KidBean.com Announces New Organic Cotton Nursing Dolls

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Vegan Family Superstore KidBean.com now offers organic cotton nursing dolls made with fair labor in the USA. The nursing dolls, or breastfeeding dolls, are made by a work-at-home mom (WAHM) using only organic cotton. The dolls are an exciting addition to the company's large selection of organic cotton dolls and stuffed toys.

When my daughter was about two years old, we bought her a nursing doll as a gift. I believe firmly in the benefits of breastfeeding for health and environmental reasons, and wanted her to have a doll that she could use to role-play this loving and routine aspect of our lives that was so unfamiliar to most of the people we knew.

With increased public awareness of the environmental triggers for asthma, allergies, and chemical sensitivities, more people are seeking organic cotton plush toys and dolls for their children. As an online retailer that specializes in earth-friendly, labor-friendly, vegan products, KidBean.com is proud to offer one of the largest collections of dolls and stuffed toys made from pure, certified organic cotton, all made with fair labor and most made in the USA.

Owner and founder Melissa Zenz recalls "When my daughter was about two years old, we bought her a nursing doll as a gift. I believe firmly in the benefits of breastfeeding for health and environmental reasons, and wanted her to have a doll that she could use to role-play this loving and routine aspect of our lives that was so unfamiliar to most of the people we knew."

Zenz's daughter adored her nursing doll and it certainly helped start some positive conversations at playdates, the park, and family gatherings. As a committed environmentalist and a member of a family with sensitivities to a variety of allergens, Zenz was disappointed, however, that it was made with conventional cotton and filled with polyester. She searched but could not find an organic cotton breastfeeding doll.

"As I searched, I also noticed that organic cotton stuffed toys were difficult to find in general. Few options were available, and even fewer were made in the USA," adds Zenz. Over the next 6 years, she steadily worked to increase her company's offering of stuffed toys and dolls that met 3 criteria she considered vital: first, only natural, organic fibers could be used; second, the products must be made in the USA with fair labor; and third, no animal ingredients could be used (the products must be vegan).

The nursing dolls took awhile in development, and are now available. As with all of KidBean.com's other dolls, only organic cotton is used to make the nursing dolls. The dolls are available in a variety of skin tones, hair colors and eye colors. Each doll comes with a nursling and a baby sling.

Today KidBean.com's selection of labor-friendly organic cotton dolls and stuffed toys is one of the largest available. This collection of natural fiber dolls includes Waldorf-style dolls, fairies, mermaids and breastfeeding dolls, with more styles in development. All are available in a variety of skin tones and many offer options for hair and eye colors, so you can select a doll that matches your child's features, if desired. Custom orders are also available with quick turnaroud times for no additional fee. For added play value, most dolls come with removable clothing.

A variety of organic stuffed animals are also offered, including manatees, rabbits, mice, and the traditional teddy bear. "Our organic cotton teddy bears are a popular first birthday gift," notes Zenz.

In keeping with the company's dedication to support small, home-based businesses in the USA, most of KidBean.com's organic cotton plush toys are made in Maryland by work-at-home mom Diana Yun. With her background in botany and food chemistry, and her lifelong love of sewing, Diana uses her talents to create many of the toys for KidBean.com. She uses only soft, pure organic cotton for all components of her dolls and stuffed animals, including the fabric, thread, stuffing, lace, and yarn. Colors are typically hand-dyed, with many dyes coming from roots and flowers in her own garden. These are works of art that are made with love and designed to be
treasured for years.

Once KidBean.com's organic cotton dolls became popular, customers began asking for additional doll accessories. KidBean.com quickly answered these requests with the addition of handmade wooden doll cradles, organic cotton doll beds and other organic doll accessories--all made in the USA.

"I recently found a line of plush toys certified as 'asthma friendly'," says Zenz. "As a parent of children with sensitivities to allergens and a concerned consumer and business owner, I was intrigued. But when I researched them further, I found they did not meet our criteria." Just like the 'asthma friendly' certified plush toys, however, all of KidBean.com's organic cotton plush toys are machine washable. KidBean.com's toys also have the added benefit of being made solely of organic, natural fibers.

From natural fiber Waldorf dolls to organic teddy bears to organic cotton doll beds and wooden cradles, KidBean.com has something for all the special children in your life.

KidBean.com is based in Asheville, North Carolina and operates on the web at http://www.kidbean.com/.

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