2/04/2006

Reborn Doll

Well, I never thought I'd be buying a doll and then saying my kids couldn't play with it. I never thought I'd be sitting at one Ebay auction after another, trying to snag a doll for $70 and more and thinking it was a bargain. I never thought I'd want a 6 pound doll or a doll with a birth certificate.

Let me explain.

I teach babywearing and I demo baby carriers to families who are soon to have a baby. Sure, I have a "baby" of my own, but in fact, she's a toddler of 21 months and it is pretty tricky to keep an eye on her while leading a discussion. Also, people don't relate to her as a "baby" anymore; when you're expecting something newborn to appear, a walking, talking persoon doesn't seem like someone who's going to fit into the same baby carrier you'll be using.

So, I had to have a doll. And it can't be just any doll. I tried, miserably, to demo a stretchy pouch with a doll at a birth center but the doll didn't weigh enough. The doll was closer to being up around my neck. Needless to say, that baby carrier wasn't gushed over that day.

The day the doll came, I ripped open the box. I get shipments all the time and I usually know what's in them but still, I love to open them. This doll sure is ugly. First of all, I wound up with a boy. He was a bargain as some of these auctions are going for $150 and some are well up over $200. I didn't dare to look at the closing prices of some of them. A doll gets sold about every half hour, it seems. Who is buying all these dolls? People gave feedback saying how lifelike and how thrilled they were with their dolls and all the marketing is about it being a real baby. Okay, I don't get that. I'll be doing an introduction to Attachment Parenting/babywearing/cloth diaper
meeting with a friend and she'll be using my doll for the cloth diaper part of the talk. This makes sense to me as another great use for these dolls.

Anyway...

The doll is just about what I figured he'd be. After I cut off the hospital wrist tag (which spooked me), tossed out the cut off pacifier (which also spooked me), crumpled the fill-in-the-blank birth certificate, read through the directions (don't get him wet or leave him in the sun, don't play with like a toy), I gave him a shot. First I tried a few newborn holds in the sling. Most of the moms I work with with newborns just would like a little help nursing baby in a sling. I've become a pro but it's nice to try it out again and try a few neat tricks I've learned since having had a real live newborn.

Next, I tried a few back carries. He laid nicely on my back.

After that, I had to break the rules and give him to my girls because there is no way they were going to allow mom to keep playing with this baby boy without sniffing him out a little. And by the way, he sure did stink. He smelled like a smoker had made him and then doused him with perfume to cover the stench. So, now he's airing out a bit before I go on to my next tasks. I'd like to add photos with him in the carrier to my gallery and babywearing video instructions. Unfortunately, it was rainy and miserable today so that never happened. Maybe tomorrow or maybe next weekend.

3 comments:

chusty said...

Can you tell me which doll did you buy exactly ? I'm going to make some photos of MeiTai carriers made by me, and I need a doll also :).

No worries, I'm from Europe, so I won't compete with you ;).

SoBeBabies.com, Inc said...

I got on Ebay and watched the listings until inexpensive ones came up that were at least 6 pounds and at least 19 inches. There are not a lot in that size range. I bid on quite a few before I got mine for something like $80 with shipping. I no longer recommend Reborn dolls for babywearing meetings; although they are fine for trying baby carriers. The problem with Reborn dolls is they do not stand up to play and toddlers ripped the arm off within a few meetings. And also, with kids in tow, I did not always take my doll in from my car, another no-no, and it did not stand up to the heat. It looks sunburned, in fact. It's more ugly than ever. The wig was just glued on and looks so strange. Just get a doll that is the right size and add weights to the tummy, limbs and head. 6 pounds is plenty. Put the weights in small bags and sew into the carrier. People use beans, rice, ball bearings, sand, and proper doll weights.

denise said...

Do you have any photos yet? i couldnt see any in the gallery