Monday, December 19, 2011

Mama and Baby Doll (Birth Doll)

I have a friend who teaches sibling classes at the local hospital- just a little course to prepare kids for the new babies who will soon be coming.  A new clinic opened up, and a new teacher aid was needed!

I had so much fun making her- I call her Mireya.  Kids don't all come in one color, and I tried to choose a color scheme for this little mama and baby that many children could identify with as they learn about birth.  She's gone to the clinic now, and dressed in a hospital-issue gown.

The hair is Lion's Brand fisherman wool yarn- it's soft and warm and squishy.  The body is a sturdy cotton twill, with a stretchy lycra womb (a kangaroo-style pouch on her stomach.)  I stitched the face by hand, with two-tone eyes (caramel and chocolate floss.)

mama doll face

The baby has a snap belly button, to attach to the umbilical cord/placenta.  (Funny little aside, Ernie stuffed the placenta for me, and spent the rest of the day rolling that word around in her mouth.  Placennnnnta.  Placennnnta.  Is it "La placenta?"  It sounds Spanish.  I don't think I'd call MY baby Placenta.")

baby doll belly button and umbilical cord

He has blue eyes, and a fuzzy head full of newborn hair.  I love newborn hair!  Mine never have any :)

(I added a mouth after this picture- just a little blip of pink lips.)

baby doll face

baby doll hair

Mama and baby.
mama and baby doll

I had so much fun making these- it was nice to get back into doll work after a  year or two hiatus.  I'd still like to open my doll shop one day.  Some day :)

(Scroll down for a full shot of the dolls, if you'd like.)

mama and baby doll


Su said...

La Placenta... lol.
Funny story (or sad in a pitying way), I never knew about placentas until I went for a birthing class about 9 years ago. Um, I was freaked :)

Aunt LoLo said...

Looks great!!

Anonymous said...

Good job!

Ticia said...

That's a pretty cool idea.

Teresa said...

Wonderful project- great service
Have a wonderful Christmas

Bobbi Lewin said...

Those are fabulous!

alissa4illustration said...

I bought my oldest son a doll when I was prego with my youngest. We roll played a lot. He was always awkward with the doll and his brother. Maybe he was less awkward having rolled played with it though. My youngest son seems to be more a natural with babies. I think some just like them more then others do.

Your doll is a great idea!