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Bamboletta Dolls -- Mothering Toy Guide 2013

review by melanie mayo


Bamboletta Dolls are some of the most highly sought after dollies on the market. Unsurpassed in quality and created  from 100% natural materials, these sweeties are handmade by a small team of moms and dads with lots of love and attention. Each lovely girl or boy is a completely unique, one of a kind friend with her own little personality. The little ladies sell out very quickly though so if you are interested in buying one make sure to visit their website and read their instructions for how to secure a doll. $130-$250 (depending on size and style) at Bamboletta


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handmade, excellent quality, each doll is one of a kind

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review by sleeping mama


I bought this doll on the advice of a serious doll collecting friend.  At the time, she thought this was the best doll out there.  Unfortunately my daughter likes stuffed animals much better.  My opinion of the doll is that it is for looking at.  Its is stuffed hard as a rock and has so much yarn hair that it's difficult to change her clothes without getting everything stuck in the velcro.  I just wished I hadn't given into peer pressure and spent so much money on a useless doll.  Her friends don't even play with her.  I feel she is mostly for doll crazy mothers who buy and sell these dolls for themselves.  She is not soft or inviting at all!  Pass!


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Beautifully made, all natural materials.Stiff and difficult to play with.

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review by sleeping mama
Thanks! I was wondering about this doll. She is charming and I would love her to have a nice organic doll that was made by people earning a living wage... but oh! the price!! 

 

I finally bought a "made in china" cloth baby doll and luckily found a doll my grandmother made me-- the only I ever kept somehow even though I never really liked it all that much--those two will be her dolls. 
 

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review by sleeping mama
I don't own one (definitely not in my budget) but I have been to visit the shop and my son played with some of the dolls while I picked up a doll for a friend. The dolls are heavy but I believe that's on purpose as traditional Waldorf dolls are meant to have some heft to them (to help weigh down the child, make it seem more like a real baby's weight, and something about the weight soothing the child) I agree they are a little stiff and probably difficult for little fingers to dress but I think that would just promote fine motor skills. I've also seen first hand the good that the shop and the ladies are doing for the community. WAHM were dropping in and out of the shop dropping off sewing they had done for the dolls etc. she is giving a lot of women out there a chance to make a little money and support their families. This is a place where there isn't much economic opportunity. I'm sorry you spent so much money on something and were disappointed, there is nothing worse! Hopefully this gives you a little bit of a different perspective. Cheers
 

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Bamboletta Doll

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Here at Bamboletta, we pride ourselves on all the skill and care taken to produce our dolls, but beyond that, we are especially proud of the materials that each doll is made of. We go to great lengths to ensure the fabrics and materials are of the highest standard, produced fairly and made from all natural fibers.
 

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