Yes, you heard right. I wish it was a joke, and maybe it is and I didn’t notice. But all signs point to this being real. From Thingamababy:
“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.”
Hey, sounds great, right? But for me, the weird part is that your child would attach some sort of breastfeeding vest that the doll can suckle. Or as Thingamababy puts it, “a colorful bra-like halter-top featuring flowers over the nipple area.” Either way, I vote weird.
Also a little odd: Apparently “Glotón” translates to “Glutton” in English (at least online). So this would be the Baby Glutton. But that, like the spelling of “labour,” could just be a language thing.
Here are some screenshots of the doll from the company’s web site. The captions are not the actual instructions. I made them up. Just so we’re clear.
Note that there are other dolls that show breastfeeding, such as the Mini Mamas magnetic breastfeeding dolls. But those have dolls breastfeeding another doll. It’s not a kid pretending to breastfeed a doll using some strap-on apparatus.
So what do you think? Weird? Cool? Somewhere in between?
UPDATE: for another doll that doesn’t make “weird slurping sounds”, check out Meredith’s post about the Moby Mini over at Droolicious.