The Daily Mail is up in arms! Mumsnetters are disgusted! And what has caused this unusual(!) state of affairs? Yep, it’s a breastfeeding baby doll.
The rather expensive doll, made by Spanish firm Berjuan Toys and priced at Â£60, apparently makes realistic suckling noises and demands to be burped.
Pretty much the same as this Baby Annabel, which suckles and burps for a mere Â£29 or the Chou Chou Rock-a-Bye Baby which yawns, giggles, cries and sucks for Â£29.97, or any number of other “functional baby dolls”, most of which are bottle fed. Aside from my deep dislike of any “realistic” doll, I (and many more ex-breastfeeding mums like me) would probably be ideal customers for a doll that didn’t automatically come with a bottle and a dummy.
So when we’ve already got dolls that wee and poo, and have far less appealing functions, what’s causing the uproar? And more to the point, what’s costing the extra Â£30?
Just put on the fashionable top included with each Breast Milk Baby, bring the babyâ€™s mouth up to the pretty flower, and enjoy the closeness, the loving bond between mother and child.
Ah… The “fashionable” top with the “pretty flowers”… And that’s where I find myself siding with the Daily Mail and the Mumsnetters. I am fine with my daughter pretending to breastfeed her dolls. I am as ok with suckling sounds as I am with burps, cries and giggles. But I don’t think she needs fake nipples to pretend, not even flower shaped ones. There is nothing remotely sexual about a child pretending to feed a baby doll, but dressing a little girl in a crop top with what look like nipple tassles for juniors is just plain wrong!
NB. Despite the sensational headlines, I don’t think you’re going to be seeing this doll in the Top 10 Xmas Toy Lists anytime soon. The only place I could find to buy a Breastfeeding Baby Doll in the UK was on Ebay.