From: Carol **Neonates and Baby Think It Over Club Member**
Hi! My name is Carol. I have a daughter that is going to be 14 years old on the 9th of January. She wanted to do the Baby Think It Over program at her school. Her special ed teacher tried to get an ok for her to participate, but the teacher for that class said no because she wasnít in her health class. I found the Neonates on the net and bought her one for Christmas and of course I had to have one too. I am one of those ladies who loves dolls. I do like to assemble vinyl doll kits such as Apple Valley Kits and I make cloth dolls as a hobby. I have always loved dolls and probably always will. My daughter took her doll to school to show the kids, but mostly got negative comments. Maybe some of the kids felt envious or something. They kept asking the teacher when they were getting their doll. It was explained that doll wasnít from the school and it caused some hard feelings with some of the kids so the teacher said to be sure she didnít bring the doll again. I told the teacher that she would not bring it again; she just wanted to show them one time. My daughter, Angelica told me that her baby is special and she doesnít have to give hers back like she would if they had let her do the program at school. She only has a couple friends outside of school and they arenít really interested in these dolls and she needs some friends that she has something in common with. That is why I hope to start a Neonates Club if there is anyone in San Bernardino California that has a Neonate doll and are interested in forming a club. I want to say thank you to Mary Ann for her letter in this parent section. I had Angelica read it in hopes that she would feel better about wanting one of these dolls. I do appreciate your insight in this matter. Since we both have a doll we have been spending some quality time together and playing with our babies and she has enjoyed it. She has a Caucasian girl named Savana and I have an African-light skinned girl named Tameara Noel. My daughter's doll has a whopper of a name so I only put her first name and if she wants to write a letter and put in her dolls complete name then she can. I hope to see a lot more letters from other moms, grandparents and kids, because I sure do enjoy reading them. Thanks so much to the people at Selu Spirit, Inc. for all their kindness and help. A special thanks to Sheila for all of her patience and help with getting my doll to me due to the Postal Service problems. She only had one doll in the Light-Skinned African girl left and she saved it for me in spite of the money order getting lost in the mail and taking a long time for overnight mail to get to her. I love black dolls, they are my favorite and she saved her just for me and I am so grateful for her kindness. I Praise GOD for my special baby because to me, she is a special gift from GOD, to me for Christmas! GOD BLESS all of you and have a Happy New Year!
I have been an educator for over 20 years. While reading the kids responses on this website, I have become acutely aware of how these girls remind me of myself. I was (and still am!) a maniac doll collector--or so my mother would have me believe. There is no explaining the mystery of loving dolls, except usually it shows a great nurturing spirit.
Anyway, I grew up, lived in Eastern Europe for two years while on leave from my teaching job, then returned stateside and what else? ADOPTED A BABY FROM CHINA. For the past two years we have been collecting dolls of all ethnicities. As she grows older, though, I realize my doll-love is still there. So today I got back into the neonate website to pick out a doll expressly for me.
Why am I writing this? While reading all of the kids' entries (girls from 12-20), it occurred to me that neonates serve an incredible purpose. First, the mission of the company is to teach children to responsibly care for and nurture a baby. I wonder if parents who are helping (or conceding to) buy these neonates realize that their daughters are less likely to have a teen pregnancy BECAUSE THEY ARE ALLOWED TO NURTURE A DOLL, and are NOT ASHAMED OF IT, even at their age. What they are getting is the experience of seriously caring for a baby. They are going to be more likely to wait until adulthood to take on the responsibility of a real baby. I never took motherhood less than very, very seriously...even as a teen. Perhaps that is why I, too, was buying dolls though my friends thought I was nuts. Not a day goes by that I am not glad I waited until my 40s to become a mom. I got to do all the things a woman would ever want to do (have great adventures) and saved the greatest adventure--parenting--for last. Not all moms need to do it that way, but by LETTING OUR DAUGHTERS nurture dolls--and support these efforts! --we do a great service to not only them, but also our future grandchildren.
Thanks, Selu Spirit, Inc., for having the vision for this and providing such a great outlet for girls who want to be girls yet long to be moms. I say to these teens, love on your neonates and don't be fooled by anyone jeering you--you are the wisest of all.From: Laura
Thank youFrom: M Winters
Our traditional babies have two differences...mine has no eyelashes (I took them off) and hers does. When her preschool friends comes over, she and I "trade" babies...that way, when they want to play with the doll, my daughter has no fear that the eyelashes will be taken off. We love all of the babies and I have enjoyed smocking bonnets for them. Already my daughter is learning what it is like to love and cherish a baby--like I did her! I especially appreciate the serene look on the Neonates' lifelike faces. Their skin color is the most natural of any doll I have seen. Thanks for the best doll on the market...and, as a serious doll collector, I have seen them all!
I need to add that the service I've received from your company has been exceptional. You are more interested in teaching children how to become good parents than you are in thriving as a business. What a wonderful change from most businesses!!From: N. Coconate
She laughs every time one of them coos or starts to cry. Having to walk through the hospital was something else. Everyone wanted to touch the doll. They all had to take a double look at it to make sure it was not a real baby.
While we were waiting in the room. I turned the doll on I had her feed it. She loves to hear it burp. We ended up waiting for an hour until the doctor came in. Playing with the doll helped to pass the time and lower her anxiety level. The doctorís nurse could not wait to ask about the doll or to try her hand at playing with it.
These dolls can truly lower the anxiety levels.