14 Apr 2011

MEET BEBE GLOTON - A TAD TOO REALISTIC?

Whilst some believe that children should not be encouraged towards playing with gender specific toys (dolls, prams etc for girls and toy cars and garages etc for boys) though I can never remember being encouraged, let alone forced, I, unlike my (naughty) little sister who always wanted a toy garage, loved my dollies.

I can remember adoring my Tiny Tears (Christine) who could not only cry but magically managed to wee as well - much to the disgust of my grandad who thought it all a bit too realistic.

Then, aged 15 (2 months short of my 16th birthday) I begged for one of those 'real life' baby dolls that were just starting to hit the shops. Called Melanie, she was all soft and floppy and, thanks to some chemical or another (I dread to think what) she even had that talc and vomit smell of a real baby - and I loved her.

Strange than that aged about 11/12 I knew I didn't want children whereas my (naughty) little sister went on to have two despite having delighted in snapping my Sindy doll in half and throwing several of my dolls out the window to see if they could fly - they didn't.

Anyway, back to my grandad and that all-too realistic Tiny Tears.

I knew just how he must have felt when I read heard about ............

BEBE GLOTON - The breastfeeding doll.

Introduced some time ago in Spain, I believe 'it'/'she'(?) was introduced in the US last month, and is due to hit the shops here in the UK next month, Baby Gloton (Greedy Baby) is the 'breastfeeding' toy produced mainly to promote the importance of breast-feeding and understandably parents here in the UK are furious - Click HERE to read a Mail Online article as to why or simply view the video clip below and be sure to let us know what you think.


17 comments:

Misha said...

OMG! :O That's disturbing!
I was never fond of dolls, not even as a kid.

Vivienne said...

That is definitely not right at all! Uggh! What were they thinking.

BTW - I had Tiny Tears too.

Dorte H said...

Of course little girls play mothers, but no, this is tasteless.

GMR said...

Wow...that's some story there. Kind of ironic about your sister. I wasn't really attached to too many toys one way or the other. I preferred reading and (shocker) I still do. As for the new doll....that is ridiculously disturbing. *-*

Lilly said...

That's really disturbing!

jo said...

Whoa!! This is taking it a bit too far. Where will it go next? Well maybe everyone will disagree but it I think started with Barbie dolls - a tad too realistically made and all grown up for lil kids

jo said...

Ok PW thats me Budhaaah there :)

Alyce said...

I think the thing that offends me the most about that is the strap-on nursing breasts. I don't mind if kids want to play pretend but I don't think they need to be strapping anything like that on them. The baby cries were realistic - all three of my pets came to see what was going on while I was watching that video.

Kelly said...

Oh my, this IS carrying it a bit too far!!!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I don't know... I mean those that have younger sibs would probably pretend that way if the mother breastfeeds... but at the same time... hm...

Suko said...

UGH UGH

Definitely TOO realistic!!

Jenners said...

I'm all for breastfeeding but this was too much!!!!

Chatty Crone said...

I'm with the ground - I think it was awful. Not sure why - but it just bothers me.

Sorry i didn't write sooner - I have come down with the Shingles this week and I am just trying to survive,

Love your blog.

sandie

Darlyn said...

This is totally shocking!

I'm sorry I have gone hay wire and it's also a long time since my last visit!Glad I make it to your blog! ;p

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

ooh, that's really disturbing.

big hugs
betty xx

naida said...

oh no!!! thats disturbing!

Edna said...

Hooray for Bebe Gloton!!!

At last a promotional tool to support breastfeeding which I can only hope helps to change the extremely sad opinions of many in our society.

We should be more concerned that we're teaching our kids to think that it's more normal to feed a baby by artificial means (don't see any outraged comments on dolls with bottles) therefore contributing to the 1.5 million infant deaths every year worldwide that could be prevented if they were breastfed. (WHO & UNICEF - Lancet Child Survival Series - published July 2004).