Amamanta Family Dolls Guide to 
Talking to your Kids about Sex

  We know that as a caring parent you know best how to explain the facts of life to your kids. Nonetheless, we are here to help you by offering some techniques for teaching children (3-9 years old) about sex.  
A simple but honest guide from our family to yours.

How to use Amamanta FamilyTM

  Amamanta Family dolls can be used to demonstrate the different roles of family members and to explain the arrival of a new sibling to children ages 3-9.  Caring parents can instill family values by role playing along with Amamanta dolls — quality time has never been so much fun and educational!

  The content and illustrations in our free manual (provided with the purchase of an Amamanta Family set of 5 or 4 dolls or with a pregnant mother doll) is a basic sex education guide for children, which can be  used as a point of reference on male and female anatomy, the reproductive organs, stages of pregnancy and the developmental phases of a new child. There are several books on talking to children about the facts of life, and we encourage you to use them with the Amamanta Family dolls.

  The philosophy of Amamanta Family doll collection is to help instill holistic virtues such as providing infinite role-play possibilities, helping parents teach their children about the facts of life.

 

Pedagogic Manual: a primer to learning about sexuality.



Amamanta Family Anatomically Detailed Dolls.

Conceived with love, for parents and educators.

  A new life is about to start…

…with the birth of a new baby.

We have created these anatomically detailed dolls with love and care to help you teach your children about the life cycle and family values: i.e. how babies are born, getting a new sibling, and family roles. Amamanta dolls are an ideal tool for alleviating potential anxieties relating to the arrival of a new sibling, so you can better manage the expectations of children. Through role playing with Amamanta, you can help kids understand the role of a brother or sister and the heightened parental involvement and attention necessary to meet the newborn’s needs.

  The anatomical Amamanta Family set of stuffed dolls can also help you educate your children about appropriate touching versus inappropriate contact.  Kids can also learn wholesome family values and the basics on the reproductive cycle. Even at an earlier developmental stage, a child, can learn new words through play with Amamanta dolls, i.e. the different names of the body parts, the clothing, the colors and even abstract concepts like the representation of Dad by the father doll or comparing a doll shoe with an actual life size shoe. 

Dolls have  fully removable clothes, and velcro on the hands so that the family can hold hands.  

Sex education discussions with your children may be challenging at first but we hope you’ll find our anatomically correct dolls to be a helpful aid for explaining the proverbial “bird’s and the bees.” Use Amamanta dolls to role play and teach them at your own pace and comfort level. You can use these dolls as a learning instrument during the different stages of your child’s development.


A New Life Begins

  Explaining to children how babies come into the world is often times difficult for parents/guardians...

            Child: "How are babies born?"

Parent/Guardian: "Well, babies are delivered by storks…"  
or
  "…Moms and Dads find babies in hospitals…
or
  "…Santa Claus brings babies to Mommies and Daddies as a present…etc., etc., etc."

Although these explanations seem harmless at first, they can lead to more confusion later on. Explaining the facts in a truthful yet simple manner can be more interesting and intellectually stimulating for children.  So let’s start from the beginning.

  Babies are made by grownups: Mom & Dad.
Mom and Dad know each other, they fall in love, they love each other so much that they decide to be together to create a family.

Child says: “I know I came out of mom’s belly but how did I get there?”

The Amamanta doll set can help explain the birth process in an interesting and honest manner.  Below is a sample guide to help discuss the new life process with a youngster.

  Parent says: "You were created in a very special and wonderful way. Inside mommy’s belly there is an area called the uterus and there are two ovaries that connect to this uterus. Mommy’s ovaries produce ovules and these ovules are like eggs. Daddy’s sperm goes into mommy’s egg and then the egg attaches itself to the side of the uterus. The egg slowly grows for about nine months into a beautiful baby like you."

Child: "What is sperm?"

  Parent: "When mom and dad have sex, they get very close, so close that dad's penis gets into mom's vagina. Then a liquid that dad makes that is called the sperm goes from dad’s penis into mom’s vagina. The sperm reaches the egg and it becomes fertilized, or ready to become a baby. The sperm is a liquid with many, many, tiny spermatozoids and the strongest of these spermatozoids swims faster inside mom's vagina and will reach the egg first… and Abracadabra!… the egg is fertilized."

Child: "How does this happen?" 

Parent: "When the egg is fertilized dad and mom’s chromosomes get together and the egg divides itself many times to start growing a baby. The chromosomes contain all the plans and commands for making a baby that looks like mom and dad. The egg sticks to the wall of the uterus and will grow slowly inside mom's belly until it’s completely transformed into a baby."

  Child: "How does sperm get in to the ovule?"

Parent: "This happens when dad and mom express their grown up love through sex. The sperm comes out from dad’s penis into mom’s vagina. The sperm is a liquid that has these tiny spermatozoids, so small that you can't see them. They swim like tiny fish with a tail they have. These spermatozoids look up for the egg to fertilize it, so that a baby will develop.  This means all the parts of a baby will start forming and it will look like mom and dad."

Child: "When will the baby come out?"

Parent: "The baby will come out of mommy in about nine months from the first time mommy’s ovules and daddy’s sperm got together."

Childbirth — When the baby is fully developed it’s time for the mother to give birth.

Child: "How does the baby come out?"

Parent: "The baby comes out through the mom’s birth canal. Mommy then puts the baby next to her heart to comfort the baby. When the newborn is hungry mother is going to nurture her/him by breastfeeding."

Child: "What is breastfeeding?"

Parent: "The mother places the baby’s mouth on her breast so that the baby drinks milk made by mommy. Warm milk from the mother feeds the baby so that it grows healthy and strong. But it’s not just the milk; mom’s love offers him security and protection, creating a special bond between the mom and baby. Father also helps by giving support, protection and love." 

Amamanta tip:  Amamanta mother dolls are designed with simulated breast nipples to visually show the breastfeeding process. By explaining breastfeeding to a child with a newborn sibling, the parent reduces the potential for sibling jealousy behavior and teaches love and caring principles to the older child. You can tell your child about the newborn needs and lactation period --and telling them that they were also breastfed by Mom when they were little. 

By playing with our Amamanta dolls and demonstrating the interaction between mother and infant, parents can better help manage child expectations. 

Parents can also use the anatomical dolls to help their older children cope with the change and demands that come with having a newborn in the family. In addition, through doll role-playing, you can help empower the child to embrace the new role of being the older brother or sister.  

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Family Roles

  It’s no longer just the individual “you” and “I”. A new dynamic of interdependence takes precedence for the couple. In a few hours, with the arrival of the newborn, a family is born. He will become a father; she becomes a mother and that delicate baby becomes the center of attention.  The mother provides warm milk, tenderness, affection, guidance, orientation and plenty of love.

Both parents share the responsibility: In addition to love, mother provides some discipline. In addition to discipline, father provides love.

The paternal role faces the difficult challenge of balancing authority and disciplinary action with understanding, affection and supportive words.  The maternal and paternal roles are not independently exclusive, but are complimentary to each other. This balancing act is fundamental for healthy family ties.

  Amamanta Family can help your children engage  in the virtues of traditional family values at an early age:

  • Love

  • Support

  • Authority & Discipline

  • Understanding & Compassion 

  • Education

  • Responsibility

  • Communication & Sharing

  • Warmth

  • Security

  • Acceptance

  • Respect 

  • Honesty

  • Family Unity 

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Ideas for interacting with your child when playing with Amamanta Family:

• Instill your own core family values and good behavior through play at an early age  

• Explain the roles of present or absent family members--father, mother, siblings, grandparents.

• Learn about your child’s emotional needs and concerns through playful self-expression  

• Educate children on the life cycle

• Explain pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and the care required for a newborn 

• Help the child adjust to the arrival of a new sibling

• Good old fashion playtime with true-to-life dolls

Amamanta dolls may also be used by child therapists and psychologists in order to:

• Encourage child’s self-expression, discovery and needs

• Help child cope with sibling rivalry issues by demonstrating examples with dolls

• Investigate suspected sex abuse, child abuse or molestation

• Serve as therapy in sexual abuse cases

• Aid forensic investigations and courtroom testimony

• Educate children including those with learning disabilities

• Discover domestic issues affecting the child

Make Amamanta Family part of your family. Customize your doll family!

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Amamanta Family Doll Set Description

  • Soft and big enough to be handled and dressed by children
  • Clothing material is soft yet durable for hours of play
  • Amamanta Family dolls come in a variety of cultural representations: multicultural and ethnic
  • A specific Amamanta family can be selected to match your heritage
  • Doll sets consist of a Mom, Dad, Boy or Girl (or both siblings), and newborn baby
  • Made out of natural fibers and flannel with synthetic fiber filling for added softness
  • Facial features are embroidered with cotton threads. Hair is knitted by hand with wool.
  • Hand made by talented craftspeople in Colombia
  • Mom and dad dolls measure approximately 16.5”, child dolls measures approximately 11” and newborn is 4.5”
  • A complete Amamanta Family set weighs just under 2 lb. (<900g). Ready to ship weight is approximately 4 lbs. and includes a dust bag that serves as a child backpack, guide, presentation case and packaging materials.

  Amamanta Family Dolls Mission

The mission of Amamanta Family is to help promote the principles of healthy family values across all cultures for a more unified and loving world. The idea is to instill good and healthy principles in kids at an early age.  Amamanta Family helps bring families together through the sheer joy of playing and learning simultaneously.  

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  Amamanta Family Social Conscience Project 
& Fair Trade
Values

The Amamanta Family organization provides job opportunities for many mothers in Medellin, Colombia. Many of our talented craftspeople are plagued by poverty or on the verge of becoming homeless along with their families. Amamanta Family works with Programa de Desarrollo y Generación de Empleo del Municipio de La Ceja, Antioquia (La Ceja’s Borough Development plan) and it recruits the mothers of children that live in the streets or are temporarily sheltered by the Salesian Order through the Bosconia Program. The focus of Amamanta Family is to create a supportive network of women that bond together to improve their living situation through honest work and skills development. By purchasing the Amamanta Family set of dolls you can feel proud of supporting a humanitarian cause that helps people help themselves through the creation of a handmade product that depicts the true beauty of being human. 

On behalf of this special group of women from Medellin Colombia, we thank you for making a difference and helping empower the most disadvantaged. Through our efforts and the moral consciousness of responsible consumers like you, we strive to create opportunities where individuals can overcome adversity.  

Amamanta Family values and celebrates the different cultures around the world. That's why our doll designs represent more than 10 different races and cultures. The multicultural doll collection includes: Colombian, Mexican, Italian, Japanese, Guatemalan, Ethiopian, Indian, Swiss, Hispanic and Spaniard. 

The unique variety of folkloric outfits makes these dolls more culturally relevant to you --the adopting family! Dolls come in every-day contemporary full clothing including removable underwear, bra, shoes and a doll sling is also included for the mother doll to carry the little baby doll as she nurses.

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