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Vagina. Penis. Breastfeeding. Period. THERE I SAID IT.

WHAT did she say?

WHAT did she say?

I spend my days with two kids, so I get my fair share of poop humour and grosstastic experiences. I can tell you that just today my two-year-old son tried to make me eat his boogers, and also pooped out of his diaper twice. While giggling wildly.

My five-year-old daughter was much less grody today, thank goodness. Though I did have to do a mad-dash to help her get out of her bathing suit yesterday and she peed on my hand in the process. So. Yes, I comprehend what’s “gross” about kids. Bodily fluids rank high. I won’t discuss puke because — gag — just the idea of it makes me want to hurl.

But here’s what’s not gross:

Saying the correct names for their genitalia? Not gross. Penis, vagina, vulva, scrotum… say it with me, people. It’s not dirty.

Teaching them at an early age what it means when I have my period? Not gross. Awkward, maybe, but not “creepy” or “gross”.

Talking about breastfeeding and explaining why my toddler still nurses? Absolutely not gross.

Telling my daughter that her baby brother did, in fact, come out of my tummy via my vagina? Not gross. Giggle-worthy for her? Absolutely. But not gross.

And these dolls? Also not gross. Now, I’m not telling you I’ll be buying one for my children (because neither of them are into dolls, and even if they were, I’m not into spending $145 on one), but I think they’re rather lovely. I think it’s nice you can show a kid how a baby is born through the tummy or vagina without sitting them down at YouTube for a heaping dose of reality.

A friend posted the link on Facebook and had some replies about the dolls being “creepy” and gross, and I really don’t see it.

So you tell me: is a birthing doll cute or creepy?

How about the breastfeeding doll? (I have to tell you, I think the snap-on breastfeeding thing is completely adorable.)

What’s your take?

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16 Responses to “Vagina. Penis. Breastfeeding. Period. THERE I SAID IT.”

  1. Abbe

    >I've never seen a doll like that, but I don't consider it gross or creepy. Educational, absolutely. Neither of my children came out my vagina though, so I'd love to see a c-section doll as well. We only use the proper names for genitalia. Out of the blue yesterday O. asked what a scrotum was…so yep, we're totally on board with proper terms. I find it creepy to use slang like "hoo hoo" and "bird". Or "va-jay-jay"or "weiner". Ick. And if a child is ever abused (as horrible as this is), isn't it better for them to be able to describe their body parts properly?

    I didn't breastfeed my babies for long…bothers me still, but a breastfeeding doll is awesome.

  2. 1001 Petals

    >I use the actual words for body parts, inside and out. My 4 yo has a few books on anatomy and knows about the nervous system, digestion, etc. I also teach her how to spell, add, etc. — I figure it all goes together. She also knows that she came out of my vagina, remembers when I was in labour with her little brother, and that I had to go to the hospital to be cut open. She saw the stitches, sometimes still sees the scar, and occasionally talks about it in a matter of fact manner. She's also asked how I "popped out", where (I showed her on a globe.)

    I don't think any of this is gross, it's just life.

  3. Alexandria

    >@Abbe, I think they do have a c-section doll in that collection, actually. They have a VBAC one, for sure.

  4. Laura

    >Those dolls are pretty cute. They look like Fraggles. The VBAC one made me laugh. What a novel idea. I wonder if they have a 4 c-sections one that comes with a tubal ligation? 😉

    As for the topic at hand, none of that stuff is gross. It's stuff you need to know. No need to make it shameful or tiptoe around subjects. If you tiptoe your kids will too. My oldest is 12 and I can't be embarrassed about talking to him about sex, etc. If I can't talk about it to him what would make him want to talk about it to me?

  5. Natasha C.

    >I HAVE a Mamamor Doll (and I know the creator of these amazing beauties) and I love it and so do my kids. I got it before my daughter was born and it was a wonderful way to explain what was happening to my then 2 year old, without getting too technical. My daughter plays with the doll all the time and always wants to get the baby "latched" on properly so that the Mama can nurse her baby. I know doulas and midwives who use these as teaching tools and moms who get them completely customized to look a bit like them ( I have even seen her make one for a Muslim Mama, complete with hijab). The detail and time and love that goes into making these dolls in my mind justifies the price of each one. I know they are not for everyone, but we love our Mamamor Doll and I hope my daughter or son keeps it around until they themselves have kids and can use it to explain this miracle of life! And P.S. We are a vagina, penis, breasts, 'yes, that is how babies come out of the mama' kind of home too!

  6. Anonymous

    >i get embaressed easily so that is why we dont use the real words. my daughter has two "correct" dolls both boys. she has asked what "it" was when she was younger (6 now)and i told her the real word but she never asked about the scrotum. if she asked i would have told her. but we use the slang not only for me but of not to offend those that may not teach their kids the real words. I hate confrontation.
    kelsey asked before what pads were for. i breifly told her. if she asks more i tell her.
    she knows penis and vagina. yes but we prefer bird and pickle (dont ask about the pickle, my son called it that when he was little loL)
    she also knows that babies can come from bellys but i believe she doesnt know from the vagina. but if the talk ever should arise. yep i would tell her.

    i never heard of those dolls like you have.
    we are an open family (belive me you hear more than you want to hear LMAO) and i always say if they have any questions about things……. ask away.

    when my son took sex ed in class he was so angry at some of the other kids. they would be laughing and going on. i had to tell him some kids dont get talked to about their body. they hear the words they laugh and snicker. some are embarressed (me for one when i was growing up)
    my son now is 19.5 years old . i promised i would be open to my kids to talk about anything.

    so i think it is alright to use those words yes (slang i mean) as long as they know the real words for things.

  7. Erica G

    >I've never seen these dolls but I think they are beautifully-made and are certainly not to be considered creepy or gross. My children have all been brought up to learn the correct terms for all their body parts, from their head to their toes. Many a family portrait has been drawn with all of us and ALL our body parts. Breastfeeding? Completely run-of-the-mill around here. By making these things seem anything other than normal we are teaching our children that they should be ashamed and THAT is shameful.

  8. Sarah

    >I think they are cute and very well made, one of the best educational dolls I have seen yet. When I was a kid I started asking my mom questions, I was 9, she handed me a book and said read it, everything I learned was from my peers. Needless to say we are very open about everything here, the kids know the proper names for everything and every question that is asked is answered truthfully.

  9. Alexandria

    >Sarah, interesting you should call them educational dolls. Really, aren't ALL dolls teaching kids something?

    I think they're really great. If my kids were at all into dolls, I'd strongly consider something like this.

  10. Sarah

    >Alex yes I guess they all are, I never really looked at it that way.

  11. JackiYo

    >I absolutely agree. My kids (4 and 7) know all that stuff, too. "How did we get out of you, Mommy?" "Believe it or not, sweetie, the vagina." "Whaaaaat?" She says giggling and flabbergasted. I just said, "I know!" They also know that's how my daughter came out, but the doctors had to cut Mommy's tummy to get my son out because "he had his butt stuck." They like that one. 🙂

    And the doll? I think the part that is the weirdest for me is how the legs are attached. That creeps me out more than the baby doll coming out.

  12. Dee Brun

    >I made a promise that I would comment on every blog I read from now on…Oh why did I have to click on this one….??? lol

    Great post Alex…

    As for the private part names…who cares what the heck you call them …sop long as you are TALKING about them. I know many people who get uncomfortable using that language and therefor avoid the conversation totally…TALKING is the key..so if Dinkie and Diddle works for you then so be it…My parents never talked to me about any of it and I so wished they had…that way when Rodney Sims stuck his tongue in my mouth I wouldn't of cried for a week thinking I was preggers…

    As for the dolls, not creepy or gross…Over Priced…?? Hell Yes…lol It's once again, parents choice…but where is the Man doll…? With his Dinkie…??

  13. Anonymous

    >I never knew these existed – but think they are awesome. Such a great idea. What a cool idea for when you talk to kids about the facts of life. I will answer questions that my kids have truthfully and openly. But I admit that I don't use the correct names for private parts. The dolls are not gross or creepy at all.

  14. mara

    >We use real words at our house. Well, maybe not vulva. But, that's not really a word I use everyday, and would have trouble fitting it in. I think those dolls are pretty cool. My 12 year old boy just took a gander and the response? 'ummm. wellll, what is that? ummm…' But, he's in puberty.
    When he was three, he toddled over to the cupboard in my bathroom, pulled out a tampon, brought it over and said, 'here mommy, these are for ladies.' then, he walked out.
    That's life, bodily functions intact.

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