“My first one was a movie,” said Ms. Lasky, a former child-care worker and child-protection advocate.
“I was like, ‘What if I made this toy story out for this movie?'”
She was inspired by the children’s toy company Toys ‘R Us that sells a toy-like device called a “spanking” toy.
“It’s a little stick that’s shaped like a baby’s mouth and it’s like a big spanking stick,” she said.
“And then, you have the kids who use it as a toy.”
Ms. D’Arcy, a writer, told her story to a Toy Story writer, who took a photo and posted it to the internet.
“The story became something that we shared online,” she told The Associated Press in an interview.
The article quickly spread to other social media platforms, where it has been read more than 40 million times.
The toy story, which features a spanked baby wearing a pink shirt and a pink sweater, was featured on Nickelodeon’s hit cartoon series, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, which premiered in July 2016.
“There’s a lot of pressure on us as a parent, especially for a kid to do something,” Ms. Gulliver said.
Her son was initially hesitant about the story, but now he is “loving it,” she added.
“We want him to learn about spanking.”
The Toy Story story is available to view at the company’s website.
It can also be found on Amazon.com.