Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A Breastfeeding Baby Doll?

This morning I stumbled upon an article announcing a new baby doll for your little girls. "Another new doll?" I thought. Well, I'm always in the market for a new doll for my granddaughters so, I began reading the article and to my absolute surprise, I read where this new doll is designed to breastfeed! Yes, you heard me correctly, a new breastfeeding doll for your little girl! It comes complete with artificial nipples for the little girls to wear!

I was taken aback... I mean, WOW! When I was a little girl, we spent hours playing contentedly with our dolls that would cry, say "Mama", and was wonderfully 'weighted' to feel real. Then, when my own daughters were growing up, more new dolls came along that were designed to eat, burp, pee, and poo.

But now, in my granddaughter's innocent baby doll days, we have yet another dimension to stretching their impressionable little imaginations by pretending motherhood with a breastfeeding babydoll!

O.K. Folks, REALLY???
THINK NOW!... I ask you, do we really need dolls that breast feed?

Well, I forwarded the email to a few select close friends, both male and female, and asked them this same question. Some of these friends have little girls that would fit this particular age level, and here is one of the responses I received. Don't worry, I have her permission to share her response with you below:

"Oh, my gosh!!! And the halter top with the strategic 'flower nipples' is worn by the little girl?!?!?!? That's so messed up. That is so, so messed up! I'm sorry, but I am 26 and PREGNANT for the first time and the idea of me breastfeeding is wierd. If I found out my six year old kid was 'breastfeeding' their babydoll, I would want to sue somebody. Just watching the video of the doll made me blush. I repeat, so messed up. When you're 6-8 years old and only 3-6 years away from learning things like that about your body, and you find out that your friends at school are 'breastfeeding' their pretend little one, what kind of messed up stuff does that do to your head? Hormones are raging just a couple of years beyond that, and this toy encourages the 'pretending' just a little too far. Just watching that little 6 year old girl put that baby doll up to her chest made me instantly boil with rage!"

Well, this gal definitely has a strong opnion...
As for me, you won't see me rushing out anytime soon to get this doll for any of my granddaughters!

Alright now, what are your thoughts?