On Tuesday, Sasha tried to feed macaroni and cheese to a toy elephant. Then she took a plastic figurine into the bath. Clearly, this 21-month-old is learning how to treat inanimate objects as play partners, which means I have to face facts: She needs a doll of some kind, something she can identify with, name, and have accompany her through her daily life.
But what do we get? As an effete asshole, I don’t want her to get anything too commercial—no Barbie, no Bratz, no American Girl. Why not? Um, do I even need to explain? We’ve got enough Elmo problems without adding to them.
So, here are the requirements:
- Not overly corporate.
- Waterproof: It’s gotta be able to go in the bath without getting trashed.
- Not expensive: I expect us to lose this thing pretty quickly.
- Options: Clothes we can add/change.
- Not too goddamn annoying.
What do you think?