Babies. They're adorable, when they're not squirming, crying, burping, rolling and generally doing anything but sitting still. They're also fragile. Really fragile.
Handling a baby can be a nerve-wracking experience. Handling a StandInBaby, on the other hand, isn't.
The brain-child (get it?) of Brendan and Sandra Moffet, the StandInBaby is designed to help newborn photographers practice poses, experiment with props and generally get comfortable positioning a baby, all without the pervasive dread of injuring a real live one.
As you can glean from the image, StandInBaby has articulating joints that mirror a baby's real joints. You can pose it as you would a normal baby, without any crying or fuss. It also has a "camera ready" finish to faithfully mimic skin tones (it is available in both caucasian and African American).
The StandInBaby weighs 7 pounds and is 50 cm long--the dimensions of a nice, healthy newborn. If you're interested in acquiring your own, check out the Kickstarter page. The least expensive packages on Kickstarter have already been scooped up, so to get your hands on a StandInBaby will cost you at $550 now (a price that's $350 off the final version) and shipments will start in the summer of 2016, provided the StandInBaby secures enough crowdfunding. You can learn a bit more about the project in the video below.