Floppy Doppy, My Favorite Baby Doll
Baby Doll and Little Girl
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.