There are many beautiful dolls out there that parents can buy, but for kids who have special needs or special medical equipment, there aren’t many dolls that “look” just like them. One woman decided to change this by opening up a doll shop on Etsy and these special needs dolls are inclusive of everyone!
Owner of Meadow Toys, Megan says,
After a long time of looking at the “Toy Like Me” campaign and then finding out that some of those toys often cost upwards of $100 just to start with, I thought that there had to be a different way. Through a lot of work and research I was able to bring the cost down, in part by sourcing my dolls from places like yard sales, Goodwill, Ebay, and Thrift Shops. From there and from my basement, Meadow Toys was born.”
Some of the dolls’ unique special needs include dolls that have:
- Breathing Tubes (For kids With Breathing Difficulties or Asthma)
- Oxygen Tubing
- Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants
- Feeding Tubes
- Excema, Chronic Rash, Burns, or Other Skin Conditions
- Alopecia or Hair Loss
- And More!
You can also message Megan on Etsy and she will make a custom doll based on your child’s unique special needs. It really is amazing what she can do to make all kids feel included. Megan contacted me and asked me if she could send me a doll that was unique to my daughter’s special needs in exchange for an honest review. I was only happy to agree!
Special Needs Dolls From Meadow Toys: A Review
I was very happy with the doll my daughter received and my daughter thought her doll was the coolest thing ever since it was just. like. her. Elizabeth’s doll came with oxygen tubing and a feeding tube. It had her same hair and eye color and I loved that the clothes were cute and modest.
I think what Megan has is a wonderful and very creative idea in these special needs dolls. She saw a need and filled it. My only concern was how fragile the pieces that make each doll unique were. The feeding tube did not stay in, so we glued it. It’s now perfect! We added a mini backpack for the feeding extension to go through since Elizabeth has to wear a backpack with her feeding pump too.
I’m not sure what age group these dolls are geared for, but I would say that they would be better for older girls. My daughter is a bit rough on her dolls and still learning how to be gentle with toys. While she loved her doll, I think she would have appreciated it more if she were a little older.
Don’t forget to check out Megan’s work:
Note: If you make a purchase from Meadow Toys in the next 6 months, please include the phrase “Elizabeth’s Dog” as a note to the seller and 10% of the purchase price will be donated to help my daughter get a service dog.
What do YOU think? Would you buy a special needs all inclusive doll?
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