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Placenta Teddy Bear. So Snuggly!

By Madeline Holler |

placenta-teddy-bearPlacenta snacking isn’t for everyone. But still … who doesn’t get a little sentimental about a good and faithful placenta?

Designer Alex Green knows how you feel, so he put together a little DIY kit so that you and the baby can treasure your physical attachment for years to come.

Making a teddy bear from a placenta really isn’t that hard, especially if you’re used to tanning and sewing human organs.

The v. cool website Inhabitots, explains how:

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.

Far more green and sustainable than bronzed baby shoes, right?

Green showed off is “Twin Teddy Bear” kit at Doing It For the Kids, an exhibition of innovative sustainable toy designs at the [re]design show now in London. [re]design’s motto is “for designers who don’t want to make landfill.”

Afterlife for the afterbirth!


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Madeline Holler is a writer, journalist, and blogger. She has written for Babble since the site launched in 2006. Her writing has appeared in various other publications both online and in print, including Salon and True/Slant (now Forbes). A native of the Midwest, Madeline lives, writes, and parents in Southern California, where she's raising two daughters and a son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Madeline's latest posts →

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21 thoughts on “Placenta Teddy Bear. So Snuggly!

  1. SussLW says:

    Aside from the fact that I find that disgusting, I do not have a soft spot for the placenta. Yes, it provides all that my baby needs right now, and I appreciate that. However, the placenta is blocking my cervix so I will need a scheduled C-section, which really does not make me happy. Grr.

  2. diera says:

    That is. Actually. Grosser. Than the idea of eating it.

  3. GP says:

    that’s kinda neat…I wish I would have done this instead of burying it in the yard

  4. Marj says:

    I gotta go with EW. Followed by whatever floats your boat, but it does not float mine.

  5. NoVa Mommy says:

    Gross? Sure. But mostly, I’m thinking, who has time for arts and crafts when you have a newborn? I could barely manage to upload photos for email distribution–forget about basting my dried placenta with egg yolk.

  6. cocobean says:


  7. Lee says:

    It looks like a cradle toy for Ed Gein.

  8. Louise says:

    “Making a teddy bear from a placenta really isn’t that hard, especially if you’re used to tanning and sewing human organs.”

    And who isn’t, really?

    I’ll add this to the rather lengthy list of “Things I *won’t* be doing when #3 comes in November.” But, you know, I’m not really into the baby book thing, either. To each their own…

  9. TolaniLucia says:

    No. No. No. It totally looks like a cradle toy for Ed Gein.

  10. LasVegasMama says:

    Ha ha on the Ed Gein comment! Classic.

  11. Ali says:

    What next? Will we save our uteri in glass cases when we have our hysterectomy? Proof there is a sucker born every minute.

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  14. Fal says:

    Wow… I’m shocked that somebody would do that though I reckon its different. I guess having a teddy made from the placenta would give you something to remember the 9months of morning sickness and aching backs but at the end of it, you get something precious. Of course, there are others who end up losing that precious joy either sometime through the pregnancy (I’ve lost three) or a stillbirth (one) and in my opinion, if I knew of the placenta-bear, I’d have got it done to remember my little girl. I now have a son who’s just turned two and another on the way.

  15. whoa! says:

    This is perhaps the most disgusting thing I’ve ever heard. I just threw up in my mouth a wee bit

  16. Ed says:

    That thing is hideous! It looks like a teddy bear for Chucky!
    Forget about clowns being scarey…this thing is what nightmares are made of!

  17. amy says:

    requesting to save the placenta to make a “snuggly bear” should be the first sign to call cps and psych evals! OMG… disgusting… i’d hate to see what this fella does with old scabs!

  18. pregnantJ says:

    in one thought i think”gross! will it start to smell as time goes by ? will it rot?” in another thought i think “well its so tiny if it stays in that jar forever like a little trinkit i guess id consider it as a keepsake for the baby, Not a toy!”

  19. Lorie says:

    Youve got to be kidding! Who in their right mind would want that? Even worse is someone who wants to eat it; I’d have to be starving!

  20. [...] deputies recovered three ten-inch by ten-inch packages of pot. Kind of makes that placenta bear seem cuddly in comparison, doesn’t [...]

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