>It’s Alive!


Baby Alive Doll by Hasbro

I feel like I am in a bad “B” movie….. Because we got Bird a begged for bday gift, to her utter delight and to my dismay. Not that I can actually blame anybody for this, it was my choice to cave…. But we did, I did, I did it. I bought her a Baby Alive doll for her bday.

And oh does she love it.
She carts that baby here and there, up and down the stairs, hither and yon.
They are feeding the baby, changing the baby, dressing the baby in all sorts of getups.

And frankly, it’s creeping me out.

The food: it’s not edible (because that would cause all sorts of mold growth on the innards of this thing). It looks like baby food mush of some sort but in a nuclear accident sort of way. The diapers, they have pee stains that again, are like pee on some nasty antibiotic: neon. And don’t even get me started on the loop this links you into: the surely astronomical cost of these supplies that need replenishing (and nope, I’m not paying for that, and yup, I am cheap).

I know, on one level this is very great role playing for my girl. It is right up her ally to nurture and pretend all this, and on something that isn’t living and so it can’t be hurt or maimed.

But still…The creepiest part of this doll is the talking. The moving mouth, the blinking eyes, the singsong voice loops: “Mommy, I’m hungry. Oops, I had an accident. Let’s play. I need a change! I love you Mommy.” And as she says this you hear the whirring of her moving parts and she blinks her big googly disturbing eyes and it just makes me kind of cringe. It makes Sbird giggle in glee.

I don’t know. I am not a total Scrooge, I swear. I mean, I bought it for her bday, after much begging. I knew, kind of, what we were getting into (though really, it’s just way more disturbing in person than in a catalog pic). And now you all get to realize I have issues, I guess…

But this doll, she creeps me out. She’s like a little nightmare event waiting to happen in the house, huh? Every time she is playing with that doll, a voiceover plays in my head of the mid 1960’s announcer saying “It’s Aliiiivveeee.”

I have clearly watched too many Twilight Zone’s when I was younger.
But this doll: on that show, she’d be a star!

7 thoughts on “>It’s Alive!

  1. >That is a freaky looking doll. Hmmm….Work is looking like it might not happen….ever again! I dont want nightmares, no thank you 😉 haha. JK! Perhaps we should talk about different dolls that they have out there that are real looking and feeling, but CANT TALK! I love you! And cant WAIT to see this magical doll…..I think.

  2. >LOL!!! The little girls do love that doll!! Tessa is much to little for it (thank goodness!) but all my friend’s daughters have it and I’m so with you on the Twilight Zone creep factor of little Baby Alive! The doll totally reminds me of the episode where the doll switches places with the real little girl – whirling, mechanical mouth and all. Yikes!! Hope you all had a wonderful, joyous Christmas!!

  3. >Time to upload a video. I want to see this for myself (and is this doll possessed? the word verification right now to post this comment is “scars.” ooooh…I think this might be what she’s wanting to leave on your body during the night…)

  4. >Cracking up here! That same doll joined our family this Christmas as well. Since ALL of my girls (even the oldest ones) are enjoying playing with her, there has been no shortage of her cries of “I’m stinky.” “Uh-Oh. I had an accident.” in that creepy voice you know too well. My husband finally turned to me and said (with several in diapers of the real variety) “Why didn’t we just give her one of the real kids who need changing for her gift?” Merry Christmas!Jane

  5. >My mom once bought one of my girls a little angelic looking doll with folded hands, and it said the Lord’s Prayer when you squeezed it. Very, nice idea…but…I swear, the voice was straight out of the mouth of that kid in the 6th Sense. And it was so sensitive, if she rolled over in bed the doll would start talking… seriously creepy!

  6. >No, no, no! You do not have issues, you are absolutely right! I too shuddered and that was just at watching the advert… urgh! And as for the food supplies, yep, Baby Born goes without after the first lot of food has gone. Tania


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