This is why I am so excited about Dolls for Downs!
|©Dolls for Downs: Hannah proto-type|
This is Hannah. She is stunning, isn't she? Beautiful almond-shaped eyes. A perfectly round head, with chubby cheeks, and small, flattened mid-face. A small nose. The whisper of a smile. A face that looking back at me, resembles my darling Ellie. My beautiful, blond-hair, blue-eyed munchkin who happens to have Down syndrome.
|Can you just picture the blonde doll? Like my Ellie? Maybe more like Ellie when she had bangs? I cannot wait until the blond, blue-eyed doll is revealed.|
My daughter and so many others rocking their designer genes can now have a doll (boy or girl) that looks like them--complete with sandal-gap toe, the single palmar crease on the hand, and a post-heart surgery scar (if requested). Wheel chairs, trachs, feeding tubes, and leg braces are also available to truly make this doll "just like" your child. Can you tell that I am excited?!
|©Dolls for Downs: sandal gap toes!|
Hannah is not just a doll. This durable, beauty is meant to be played with and the doll's creator, Connie, designed her so that she would also function as a therapy toy. Can you guess that a mother designed this toy? A mother who loves her daughter so much that she not only designed a doll to look just like her daughter, but to also cleverly sneak in a bit of Occupational Therapy. Now, that is a true mama bear!
The clothing that comes with the dolls are meant to create a sensory experience with their varied textures and they allow for manipulation of buttons, zippers, buckles, and velcro. Fine motor skills will be further developed as your child dresses his/her dolls and works his/her fingers over those ties and buttons. These dolls are made to be played with and even get wet.
|©Dolls for Downs: Logo|
Hannah and her friends have been a labor of love. The idea was inspired by the Connie's daughter Hannah, when flipping through a doll catalog she [Hannah] said "“‘Mom, none of these dolls look like me. Not one of them.’
Well, Miss Hannah, now there are a series of dolls that look like you!
Visit: Dolls for Downs to learn more about the doll and about pre-ordering. The projected release date is May 2013. I do not know if I can wait that long! After all, I anticipate ordering the blonde-haired, blue-eyed doll that coincidentally happens to be named "Ellie".
*I have received nothing for writing this post. This is just my honest, excited opinion on the awesomeness of this doll.**
** All doll photos are courtesy of ©DollsforDowns