Little Girls Don't Need a VBAC Baby Doll

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pregnant dollI used to think I was a pretty go-with-the-flow mom when it came to the kid and her toys. Video games? We've got 'em. Girly LEGO Friends? We love 'em. Breastfeeding baby doll? Sure, if she wants to! But I have officially met my limit.

Ladies and germs, behold the VBAC baby doll. Lift her dress, and you get to see a C-section scar across the tummy AND a baby popping out between her legs.

I say "you" can do the lifting because the VBAC doll is not coming into my house if I can help it. Go ahead, call me a prude. But that's not it.

I'm well aware that little girls have the same vaginas as big girls. And my preference for other names for the lady parts aside, I'm also pretty aware that kids need to know how they work. When the doll's maker, MamAmor, first caught my eye, it was because parents were freaking out over their handmade birthing and breastfeeding dolls last year. I'm OK with a doll giving birth, folks.

What better way to explain the whole "how you got out of my tummy" thing to your kiddo? Having refused to let a camera anywhere near me when I was actually delivering her, it's not like I have any photographic evidence to show her the process. Besides, the less blood and, ahem, fecal matter, the less you freak kids out, right?

In that sense, I almost want to commend MamAmor for creating a doll with an actual C-sectioned tummy. Bravo for showing how some moms do it! But is this really about teaching a little kid where they came from? Wouldn't one C-sectioned mom to go with one vaginal birthing mom do the trick?

It's the VBAC itself I'm stuck on. Just take a look and see what it brings to mind:

VBAC doll

Did that give you a visceral reaction? Not necessarily for its supposedly graphic nature, but for what it says about birth? After all, what does the VBAC represent to women? It's a highly politicized, some would say needlessly controversial procedure. It's a struggle between women's desires and doctors' insurance rates. It's complicated. Very, very complicated.

And a VBAC doll is just waltzing your kid into the debate. And for what? If they're young enough to be toting a baby doll, they're unlikely to understand the intricacies of the conundrum.

So what's the point here? It seems like it pushes just one agenda: hype the VBAC! Fortunately, 6-year-olds don't have to worry about that just yet. Lucy goosey mom I may be, but I'd like to give my kid a few more years of "childhood" before she has to wade into the health care debate. How about you?

Would you buy your daughter her own VBAC baby doll? Why?

 

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malak... malakaismommy07

No! Really? what happen to the plain barbie dolls they made when i was a kid? Thankfully I have a boy and don't have to worry about that lol 

Jecky... Jeckyls-mommy

Just like they didn't need the pregnancy barbie who's tummy popped off......god that thing creeped me out...lol. Thank god I'm having a boy

nonmember avatar Brandie

I have boys but I can tell you I would never allow this.. I'm also a tell the truth kinda mommy too.. This is my limit! Not at all appropriate!

nonmember avatar blh

God, that's so stupid. I have a boy but i'd never get that for my daughter if I have one. I'm all for being honest but that's just ridiculous.

Melis... Melissa042807

Really? Seriously? Let's just start forcing a birth agenda on little girls as young as possibly instead of encouraging them to do their own research and decide what they're comfortable with when it comes time for them to have their own babies. I would never tell my daughter how she should give birth. That's a deeply personal decision. 

memek... memekisses

This is part of the reasons young girls think its OK to get pregnant beause stuff like this turns it into a happy little game. The children aren't being taught what REALLY happens amd besides that, its just creepy. Ew

Any kid that had this doll wouldn't even use it for its purpose, they'd just start sticking other toys in its slot.

NO!

SuzyB... SuzyBarno

So it's ok for you to get your kid a doll that is breast feeding or giving birth but not a VBAC doll? That doesn't make sense to me. I probably wouldn't buy my kids any of them. I believe I can teach those subjects naturally, like when they happen. If my daughter sees breast feeding or my c section scar I can explain it to her then, and my son for that matter. Boys need to know these things too! And I don't think this doll is encouraging a debate with kids, I'm sure it's just meant to introduce the many ways a woman can give birth. I'm all for VBAC's although my attempt at one failed but if I was given another chance I would attempt it again(if all was right of course, no risks to me or baby). I just think all he dolls are inappropriate.

Torto... Tortoise77

omg this is just sick! I am all for breastfeeding and natural birth but come on!!!!! let girls be girls and let them worry about vbacs when they are in childbirth years. I know I know we need to educate our children but they are only children!!!!  do people seriously want their kids to worry about vbacs throught their childhood?!?!?!?!?!??!?!  I know i dont want my daughter worrying about having a c-section at 7 years old. I want her to be a kid. This is just way too far....too far!

Torto... Tortoise77

btw... i just told DH about this and he thinks there is nothing wrong/gross about it. He said " it's better than telling them a lie and that babies are delivered by a stork...." hahhahaha now I changed my mind...... I love DH.... he also saidc" and they two dolls out of it.... 2 in 1" 

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