(Closed) Breast Feeding Baby Doll?????

posted 7 years ago in Parenting
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  • Post # 3
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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 # 5
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @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 # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    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.  Wink

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @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
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @indibee:

    I agree with everything you have said.

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