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CARE INSTRUCTION FOR TRADITIONAL WALDORF DOLLS

 

Cleaning

 

If your doll becomes soiled, it is best to clean only the soiled area, but if your doll needs a full bath, please follow these instructions:

- Put a small amount of wool shampoo into luke warm water. Place your doll into the water. Let it soak for a while, especially if the doll is heavily soiled.

- Remove the doll from the water and gently squeeze a few times.

- If staining remains, use a gentle stain remover on the stain and soak the doll again. Always test stain removers on a small, hidden area of the doll, before using it on a more visible area. In the UK, I recommend Ecover stain remover, as I have used it before and it does not usually affect the colour of the fabric.

- Then take the doll out of the soapy water and and squeese out as much water as you can. Your doll will be very heavy at first. Do not twist the doll.

- Place your doll into clean water to get all the soap out. When it is rinsed, remove the doll and squeeze the water out again, then wrap it in a towel and squeeze again.

At this point, reshape the head or other parts of the doll, as necessary.

- Place the doll on a dry towel, face up, and let it dry.

You may need to replace the towel several times as it becomes soaked.

 

Mending

 

As Waldorf dolls are made of cotton interlock, they can be carefully stitched up as necessary.

 

 

 

CARE INSTRUCTION FOR HEAVY BABY DOLL

 

The heavy baby doll is filled with organic millet and wool.  It will require some extra consideration with regards to its care and upkeep.

With regards to the clothing the baby doll wears, you can machine wash and dry the velour interlock- cool/warm wash and low dry.

 

With regards to the doll itself, you can spot clean it with damp sponge. Avoid to get the millet wet. The initial baking keeps the millet from sprouting if damp or wet. If however it does get wet, you may carefully bake the doll in a very low (140 degrees) oven, on a cookie sheet lined with a towel, until thoroughly dry. Do not leave the doll unattended during this process. You may also use a dryer rack and dry it in the dryer until the millet is thoroughly dry.

 

If the millet is soiled with something like urine or vomit, the millet will have to be replaced with new, reheated and scented with a few drops of lavender essential oil. Slit an opening in the side seam of the inner bunting to drain out the millet from the body and the arms. Wash the doll in a like warm bath and mild soap. Rinse until clear. Squeeze the moisture out the head and body, and wrap it into a dry towel. Air dry or dry on low in the machine on a sneaker rack. Do not tumble.

 

A potential challenge with millet filled doll is to keep the moth and/or mice at bay. The millet is baked and then treated with lavender essential oil in order to prevent potential problems and thus far no moth problems have been reported. If you have a Heavy Baby in an institutional setting, you may choose to store Heavy Baby in a moth proof container at night.

 

The heavy baby's cheeks are coloured using red Stockmar block wax crayon. After a while it will fade possibly. If you wish to reapply it rub a piece of clean white cloth with it, and gently rub the face of the doll with the waxy cloth.