Breastfeeding "baby" doll

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MissyJ's picture
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Breastfeeding "baby" doll

[h=1]Breastfeeding baby doll: creepy or groundbreaking?[/h]
I know that there have been other toy debates but I don't recall this one yet.

What do you think about this doll? For breastfeeding moms, is this one that you would approve for your child?

If you would like to see a video of how the doll works, here is the toy website (*Note* Anyone offended by seeing a real baby latching on and nursing -- be aware this clip does showcase a mom/bf'ing babe.)

Breast milk baby

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Love the doll, but I think the vest thing for the girl is a little weird. My girls and now my son have all breast fed babies so I dont think there is anything wrong with pretend play like this

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I hate dolls with batteries. So i hate this doll.

Oh. Is that not what you meant? LOL

Doesn't bother me. My kids used to breastfeed dolls all the time. But i can see how this will probably not be on the top of the list of thigns parents will go out to buy. Even if they are okay with it in principle, i think getting weirded out by it is still prevalent enough in our gut reactions for it to be a turn-off, sad to say. And we have to remember that this doll is competing with billions of other toys and thousands of other dolls.

Maybe its just not a feature that people are willing to pay 80 bucks for (oi!)..its awfully involved, in order to make it more 'real', when its pretty easy to pretend to breastfeed without the electronics.

Does it come with a pretend tube of lansinoh and some breastpads? LOL. Does the vest randomly leak all over your shirt if you leave it on for too long? Smile

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LOL That was my reaction Kim. My kids have pretended just fine with a doll that I guess to some "did nothing" (no batteries needed; imaginations required!) for less than $20!

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I don't find it creepy at all-- but overpriced and too specialized (like Kim and Missy.)

My FB friends will know that I shared this picture last night. This is our 3 yo, Lexi, feeding her baby. Which is actually a baby doll I played with as a kid.....and is her current favorite.

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Audra! That is so sweet! I love it!

TFS!

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Both of my kids have "breastfed" their various baby dolls and stuffed animal friends. They make their own suckling noises for the baby, or talk quietly to him/her like I did with them. I see no need for this overpriced battery-operated thing.

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"Spacers" wrote:

Both of my kids have "breastfed" their various baby dolls and stuffed animal friends. They make their own suckling noises for the baby, or talk quietly to him/her like I did with them. I see no need for this overpriced battery-operated thing.

So funny your kids talk quietly to mimic you, mine put their feet up on the coffee table and ask someone to bring them a "Big glass of water"

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This is one if those toys for parents to brag about and kids to be disappointed about receiving. I remember my son grabbing my Boppy nursing cushion and pretending to nurse Elmo when Juliet was a baby. Kids do that. Why they would need a special doll that mimics the reality of it is beyond me.

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What do the batteries do? Does the doll actually "suck?" If so, why?

Yeah, I'm with every body else, seems unneccessary to get a special battery operated doll when kids are just as happy to hold a regular baby doll up to their chest and pretend.

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Audra, I love how your little one is holding onto the ears to help with nursing! Is that how you do it?

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Alissa,

What I gathered from the video is that the child puts on a vest with "flower petals" that represent 'mommy's' breasts. When the doll is held facing the petals the mouth moves and it then makes sucking and gulping sounds. Afterwards it does also need to be burped.

The dolls look like they are cute and soft-bodied. While I get the premise of the vest, I can't figure out why it bugs me. I think maybe I would prefer the doll action be tied to if the doll was turned to the side and maybe you had to stroke its cheek to get it to start. Overall, though, I am more of the mindset that it can be without batteries, at a far lower price, and I'd be happier!

I did notice that there is a 50% off coupon. If it would only hit 75%+ off! LOL

~Missy
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