Dolls That Give Birth and BF?

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Dolls That Give Birth and BF?
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Wed, 12-08-2010 - 6:46pm

What do you guys think of this doll:

Watch a Doll Give Birth, Placenta Included

Would you get this for your children?

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Registered: 04-22-2006
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 6:56pm

LOL!! My first thought was "are you frickin' kidding me?". I mean, can't anything be fun anymore, instead of having to have a meaning or be educational? Though, I think they could have their place - like the author of the article mentioned how they could be helpful explaining things to a soon-to-be older sibling. I think they would be the perfect gift for a midwife or doula too :) But, as a play toy for my child? No.





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Registered: 09-12-2008
Thu, 12-09-2010 - 8:49am
Wow - that's definitely not your average doll! I'm not sure if I would get it for my DD unless she asked for it at an older age. I think it could definitely be useful in a birthing class though. I like how they say 'don't you wish BFing was this easy?' in reference to the baby 'snapping' on and off the boob. LOL

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Registered: 12-03-2007
Thu, 12-09-2010 - 9:40am

Nope, I don't think I'd get that for my child.

Emily

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Registered: 11-01-2005
Thu, 12-09-2010 - 10:48am

A colleague of mine has one similar to this...not with all the clothes or hair and no BFing snaps but a very plain cloth doll with a baby and a placenta.

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Thu, 12-09-2010 - 12:07pm

See I would totally get this for my kid!

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Registered: 10-15-2001
Thu, 12-09-2010 - 1:25pm

When I first saw this thread, I didn't look at the link to the actual doll.

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Thu, 12-09-2010 - 1:52pm

I believe they are handmade--which partly explains the price.

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Registered: 08-24-2005
Sun, 12-12-2010 - 10:10am

Oh boy...

I have conflicting feelings about this.... I think the doll is quite pretty, and it is a cute way of introducing a child to the idea of birth and breastfeeding. However, I'm not sure you need to buy a doll for that!! Society is getting just weird about this kind of things!!

For example...I've seen comments about not giving girls dolls with bottles because you want them to learn that BF is the natural way... I had a couple of toy bottles for my dolls while I was a kid. On the other hand, I saw my mom breastfeeding my brother and sisters, and my little brain made the connection perfecly. Somehow, I knew that breastfeeding was "the thing to do", and that a bottle was for exceptions.

Same with birth.... My parents were always open about pregnancy and birth... but always with a language suitable for our age. I must have been really young when I asked about babies... They told me that mom had a little "seed" in her belly, and that dad had another, and that when they loved eachother very much, dad gave his seed to mom and together it transformed into a tiny baby.(ok, in my child brain, they looked like orange seeds, but I got the idea). The baby grew up inside mommy's belly (no problem there, I had seen my mom and aunt's bellies get really big and totally understood that a baby was inside). One day I asked how the baby came out, ( I remember I was coming out of the bath), my mom opened the towel, and pointed , and said "through the vagina". And I was like "oh, ok"

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Registered: 10-15-2001
Sun, 12-12-2010 - 5:30pm

Great points.

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Registered: 08-04-2003
Mon, 12-13-2010 - 8:07pm

That's how Ray is as well.

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