Have you seen it? Have you seen the Breastfeeding Doll by Bebe Gloton? The doll has been all over the news recently, and appears to be the world’s most controversial baby doll — yep, a controversial baby doll. To me, the doll is less controversial that the price tag +$100!
The doll makes baby noises and cries when it is “hungry,” and then the little mommy can adorn a breastfeeding halter to “nurse” her baby. When the baby “latches on” it wiggles and makes suckling sounds like it is nursing. It’s a little strange, and probably very annoying to listen to as a parent (I get annoyed just walking down the doll aisle at Target with all those baby dolls crying and cooing at me), but controversial — not to me.
Little girls are going to nurse their dolls. It’s plain and simple. I have seem most, if not all, of my daughter’s friends imitate this natural act with their dolls, and it has only gotten more pronounced since I am pregnant. Several of the little girls tell their moms that they have babies in their bellies like me. They are fascinated by being little mommies, and the love to play pretend, that’s just the way it is.
Already among the babies in the Target aisle is the Baby Alive “Changing Time Baby” (once called the “Whoopsie Doo doll”) that really “pees and poos” when you feed it. Not the most appetizing of doll choices, and I hope we don’t beg for that doll in the coming years because it sounds like mess mom has to clean, but it’s a baby doll that mimics a natural bodily function… and little girls like to pretend to change diapers. So I get it’s point, and I get the point of the Breastfeeding Baby Doll.
While I haven’t seen my daughter “breastfeed” her dolls yet, I am sure that once I start nursing her baby sister she will begin to mimic this action with her dolls. I don’t think that her mimicking mommy feeding the baby is going to lead to teen pregnancy, and I don’t think it is creepy, it’s just how little girls play. But I do think little girls can effectively play pretend with a plain-old baby doll, and they don’t need a +$100 doll to nurse. I am sure I have dropped too much money on certain “must have toys,” and will do so more often as she gets older, but this isn’t one I predict that we will own.
What do you think? No big deal or a major contversy? And will the Breastfeeding Baby Doll be under your little girl’s Christmas tree?