Planned Parenthood offices and a teen pregnancy panel. To culminate the unit, Knapp’s students must take a Baby home with them for 48 hours (typically over the weekend). She appreciates the fact that the Babies hold their student caregivers accountable by requiring them to figure out why it is crying, then tracking the care that is provided.

“Students come to my class excited about the baby project, but that excitement wears off after the first 24 hours,” stated Knapp, whose students are graded based on their post-simulation reports. “If a report comes back indicating Shaken Baby Syndrome, the student takes a 0. I want them to realize how serious of a situation that is.”

Like real parents, Knapp’s students quickly learn that parenting is harder than it might seem.

“Most students think babies are like dolls, and that they are just going to play with them when they want and there is not real responsibility. That is so far from the truth,” said Knapp. “When students return from their weekends with the Babies, they are always writing about how upset they are about not being able to play video games, go to friends’ houses, etc.”

To monitor the success of her teen pregnancy prevention program, Knapp hosts regular group discussions with her students. She also tracks the number of pregnant teens in her school district, and as of February 2014, there have not been any this school year. Due to the interactive nature of the infant simulators, Knapp has found that parents are as eager to enter into discussions with their teens as she is in the classroom.

“Many parents tell me that they want to see how their child reacts while trying to take care of a baby,” said Knapp. “They want their child to experience the truths and responsibilities of having a child… these Babies open up the lines of communication.”

Knapp hopes to explore further ways her infant simulators can teach important parenting lessons to her students, like the finances required to raise children and the impact being born into a teenage family can have on a child. For now, however, she will continue her practice of culminating lessons on infant care by sending her students home with a simulator.

“This program is a great idea for students – it requires them to be a single parent for 48 hours, and the sole provider for a child,” stated Knapp. “I like that the project goes from fun to serious and difficult all within 48 hours… Most of the students come back not wanting children right away!”

Local Educator Uses Simulator to Prevent Child Abuse

EAU CLAIRE, Wis., February 20, 2014 – Anoka Middle School for the Arts teacher Linda Keller is making a big impact on student’s lives by using an infant simulator for child abuse prevention. Keller, a seventh-grade Family & Consumer Sciences (FACS) teacher, acquired one of RealityworksRealCare® Shaken Baby simulators during a drawing at the Minnesota Family & Consumer Science Conference this past January.


Each year, Keller teaches 250-300 students a variety of lifetime skills, from food and nutrition to caring for and understanding infants, toddlers and preschoolers. She has a passion for families, no matter their composition, and uses that passion every day as she works with impressionable adolescents.

“These kids are at the perfect age to take on new tasks. What we teach them helps them take on new responsibilities needed for life,” said Keller.

During the child abuse prevention learning target in her child development unit, Keller emphasizes the importance of managing stress and frustration with her students. She helps them understand how a moment of losing their “cool” could make a life-long impact on a child. To assist in conveying this to her students, Keller uses the RealCare Shaken Baby simulator. When the simulator is shaken, parts of its brain that are damaged light up, demonstrating to students the long-term effects shaking a baby could have. The success of this unit and the simulator highlights the crucial need for education in FACS classes.

“No matter what a child’s future career path is, being a victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome will cause damage to parts of the brain that are critical in developing future skills needed to succeed,” said Keller. “With this simulator, we will be able to make a greater visual impact and impression on students of this fact.”

Keller will be sharing her new simulator with Anoka FACS colleagues, and hopes to extend this type of education to all middle school students enrolled in Minnesota’s largest school district.

For more information on Realityworks and the RealCare Shaken Baby simulator, visit www.realityworks.com

About Realityworks, Inc.

Realityworks, Inc. was established 19 years ago with the mission to better address teen pregnancy prevention, parenting skills, and to address child abuse and neglect through educational products. Realityworks is most famous for RealCare Baby (known formerly as Baby Think It Over, BTIO). Over the last decade, this unique company developed several other simulators and programs with the desire to create engaging, experiential learning tools. These tools help educators engage students while bettering the human condition. New products address career preparation areas such as business management, finance and entrepreneurship, and most recently a welding simulation system known as teachWELD. The company has made a worldwide impact, sending simulators into more than 67 percent of U.S. school districts and reaching more than 6,000,000 young people. Programs also extend to more than 89 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.realityworks.com, or call toll-free 800-830-1416.

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RealCare Baby “Bachelor” Looking for Love this Valentine’s Day

With his sweet baby feet, realistic newborn features and ability to monitor and track his care, RealityworksRealCare Baby 3 has been a “fan favorite” among Family & Consumer Science educators and Health professionals since his “birth” in March 2012. On Valentine’s Day, however, this tiny bachelor just wants someone to love. Whether you’re preparing for a child care career or learning what it can be like to parent an infant, RealCare Baby 3 is for you. Not only does this infant simulator cry when he needs to be fed, changed, burped or rocked, but he tracks when clothing is changed, records ambient temperatures and detects how long he’s been sitting unattended in a car seat. This little fella can’t give up on finding love, and on providing parents- and caregivers-to-be everywhere with all the joys of caring for an infant 24 hours a day. RealCare Baby 3 is ready and hopeful that he’ll find love. Won’t you take him home today?


RealCare Baby 3

  • Age: Newborn
  • Occupation: Teaching “assistant” for child care career preparation courses, teen pregnancy prevention programs and parenting classes.
  • Height: 21”
  • Shoe Size: 1
  • Favorite Activities: Playing peek-a-boo with his current caregivers; going barefoot outside on warm, sunny days; and crying for care in the middle of social functions.
  • Cloth diapers or disposable? Cloth, because they’re more comfortable.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention in an Urban Area: The Milwaukee Project


With a population of almost 591,000 at the 2010 census, Milwaukee is not the largest city in the nation – it’s ranked 28th. However, Milwaukee has ranked in the top 10 nationally for the number of births to teen mothers for more than a decade. In 2006 the city began an initiative to change that statistic.

The initiative was announced publicly in 2008, when the City of Milwaukee Health Department declared a goal of reducing teen pregnancies to 30 births per one thousand 15- to 17-year-olds by 2015 – a 46 percent drop from current levels. The city rose to the challenge, and announced in October 2011 that the teen birth rate had reached a new low: in 2010, there were 35.7 births per one thousand 15- to 17-year-olds. The teen pregnancy rate has declined for three consecutive years, and the last year has seen the largest decline so far, at 13.6 percent.

Click here to download the full PDF version of this case study and learn how the City of Milwaukee reduced teen pregnancy, and how they are continuing to do so.