Here's something to get Chatty Cathy talking.
The latest doll headed for the U.S. market is Bebe Gloton, a breast-feeding toy infant produced by a Spanish company. The doll - its name unappetizingly translates as "Baby Glutton" - utters sucking noises as it "feeds" from its young owners.
The doll comes with a special halter top, reminiscent of a nursing bra, allowing girls to provide Bebe Gloton with nourishment. A pair of daisies on the shirt substitute for the nipples, with the crying doll - using sensors in the toy and the halter - quickly sated. The doll cries when it needs more milk, and the doll owners can burp the baby once the feeding is finished.
The doll, created by the Spanish toymaker Berjuan, is causing a ruckus over whether it's appropriate for its target audience: young girls. Critics charge it might speed up maternal desires, leading to more teen pregnancies. Others - including the company - believe it's a good thing to make young girls comfortable with their bodies.