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In March, the Ingham family introduced their fourth child to their large YouTube fanbase to coo over and watch grow up. Now, the YouTuber family is selling a replica doll of the little tyke—and if you want it, it’s going to cost you big money.
Chris and Sarah Ingham, who have more than 1.2 million subscribers on their family channel, welcomed baby Jace into the world five months ago. As BuzzFeed points out, Jace was gifted an Instagram account just 10 days after he was born. Now, the family is selling a doll based on how he looked when he was just two weeks old. And they’re charging $340 (£279) for the privilege of owning one of only 250 dolls that will be produced.
According to the site where you can buy the doll, the purchase also comes with three outfits (which were designed by his 10-year-old sister Esme), a hat, a dummy, a dummy clip, diapers, a birth certificate, a gift bag, and a pen.
Need even more convincing? The site notes, “His realistic soft-touch skin and hair are beautifully hand-painted just for you by an artist in the Mary Shortle Nursery … He arrives dressed in a powder blue velour smocked babygrow and has a uniquely designed hat. He will also arrive in his shawl … You will also have the opportunity to bring your Baby Jace reborn to one of the specially organized baby Jace Tea parties to be announced, where you will meet the Ingham family.”
Yet, it turns out some of their fans weren’t exactly thrilled with the idea.
It's a big yikes from me with regards to that Ingham family doll and they've even managed to creep out their own fanbase. These are the comments on their announcement video. pic.twitter.com/XJgCHX04vl— Jessica Wilby (@_Philocalist) July 25, 2019
Honestly, it's the weirdest shit I've seen a YouTuber do yet I think— Flo | #Curvefluencer (@florencegraceuk) July 25, 2019
It’s almost as if a chunk of the Ingham family’s fanbase believes that exploiting your baby to make a bunch of money feels a little icky. But according to father Chris, not everybody feels that way and said the negative responses have been “the minority.”
“Unfortunately we live in a world where people thrive on negativity so tend to only focus on that,” Chris Ingham, who was accused last year of sending sexually inappropriate messages to minors, said via BuzzFeed. “Completely disregard all the positivity and overwhelming support in favor of the gossip and ‘drama’ side of life instead. Which is very sad.”
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Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.