What happened to the simple things in life? I remember when I was growing up our toys consisted of plain old dolls, teddy bears, Legos and trucks. If you were a lucky boy, you might get a train set. A girl might get a fancy Barbie Doll, with all the requisite accoutrements. Now, kids demand (and get) X-Boxes, and dolls like Baby Alive, a supremely creepy doll that actually 'poops' and 'pees'. Manufactured by Hasbro back in 1973, they've brought the Baby Alive doll back, and it's supposedly more "life-like" than ever. You feed the doll a disgusting green concoction and it eventually comes out the other side. The same goes for drink. This incarnation of Baby Alive also talks, and says things like "Uh, oh, I made a stinky."
Apparently appealing to both girls and boys, it's the latest rage and stores are having a difficult time keeping it on their shelves, so the $39.99- $59.99 doll can cost as much as $109.00 on Amazon.com, for the African-American or Hispanic versions.
Why does a young child need to learn how to change a diaper? And whatever happened to make-believe? If we leave nothing to our children's imaginations, what happens to their imaginations? I also have to wonder if all these life-like baby dolls don't somehow contribute to our children having babies at early ages. If they are being given more life-like toys, won't they actually keep yearning for the real thing?
I don't have kids, but I can't help think this is so totally wrong.
Dolls that pee and poop? What next?!