Pretty adorable in pink, comes with a plate, spoon, fork, bottle and dummy for hours of fun play; she is Baby Thando and not only does she say 25 phrases in English but in Zulu too. Yes, an additional 25 phrases in Zulu.
In a Country like South Africa, so rich with culture and diversity, I think Baby Thando is such a wonderful and much needed idea. Children need to be exposed to diversity, even through dolls. Note I said children and not girls. Yes, I gave my toddler son a doll to play with because I believe that he will be stimulated in more than one way;
To tap into his sense of nurturing
I recall the days that I played with dolls. I used to love playing house. It was such a fun thing to do yet at that time in my life, I didn’t even understand what I was doing, I instinctively cared for my dolls. I wanted to braid their hair, sing to them, talk to them, bath them, dress them up, etc. I wanted to keep them safe. They were mine, I had to protect them.
In a world where there is so much of stigmatism about what a woman should or shouldn’t do or rather what is a man’s job and what isn’t, I feel that it is my responsibility to teach my child from a young age that caring for someone isn’t defined by your gender…as an example.
My intention was to therefore get Kayden to care for Baby Thando – to make her sleep, to feed her and to protect her. This will inevitably cultivate his sense of responsibility.
To unleash his Imagination
Taking care of a Baby doll in a make-believe world, can only have positive results – according to my unsolicited and unprofessional opinion – I’m just someone who loved dolls in my childhood and can only speak from the point of view about what it did for and to me. For me, that is positive.
The mind makes up scenarios and you play with your doll in these situations, talking to them, confiding in them and making them a part of your life, it becomes a cherished attachment.
The role playing will allow Kayden to experience different emotions and relationships. We don’t realise it at first, but when you take a step back and watch how a child role plays, you see amazing things happen and I am loving experiencing most of this with Kayden – yep…most, not all….sadly, the unfortunate thing about being a working mum
To educate him about Diversity
To learn from this tender age that people are different. From the colour of their skin, to the language they speak. Baby Thando is the perfect doll for this lesson. She says 25 phrases including “Sawubona Mama”, “Ngilambile”, “Bheka mama ilanga libalele” and “Cela ungixoxela inganekwane” in Zulu and 25 other phrases in English.
If you want your child to learn a few Afrikaans words, the other doll in this range is Baba Tasha, who speaks 50 phrases in Afrikaans, including “Ek is honger” and “Ek is lief vir jou” and many more. In a diverse country like ours, I think it’s imperative that diversity is reflected in the toys our children play with.
On that note, there is a Baby Bella in this range who is English-speaking and also features 50 phrases. In my era of dolls, there was no diversity, they were all the same colour and shape too. It is pleasing to see that this has changed and continues to, more significantly.
There are of course much more benefits but I am not an expert or anywhere near – with regards to child development, so let me leave that to the professionals.
If you’re just a mum like me, who would like to expose your child to diversity in terms of gender, language, race, skin colour, etc., I think that Baby Thando will be an investment to add to your child’s toy collection.
So yes, as a modern mummy, as I’d like to think of myself – those were my intentions for allowing my boy child to play with a doll. I honestly can’t tell you that he has been attached to her, perhaps he needs more time to bond…it has been a week, I highly doubt it though.
I am glad that he had the freedom of choice though, to decide if he wanted to play with a doll or not. Baby Thando has been added to his toy collection, she is lying on one of our couches as I write this…if Kayden wants to play with her…she will be around and I’ll be glad if he learns those Zulu words from her…it will certainly be more than I know!
Ideal for ages two years and over.
Available at good toy stores and retailers countrywide. RSP: R 699.99
For more information go to www.primatoys.co.za
I’ve partnered with the awesome people from Prima Toys and am giving One Lucky reader the chance to win a Baby Thando Doll
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Disclaimer: I was sent this product for review purposes. My views and opinions, as always, are my own.