Get your kids off TikTok. I tell people this all the time.
I don’t even think I can have a friend who has her own TikTok because I think that I would just be drilling into her head at all times, “What are you doing? TikTok is for freaks. Fly your freak flag high.”
First, there is something called — you’re not going to believe this — called “Reborn Dolls.”
They are baby dolls and they look incredibly real. They are supposed to be” hyper-realistic dummies, treated like real children, given a birthing ceremony, and even have a heartbeat, according to The BBC. These dolls will run you about $1,000.
Why have they been created? Well, the deeper purpose was for them to be used as therapeutic aids to help women who are struggling with infertility, miscarriage, and/or loss of a child, as well as people who are generally just suffering from anxiety and depression.
Now, I’m going to give you my take.
First and foremost: I don’t think it’s a good way to deal with the loss of a child. I actually think having a doll and treating it like a child is going the opposite way. That is the worst form of therapy I’ve ever heard. I’d like to read whatever document it is, whatever study it is that supports the idea of this being helpful for a woman after suffering a miscarriage.
That seems like exactly the opposite of what you should do. Fostering someone’s imagination and pretending they actually have a child can not be healthy in the long term.
So, what does that have to do with TikTok?
Well, it seems anything that is not mentally healthy in the long term — you can find on TikTok.
There are many women on TikTok who are going viral for their “Reborn Dolls.” There’s no evidence these women have suffered from any of the tragedies it’s supposed to help with.
It seems these TikTokers just realized they could buy a lifelike baby doll.
This one woman has even gone so far as to take this baby doll to the doctor.
In the video, this TikToker is seen “taking care” of her fake baby, saying,”She’s still running a fever. She is hungry. Yeah. She is really fussy. So we’re going to make her bottle again.”
She continues, saying, “The doctor gave us medicine for her, so we are going to give her medicine,” she continued. “I’m going to put her in her crib just so I can keep my hands empty. So we got her prescription meds. She, our doctor, a pediatrician, prescribed us some ibuprofen.”
You can watch the full thing here, how she proceeds to prepare the bottle and “feed” the doll baby. I only share this to prove my point:
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Have you seen anything crazier than that?
Her baby doll has COVID. The thing that is really bizarre about this video — by the way— is that it doesn’t look like a fake prescription.
So I’m just very curious as to what she is pulling out of that CVS bag and putting into the real milk.
She’s actually purchased real formula — never mind that there was a formula shortage.
She’s not the only one on TikTok doing this. If you point out how weird it is or that the doll is an inanimate object — these women get very angry. In their minds, these are real babies and they are spending real money. I mean, she might even have already established a college fund for her child.
Who knows? How far does it go?
All I know is that if I ever leave this line of work, I’m going to apply to be her nanny. I can’t think of a better job. I’ll get into it with her. I’ll be crazier, right? She’ll come home and I’ll say, “Shhh … the baby just went to sleep. Please, no shhh.”
If we’re all going to be crazy, let’s just be really, really crazy.
Ladies and gentlemen keep your children off of TikTok. I don’t know how many times I can say that.