Parents, Calm Down About This ‘Inappropriate’ Baby Doll’s Penis

In the past few days, the Internet is abuzz about none other than a baby doll’s penis. The anatomically correct You & Me Mommy Change My Diaper Doll line available at Toys “R” Us has parents in a tizzy over the fact that the doll is not “smooth down there.”

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This seems to be one topic that parents are prone to freaking out about, perhaps because they have nothing better to do? One tiny penis on a baby doll does not a disaster make. And for extra bonus points, a few of our amazing Mommyish readers pointed out that this baby doll is not circumcised. (Judge that as you will.)

This innocent little boy doll has been called “inappropriate” and “unnecessary” for kids:

Some parents called the doll inappropriate and unnecessary for kids, while others joked it could be a unique way to conclude a “gender reveal” party. Some users on Facebook just wished the doll’s box came with a warning label.

Writer Monica Beyer of SheKnows.com, however, doesn’t see a problem. “How on earth is it inappropriate for a child to see a naked baby? What about a baby makes a penis or a vulva dirty or sexual?” Beyer writes. “Because that’s what it sounds like when people say that it’s wrong for little girls to see it. The truth is, when a child points out the body part that she doesn’t have, all a parent is required to do is call it by its name.”

As a note, the original Toys “R” Us Facebook thread, the site of the online parental freakout, has been taken down. Most parents who commented on other news sources have responded more rationally to the baby doll penis.

I have to agree that this baby doll’s junk is really no big deal. It certainly isn’t keeping me up at night, and it’s a little pathetic that the manufacturer is being shamed by parents for attempting to provide an accurate doll, for once. If parents demand a warning label on the doll, that’s fine. I’d still buy a baby doll with a giant sticker on the box that read, “THIS BABY HAS A PENIS.”

Oh, RILLY? Baby penises have yet to bother me. My sons have two of their own at home. In the great debate about how to handle a plastic penis on a doll, I agree with sexologist Dr. Logan Levkoff. Parents should be able to talk with their kids about body parts and use the word “penis” when necessary. As Dr. Levkoff puts it so eloquently—banning the word penis around your house is a “parenting fail.”

(Image: Toys “R” Us)

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    • keelhaulrose

      Heaven forbid we teach our kids about genitalia and the biological difference between boys and girls.
      Or, gasp, give a boy a doll that looks like himself.

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        Yeah, but WHAT IF a girl accidentally sees the boy doll? The universe will surely unravel.

      • shm

        So are these same moms who think this is the end of the world, not allowing their daughters to help with their little brother’s diaper changes. Are they all confined to their rooms to change their clothes? Do they not have sibling bath time? What about naked sprinkler time? I mean seriously?

      • keelhaulrose

        I’ve seen parents like that. Anything to avoid talking biological differences between boys and girls. No helping with diaper changing, potty training, or baths. Separate rooms with doors closed for changing. The worst of these explained it by saying it was a sin to see someone of the opposite sex naked unless they were your spouse or child, so not even siblings.

      • Justme

        Oh goodness. That makes life so much harder.

      • shm

        Oh dont be silly. Boys can’t play with dolls. It will make them gay. Dolls are only for girls.

      • Amber Starr

        My daughter’ grandfather wanted to give her a toy fighter jet.. I don’t want her to turn lesbian, so I only let her play with toy pots and pans and baby dolls without weiners.

      • Old Lady Phillips

        Weiner is such a great word. I don’t use it nearly enough. I’ve got a conference call in 15 minutes, maybe I can figure out a way to sneak it in.

      • ShanLea

        Weiner is an awesome word! We use Winky in our house…I’m all for using the correct words, but honestly, the people we know don’t use “penis” in casual conversation, but the words they do use I really don’t want to hear coming out of my 3 year old’s mouth. Not too long ago, my teenager asked me “Now that I’m almost in high school, is it ok if I don’t call it my winky anymore, as long as my little brother isn’t around?” I told him, “dude, you’re a teenager, talk about it however you want, as long as I don’t have to see it or hear about it! And no using it yet either!!”

      • noodlestein’s danger tits

        Oh, man, if you managed to, you have to come back and tell us about it!

      • Old Lady Phillips

        Sadly, it was a presentation call and most of us were required to be on mute. There was a Q&A at the end, but I couldn’t figure out a way to work “weiner” into a conversation about tax processing software. But, you know, goal for the next meeting!

      • Amber Starr

        We all expect an update after your next meeting. Your goal: use the word “weiner” once.

        We’ll start you off slowly.

      • Old Lady Phillips

        Challenge accepted!

      • Amber Starr

        I am a big fan of it as well. I hope you were able to pepper your conference call with the word “weiner” and I hope it really drove your points home :)

      • noodlestein’s danger tits

        I believe we’ve invented a new version of the ‘cat game’ from Super Troopers!

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        We were visiting family recently and one of my nieces has one of those Bratz baby dolls – the ones that are kind of like really made up Cabbage Patch dolls, not the more Barbie-sized one. My son FELL IN LOVE. I am guessing he thought it was another baby. He wouldn’t put the thing down and kept giving it kisses over and over again. Super, super cute. #MommyJacking #TangentiallyRelatedButNotReally

      • rockmonster

        And dragons and Tonka trucks will make your daughter lesbian.

      • Ashley Feit

        But what if your dragon has a penis or the Tonka truck has a set of “truck-nuts”?

      • rockmonster

        Well, then it will either make her a slutty lesbian, or it will make her one of those weird sluts that like *gasp*…BOTH genders. Or they’ll be into bestiality and fucking vehicles.

      • Old Lady Phillips

        I know you’re being facetious, but I just wanted to brag about my son and his baby doll, whose name is Baby Rosie (he named her.) He’s had her since he was 2 and doesn’t play with her that much anymore, but every once in a while he’ll unearth her from the toy box and hug her and apologize: “Aww, Baby Rosie, I missed you! I’m so sorry I haven’t snuggled you for a long time!” It’s the cutest.

      • shm

        Your son rocks!

      • Amber Starr

        But it might lead girls to have pre-marital sex! OH NOES!!!!

      • tasha

        Don’t parents already do that? My parents did because I have a brother (I’m a female). It’s really not as big of a deal as you guys think.

      • keelhaulrose

        You’d be shocked at the number of parents who would rather keep their kids in the dark than have an uncomfortable conversation.

      • http://fakegeekmom.com Aimee

        I don’t want to sound like I’m calling you out because you are always such a great commenter to read–but maybe we can just leave it at “about genitalia and biological differences”? Not all women/girls have vaginas, not all men/boys have penises. :)

      • keelhaulrose

        You’re absolutely right.

      • Mette

        I gave my son this doll 2 1/2 yrs ago, when we were expecting his little brother. I thought it was kind of cute with a boy doll, that can even pee :) I don’t understand why the doll is all of a sudden such a big topic when it has been available for so long.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      WARNING WARNING WARNING: This baby doll looks like an actual human baby.

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs
    • middleofnowheremom

      I’d like to just go one day, ONE DAY, without having to hear about people that make a scene out of something like this.

      OH, & PENIS PENIS PENIS VAGINA VAGINA VAGINA.

      they are not dirty words and quit making children ashamed of their own bodies.

      • keelhaulrose

        But how do we expect to slut shame girls later if they think their bodies are beautiful and their vaginas aren’t a hotbed of sin?
        How do we expect boys to think their penis should be flaccid until marriage if we don’t hide the fact that other people have them, too?
        If we don’t stop this now we might have confident children who have a healthy curiosity and desire for sex!

      • middleofnowheremom

        Two out of three of my kids, one doesn’t talk, have asked me why their dolls don’t have wieners. I always just said it’s because they are toys, not people, and only people have wieners. How do people not talk to their kids about things like this? How do you go their entire childhood without questions about the penis or vaginas, or lack there of?

      • keelhaulrose

        I’ll never understand it, my daughter and I had the period talk three times in two years so I don’t have any qualms, and I can only say that in my experience the more you are taught as a child that your body is bursting with sin and showing it off makes you less worthy as a person, the harder it is later in life to talk to others about their bodies in a literal sense and not “chewing gum” or whatever.
        I hate blaming religion, but at the same time, it’s the uber religious I’ve noticed have this issue.

      • tasha

        You can’t tie sex to confidence.

      • keelhaulrose

        I’m talking about comfort with your body as confidence. If I’m brought up in an environment where I’m taught my body and biological urges are shameful, it’ll be much harder for me to gain confidence and have healthy relationships (and eventually a healthy sex life).
        From my experience this ties closely into sex, inasmuch as those parents who view sex outside marriage as a very serious sin/disrespect to one’s body also tend to be the ones who present bodies and biological urges as shameful, and thus hurting the confidence of their children.
        Confidence does not come from others. If you are a virgin because that is your choice, you have confidence. If you are a virgin because you’ve been told it’s a sin and you do want to be a used piece of fun, you are not doing it for yourself, and that is not confidence.

      • JJ

        But isn’t it so much cuter to have your kid call hooha, weewee, family jewels or other cutesy names instead of you know the actual name of what it is. NOT. I seriously have to try to not laugh when I grown up women who can’t or won’t say vagina (and there kids aren’t present so its not a kid thing). They shake and stutter it out if they have to say, vvvv…aaagina! Oh my god I said it”. If your a grown woman who’s had relationships, had sex and even had children please know how to say the word vagina, penis, breasts etc. I agree its okay to say the anatomy names in fact it sounds much better then making up silly names and still using them well into your teens and adult years. Does a guy person about to have sex with a girl their dating really want to hear her refer to vagina as her “lady place” or “hooha” like their five years old? Vagina and Penis say it loud and proud LOL!

    • shm

      So we are teaching kids from the get go that their bodies are inappropriate. I just dont get it. I mean I was brought up the same way. We had code names for our genitals, which I never understood. I dont understand why kids aren’t taught a vagina is a vagina and it is okay to have one and that a penis is a penis and it is okay to have one. What do they learn from calling a vagina a flower or a penis a pee pee? It does not change that fact that they have one or what it does.

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        Horrifying fact: some of my family members referred to their children’s vulvas as their “shame-shame”. No joke.

      • middleofnowheremom

        Insert throat punch here.

      • shm

        Oh for efffs sake!

        I mean the name I was told to call my vagina when I was little is so embarrassingly ridiculous I wony even tell my husband what we called it.

      • 2Well

        Same here. And the name didn’t even make sense.

      • keelhaulrose

        Curiosity piqued. Tell us, pretty please?

      • shm

        Poodie…..gah makes me cringe typing is

      • keelhaulrose

        I shouldn’t be laughing, but that really is ridiculous.

      • Boozy Shark Lee

        My was cooch or coochie and occasionally cooter. Penises were dinky doos. I kind of think they are all hilarious but teach my child the correct names.

      • keelhaulrose

        My parents used anatomical terminology so I missed out on the fun names. But when brother born I was helping to change a diaper when I noticed he had part I didn’t, and I asked what was doing with a “front tail”. I corrected quickly, but now that we’re adults it’s come back to haunt me, as my dad will say things like “I need to drain the front tail”.
        (Though I think I finally got rid of it by asking if I could borrow the two-room tent case I want to play withmy my husband’s front tail when we go camping soon. Totally not true, but sometimes drastic times…)

      • noodlestein’s danger tits

        One of my close friend’s little boys, when he went in to meet his little sister for the first time, was in the room while they changed her. When he came out (this was back in the day when only one or two people were allowed in the hospital room at a time), he was red faced and trying to control laughter. Whe I asked him what was so funny, he blurted out, “Becca’s got TWO butts!!!” Yeah, he’s graduating high school soon, and still hasn’t lived that one down!

      • noodlestein’s danger tits

        Cooter is a great one. For adults, of course.

      • Sailor Fruitpunch

        Lol… that sounds pretty awful. I wouldn’t want any part of my lady bits associated with “poo”.

        When I was little, instead of peeing I “twinkled” so my vagina was my “twinkie”. Let’s just say I was side-eying a certain Hostess snack for a very, very long time.

      • Ursi

        I’m sorry but I laughed out loud for real because WTF!?? Have fun in therapy, children!

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        Gotta get a jump start on the ingrained self-loathing and shame!

      • Cruelty Cupcake

        I was never even given a name, which somehow seems worse? My grandma referred to everything as my “bottom.” I guess she thought if she didn’t give it a name, it would just go away?

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        “If I pretend it isn’t there, maybe it will fall off and disappear”

      • Jem

        I’ve heard a lot of nurses call everything “the bottom” as well. After I gave birth I remember a nurse cheerfully asking if they could “check my bottom”. I didn’t exactly know what she meant but assumed she was checking where a baby just flew out.

      • Old Lady Phillips

        I call everything on my son his “peanuts.” But mainly because I think it’s hilarious.

      • Boozy Shark Lee

        I know a couple kids who call it the front butt on their own accord.

      • lijepa1979

        My son came up with front butt on his own. He only used it in reference to his sister in saying that she has a front butt and he doesn’t. Granted he thought his penis was something special early on. By the time he was three, he would lament when I was changing his sister’s diaper that she and I don’t have one, and it was so sad.

      • Clarissa

        My parents weren’t that bad. it was my crotch. At least thats somewhat correct and if a little kids tells someone they touched her crotch, They’ll know what the hell shes talking about. My brothers just always had penises(peni?) though. I wonder why. this has made work odd because I work for a clothing company’s phone center who recently was under fire for their childrens tshirts(not saying who), and I have to say crotch about 50 times a day when telling people how to take inseam measurements. It’s honestly more awkward to say crotch for me than vulva or vagina. These have a more medical meaning to me whereas crotch was what i called it the first 12 years of my life

      • Amber Starr

        Sweet baby Jesus.

        With all due respect to your family, can I please slap the shit out of them for making their daughters feel like their private parts are bad??!

      • keelhaulrose

        It would be hilarious if I weren’t sure they completely fucked their daughters up.
        Is there a kickstarter for the therapy yet?

      • rockmonster

        There is not enough “WTF why” in the world.
        ***
        I knew the names for things at six, because the kids’ anatomy book was a bit more thorough than most. But because I was a spatailly challenged child, I didn’t know where they were.

      • ILoveJellybeans

        That’s horrible, no body part should be seen as shameful to have, whether we are talking about vaginas and vulvas or penises and testicles, or even your knees, nose or feet. Surely they could think of another name for it that is less likely to give them body image issues, I would even consider saying pee pee, flower or vajayjay over calling genitalia a shame-shame.

      • http://fakegeekmom.com Aimee
      • Old Lady Phillips

        I’m not sure why because my parents weren’t particularly weird about this sort of thing, but I’ve never been super comfortable with a lot of genitalia-related words. I’ve gotten a lot better–I can say penis AND vagina now! But “vulva” is still kind of my final frontier. (Not sure I’ve ever said it out loud? Maybe? Maybe I will later, like, in my car by myself?) Anyhoo, my point is, even though I don’t love that word, “shame-shame” is on the level with Carrie and “dirty pillows.” Who does this to children? They couldn’t come up with something, like, less horrible than that? Gah.
        Due to my aforementioned weirdness about body part names, I named the whole area my “schma” when I was like 20, and it’s kind of stuck. Apparently, my lady parts are Yiddish.

      • Emily

        A friend of mine described the vagina recently as the “slit” (in a discussion about Miley Cyrus – ha!) and I was like “come on, let’s just call it like it is, it’s a VAGINA” *cue awkward glances*

      • 2Well

        That comes from erotica novels.

      • Cruelty Cupcake

        A woman I know was showing me her ultrasound photo and pointed out her in utero daughter’s “slit.”

        http://www.gifsforum.com/images/gif/disgusted/grand/will_smith_uh_gif.gif

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        ‘Slit’ is so GD Penthouse Forum that it would creep me the fuck out to use it in reference to a child. (I may or may not have read PF.)

      • Cruelty Cupcake

        It creeped me the fuck out too, which is reeeeally saying something.

      • Emily

        Yeah, there’s a lot of shudder going on over here with that.

      • Kelly

        YES. Slit is super gross. Maybe the grossest vagina word of them all.

      • http://facebook.com/guineverew Guinevere

        what about “ax wound”. I dated someone who called it that. Briefly. Also, “gash”

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        UGH.Both are also super gross.

      • http://facebook.com/guineverew Guinevere

        my husband had never heard the term ax wound. So, I married him.

      • Kelly

        Seems like the right thing to do.

      • Kelly

        Yup, you got me, those are both worse.

      • WriterLady

        Yeah, that one is the worst to me. “Hairy ax wound” is even creepier….who takes the time to come up with these descriptions? I also hate, hate “cunt.”

      • tSubh Dearg

        Some people in Dublin (the one in Ireland) refer to it as the “flange” or the “minge”, which I think are pretty up there in terms of grossness.

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        Yes, those are pretty damn gross, too.

      • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

        I totally cannot remember the name my mom used. I remember my friend’s mom called it a birdie (ok….).

        I remember being so confused though when my mom sat me down for the “period talk” and she was going on about my ‘womb’ and it wasn’t until like halfway through that I clued in that ‘womb’ is another word for ‘uterus’.

      • Courtney Lynn

        Dude, I got in TROUBLE for saying “vagina”. In trouble!

    • lin

      By leaving genitalia off dolls, aren’t we teaching them they are taboo, wrong, not to be talked about? So weird. In our house we are just matter-of-fact. I don’t want my kids to be uncomfortable about it.

    • Lisa Walker

      Ok, because the parents freaking out NEVER played the ‘show me yours I’ll show you mine’ card when they were little kids.

    • Spongeworthy
    • Heather

      RAGE SCREAMING!!! AHHHHHHH. Why do these people EXIST?!

    • LK

      I am so confused. So all these kids that would buy this and have a little brother or someone, are those parents erecting some sort of tent or screen every time they change a diaper. It’s a freaking naked baby, who gives a crap??

      • WhoremonalCrazyLotusSlugalo

        THEY DO! it’s the peepee-teepee:

      • Foleygirl24

        OMG, these soooo do NOT work! My mom got them for me sort of as a joke to keep my son from peeing everywhere when I changed him. Yeah, the teepee just launched across the room like a rocket when he inevitably peed.

      • WhoremonalCrazyLotusSlugalo

        Not even sure who gave them to me, but rather than keeping me from getting peed on, I got hit in the face by a projectile peepee-teepee and THEN got peed on.

      • la vega

        U gals got to be quicker! I never got peed on by either kid. Pretty sure I’m a mommy ninja.

      • lijepa1979

        I never got peed on either. Granted, I always had a washcloth that I would put over my son’s penis. It always seemed to do the trick

      • Courtney Lynn

        Someone suggested those for me when I had my son. He hardly ever peed during a change. His little sister, though? Peed on me EVERY time. Crapped on my husband!

      • WhoremonalCrazyLotusSlugalo

        A tinkle tent?

      • Courtney Lynn

        Yeah, and also, it was just one more thing for me to clean. Hell no on that one!

      • WhoremonalCrazyLotusSlugalo

        I’m saying! Because of the way our house is configured, I had a hamper in my living room/kitchen that had no fewer than 12-14 blown out onesies, 6-8 bibs, 14 blankets and at least 3 fitted sheets on any given day… peepee-teepees? No. Done after I got hit with the first one.

      • Courtney Lynn

        Exactly. You’ll still get pee and poop on you. There’s no point in putting a tee pee over the pee pee.

    • shm

      Further more, all these stupid code names are really going to confuse kids when they get to school. One girl has a flower, anther has a coochie, anther has a va jay jay. They are going to wonder why they dont have what their friends have.

      • brebay

        My friend with three little boys teaches them to call a penis a “turtle.” I always wonder, if her kids came home from the park and said there was a man there who let them pet his turtle, would she know whether to call the police?

      • M.

        lol, turtle, i’m finding this hilarious.

      • http://fakegeekmom.com Aimee

        That is just downright confusing, seeing as a cooter is a type of turtle as well as vagina slang.

      • brebay

        Haha, I had no idea that was a turtle. That does make it even worse!

      • Di Another Day

        They also confuse the hell out of teachers. Imagine being a teacher and having a child walk up to you and say “my flower hurts” and having NO idea what the hell is going on. Happened to a teacher I know. The child in question turned out to have a UTI but it took the teacher a while to figure out why she was being told this strange thing. (I think the word the child used was “cookie” instead of “flower.”)

      • shm

        And then there is this. I found it in a buzzfeed about doctors encounters with stupid people.

    • Ursi

      When are genitalia taboo for display? When they’re sexual. This is why the taboo exists.

      So what are we telling our children when they cannot see a baby doll naked?

      As far as I’m concerned, this is one of the most troubling aspects of the society we live in.

    • https://twitter.com/perfctlyflawd1 JenH1986

      I just don’t see kids giving as much a crap about this as the adults. Kids, for the most part, react the way we show them too. So “Yep, that’s a boy baby doll” and moving on a kid isn’t going to freak about genitalia. “OMG fake baby penis!!!!” the kid is going to be weird about genitalia. It’s really not all that.

    • Cruelty Cupcake

      Omg thank you for posting about this! I looked for an anatomically correct baby doll for like…well actually, not very long and I guess I could have looked harder…but now I don’t have to! I wonder if there’s a way to circumcise him? Better get out my hacksaw!

      • Ursi

        watch out for the doll intactivists!

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        #NerveEndings #Mutilation

      • Cruelty Cupcake
      • brebay

        Speed Jessie! Best episode ever!

      • Bethany Ramos

        EVER.

      • rockmonster

        What show is this?

      • Cruelty Cupcake

        Saved by the Bell

      • rockmonster

        It looked familiar.

      • rockmonster

        thanks

      • http://fakegeekmom.com Aimee

        Retroactive “I’M SO EXCITED!”

      • Bethany Ramos

        Hahahaha

      • Courtney Lynn

        You mutilator! NERVE ENDINGS!! FORESKIN!!!

      • Cruelty Cupcake

        I can’t help myself. I just love to chop off the most sensitive part of every babydoll I see. I collect them in jars on my mantel.

      • noodlestein’s danger tits

        Mmm, do you tie bows around the jar? Because if not, that’s weird!

    • Boozy Shark Lee

      When my brother was born I was nearly 4. My mom sought out a anatomically correct boy baby doll for me and didn’t have to look very far to find one. No one was freaking out about it in 1987, why now?

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        Because in some ways, the 80′s were way more awesome than now.

    • tk88

      Have people just noticed this doll on the shelves? I remember seeing it 2-3 years ago. And for God’s sake it’s not like it’s a Ken doll with a penis–that I would be uncomfortable with. It’s just a baby and if a female child ever has any baby brothers or boy cousins they’re like to see a real one at some point. When I was little I ONLY had boy cousins and I actually associated penises with infants. I thought everyone had it as a baby and it fell off later like an umbilical cord! But ugh, God forbid people’s children learn about anatomy and sex organs.

      • Jem

        I worked at Toys R us starting in 2008 and it was definitely there then.

      • Rachel Sea

        I had an anatomically correct boy baby doll in the ’80s, this is so not new.

    • Liz

      Well, looks like I will be heading out to purchase this today for my sons!

      • B.

        My thought exactly.

      • Liz

        I did. :-)

    • Justme

      We have a girl dog and a boy dog. My daughter has noticed the anatomical differences and I nonchalantly named each of them and then told her why the boy dog has a penis (that’s how he goes potty). That was pretty much the end of the conversation with my three-year-old. I think the bigger deal YOU make out of it, the weirder it gets for your child.

    • Elyne
    • brebay

      Glad they’re making boy baby dolls. Maybe so many women wouldn’t be pre-disposed to want girls over boys if every “baby” you ever loved was a girl!

      • Justme

        Why does it matter what gender a woman would want? I think there are probably a LOT more reasons to want a girl rather than “I played with baby girl dolls as a child and now I want a real one.”

      • brebay

        Didn’t say it was the only reason. But children are conditioned early, and it is a factor.

      • Justme

        But I think there were always boy baby dolls, perhaps not necessarily as anatomically correct as this one…but there were boy dolls. I had at least two. I also don’t think that wanting a little girl over a little boy is a bad thing.

      • Courtney Lynn

        I had a boy Cabbage Patch baby. Still do, somewhere. He was without penis, though.

      • brebay

        Interestingly only 25% of Cabbage Patch Kids were boys. I think it’s good to have baby boy dolls.

      • Courtney Lynn

        Only 25%? Craziness.

      • Justme

        I have two Cabbage Patch boys – one of which I inherited from my older brother. When my mom was pregnant with me, he wanted a baby of his own to take care of so he got a Cabbage Patch doll. :)

      • SHM

        Me too! I actually preferred my boy cabbage patch (Chadwick- I hated his name) over the girl even though when you took their clothes off they were the same. I always got the bald ones.

    • Elyne

      Some parents see “evil” in everything. What does it matter really? Kids are are learning about genitals and using a doll could make it easier to explain.

    • Amber Starr

      If my daughter was old enough (she’s only 8 months, so she doesn’t speak the englishes yet) and wanted a boy baby doll, I would absolutely buy this for her! I think it’s a great way to introduce the differences in boys & girls to kids. There’s nothing “gross” or “sexual” about it… Plus, what if your little boy wanted a baby doll that was like him?? This would be awesome!

      Seriously, with all the horrible shit in this world, THIS is what gets peoples skivvies in a bunch??

      I have a store credit for toys ‘r’ us as we speak… I might go buy this doll on principal alone.

      • la vega

        U win just with “Englishes”.

    • Jem

      This doll isn’t new. They had it at Toys R Us when I worked there in 2008…But apparently people just found out about it. But really? People are mad that a baby boy doll has a penis? Barbies have boobs too.

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        Yeha but Barbie doesn’t have nipples so it’s all good.

      • Elyne

        I’ll never ever understand why on tv they censor the nipples alone but show the entire boob. What did the nipple wrong? In my mind if they really want to censor they better hide the entire boob completely.

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        Who knows! It is completely crazy. Maybe because the nipples are more sensitive they assume that is the sexy part? People are crazy.

      • M.

        I always find that really odd, too. Dirty dirty nipples.

    • CleaK

      My nieces 4 and 7 have watched me change my son’s diaper. They don’t have a brother and were curious what his penis was so I just told them “That is his private, little boys have different private parts than little girls.” They said “Oh” and that was it. If you don’t freak out about it, neither will they.

      • lin

        Okay…but if it is his”private”, why are they looking at it? I have no issue with them seeing you change his diaper, calling it his private makes no sense. Why not just tell them it is a penis?

      • AP

        My guess would be because they are nieces and it’s generally a bad idea to have those conversations with other people’s children (unless there’s an immediate risk to their health, like they’re sexually active teens or being abused and don’t have the terminology to describe it.)

      • brebay

        Yeah, my son said it once when he was potty training “It’s my penis?” Yup, it’s your penis. Where are your eyes? *grabs his eyes* “Where are your toes?” *grabs his toes* Never showed the slightest interest in it after that. Calling it by anything but what it is just increases the mystique!

    • Katie

      I babysat for a couple of boys the other day that manged to turn “peanus” into a dirty word. They kept looking at me with this creepy smile and saying “Your penis is fascinating.” and then writing it EVERYWHERE when I asked them to stop. They couldn’t spell it though, nor did they know what it was (they thought it was a dirty word like dammit or shit). They were 8 and 6. Saddest conversation I’ve ever had.

      • brebay

        Oh my god, that’s hilarious! I can’t even imagine where they got that. I would have laughed my ass off!

    • Rowan

      It’s educational….

    • chickadee

      As small children, my sisters and I were fascinated by my friend’s anatomically-correct boy doll because we had never seen an actual penis (this was before our brother was born). It was helpful. People need to stop being stupid.

    • ted3553

      oh no, I’ve often let my son (2) run around naked in the yard or after a bath with his PENIS hanging out in front of my teenaged daughter and her girlfriends. I am turning them in to sluts. I’m shocked their mothers haven’t called me in horror

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        BRB Calling CPS/DCFS

      • ted3553

        Ha, I’m in Canada. your CPS is useless here!

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        Damn it! :)

    • M.

      Isn’t that odd that people think a sexless Barbie/Ken-like doll is more appropriate than a doll with anatomy? I find the sexlessness of dolls somewhat creepy and I think my kid SHOULD know what anatomy looks like. There’s nothing inherently inappropriate about anatomy, it just is…it only becomes inappropriate when you make it so.

      • Justme

        What about the mother who painted strapless swimsuits on all her daughter’s Barbie dolls so that Barbie was NEVER NAKED?!

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        Wait, what? That is really a thing that happened?

      • Justme
      • M.

        haha, yeah, i remember that crazy. Incidentally, a friend of mine growing up had a barbie that got left too close to a lamp and she had singed bits on the tips of her boobs that kinda sorta made it look like she had nips, and THAT was the barbie we all fought over to play with. I don’t remember her mom painting a bra on it or anything ;)

    • ALE515

      This is just sad. I had a baby boy doll just like this growing up. I never thought anything of it. I also had a barbie type doll (a little bigger than barbie) that was pregnant, and I turned out just fine. These toys didn’t make me a slut or run around naked. These people need to get over themselves.

    • K.

      Why are we so
      fucking obsessed with representations of The Penis? It’s not Mohammed the
      Prophet.

    • shel

      Where’s the outrage at the series of animal figures they sell that have full on penis/balls on all of the male animals?
      It doesn’t bother me, and I’m glad to see anatomically correct animal figures, but because hubby and I are sometimes 12, they do make us giggle :P

    • 0katykate0

      This doesn’t bother me at all… Unless the doll is circumcised. Then I’m going to flip a shit!

      • Cruelty Cupcake

        Better get ready to flip your shit then because I just ordered EVERY SINGLE ONE of these dolls and I plan to circumcise them all before returning them.

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        Oh man, that could be super awesome. Like, the store might think there was some sort serial baby penis mutilator on the loose. You know, kind of like that poor old lady who was leaving creepy as shit porcelain dolls on little girls’ porches, thinking she was being nice.

      • Cruelty Cupcake

        There IS a serial baby penis mutilator on the loose. SPOILER ALERT: IT’S ME

        http://mrwgifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Creepy-Laugh-By-The-Evil-Witch-In-Disneys-Snow-White.gif

      • Coffee&Cats

        WHERE DID YOU GET THAT VIDEO OF ME?!!

      • 0katykate0

        Wouldn’t you feel guilty for mutating all those innocent baby dolls! THINK OF THE NERVE ENDINGS!

      • brebay

        Why would you care? A majority of boys in America are circumcised. Why can’t they have a doll that resembles them?

      • 0katykate0

        I was being sarcastic. Like ya do on such sites like mommyish. :) I honestly couldn’t care less about penises being cut or uncut. real or fake.

    • EnglishSarah

      I’m pretty sure I had a doll with a penis as a child he was a twin, tiny tears and tiny tim. This is not new news.

    • Karen

      Really? So is a baby brother also inappropriate?

      • brebay

        Not as long as she never bathes with him, helps give him a bath, or helps change a diaper.

    • Karen

      And o a non judgemental question, just curious. It’s not common to circumcise boys in the UK but it’s been mentioned a couple of times on this thread. I take it that it’s more common elsewhere?

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        It is very common in the US to do so. Not sure of the stats, but I’ve seen lots of American penises and they’ve all been circumcised.

      • noodlestein’s danger tits

        Hahaha! Awesome.

      • http://facebook.com/guineverew Guinevere

        Interestingly, not the actual Native Americans, though, as much.

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        I will have to amend my statement to reflect the fact that I have not seen any Native American penii.

      • shel

        I think the percentage has been dropping, so it’s closer to 50-60% are circumcised… but I could be making that up.
        Some of it is also regional that certain parts of the country will have a lot more circumcisions than others.

      • Cruelty Cupcake

        I think this is accurate, the last number I remember seeing is 58%. It’s hard to say though, because the figure only accounts for hospital circs (so no religious circs or circs performed in the ped’s office…which is what everyone I know does). I know Medicaid dropped coverage in lots of states after the AAP took a more neutral stance, so that’s probably a big part of it too.

      • Coffee&Cats

        “I’ve seen lots of American penises”.
        LOL! You’re my new bff, k? XD

      • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

        :)

    • Katherine Handcock

      Do you know how hard it is to find anatomically correct dolls (male or female) for parents who want to incorporate them into day to day discussions? Many of them cost around $100 or so, and/or are REALLY difficult to order. And, seriously, it’s a “change my diaper” doll – anatomy is kind of appropriate.

      I hope Toys R Us doesn’t pull this doll over the fuss.

    • Shelly Lloyd

      The only thing I think is inappropriate about these dolls is that it says “Mommy and me.” For crying out loud are Dads never to change a diaper? Even a pretend one?

    • Amber Leigh Wood

      When I worked in daycare it was a requirement that all dolls WERE anatomically correct…. Apparently Australia needs more pearl clutching sanctimummies.

      • Ann Leslie

        It still is. Even in family day day, which is where I work. I guess we’re just more comfortable with doll bodies here in Australia?

    • Anna

      Anatomically correct baby dolls are standard in Early Childhood centres in NZ, I really don’t see the big deal. It’s nice for kids to be able to relate to what they are playing with (because yes, boys play with dolls too). Young children in particular are just beginning to grasp gender concepts and it is nice to give them a platform in which to identify, explore, and expand on their own gender theories. Of course, sometimes a doll with a penis is just a doll with a penis. It might even be named Sally.