Monday, July 13th, 2009
Bye-bye Bottle: Breastfeeding Baby Dolls are Here
Bebé Glotón is a infant doll made by Berjuan, a toy maker in Spain, for the express purpose of promoting breastfeeding. The idea is to impress upon kids that breastfeeding is natural.
Your child wears a colorful bra-like halter-top featuring flowers over the nipple area. When the doll is lifted to the flowers, it makes a suckling motion and sound. When your child’s flower nipples grow sore and cracked, either the baby cries for more, or beckons to be burped.
The flowers don’t really get sore and cracked. My wife was astounded when I read her a draft of this article, so I thought I should clarify. If the flowers wilt a little, maybe you can buy your kid a tube of lanolin.
The user comments posted below the second clip (20minutos.tv) are a hoot… with people viewing this doll as everything from inappropriately sexing up children to providing a plaything for prepubescent lesbians. But to be fair, a good number of the comments are sheer trolling. (View them by pasting the URL into a Google search, then click “translate this page“).
Babel Fish translates the doll’s name as Baby Glutton. If anyone is familiar with Spanish culture (Spain, not Latin America), I’d love to hear their thoughts about that name.
This gluttonous baby is 50 cm (19.6 inches) long, the average length of a real newborn and is available in either gender. There’s no word yet on whether the boy is anatomically correct. The dolls retail for about 44 Euro.
See the Bebé Glotón official site (just photos at this point… after the Flash intro, click “mecnanismos” and then “Bebe Gloton”)
Also see previously: Mini Mamas magnetic breastfeeding dolls.
Update: After more than a month of feedback, user comments have been turned off. For more, read my opinion about the doll.