He doesn't have any "dolls" at home. He has stuffed animals, but no actual baby dolls.
I went to pick him up from daycare yesterday and he greeted me holding a small baby doll by it's neck. The daycare lady proceeded to tell me how he's very into "caring" for the baby dolls at her house. He puts them in the stroller and walks them around the room. He "burps" them and pats them on the butt. He often does this while holding them upside down by their feet, but, whatever.
I got home and told Steven the story and explained that we should get a doll for MD to have at home.
He gave me the "WTF" face.
I told him I'd do a really good job searching for the perfect BOY doll so it wouldn't be girlie and weird. After all, it's 2014. Boys like to play with baby dolls at 18 months (and beyond) and it's not because they're confused about gender (see my earlier post on gender issues).
So I started my search today, and let me just tell you, the world of "boy baby dolls" is totally fucked up. I've picked some of my favorites to share with you, including the one we decided on.
It's only actually correct if your sweet little baby boy was born lacking an actual penis and only having one ball that is shifted slightly to the left of his body. If that's the case, this is the perfect doll for you.
This same website also sells "special needs" dolls which are too controversial for me to comment on, but let's just say we won't be purchasing one.
LET'S HAVE NIGHTMARES TOGETHER
I MIGHT BE REAL...
I'M WATCHING YOU SLEEP
You would think after all of that, I'd give up the search, but I am not easily deterred.
I found the perfect non-creepy doll for MD.
He is not creepy, comes with sticky-uppy hair to match his new "parent", and has a magnetic binkie. The binkie is really what sold me because if all goes according to plan, and MD falls in love with this doll, then when it becomes time for MD to be too old for his binkie, his baby doll will too and they can both get rid of them together.