Saturday, October 18, 2008

Nursing Doll

So I was perusing the internet the other day, looking at new (to me) mommy blogs, and following links, and I came across this nursing doll. I have to say I'm not sure what to think about it. When I was a kid, my Mama and Grandma made a nursing cat stuffed toy with little kittens that snapped on to nurse, and I always thought that was cool. I can see that it's educational for kids to have a human doll that nurses (although my memory of playing with dolls is that I was usually the mommy, and I didn't necessarily need to assign that role to my doll). The intriguing part is that the doll also gives birth (make sure to click on the additional photos at the link). I had two younger brothers by the time I was five (actually, one was born the week after my fifth birthday), and I do remember being interested in birth at that age. I was more interested in the pregnancy aspect, though. I remember thinking that babies came with accessories (almost all my dolls did) and wondering what different mommies got with their new babies (different dollies come with different baby items, after all).

The doll's description states that it can be used by midwives, birthing classes, and other educational purposes. The doll was originally designed in Brasil to teach young girls about childbirth. It might even be a good way to talk about menstruation. I think the whole process would have made a lot more sense to me if I'd had, or even seen, a doll like this. It might have helped my Mama to have a prop when she was teaching me about being a woman. I've always thought that girls are expected to put down their dolls too soon. Perhaps this is a good doll to carry into puberty.

So, what are your thoughts on the nursing/birthing mama doll?

4 comments:

Halloween Doll CLothes Gal said...

I like the idea - but you always have to be careful with such an item. It is sensitive - but I think it would be popular.

Jennifer said...

A few months ago I was talking to Seth about his teacher at pre-school who was pregnant (I think she has had her baby by now). Anyway, I explained that she had a baby growing and I showed him pictures of when I was pregnant. I told him the baby would come out when it was big enough. He said "The baby will come out of her belly button?" I have no idea why he thought that, but I had to tell him that wasn't really how it worked. He accepted that Mommies have "mommy parts" for the babies to come out. I really didn't want to get into it any more than that for a two-year-old.

Fun Mama - Deanna said...

Yeah, I think this is definitely too much for a two year old. Or even a five or six year old. My mom started talking to me about the changes in my body at about age 8, and I'm thinking this would be something good to introduce somewhere between 8 and 12. It would be a sensitive discussion, but a way to teach girls to respect and understand their bodies, though.

MAM said...

I'm not sure what I think. I agree definitely for older girls. But I am grateful to have a boy......

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