Julie is a precious newborn-sized demo doll (otherwise known as fake baby or faby) who holds a special place in our heart at Adjoyn. One of the first newborn-sized dolls to join the team, Julie was a fun experiment in DIY that has helped many other babywearing educators to provide more education with the use of weighted dolls!
Size: 19 inches long and 4.5 pounds
Favorite carriers: stretchy wraps, Meh Dais
Latest work: stretchy wrap series on Amy Wraps Babies
Upcoming appearances: "Sip 'N Stuff: Let's Make a Weighted Demo Baby!" at Hip Chicks do Wine in Southeast Portland, Tuesday 5/15 at 7pm.
Why are weighted dolls so important? A doll helps caregivers gain confidence with the carrier they're working on, without having to worry about caring for their child at the same time. When we don't have to multitask, it can be easier to focus on learning a new skill. The more confidence the caregiver has with the carrier when adding in a child, the more likely the child is to take to the carrier. A doll with weight provides better mimicking of a child's body than a doll without weight, and the dolls used for babywearing education have soft bodies with joints that bend so we can work on making a good seat, ergonomic positioning, and more physical considerations.
To get Julie to help with your babywearing practice, schedule a session with Adjoyn today!