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This Toddler’s Favorite Toy Is A “Creepy William Shakespeare Doll,” And It’s The Funniest Thing

“She cuddles ‘Shayspar’ at night, brushes his gross old man hair and puts him on the potty,” her mom said.

Posted on December 13, 2018, at 7:37 p.m. ET

Kids can get attached to all sorts of toys — teddy bears, Barbie dolls, toy trucks — but one mom’s toddler has quite a unique favorite.

His name is William Shakespeare.

My daughter was given this creepy William Shakespeare doll and it has become her favourite toy. She cuddles “Shayspar” at night, brushes his gross old man hair & puts him on the potty. Do I just embrace this? Do I hide him before their bond is unbreakable?

Sophie McBain, a New Statesman reporter from the UK who lives in New York, told BuzzFeed News her 20-month-old daughter is obsessed with the toy, which she calls “Shayspar.”

The toddler (who McBain declined to name or share photos of for privacy reasons) got the toy as a Christmas present last year, but she didn’t become attached to it until recently. When McBain first saw the gift, she thought it looked “creepy.”

“I think one of the things about being British is you can have a relatively good poker face in these situations — we’re quite used to repressing emotions,” she said. “So I was just like, ‘…oh! Great! Thanks!’”

McBain isn’t sure why her daughter suddenly became obsessed with this particular toy.

“She’s got all these cute stuffed monkeys and bunnies and an Elmo toy, but for some reason, it’s ‘Shayspar’ who’s really captured her imagination,” she said.

Shayspar joining the toddler for breakfast.
Sophie McBain

Shayspar joining the toddler for breakfast.

Shayspar and the toddler hang out every day, doing everything together, McBain said.

The two go on stroller tours of the house, have breakfast together (sometimes with the late playwright getting his own bowl), and sleep together at night.

“She likes to put him on the potty quite a bit,” she said. “Which is interesting because I’ve been trying for a long time to get her to sit on the potty, and it’s not happening, but Shakespeare spends a lot of time on the potty.”

Shayspar sitting on the potty.
Sophie McBain

Shayspar sitting on the potty.

Like any best friends, they have their issues.

“Sometimes she gets frustrated with him because she wants him to sit up independently, but he’s too floppy to do that,” said McBain. “She’ll go, ‘Shayspar, sit! Sit!’ and gets very stressed out.”

McBain said her husband thinks the attachment is “sweet,” but she is a little “less tolerant” of the doll’s creepiness.

“I’ve been toying with the idea of getting Shayspar to go on a little vacation in the cupboard for a few months to see if she starts taking interest in her slightly more normal toys,” she said.

People are cracking up over Shayspar, with a lot of people agreeing the doll looks incredibly creepy.

Well, it looks like you got a haunted doll situation. Burn it before it is too late https://t.co/NP2okaymRT

Was totally with this until the bit with the potty https://t.co/7WBj6Hj8lg

Still, others are all about McBain’s daughter’s new pal and think it could lead to a love of language in her future.

This would be my DREAM as a parent 😂 https://t.co/yJJDRrV2SE

Get "The Complete Works of WS" and jump out of the way. https://t.co/Pe3CwNz22b

sorry but your daughter's a future english major https://t.co/w5gKaTcAiC


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