Saturday, November 17, 2012

Should an 8-year old breastfeed a baby?

Each year there will typically be one or more controversial toys on the market targeting an age group that it may be completely inappropriate for!

This years entry is a doll targeted at young girls. It's "a breastfeeding doll whose suckling sounds are prompted by sensors sewn into a halter top at the nipples of little girls that caught some flak after hitting the U.S. market."

"The dolls, eight in all with a variety of skin tones and facial features, look like many others, until children don the little top with petal appliques at the nipples. That's where the sensors are located, setting off the suckling noise when the doll's mouth makes contact. It also burps and cries, but those sounds don't require contact at the breast." (Source)

Perhaps not all that surprising is the fact that the toys manufacturer has not gained much traction for the toy with U.S. retailers so they will instead be selling the doll online at half its original price.

Would you buy this doll for your children? If you would why would you and if you wouldn't what would stop you?

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1 comment :

  1. I remember as a little girl I would pretend to breastfeed my dolls because my mother breastfed my siblings. I liked giving the dolls bottles because it was more interactive. I think this may be over the top. But.....