I mentioned before that I’m working on a FAQ section for the website. One of the questions I get asked all the time is ‘Why are the dolls stuffed with wool?’ Well, there are a bunch of reasons why – let me explain!
First off, wool is naturally antibacterial. It actually can’t sustain bacteria – it just doesn’t have the culture to do so or sheep would be in some massive trouble! It’s different than other fillings such as poly-fill because it can’t get all ‘mingy’. It can however get dusty over time and I do suggest that you give your doll a vacuum once in while. All the dolls really need is a surface clean if they get dirty ‘skin’ and the vacuum. If the doll gets something spilled on it then that’s when I recommend a ‘doll bath’ (full instructions are given with each doll – I just don’t want to write it all out here!). It’s a bit of a hard thing to wrap our heads around – not washing things that often – but that’s how wool works. It’s kind of like (but not really) wooden cutting boards versus plastic cutting boards. In the wooden boards bacteria doesn’t multiply (unlike the plastic ) and eventually it dies off. That mother nature – she’s so clever!
The other reason I’m ‘Team Wool’ is that it’s a natural material. There is a feeling of substance with wool that often surprises people who haven’t felt one of my dolls before. I often get letters back from customers commenting on how the kind of adds life to the doll. Wool also absorbs smell, so the doll starts to smell like home – this is great for car trips, doctor visits or travelling. I know personally that when my kids are in a situation that they feel overwhelmed – they’ll snuggle in close with their dolls – it’s a bit of home. Weight
In Waldorf/Steiner philosophy there is a great deal of importance that the materials in which a child with be natural. The thought is that a child’s senses are so pure that they resonate with natural materials much more then with plastic ones. It’s like they are all on the same ‘vibe’ – if that makes sense. If this is something that you are interested in there is a great book about natural play, parenting, creative development… well just about everything, by Rahima Baldwin Dancy called ‘You are Your Child’s First Teacher‘. I LOVE this book and refer back to it on an almost daily basis.
The wool I get is primarily from BC with some in from Alberta. It is washed with a mild detergent (similar to a clothes washing detergent) and then carded (this means that it’s combed for debris) into great fluffy batts (which are like big sheets). I then get it, roll it, and stuff it into your doll!
Also, wool won’t stay in a landfill for hundreds and hundreds of years (unlike poly-fill). What I like to believe is that after you and I are gone – these dolls will naturally decompose, they are biodegradable! … This will take a very, very long time – so don’t worry about it for this lifetime!
Okay -there you have it- that is my wool shpeil! I love wool!
I know that I’ve written about wool in other places before – so I’m sorry for the redundant information! The ‘why wool’ comes up a lot and I can use this post to explain to my customers why – lol – now I won’t have to write out email after email explaining!
There are six gals coming out tomorrow afternoon – around noon PST.
P.S This song – it’s kind of annoying but my kids LOVE it. It’s some hipster NY band called ‘The Phenomenal Handclap Band’ – and this song has multiplication in it! What is not to love about that?