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.
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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.