Post # 1
So a friend facebook got blown up with this breast feeding baby doll, it was crazy fighting from all angles….it still is going on.
I personally think its a wrong thing to give a kid! Its just like Barbie being pregnant….remember barbie can be anything…..I was put off when that happen….I am very put off when this product too.There is one video out that says that her daughter was doing this before the doll came out cus she is copying mommy….well that opens the door to other things mommy does that little girls shouldnt be doing. I swear this world is making our kids grow up faster and faster everyday. This is something that our kids need to learn or know about until they take sex ed!
Children grow more dependent on high tech toys like the peeing baby or this doll that they do not use their imagination….if anything this toy and other toys like this sunt their brain development….its like the old saying give a man a fish and he will eat for a day….teach him to fish and he will eat for a lifetime….if you do not let your children use thier imagination and creativity they will never figure problems out or learn the real proper lesson of the situations
I agree teaching children that is good….but at the right time….a baby doll is meant for children ages 2-5 years old….some 6 and 7 year olds may still play with them but by the time they are those ages they have moved onto barbies….so as far as making a baby doll that is usually geared to 2-5 year olds that are just learning about colors and letter and how to tie thier shoes should not be knowing what breast feeding is! Other ar much more important things to be teaching your children! Besides…they are not going to grasp the concept of that breast feeding is to give the baby food, that it helps them grow, that its natral, shouldnt be ashame of their bodies….they are going to look at it as its what you are suppose to do with a baby doll! Its a gate way to other things that doesnt need to be discussed at that age!
What are your opinion on this situation?
*btw I grew up with a cabage patch kid…that looks nothing like a real baby! I didnt care for barbie!
Post # 3
I saw this on the news and I immediatley thought “Stupid and unnecessary”.
Children are naturally curious and will copy what they see. If mommy breast feeds, the isn’t a need for a special breast feeding dool. Kids will just mimic what they see and that can be simple teaching moment for the child. I don’t think breastfeeding is too hard of concept for a young child to grasp. My BF has a 3.5 son and she doesn’t hide that she breastfeeds his six month old brother. Kids don’t get hung up on that, its adults that do.
Marketers are simply are out to make a buck. Parents need to be more mindful of the things they allow in the home.
I think this generation is simply stuck on “stuff” to keep kids busy. Its not helping their life or communication skills. Parents these days think buying more stuff is necesssary for children developing and its simply not true. They need interaction with adults and kids. Not more toys. Thankfully, FH and I are on the same page. When we finally have are kids we are taking it back to basics. Go play outside. Get dirty. Sticks and rocks. Inside it will be blocks/legos, trucks, dolls, scissors, paper, crayons, coloring books, flashcards and playdoo. The. End. TV, computer games and electronics will be kept a minimum. I don’t see our kids improving with all of this high tech nonsense. They seem to be getting worse not better IMO.
Post # 4
That is how I grew up…playing in the dirt, mud, and what ever else I could get in that would make me take a bath at night. I also grew up with coloring, drawling, building blocks, and playdough. I didnt get to watch tv infact the only time was when it was movie night which was family night!
I sit here and watch my sisters raise thier kids and all they do is buy them toys to keep them out of their hair!
The FH and I have the same veiws as you for raising the kids. I grew up with fun birthday partys where is was in the back yard with decorations and a home made cake…not like these kids today that want to go to theme parks and have big fancy parties.
We are diffinently going back to the basics for our kids!
Post # 5
I was a grow-up-outdoors, use your imagination, not-too-much-tv kind of kid, as well. Mr.ND and I hope to encourage the same in our (future) children. However, I think this doll is not bad/evil/etc. No way would I pay the $90 for it, but I remember sitting on my mini-rocker next to my mom with my babydoll up my shirt.
I think part of the shock of it comes from the sexualization of breasts/breast feeding, when really, it’s a natural way to feed a baby. I think that only feeding babydolls with bottles sends a message, and this one sends another. Since it involves breast feeding, this doll is getting a lot of attention, but really, I think that’s more of a discomfort on our part as a society having sexualized the act of breast feeding, rather than a ‘sexual’ or ‘mature’ nature of the doll.
Post # 6
I will say that we should give kids a little bit more credit though. I don’t think there is a set age to talk about things. Once the question is asked, they are thinking about it with a childs mind. I refuse to wait for any sex ed class educate my child. And in this world of internet and TV we just don’t have that luxury anymore.
When I was kid i knew daddy laid on top of mommy and sometimes my dolls did that. Big deal. I didn’t run out and have sex because of it. Kids are curious and will explore. Sometimes they only are looking for answer for that brief moment. As long as you give them an age apporiate response, they typically take it for what it is and move on. Curioursity about sexuality or function is expressed at every age. Its natural. If my toddler asks me a question i’m going to answer it honestly.
Post # 7
@indibee: ITA! $90 freaking dollars OMG I didn’t even know that. Even more reason not to like this LOL. I no have issue with a little girl mimicing breastfreeding. I think most girl children probably did this once or twice and moved on. This doll however its just an extra step that isn’t needed.
Post # 8
Yes I get that…and the thing is the parents should be the one to address these issues not just have a doll that simulates it and be done with it! Yes most children are smart for their age but I dont believe that you should give them toys that promote it. Yes it is natral but why not let them use their imaginations and figure it out…why just give them the finished solution. Does that make any sense?
Also I grew up with the fact that I knew daddy laid on top of mommy…but still my mother never when into detail until I was old enough to know the truth….it was just something that grown ups did just like cursing!
Again…why on earth would you spend that kind of money on a toy…at those prices they should be used and availible to new mothers that want to learn to do this before they have the baby!
Post # 9
There is no way I would pay $90 for a doll, unless it would agree to do all the housework! However, kids definitely don’t need a special doll to attempt breastfeeding. When my kids were little, my son decided at one point that I was not rushing over quickly enough to feed his baby sister. By the time I arrived, he had his shirt hiked up and she was sucking on his nipple. Apparently, neither one of them noticed that this was unlikely to work.
Post # 10
@bklynbridetobe: Yeah, $90 is ridic. And ITA on the honest (but age appropriate) answer to questions.
If my kids feel like ‘breast feeding’ their dolls like I did, so be it. I won’t discourage it (esp if they’re modeling me) because really, it’s just as fine as feeding a baby a bottle. I think the more comfortable our children are with natural things (not sex ed at 4, but why some mommies feed their babies like that, etc), then the less stigma will be attached to it. (I don’t plan to be a ‘whip my boob out’ breast feeder, but I do hope that I can discreetly nurse without dirty looks, KWIM?)
I think our culture is in a weird stage with breast feeding because of how much we sexualize everything else. Push up bikini tops for pre-teens, HELL NO, it’s encouraging their sexuality. A breast feeding doll, meh, that’s more encouraging a natural part of life that kids like to do anyway in taking care of dolls. I see both sides of the issue, and I can definitely see how the doll can be seen as ‘too much,’ but the sociology gal in me wonders why we see it as too much. 🙂
Post # 11
I agree with everything you have said.