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For a lasting memento of your tiny baby, Premmie Dolls are custom made to your baby's birth measurements. These special dolls are weighted to match your baby's actual birth weight and length as closely as possible - the perfect way to remember your premmie or angel baby.
Each one is carefully handmade for you with love, right here in New Zealand.
Everything you need to know about our dolls is listed below, including the current wait time and shipping. I know there's a lot to go through but please make sure to read it before you order!
Ready to go? Select your doll weight from the drop-down menu, complete the rest of the form with your baby's details, then add your keepsake doll to the cart!
Due to demand there is a wait list for Keepsake Dolls, once your order is paid in full you will be added to the end of the list. Currently the wait time to complete your doll is APPROXIMATELY 10-12 WEEKS. Please keep this in mind if you need your doll for a specific date, eg baby's due date or birthday, and make sure you order with enough time to spare. Dolls ordered after 20th September are not likely to arrive before Christmas.
Shipping to Australia is available (prices automatically calculated at checkout), but please be aware that the courier may take several weeks due to limited international flights.
Our keepsake dolls are made to be more realistic than others and we use only the best quality materials available - the main fabric is a beautifully soft 100% cotton that we import to New Zealand especially for our dolls! The doll's face has a unique shaped nose and hand embroidered features. The body is fully lined with a fleecy fabric, finished with solid metal joints, and stuffed using a combination of plastic pellets, polyester fibre fill, glass and metal weights as required.
All our premmie dolls come with:
A unique shaped nose and hand embroidered face, with Dark Blue or Brown Eye Colour, or Asleep (closed eyes).
Hat in Blue, Pink or White.
Cloth Nappy, custom made to size.
Individual Poseable Fingers/Mitts. In the smallest dolls (those under approx 400 grams or 22 weeks gestation) fingers can't be made, in which case the baby will have mitten fingers with thumbs.
Option of bent legs or slightly bent. Both will be a bit flexible but the 'bent legs' stay in more of a tucked-up position.
Fabric Skin Colours are Fair, Medium, Beige or Light Brown (see photos for detail).
Your Premmie Doll will be made to your baby's actual birth weight, please be aware that in most cases these dolls feel heavier than they look. The best way to describe this is it's the same as picking up a sleeping child - they feel much heavier than they do when awake! If you would like a doll made to a specific size but without accurate weighting we are happy to arrange this for you, this is perfect for larger dolls used for display or educational purposes.
Standard sizes are from 20 weeks up to 36 weeks gestation, and to allow for the difference in growth at each gestation (eg IUGR babies) the cost of the doll increases based on baby's weight. We can certainly make them in smaller or larger sizes, please contact us for pricing. If you order a doll that is larger than the maximum weight (2495grams), an additional charge for materials will apply before we can start work on your doll.
If you have any other special requirements for your doll please include it in the customisation form, or contact us prior to ordering.
Sizing: Our dolls will be made as close as possible to your specifications, but as this is a hand-made product there may be a slight variation in the finished length. The weight may differ by a few grams depending on the scales used, we weigh them on our digital scales throughout the weighting process.
Care: Surface spot-clean only. Do not immerse in water, these dolls contain metal parts which may rust.
Caution: Keepsake premmie dolls are NOT A TOY. They are hand made, and contain small parts which pose a choking hazard to young children. Never leave children unsupervised with the doll, and make sure it is stored out of reach.
Shipping: To help reduce damage to the doll's joints in transit, your doll will be sent bubble wrapped tightly in place with air cushions to avoid it from moving in the box. In NZ the courier cost is $5 for urban, or $8 for rural delivery. We are unable to send the dolls gift wrapped as they are too long for standard gift boxes.
International orders: Dolls are always sent using tracked courier - yes it's more expensive than standard post but it's far quicker, reliable and is covered by insurance! Shipping rates to Australia are calculated automatically at the checkout, but as a guide it's approx $35-65 NZD depending on the weight of the doll. Other countries are by prior arrangement as we need to calculate an accurate shipping cost, please send us your location, doll length and weight via email or our contact form and we'll be in touch shortly.
Special thanks to Sandy Eding and Judi Ward, for creating the original Preemie and Newborn Doll Patterns.
★★★★★The BEST Keepsake for a PreemieI had my son at 28 weeks weighing a tiny 695 grams. It was 100 days before I got to take him home. I found Small Babies while searching for local businesses that made things for premature babies - and I fell in LOVE with the keepsake dolls. I had a look at many others but these are the cutest and most realistic looking. I ordered a doll not long after my son was born, and it was very emotional having it arrive at home before he did. I took it to the hospital on his due date to take a comparison photo, and he was a hit in NICU! The nurses even weighed the doll to check its accuracy - spot on. It's such a great reminder to see how far they have come. I cannot highly recommend this product enough. Thanks Stephanie xx