Baby-Bump Barbie For Kids! (Ages: 3+)
“The only thing missing is an umbilical cord.” ~ Shocked Dad
So there we were, wandering around the Toys R’ Us in Kaiserslautern, Germany – killing time on a lazy Saturday afternoon. I was poking around in the Legos with my son, when the girls in our family summoned us: “You’ve got to see this!”
Kids don’t always have the same perspective as adults in regards to what qualifies for such a bold exclamation as “you’ve got to see this,” especially from several aisles away. Still, I was drawn by the excitement in their voices, intrigued by this “must see” discovery of my daughters.
I’ll confess—when I saw the object of their attention—I was struck speechless. Several emotions, or reactions, ran through me in quick succession: surprise, then mild horror, and finally, amusement.
Every culture is different, and it’s true that Americans aren’t as comfortable about things like, say … public nudity. I couldn’t tell you why that is, and I don’t think that any one group of people is right or wrong with their beliefs on things like that. It’s true that Americans are, perhaps, a little prudish at times.
Anyway, I digress. There in front of me on the German Toys R’ Us shelf was a pregnant Barbie doll.
And, that’s pretty cool, right? Sure it is! Pregnancy is normal and understandable for all ages. Fully clothed, Jessica has the classic elastic-waistband-jeans, and puffy shirt, ladies around the globe wear when they are expecting. It highlights the baby bump. Sets them apart as a mom-to-be.
But, Jessica Barbie isn’t simply pregnant. Take off Jessica’s clothes, and you find that her abdominal wall is removable. And what’s inside? Well, duh: a baby.
I mean it’s a full-on baby in there, head down, and ready for launch. The only thing missing is an umbilical cord. Or maybe that’s in there somewhere and I just couldn’t see it.
Of course, with the removable stomach, this is, anatomically speaking, a Cesarean–section delivery waiting to happen. And I’m thankful for that. The alternative is too much for me to consider, and the box says it’s for kids 3+. So there were some limits imposed—thank goodness.
Jessica the pregnant Barbie comes with everything a baby needs for day-to-day actions: blanket, pacifier, teddy bear, and some baby utensils. Of course: father is not included—I guess the identity, or existence, of a dad is up to your 3-year-old. Or maybe that’s part of the fun! It can be a new father every day, or maybe Jessica Barbie doesn’t know who the father is!