The Breast Milk Baby
In the early 2000s, a company sold a doll in Europe called Bebé Glotón, which was designed to let children imitate the act of breastfeeding a baby. The doll came with a child-sized halter top for the kid to wear that featured flower-shaped nipples, which were sensors for the doll’s “sucking” feature.
The doll was set to debut in the US as the “Breast Milk Baby,” as seen above. Parents were outraged, saying it was inappropriate and caused kids to grow up too early, or consider motherhood at too young an age. Despite this, others thought it was a great way to normalize breastfeeding to younger kids.
Baby Wee Wee
Another eerily realistic baby is Famosa’s Baby Wee Wee. Kids were supposed to feed the doll his bottle and watch him until he waved his hand back and forth in front of his crotch to signal that he had to go to the bathroom.
Then, kids were to undress the baby and watch him pee. Many parents argued that the doll’s function — and anatomically correct features — were inappropriate for young ones.
These “Lovable” toys left kids lighting up a cigarette for their miniature Yogi Bear or Huckleberry Hound. Kids would place one of the “cigarettes” into the figurine’s mouth and light it. Supposedly, the figurine would blow smoke rings.
Mister Merry’s Play Lighter
Nothing was more encouraging of a bad habit than giving kids a “play lighter” kit, complete with a pack of cigarettes.
Grow Up Just Like Dad
Seriously, the tobacco industry started them young.
Racist Make-up Kits
There’s no doubt that these racist make-up kits would spark controversy if they were released today. While items like these are no longer on shelves, some photo editing apps are still making headlines for enabling digital blackface.
Now let’s go from racist toys to dangerous ones…