Doll That 'Refuses to Eat' Outrages Parents

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Oh boy. A new baby doll was introduced at the London Toy Fair yesterday, and it's causing quite the stir over in the U.K. The "Nenuco Won't Eat" doll, produced by Famosa, is basically a baby doll who turns its head when a (fake) spoonful of food is offered to it.

The doll is set to hit store shelves next month, and some are worried the behavior of it shunning food could potentially set a bad example for toddlers -- even making them have a negative attitude toward food. There's also a fear that the doll could encourage eating disorders down the road.

The way it works is that the doll has a little magnet in its mouth. It will keep refusing the food until the spoon is correctly aligned with the mouth -- at which point it will take the food.

You see what has some folks so upset, right? They're worried that by seeing the doll refuse food, kids might consider not eating to be normal behavior, which they will then start exhibiting themselves.

And while I completely understand where the cause for concern lies, especially when it comes to something as serious as eating disorders -- I'm just not sure I'd be all that worried if my own child were playing with this particular doll. Maybe it's because I don't have a little girl, so I can't really say for sure whether or not playing with certain dolls affects the way they think and develop. Still, I tend to view the doll's behavior as something babies typically do in real life; therefore, it's nothing to get all excited about.

My own kiddo was (and still is) the pickiest eater on the planet. And feeding him as a baby was no picnic, as he'd turn his nose up to food at almost every meal. This doll really kind of paints a clear picture of what it's like to feed an infant. That can be seen as a good thing as far as teaching children who play with it about the ins and outs of parenting. And don't kids love to "mother" their baby dolls? Maybe they won't even be fazed by the doll turning its head away from the food. Getting it to eat could be a fun little challenge or something.

But then again, toddlers and preschoolers probably aren't thinking about being moms at that point in their lives, so I guess there is the potential that they could attempt to model the doll's behavior?

Hmm. This one is a tough call for sure. Ok, your turn to weigh in.

Would you let your child play with this doll?


Image via Famosa

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MyNam... MyNameIs-

Ha! Maybe DD will find out how it feels to work so hard on supper only to have her baby make a face and call it yucky!!

But seriously, these people need better ideas for dolls.

amazz... amazzonia



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Bobbie Scherzer

I agree, if you don't like the toy, do not buy it.  As for blaming eating disorders, I think it's a little much.  I would think Barbie causes anorexia more than a toddler doll that won't eat.  I would buy that toy for my kids, because I think they would have fun trying to get the baby to eat.

MrsRo... MrsRoberts413

I had a doll when I was little (late 80s/early 90s) and my mom even had a doll as a kid (late 50s/early 60s) that came with 2 spoons: one with baby food or fruit molded onto it, and one with peas or something on it, and there was a magnet in the peas spoon that caused the doll to "shake" its head "no" when offered the peas, but turn toward the fruit/baby food one (opposite poles on the magnets).  Nobody thought it was the least bit scandalous!  What is the matter with people?


My goodness, who comes up with these lame ideas for dolls?  My children just want a doesn't even matter what the doll does.  They just use their imagination anyway.  And people getting in a up-roar about it...sheesh!  The way the world is coming to, I'm too scared to step on a ant by accident or I would be liable in some kind of way...appearing before court as a murderer or cruelty to insects.

Tina Goff

Some people don't feel good about themselves unless they have some unimportant thing to be 'outraged' about.  It makes them feel superior. 

Renee Westervelt Dryden

People are worried about a doll that turns its head away from a spoon but not the doll that poops. Or that dog game that poops. REALLY!?!?! Doesn't a real baby turn their heads when they dont want food? WTF is wrong with people!?!?!?

nonmember avatar MommyHarder

Ok so parents r making a HUGE deal about this doll but it's real life for ya. I have a 2 uear old girl and she does it on a daily basis. It's really not that big of a deal what about all the dolls who's belly u squeeze and it calls ur child mama? Is that teaching children to become moms at a young age? It's a doll if u don't like it DON'T BUY IT!

Shelby R Brooks

people are so freakin iggnorant, its a doll, c'mon, like they said if u dont like that damn thing then dont buy it, get a grip! dumbasses, these stories are really getting aggrivating, tired of seeing them, bout like this story i seen the other day about this preg girl gettin criticized for taking zofran, or this other story i seen about this girl getting criticized for letting her twin girls play with FAKE PLASTIC TOY guns...

Myra Stump

I would buy it for my daughters just to give them the taste of the same treatment they give me when they turn away from food. Maybe if they get frustrated a little by the doll they'll see why I get frustrated with them. Parents need to find better things to get upset about. Why not just find the good in things and use it as a way to teach out children so they don't have such a hard time, Isn't that what our jobs are anyways is to help them learn and grow?

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