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A nursing mother and a doll? It was time

Betty Strachan, 28, has never set out to make revolutionary dolls for children, but that’s exactly what she does. The mum from Brisbane, Australia, who has two boys aged three and five, repaints Barbie dolls as a hobby, selling them in her Etsy shop, All little dolls. And a creation from Strachan’s Etsy shop recently went viral: a nursing mom and doll set. She calls the doll “Mamas Worldwide Barbie”.

Strachan tells SELF via email that her online moms group inspired the nursing doll. “One thing we all wholeheartedly agree on is that it’s a mother’s right to feed her baby where, when and how she can, without judgement,” Strachan said. She decided to make the doll so children would learn early on that breastfeeding is a completely normal part of life. “I hope young children learn that public breastfeeding is a natural thing and that when they get older their opinions won’t be as closed as previous generations.”

Strachan shared the nursing doll set on social media last month, and she’s received positive feedback and a few orders from moms eager to want it for their kids. In keeping with the motherhood theme, Strachan then decided to create a custom pregnant belly accessory for her dolls. “[Breastfeeding and pregnancy] are completely normal things, and you can buy a baby and bottle set at any toy store,” she says.

Strachan’s Etsy shop went viral last month after the Huffington Post wrote about her groundbreaking custom dolls. She has a high demand for the nursing doll and the pregnant belly accessory, and she temporarily closed her store to accommodate the influx of custom orders. In addition to the nursing and pregnant doll, Strachan also creates other dolls that she wants to sell in toy stores – dolls of different races, dolls with shaved heads and even dolls with the so common dark circles under their eyes. .

“Growing up, I always found it odd that there wasn’t as much diversity in the world of dolls as there could or should be,” Strachan writes on her Etsy site. “A brown-skinned, dark-eyed girl may look at a light-skinned doll and wonder why she’s considered beautiful and she isn’t.”

Strachan says she’ll be accepting new doll orders in 2017, and you can stay tuned Facebook page for updates.

For now, check out some of Strachan’s amazing custom dolls below:

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