The Power of a Doll

(Reprinted from a November 2008 post, in honor of today’s Daily Deal)

Picture yourself at a busy airport security checkpoint occupied with removing your shoes, keeping track of your laptop, etc, when you hear the blood curdling shriek of a young child. You look around, and you see your two year old yelling and crying at the top of her lungs (and believe me, she has strong lungs). The fear and desperation is apparent to everyone as she frantically points to her doll, sticking out of a bin just as it enters the x-ray machine. We hurriedly go through the scanner, while trying to calm her down (unsuccessfully) and the TSA staff quickly grabbed the doll at the first chance they got and rapidly handed the doll to our tearful daughter.IMG_4329

I knew my daughter loved her doll, but this was another reminder of the bond that exists between a young child and their doll (and similarly, stuffed animal).

The above incident occurred last Wednesday as we were on our way to exhibit our products at the Green Festival in San Francisco. It wasn’t long before I could see for myself the universality (and rapidity) of this bond.

As the Green Festival was a consumer exhibition, full of families, we saw toddler after toddler walk into our booth, and walk directly to the Keptin-Jr baby dolls. They picked them up, hugged them, danced with them, “changed their diaper,” sang to them, etc. The power of a doll in the life of a young toddler was very clear.

We too love this doll, for its simplicity, phthalate free vinyl, organic cotton, the fact that it is filled with wool (rather than polyester). But if you ask the many “mothers” and “fathers” of these dolls, why they love their dolls, I am pretty sure they haven’t considered any of these “practical” features, rather it is a little more “magical” and not so easy to put into words.

Do any of your children have a Keptin-Jr doll? We would love to hear your experiences. Do you have any doll stories of your own (regardless of the brand of the doll)? We would love to hear that too.

Be sure not to miss out on your chance to grab one of these dolls in our Daily Deal today!

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