Friday, August 14, 2009

Another toy that will cause me to lose sleep at night


Meet Bebe Gloton. It's a baby doll who breastfeeds.

I think my head just exploded.

I realize that Americans tend to be a little more uptight about having any kind of sex talk with their kids. And I am way far away from the conservative line. However, apparently the toy makers in Spain have me beat by a liberal mile, with putting this doll out there that even comes with a halter top for your child to wear so that she can "feed" the doll. Oh yes, the baby even makes sucking noises as it's pressed to your child's chest.

I'm all about informing my girls about their bodies and having an open line of communication about any questions that might come up surrounding babies, but I have to draw the line at enabling my elementary school-aged child the ability to pseudo-feed an infant by means other than a bottle.

I guess I'm not as liberal minded as I thought.

How about you? Would you buy this doll for your child? What other fun toys can we expect to see next?

14 comments:

Shannon said...

Oh, HAIL no.

Um, yeah... I saw this earlier today. Even watched the video. I'm all for breastfeeding your baby... but when it's YOUR BABY. NOT PLASTIC.

Jane In The Jungle said...

I'm freakin' out...........

MamabearMills said...

Nope, don't like it ONE BIT!

Kristen said...

uh no way!! I actually had to go google it to read more & I found an article where a lady was saying it provided "healthy play" and that grown-ups needed to grow up. Umm, I think kids were just fine feeding the dolls with bottles thank you very much!

Diana said...

OMG I am that Mom that everyone hates!! OK...I never used bottles with my girls (well Emma a little but I was more of a nurse to cup kind of Mom). Emma on her own has nursed her babies dolls every since she saw me nursing Ellie. I never discouraged it because I don't see anything shameful in feeding your baby the way God intended. I know that for a variety of reasons nursing doesn't work out for people and I am fine with that, but for me it was very important. I am not sure that I would feel as comfortable with my elementary aged daughter doing it and I certainly wouldn't want her doing it in the middle of McDonald's. However in our home in the privacy of her playroom she is welcome to nurse her baby dolls and various other stuffed animals. Often times she would nurse with her belly button it was quite a sight to see. She actually has gotten cued into that breast make the milk recently. All mammals nurse their babies and I just think it is natural not shameful process. She never once saw Ellie take a bottle, so how could I say to her babies take bottles??? She does have hundreds of babies with coordinating bottles that she gives them b/c really it is just like giving them a cup. I also explain quite clearly that when babies grow up which around here is age 1, they don't nurse anymore they drink out of a cup just like me and you. I just suppose I am so pro-breastfeeding that this toys does not bother me at all. When comes do the bottom line I don't find a nursing baby any more offensive than of those babies that makes green s***. (You know baby poops a lot or whatever you call it.) (On a side note I don't really like the idea of it actually suckling I don't think stimulating a child's nipple is appropriate. She doesn't need to feel it "nursing" it is pretend right?)

I hope you all don't hate me too much.

Angela said...

Ummm... I don't even HAVE kids yet, and I have to agree this is TOTALLY inappropriate. This one ranks right up there with the thong underwear Abercrombie was making (still makes?) for 5 year olds a few years ago. GRRRRRRR!!!! It is one thing if a child does this on their own, imitating a parent, but to make a doll that actually makes sucking sounds, and a top your child can untie?

Tonya said...

OH. MY. GOSH. What will they think of next? No I would not buy my daughter this baby.

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Kat said...

I don't know that I'd call it inappropriate. But strange? Yep. I would call it that. My girls have never been into dolls. But when I was pregnant with Madalyn, Katie was all about tucking stuffed animals under her shirt. And my mom has pictures of me nursing my dolls after she had my brother. But any doll could accomplish this pretend play. The sucking noise the baby makes is kinda where it crosses the line for me....

Lisa's Low Down said...

yeah definately the giant sucking sound is the line...how about a sex simulation doll next?

Brandy said...

I think it's downright weird. And no, I will not be buying this for Jocie.

CaraBee said...

I haven't quite settled on an emotion for this one yet. On the one side, I think it's great to open up the discussion about breastfeeding with little girls (and boys), it is not sexual or dirty. On the other side, I think the halter and sucking noises go a little too far.

Michelle said...

I was reading the box before I started reading your post, and I was sort of surprised that I'd correctly translated lactante.

This is not a toy I'd buy for the wee ones. But then again, I also don't but the ones that really burp and really pee and you really feed. I like the imagination part. I'm with Carabee that it's the sucking and the top part that I don't like. Imagination is fine and play with it the way you will there. The sucking... just a little too much for me.

And yes, I breastfed both of mine, and Little Miss has pretended to do the same. Pretended being the part I'm comfortable with.

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Oh.... Dear....

Um, no. Plastic boobies aren't on my shopping list for any little girls. I am perfectly fine with my daughter lifting her shirt and nursing her dolls. In fact, I prefer it. But actual BREASTS on a young girl is just.... wrong.

RachelV said...

I love baby dolls for my girlie, but a breastfeeding baby doll? I'll have to pass on this one. Very different (to put it nicely).

 

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