I may be a little late on this issue but I found out about a doll last week and it really has been thinking.
When you think of a normal doll in the stores and what said doll should come with in the packaging I'm sure you think, 'bib, diaper, bottle', right?
In the box is a "nursing tank" for the little girl to wear, with flower petals over the nipple area. When the baby is placed hear the flowers a censor goes off to make the doll moves its mouth and makes suckling noises!!
I personally think yes, it's a little weird. Yes, breastfeeding is normal and I'm COMPLETELY for breastfeeding. M always saw me pumping so she knows that's how K got her milk. But I don't think at 5-8 years old girls/boys should be playing with this doll. Some think it will promote early sex and having babies early just so they can breastfeed, others just think it's plain inappropriate. <<---- I do not agree with either of these statements just to clarify. I read that from numerious websites.
I do know I would never let Makenna carry this doll around to her chest though. I think it takes away the innocense of a child and is almost making them grow up too soon. If your child sees you breastfeeding then fine and can be talked about it. They may even see another mommy feeding her baby in public or at a friend's house, fine, again talk about it. But to let them also do it? I don't think it should be done.
Dolls like this make me think, "What's next?" But, what I thought wasn't out is....Did you know there is an actual doll that is anatomically correct! The doll was sold in the United Kingdom for about £40 a few years ago, but appears to be purely an eBay item now.
Step 1. Feed the baby from his special bottle.
Step 2. Let the doll waddle around on his own as it shouts, “Mummy, wee wee!”
Step 3. Watch the doll wave its hand over its crotch as pressure mounts in its plastic bladder.
Step 4. Your daughter pulls down the doll’s pants and lets the doll pee into a toy potty, sitting down… or standing up.
YES, you are seeing that correctly. That is a flaccid plastic penis on a doll!
Check out the small youtube commercial for it!
This doll freaks me the hell out and there is no way in hell I'd ever let my kids play with him!
I just do not like that there are dolls out there like that. Call me neive, I don't care. I'm not sheltering my daughters in any way and when it comes to breastfeeding like I said, my daughter knows about it and how you can pump to get milk out as well. But I'm not going to promote it with a doll, I will talk to her about it and IF she wants to when she's older then she can. I'm also not sheltering her when it comes to education about sex and our body parts. I don't think that not letting her play with these dolls is going to harm her since she's getting the knowledge from me about the world.
All I'm trying to say is can we let kids be kids and stop introducing them to adult things so early.