Meet Bebe Gloton, the new must have child’s baby doll in Spain. Now, I’ve always thought the idea of children having dolls of babies was creepy (it gives them a romanticised version of raising a child which can push girls towards motherhood far earlier than they’re ready for it) but this doll takes it to another level. The translation of the name means Baby Glutton in English and it’s a pretty good name. Baby Designed By A Paedophile would be a better one. We’ve all seen dolls that can cry, and wet themselves as well as the more recent dolls that fill their nappies. Well the designer of Baby Glutton has taken it one step further by making a doll designed to breastfed. Yeah, that’s the exact same face I pulled when I first heard about it. I’ll get back to this post when you’re a little less disgusted.
How old would you say that child on the box is? Six, maybe seven years old? However old she is the designers of this toy believe it’s about time she started breastfeeding her baby. They’ve come up with a bra-like item of clothing that she can wear that has two plastic, flower-shaped pieces on it around the nipple area. When the baby is pressed against those “nipples” it reacts by making suckling sounds for a while. Then it cries until it is burped. That’s right folks, someone who works in a toy company and has access to groups of children for testing new toy ideas has come up with an item of clothing for young girls under ten years old that simulates the primary function of breasts. Why? Because “You shouldn’t have to wait until you have breasts before you start breastfeeding your baby.” according to the box. Really? I always thought that was kind of the point.
Now, maybe I’m over-reacting here. Obviously I’m not a girl and have never played with dolls, so maybe I’m just not getting it. To me this seems really bad, yet another unrealistic push towards early teen pregnancy and another way for sick people to sexualise our children. Am I wrong? What do the girls out there who’ve played with dolls think about this? Would you have played with it as a child?