Hmmm…What To Do With the Placenta…Hey! Let’s Make It Into A Teddy Bear!

placentateddy I had to post this NOW.  Thanks Mom-O-Matic! From Inhabitots:
"Doing it for the Kids is a current exhibition put on by [re] design to showcase the latest, most innovative sustainable toy designs from around the globe. Among them, the Placenta Teddy Bear by designer Alex Green. A crafty alternative for those who don’t necessarily want to eat their baby’s placenta, but want to pay their respects to the life sustaining organ by turning it into a one-of-a-kind teddy bear. Green’s ‘Twin Teddy Kit’ ‘celebrates the unity of the infant, the mother and the placenta,’ and enables preparation of the placenta so it may be transformed into a teddy bear. The placenta must be cut in half and rubbed with sea salt to cure it. After it is dried out, it is treated with an emulsifying mixture of tannin and egg yolk to make it soft and pliable. Then, you craft it into a teddy bear."
Hush little baby...don't say a word... {via Inhabitots} {source}
Posted by Karen Sugarpants on October 6, 2009 @ 12:31 am  

39 Responses to “Hmmm…What To Do With the Placenta…Hey! Let’s Make It Into A Teddy Bear!”

  1. Pariah Says:

    I think I just threw up a little….

  2. Lori Magno (46 comments.) Says:

    I just threw up a lot…
    .-= Lori Magno´s last post ..The flu has been kicking my @ss (or photos instead of words) =-.

  3. Suebob (91 comments.) Says:

    Oh, you’re just pimping the “must have” toy of Christmas 2009.
    .-= Suebob´s last post ..Parents, What Say You? =-.

  4. Katherine Says:

    … Ok, you’ve mentally and emotionally scarred me a LOT since I started reading this blog, but this? This is just… just… beyond words. *shudder* I am SO glad my mother never did this.

  5. shine (10 comments.) Says:

    .-= shine´s last post ..September FOs =-.

  6. Rebecca (1 comments.) Says:

    I remember the day my midwife asked if we had plans for the placenta. “Uh … you can just go ahead and dispose of it.” She nodded like that was the best plan and confided that they were tired of getting calls from the press asking for placenta recipes. Of course, that was before anybody thought of this!

  7. Rebecca C (4 comments.) Says:

    Hear that? That’s the sound of me wretching.

    I can understand the people who bury it under a tree whatever. Not my thing, but whatever.

    But this….this is just gross. What if their baby wants to play with it :(
    .-= Rebecca C´s last post ..Giveaways – October 4, 2009 =-.

  8. Cherish (1 comments.) Says:

    I’ve now heard everything…..WOW….um, gross.

  9. David (11 comments.) Says:

    This is just wrong, very wrong.

  10. sam {temptingmama} (164 comments.) Says:

    dammit. I knew I should have kept mine.

    Always the last to know….

  11. nic @mybottlesup (1 comments.) Says:

    you owe me a new computer because i just vomited ALL OVER mine.
    .-= nic @mybottlesup´s last post ..oktoberfest: a whale of a tail =-.

  12. Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] (9 comments.) Says:

    Please no. Please. Please let that be wrong. Please let it be some animal skin or organ or something other than what you said it was. I can’t even type it.

    .-= Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]´s last post ..Something is very wrong. I may need a reverse intervention. =-.

    sam {temptingmama} (164 comments.) Reply:

    Ya, because that would be SOOOOOO much better. ROFL!!!

  13. Sherry (5 comments.) Says:

    That is officially the most disturbing thing I have EVER seen on this site. I am officially traumatized.
    .-= Sherry´s last post ..Why Roman Polanski can rot in jail for all I care =-.

  14. Susan (woo222) (1 comments.) Says:

    EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!! I’m torn between nausea and facination. And then I go back to nausea. Seriously? Seriously? A placenta teddy bear. Why don’t we just tan the placenta into leather with the described method above and then make the kid a jacket and a pair of shoes? At least that’s functional. Not any less creepy, but functional. I so wish I hadn’t just eaten breakfast. ~Susan
    .-= Susan (woo222)´s last post ..When a Friend Takes Advantage of You =-.

  15. Melinda Says:

    Well it makes sense. I mean the baby cuddled up to it for 9 before birth so why not **after-birth**.

    Tiffany Reply:

    Ba-DUM ching!

  16. Tiph (18 comments.) Says:

    If everyone were this resourceful, we wouldn’t have the problem of global warming!

    On second thought, I’m really liking the heat….
    .-= Tiph´s last post ..twilight, fair bright =-.

  17. kittenpie (5 comments.) Says:

    I can’t … I can’t even… I can’t even formulate words for how gross this is. The thought of cutting and handling and rubbing with salt and and and … BLEAH!!! Oh, wow, that’s disturbing. And seriously more than a little queasy-making.

  18. ciara Says:

    that is just so nasty.

  19. Janna (2 comments.) Says:

    Okay, now how am I supposed to eat lunch?

  20. Daphne (6 comments.) Says:

    OK that is wrong on so many levels. I think it would of made more sense if it was made into teething toys for the baby. OK now I barfed in my mouth,
    .-= Daphne´s last post ..Guess what UPS brought me today? =-.

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  22. BWelch (18 comments.) Says:

    sigh…what the hell is wrong with people? that’s just…I don’t have words.

  23. kdaniel Says:

    Gag me with a FRIGGIN SPOON. Seriously, I can’t decide if I find this or eating the placenta more creeptastic.


  24. Laurinda Says:

    This is so friggin gross! I had my kids before everyone decided to do “stuff” with their placentas. THANK GOD!
    But Melinda’s comment was hilarious…

  25. Tiffany Says:

    I can just see Build a Bear workshops across the country selling these kits and helping to families put together their own “Baby’s First Bio-hazard Bear “. As if children’s stuffed toys don’t get riddled with germs and dirt enough. Lets build a stuffed toy that starts out brand new with a patina of viscera. It sounds like a poor curing technique and I bet it smells.

    You know I’ve lost ten pounds since I started reading this site. Cheaper than Dexitrim and much more fun.

  26. bswift Says:

    I can never un-see this. Ever. I hate my “friend” for showing this to me.

  27. Flat Butt Society Says:

    An excellent recycling concept, but I think it’s not fair to make it into a toy for the kid. I would fashion it into a handbag, wallet or diaper bag… or maybe a sling for Dad to carry baby around in. That’s fair.

  28. Jenny Says:

    This is truly the first one that has made me want to vomit. Congrats.

  29. candace trew camling (134 comments.) Says:

    they featured this on stfuparents.tumblr.com too. This is the grossest, skeeviest thing EVER! I had no idea people even kept placenta. I always thought you just threw it away or something…
    .-= candace trew camling´s last post ..Illustration Friday – Germs =-.

  30. lily dustbin (1 comments.) Says:

    I have a friend who made sausage from her placenta. But you know, a placenta teddy bear trumps placenta sausage in my books. Way to go!
    .-= lily dustbin´s last post ..Comrades in Craft vendor announcement! =-.

  31. Bean Says:

    That is wrong on so many levels. How would you not throw up while sewing a stuffed animal out of an organ that was previously inside you?
    But the idea of eating it is worse. Why don’t these people just toss the things- they aren’t important anymore!

  32. SJ Says:

    Bean, if you must know, the placenta does have uses beyond nurturing the child in the womb…the nutrients and hormones it contains will help balance the body after birth. It can stop a hemhorrage (excessive bleeding) and ward off postpartum depression. I didn’t eat mine, but I did have it professionally encapsulated (the placenta is steamed, dried, ground into powder, then put into capsules that you swallow like any other pill.) Say what you want but it kept me from having severe PPD with my second child!! I could never eat it though. And the bear just looks SCARY. It would give a kid bad dreams.

    anyone wanting further info about placenta encapsulation should check out pbi.info!

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  34. Can Can (Mom Most Traveled) (9 comments.) Says:

    I didn’t even look at my placenta. I was pretty much there just for the baby.
    .-= Can Can (Mom Most Traveled)´s last post ..Word World: Lots of Letters! =-.

  35. Audrey at Barking Mad (1 comments.) Says:

    Hush little baby don’t say a word? Well no shit! Baby has been stunned into silence over something like this.

    You know it’s a toy you don’t want when you have to “cure” your own teddy. Oiy!!!!!!

  36. Joseph Scandura (1 comments.) Says:

    Well, it’d be a shame to waste it. Just think of the recycling possibilities. Get several placentas and sew a cute little outfit.

  37. Ok, now THIS is weird! « Enjoy Birth Blog Says:

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