There is a new doll on the market and her name is Bebe Gloton. The doll was created by the Spanish toymaker, Berjun, to promote breastfeeding. Some babies crawl, some talk. This doll nurses. All a little girl has to do is slip on a halter top that has sunflowers around the breast area and move the baby toward the sunflowers. The baby then makes a suckling motion and sound. After the doll has “eaten,” a girl can burp the doll.
Umm, no. Breastfeeding dolls are not welcome at this house. My goodness, Simone and Nadia are little girls, not little women.
I support nursing, think it is the best thing a mother can do for her child. In fact, I nursed Simone and Nadia each for a year. I don’t, however, support exposing children to every reality of adulthood decades before it is necessary.
Little boys and girls watch their mothers nurse their little brothers and sisters every day of the year. That’s all that’s needed to promote breastfeeding among children. The real attention should be focused on educating new mothers and fathers about the benefits of nursing.
Barbie is launching a new set of African-American dolls called So In Style, or S.I.S. There are three full-size dolls, each with a smaller sister or protege doll. Designer Stacey McBride created the dolls with full noses, full lips and plenty of attitude. Each doll has a theme — a girly girl who is a drill team squad leader, a funky and fun girl who enjoys art and journalism, and a sassy and smart girl who loves math and music.
I applaud the themes, which show black girls they can be fun and smart. I do take issue with the hair, though. While it is darker, the texture is a lot like the original Barbie, and I couldn’t help but notice some of the hair colors remind me of Beyonce’s golden tresses. At a time when so many black women and children are sporting teeny weeny Afros, braids and twists, none of the dolls has such a ‘do. Only one appears to have natural hair.
I’ve never been a big fan of Barbie. So, it’s no surprise Simone and Nadia don’t have any. For now, I will give this new Barbie a temporary green light. If any show up unannounced — I don’t always have control over these things — I’ll try my best not to hide them under a bed or in a closet.