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Floppy Doppy, My Favorite Baby Doll

Updated on November 19, 2014

Baby Doll and Little Girl

Little Girl with her Baby Dolls
Little Girl with her Baby Dolls | Source

My first Baby Doll was named Floppy Doppy

Floppy Doppy was the first baby doll I ever owned. She was not a new doll and did not come wrapped in fancy paper nor was she tied with a bow. She came in a box of hand-me-down clothes from my cousins.

Floppy Doppy's hair was brown and had been brushed many times. Her eyes opened and closed if you picked her up or laid her down. Her head, arms and legs were make of vinyl and her body was made of cloth. My baby doll looked like a newborn and I fell in love with her on sight.

Years later when I had my own daughter I looked for a similar baby doll and was delighted to find that dolls with cloth bodies and plastic arms, legs and heads were still available. Her baby doll just went to college with her and sleeps on her bed.

Realistic, cloth-bodied baby dolls become life-long companions that your child will love for years to come...

Baby Dear Book

The Story of Baby Dear
The Story of Baby Dear | Source

My Baby Doll went everywhere with Me

Life sized baby dolls can wear baby clothes!

Though Floppy Doppy was a doll, she was my baby. She was larger than most dolls that I see now. Clothes that are made for newborns fit my baby doll perfectly.

I dressed her in the clothes that I had worn as a baby, wrapped her up in blankets and took her for walks in the carriage that my sister and I had used as babies. My sister and I had incredible imaginations, as most children do, and believed that others saw us a full grown adults walking our baby.

We learned to care for our babies. We learned how to change them, keep them warm, wash their clothes and take them for walks. They went everywhere with us.

The Tales of Floppy Doppy - My Baldheaded Baby Doll

Girl with Baby Doll
Girl with Baby Doll | Source

Floppy Doppy's Hair

One day Grammy came over to our house and as she chatted with Mom, my sister and I cuddled with our baby dolls and listened in. They were talking about hair and how it needs to be trimmed in order for it to continue growing longer.

Dressing a Baby Doll

Doll is Dressed by Two Girls One in Front of Her While the Other Ties Her Sash Behind
Doll is Dressed by Two Girls One in Front of Her While the Other Ties Her Sash Behind | Source

Cutting hair makes it grow faster!

What a concept!

We took this to mean that we could make our dolls' hair longer simply by cutting it!Soon our dolls were completely bald!

Unfortunately we discovered that doll hair is not the same as human hair.

We were lucky to have resourceful relatives. Auntie Sue found us a mohair hat that has served Floppy Doppy for years as a wig to cover up her bald head.

Baby Dolls become Companions for a Lifetime

A baby doll is always there for you. She can be snuggled, taught lessons, loves to share your tea and can sympathize no matter what is upsetting you. Your child's baby doll may even go to college with her.

Baby Dear

You can still find Baby Dear - Baby Dear is the perfect companion for your child.

With her beautiful features designed by Eloise Wilkin, Baby Dear is the perfect doll for your child. Give your child a companion of a lifetime, give her a life-sized, cloth bodied baby doll.

Cloth Bodied Baby Doll

If your child only owns one doll it should be a cloth bodied doll like Floppy Doppy, a doll that lasts a lifetime.

The plastic head, arms and legs give definition to the doll and make it look real. The cloth body allows the doll to flop around giving it a more realistic feeling than a doll made entirely of plastic.

There is no need for the baby to eat and wet. Children need to use their imaginations and that is just what they do with a floppy doll like Floppy Doppy.


Alternative to Baby Dear Doll

Baby Cuddles Hearts A Flutter - Baby 14 Inch Doll
Baby Cuddles Hearts A Flutter - Baby 14 Inch Doll

Pretend play utilizes fantasy and imagination to help children learn about the world. As beautiful as they are, Play Alexander dolls are designed for a lifetime of play. This charming collection features dolls with cuddly fabric bodies with vinyl faces, hands and feet.

Baby Cuddles Hearts-a-Flutter Doll has a soft body with sleepy eyes and a vinyl head, arms and legs just like Baby Dear. She comes dressed in an adorable outfit which can be removed and is washable.

If you can't find Baby Dear, Baby Cuddles Hearts-a-Flutter Doll is a pretty good alternative. But you must remember that this doll only measures 14" long. It is not the size of an actual baby.

I prefer Baby Dear because it is life sized.

 

Stories about Baby Dear

As I started to research this lens I found that Eloise Wilkin had probably designed my baby doll and that it was origionally called Baby Dear. Eloise Wilkin also illustrated cute little stories for Golden Books which featured little children playing with baby dolls such as Baby Dear.

I remember my mother reading several of these books to my sister and I when we were very little. We loved them so much that I have since read them to my children and often buy copies to give to other young children who love baby dolls.

Baby Dear by Eloise Wilkin

Baby Dear ; Little Golden Book
Baby Dear ; Little Golden Book

The perfect gift for a child about to welcome a new sibling to the family, Baby Dear tells the story of a little girl who's mom comes home with a new baby. Mother and Daughter care for their babies by bathing them, singing to them, talking to them, taking them for walks and feeding them.

 

Tell us all about your favorite baby doll... - Do you remember who gave you your first baby doll?

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      My first doll that I remember was bought for my by my dad - it was a 'shirley walking doll' :) - lovely page

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      Barkely 5 years ago

      Aww, You've got to love the first baby doll! I had one I called Miss Suzy:-)

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      Coreena Jolene 5 years ago

      Great lens! I loved baby dolls when I was little. I had a Thumbelina, a Betsy Wetsy and a Kissy doll. The kissy doll was the latest of the 3. You squeezed the arms together in front and it caused the mouth to make a kiss (with a weird plastic clicking from the mechanism) and I had hours of fun with these dolls. My daughter didn't care for baby dolls, it was all about Barbie for her.

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      Oops, I didn't have a baby doll. If I did, I sure didn't play with it. I played with my stuffed animals, blocks, and marbles. Marbles were my people. Yes, I was a strange child. But then again, I can see how you grew up knowing how to take care of a baby. I was kind of handicapped in that department.

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      boutiqueshops 5 years ago

      What wonderful memories & a beautifully done page. Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I wonder if any little girl NEVER cut a dolls hair? Ha ha. I know I did, and they looked awful. Great lens!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: Floppy Doll's blessing wore off, so I have returned to give her another Cupid Kiss -:)

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      A cupid kiss for Floppy Doppy Doll -:)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I loved reading stories of others that also loved a doll. My first baby doll was a Thumbelina. she was loved to the point that her hair was stiff from all the baths I tried to give her, cloth body and all. Only one picture of her remains, hair cut by this time but to me she was just fine. I think little girls never see the imperfections of their babys because they loved them too much. I never had a sister my age to play dolls with, so I played alone in my room, dressing and changing my doll that I never named for some reason. The last time I saw my baby doll, I was about 12. My Mother had just passed away that April of 73 and she was just put away. My family redecorated my room for a fresh start, throwing away my baby doll and making a big girls room. To this day I have repurchased most of the dolls that I once had, but it's not the same.

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      I'm not certain which was my first doll because I had several when I was still a tot. I had a little baby doll I called Jenny who had eyes that closed. One of her arms broke off when I was just two, but I played with her for years. I had another doll who wasn't an official Mandy doll, but who I called Mandy.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I don't remember a baby doll. My favorite doll was my sister's Toni doll that she named Belinda.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      I only had a couple of baby dolls, but I've still got them. Someday I'll pass them on to a granddaughter, hopefully...

      Thanks for sharing

      Lizzy

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      @anonymous: You obviously loved your first babydoll very much. Do you still have her? Do you have a picture of her?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I believe my first Baby doll was given to me for christmas by my grandparents in 1998. I still have her, and I've been trying to find information about her online, but no luck. Her head and limbs are hallow plastic, and her body used to be inflatable, though now she's filled with cotton. She has brown painted-on hair and blue eyes that open and close. I think she came with some sort of baby carrier, and the outfit she came in was a pink onsie. If anyone knows of a doll that fits this description, can you tell me what her brand name is? I'd appreciate it :)

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      @rockycha: Though Raggedy Andy is cheerful, I always liked Floppy Doppy better because she seemed so real. Thanks for stopping by.

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      rockycha 7 years ago

      Love the Dolly Lens! ***** I always liked Raggedy Andy... He always seemed so cheery :) Thanks for visiting me yesterday!

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      Global_B2B 7 years ago

      Nice lens and Interesting topic. Very well presented and laid out. 5* Thanks for joining my Childrens Toys group!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I was more of a teddy bear person than a doll person and my very first teddy is watching me as I type. Lovely memories Evelyn.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Very cute!

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      That is one awesome picture that you found at Flickr -- Little Lady w Doll. Oh my favorite floppy moppy doll? Gotz to find that pic and scan it -- the doll was soft and huge with blue hair -- but I think my photo would be in black and white!

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      Beautiful!

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Very Sweet Lens. I loved baby dolls and Barbie and her friends went I was a child. :)

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      momto4 lm 8 years ago

      Love your lens! Great pictures!

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      So cute!

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      Nan 8 years ago from London, UK

      I think it is sweet that my littlest boy has his baby dolls. He likes to dress them and pretend to feed them - they have to have solid food because they don't have anyone to give them mummy milk he says. He's their Daddy.

      Of course, 5 minutes later he's put the babies to bed and is off being Batman or Ben 10, but for those few minutes...

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      happynutritionist 8 years ago

      I love the pictures on this lens, beautiful! Is it already on my Betsy Wetsy plexo, please feel free to add, if not:-)

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      Oh Evelyn this is so sweet! I love that your daughter has taken her baby to college with her. My mom would make life-sized dolls. This was a wonderful look back!

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      What a nostalgic lens even for someone like me who never played with dolls. It really brought back memories of the 1950s for me though especially as I had a nurse's outfit like the one in the picture. Lovely lens.

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      thesachambers 8 years ago

      I never had a baby doll - I know sad but true - but dolls have always fascinated me - some of the collections I have run across are amazing - the history the love and the stories

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      [in reply to Heather426] I still have my baby doll and the clothes that my grandmother made as well. Whenever I see Floppy Doppy, it reminds me of the special times I had with my grandmother learning how to sew and care for babies.

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I had a baby doll of the no name variety and my grandmother made all her clothes which made it really special. Still have the clothes. love the lens. 5*

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      Wonderful lens! Thanks for sharing your treasured memories with us.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I remember having a Tiny Tears doll when I was little and she was pretty precious to me.