I have learned to make traditional Waldorf dolls (Zonnekindpoppen) many years ago.
Over the years, I have designed my own pattern and found ways to make the dolls of better quality and look more natural, like a child. Even though the techniques have changed, my dolls are still Waldorf dolls, in my opinion. They are made of natural fibres, look simple, have a neutral expression and are made one by one, with a lot of love. This makes every doll unique.
From a pedagogical point of view, I would say, 4 to 7 years old is the perfect age to give the 16"/42cm tall MonPilou doll, to your child. The 12"/30 cm tall baby doll is suitable for a younger (not mouthing) child. Make the moment of giving special and be an example, in taking care of the doll. You could put the doll, as a surprise, in a doll bed, next to your child's bed (mabey with candlelight) so he/she will find the doll, when he/she goes to bed. And once in a while, you could make or buy some new clothes or accessories, for the doll, together (for example, baking doll cookies of salt dough or make a little bracelet). This will keep doll play alive.
Although, the dolls are made "playstrong" for children, I completely understand why the adult doll mama's buy my dolls. As I love dolls myself, so much. Not only mine, but from many different dollmakers.
The filling of the dolls is, clean, carded sheep wool, from organic working farms, in Germany. The good thing about sheep wool filling is that it makes the doll feel warm and almost alive. My dolls are firmly stuffed, for durability, but not "stone" hard. I like my dolls to feel cuddly, for children.
The doll skin is made of 100% cotton interlock. I use the interlock from de Witte Engel, mainly.
For the dolls hair, I crochet wigs, out of mohair yarns (straight and curly). I use Wild Mohair from Little Oke Dolls, mainly.
I love the nostalgic looks, for the doll outfits. The clothes and accessories are made of fabrics, like linen and Liberty of London. When available, I choose organic cotton, to work with.
The dolls, clothes and accessories are designed and made by MonPilou©
But, I have a few great helpers, to fill my little doll "boutique". Marianne (NL) is an experienced dressmaker, she sews a lot of little clothes for me and Enny (NL) is sewing the doll tricot.
The lovely woolen felted shoes, are designed and made by Vaida Petreikis (Lituania).
NOTE: Because of small parts, but also from a pedagogical point of view, the dolls are not made for children under 3 years old.