Here at Tiny Wide Smiles - Cleft Doll Clinic, we truly believe that everybody deserves a buddy. The first wide smiling doll was made so my son (born with a unilateral cleft lip & palate) could have a friend go to each surgery with him. Seven surgeries so far, and more to come! Since then, we have made hundreds of dolls for children all over the globe, with all manner of craniofacial differences. These dolls help children feel less isolated from their peers. They give children a way to start the conversation about why they look and sound a little different. They help prepare siblings for the birth of the newest member of the family, who will look different than most babies. Best of all, these dolls remind children born with clefts that they have been loved from the moment they were born, and through each stage of facial reconstruction.
Next in our line of cleft dolls is the open bilateral newborn plush! Our unilateral plush has already been warming the hearts of mothers-to-be and snuggling with little patients through their first recoveries. Now it's time for a bilateral plush to do the same!
We've been fortunate enough to find a quality plush producer willing to work with such a small company as ours. The unilateral dolls were exactly as designed, excellent quality, and delivered on-time. The final bilateral plush designs have been approved and shipping logistics arranged. All that remains is to place the order, and we'll have a snuggly, plush friend with an open, bilateral smile! In a nutshell, here's what we've done so far; -Submitted our design to the manufacturer -Ordered a sample doll made from our design -Reviewed the finished sample -Approved the finished sample (pictured above!) -Received a quote for manufacture of 500 dolls with tracked shipping directly to our door In another nutshell, what comes next; -We will submit payment through a secure escrow service to the manufacturer -The manufacturer will manufacture the dolls in their safe, ethical, and certified factory -A random sampling of the dolls will be tested to make sure they meet safety standards -The dolls will then be packed and shipped directly to Tiny Wide Smiles where, after doing a happy dance, I will immediately post them for sale on our web store - www.TinyWideSmiles.com
Risks and challenges
We were very pleased with how quickly the unilateral dolls arrived the last time we worked with this manufacturer, and we don't anticipate any issues with the current project. However, there is always a chance of production or shipping delays. Though we hope to have the dolls available for the holiday season, we will not begin sales until we have them in hand.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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