As children, one of the ways we learn is through pretend play and imaginative play. Kids love to watch their parents then copy, and using their imaginations elaborate on what they've seen. This creates all manner of interesting and imaginative games and scenarios. A soft baby doll such as some of the Rubens Barn dolls are suitable for children from newborn as they contain no hard plastic, or silicone and are loved throughout early childhood and beyond. These dolls make brilliant gifts for new siblings, as children will love taking care of their new baby as you take care of yours.
Rubens Barns dolls are handmade and stuffed using either certified organic cotton, or 100% polyester fleece for the hair, skin, and eyes. The eyes are embroidered, and with their rosy cheeks, and warm friendly smiles each doll is slightly unique. There are different styles and sizes of dolls available we stock boy dolls and girl dolls as well as many skin tones and hair colours. Your kids may want dolls that look like them or you may want to introduce a doll that looks completely different to them, teaching them lessons about the different people around the world.
We stock a great range of Rubens barn dolls including Rubens barn originals, Rubens barn babies, Rubens barn kids, Ecobuds and cuties. All of the dolls in the collection from this brand are squeezably soft and the soft fleece material makes them extra cuddly. The Rubens babies are a realistic size of a newborn baby and the bottoms are weighted using 100% calcium carbonate granule. This gives the dolls a realistic weight so that children will feel they are carrying around a real baby.
These dolls have been heralded in parents’ reviews as being night time fairies that help children sleep better for longer. As there is no hard plastic (different from other soft-bodied dolls as their arms and head are often hard) you can rest assured that they’re suitable to take to bed as a snuggle buddy. Safe sleep guidelines should always be followed when allowing soft toys and stuffed animals in your kids’ beds.
Just as you need to change children's and babies’ clothes your child will quickly realise their dolls need their own doll clothes and accessories. Browse through our shop and take a look at the great outfits available for your child's Rubens barn doll. From doll shoes, costumes, hats, dresses and more, your child will love choosing and dressing their dolls in different doll clothing. If you’re feeling crafty there are a multitude of different doll clothes patterns available so you can make your own. We have a selection of prams, a high chair, and even doll carriers available. There is also a blue or pink bottle and dummy or the ever popular pee and poop set, which really is what it sounds like!
The bottom weight in a Rubens barn doll is also why they work so well as empathy dolls. For children learning to cope with a traumatic life event, empathy dolls are proven to help and have become a vital part of play therapy. This form of therapy is a guided approach that explores inner emotions and thoughts, and knowledge of an event or events that have happened, that could be traumatic for children. The participants feel they're caring for a real baby and this gives them comfort as well as a friend to help them understand, and control their emotions. If the traumatic event is a hospital procedure then these life-size cloth dolls can be used to show a child what will happen to them and that they will be ok afterwards. You may find that children find the dolls easy to talk to and so will share their fears and secrets with them, helpful for you to overhear.