The Search For A Baby Boy Doll

P1020990Back when B was pregnant with JSL, we wanted NHL to get ready for being a big brother.  We decided to get him a small baby boy doll to help him practice.  It wasn’t easy, but we finally tracked one down in a local Toys ‘R Us.  NHL named him Howie Harry.  Howie after Howie Mandell, host of Deal or No Deal, and Harry from Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs, a favorite TV show of his at the time.  (It’s standard practice in Judaism not to name after the living, but seeing as Howie Harry’s not a real baby, I don’t think there’s a problem.)  Anyway, Howie Harry became a loved member of our family and gave NHL lots of practice.

Fast forward to the present day.  JSL now wants a "Howie Harry" of his own.  No, B’s not pregnant again.  He’s just obsessed with having a little baby of his own.  We decided that he has some Chanukah gift cards (not to mention some unused ones from his birthday last year).  We’ll let him use them to buy a little boy doll.

That is, if we can find a little boy doll.  On Saturday night, we checked two stores for a doll to no avail.  On Sunday, I called four more stores and checked in four other stores.  All I found were baby girl dolls.  We did find one baby boy doll in one store, but was quite pricy.  It’s one of the ones that coos and wets its diaper.  All we want is a basic baby boy doll.  Is that too much to ask for?

Apparently, toy manufacturers and toy store owners think that: 1) Only girls play with dolls (note that the doll aisle is all pink whereas the other aisles are more "gender-neutral" colors) and 2) girls only want to play with little girl dolls.  Why can’t little boys play with dolls?  And why can’t boys and girls play with baby boy dolls?

Have you ever seen a baby boy doll in the doll aisle?


  • I think these things often as I have a girl who is more into pirates than princesses. If you can find it, there was a 4-5 year old girl who was picked up by the news channels who went on a rant on this exact topic.

    As I said I haven’t really been checking out the doll aisle as my daughter is not interested in dolls. When my son was born she wanted a stuffed animal instead. There are some on Amazon. Good luck!
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  • Barb

    Have you found a doll yet? I have just started searching for one (that’s how I found your site). I am shocked and saddened as how to gender specific everything is today. I remember so many wonderful toys from my childhood that were just for “kids.”

    • TechyDad

      We found one at Toys R Us, but it makes sounds and has other features we don’t want. All we want is a nice, basic doll that could be a boy. That would mean blue or even gender neutral colors. It seems as though all of the babies *have* to have pink all over them though. It’s as if doll manufacturers think a doll without pink on it would be a disaster.

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