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My First Childhood Doll: Do You Still Have Yours?

Updated on September 9, 2013

Childhood memories of my first doll

Do you remember your first childhood doll? Every toy I got as a kid has its own unique story, but my very first doll is and always will be very special to me! What about yours? Did you give your doll a name and do you still remember it? Was it a beautiful made up name? Has your first dolls name a story?

Toys from the past bring back your childhood memories.

Most of the time our dolls have lived with us for many years. Do you remember dressing yours? Was your doll a big comfort to you when you felt sad and/or alone? I know that I shared many secrets with mine! Dolls are such great listeners! My childhood doll was my very best friend!

Photo: A very old photo of me as a 1,5 years old girl

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Did you have a special doll when you were a kid?

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My grandmother and me - Happy childhood memories

Me as a 2 years old toddler on the lap of my grandmother
Me as a 2 years old toddler on the lap of my grandmother

On this very old photo you see me as a 2 years old toddler on my Grandmothers lap. Don't I look cute? ;-)

This photo brings back sweet childhood memories. When I look at it I can still remember a lot of great times I had with her. She was a very sweet woman who loved me dearly. And I loved her! It was love at first sight between the two of us and this never changed! My Granny is my Angel. She is in heaven now and I miss her a lot. But I know we will meet again when it's my time to leave this planet.

A photo of me and my childhood doll
A photo of me and my childhood doll

My early medical aspirations...

How my doll got her name...

On my second birthday my Granny gave me the best birthday present ever: a doll! This was my first and she was and still is so very special to me. She is so soft and sweet. Wherever I went as a child I always took my precious girl with me! I was a happy doll mommy!

Although she is the best of all cute dolls in the world, her life with me started pretty traumatic! I also got a pair of scissors on that same birthday... Of course I got that present with the intention to get me interested in cutting paper or so... But I had other plans! When the "big people" paid no attention I grabbed my new pair of scissors and my newborn baby and took them to my room.

Apparently I had early medical ambitions (Later on in my life I became a registred nurse!)... I decided to use my pair of scissors on that poor doll and started cutting. First I "trimmed" her hair and then I started with the belly... in no time that poor doll was torn apart...oops... When I realized what I had done, I started crying out loud. I was a very sad and sorry doll mommy!

Fortunately my Granny was a great doll doctor!

She heard me crying and rushed to see what had happened. I think Granny had a hard time not to laugh out loud when she found me sitting on my bed with my doll and the scissors lying on the floor! She took me to the bathroom where we had a first aid kit. Like an experienced "doll doctor" she started to repair the damage with gauze bandage and plasters. She also had a fix for the hairless head: some beautiful pieces of cloth fixed that problem perfectly.

I was so happy! My Grandmother was my big hero! The doll looked good again but still a bit sad. And thus arose the name of my childhood doll, which is in Dutch "De Zielige". Translated in English that would be something like "The Saddy"

I made up the name myself and never changed it ever since the "doll surgery incident".

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Watch this great video about another first & favorite doll from childhood!

I was looking for a great video for you to watch in between reading and found this one. This doll looks a lot like my first childhood doll and looks pretty messed up as well. At least this one still has hair on her head! It could be "The Saddy's" family! Maybe I should contact the owner of this video, what do you think!

This doll looks a lot like "The Saddy"!

Become a Doll Doctor yourself!

When I was a kid there were no Doll Doctor Specialists and/or special kits. But now there are. Keep your doll happy and healthy!

Little Mommy Doctor Mommy Doll
Little Mommy Doctor Mommy Doll

Every "Doll Mommy" can be a doctor in case of sudden accidents or for a quick check up. This doll kit has a medical bag full of healthy instruments. The doll itself can giggle when the little "doctor" does a great job! And she makes more sweet sounds. She can even speak some phrases to tell she's sick, cough, sniffle and so on. Click on the photo for more details!

 
Doctor and Mini-Doctor Bundle of 2 Figure dolls 4GB USB Flash Drive - in Gift box - with GadgetMe Brands TM Stylus Pen
Doctor and Mini-Doctor Bundle of 2 Figure dolls 4GB USB Flash Drive - in Gift box - with GadgetMe Brands TM Stylus Pen

This USB flashdrive has 4 GB storage. Great to save precious memories for later of your kid playing with favorite toys or other situations you want to ethernalize.

 

The Saddy 41 years after my "scissors surgery" - the plasters are still in place!

This is what The Saddy's belly looks like after 41 years
This is what The Saddy's belly looks like after 41 years

Here you can see the results of my "scissors surgery"... These plasters must have been of high quality because they still stick in place after 41 years! I don't want to remove them, I'm afraid I will damage "The Saddy" That would break my heart!

The Saddy and Japie, a "happy couple"
The Saddy and Japie, a "happy couple"

The Saddy married Japie...

A happy couple!

I never used my scissors again on "The Saddy". Instead of hurting her I took very good care of my precious doll. I washed her and had a doll dress collection so she could always wear clean clothes! After a while, I can't remember exactly when, I got another (male) doll. I called him Japie (that's a Dutch name, there is no translation, you pronounce it as "Yaapee").

The Saddy and Japie were best friends in my imagination and it didn't take long untill I decided they should get married. There was an official ceremony with my Granny doing the official part. I have no photos of that but can remember it very well! With a white piece of curtains we had dressed The Saddy up as bride. Japie had a huge black hat made of cardboard. After the doll wedding I made them kiss for hours.

I still have both childhood dolls. On the photo you see the "happy couple" together sitting on a chair!

The Saddy will stay with me forever!

The Saddy doll forever!
The Saddy doll forever!

"The Saddy" became very special to me. Of course I don't play with her anymore, I'm an adult! She will stay with me until the day that I die. Maybe I will take her with me in my coffin (let others do that...). "The Saddy" is part of my childhood memories, part of my life. She connects me with my deceased Granny. Sometimes it feels like the spirit of my Granny lives in this doll from time to time! At least the memories of her do!

"The Saddy" breathes both of our spirits. That's what makes her my most special childhood doll!

Tell me about your favorite doll, toy, etc. I love to hear from you!

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      Anja Toetenel 3 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @aesta1: May that be a lesson to people who now consider giving up their dolls, don't do it... sorry it's too late for you, maybe you have photos of your dolls? Thanks for your comment!

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have long ago given up my dolls. Am sure some kids enjoyed them. Wish now I have kept one.

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      Anja Toetenel 3 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @Blessed Liez: Wow, those dolls are going to be famous in the family. Must be great quality and the love of their doll mothers of course :)

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      Kareen Liez 3 years ago from Philippines

      I still have my dolls too and my daughter is playing with them because all of them were still in good condition. :)

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      Anja Toetenel 3 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @anonymous: Wow, great you still have her! Take good care of Kathreen :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I still have my childhood doll--a Scotish doll I named Kathreen...and that was over 50 years ago.

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      Anja Toetenel 3 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @Lady Lorelei: Thank you so much for sharing your doll story Ladymermaid. I can imagine you had a lot of support from your Doll. And yes, lots of adults still have dolls and stuffed animals they cherish ;-) Have a lovely day!

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      My favorite doll was my constant companion. I had pneumonia when I was young and was hospitalized for quite awhile. She helped me get through the needles and the missing my family. Dolls and teddy bears really are necessary friends for the young (and some of us old fogies as well lol). Lovely article.

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      Anja Toetenel 3 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @TreasuresBrenda: The "walking doll" is the first one you remember, that counts too :) Thanks for sharing Brenda!

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      I remember a doll that walks though I doubt she was my first doll. I also remember and have three of Ideal's growing hair dolls -- my own, Velvet; my sister's, Tressy; and my cousin's Chrissy.

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      Anja Toetenel 3 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @sierradawn lm: Thank you so much for your kind words!

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      This was such a heartwarming and beautiful lens!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @Virginia Allain: I must check out your pages Vallain, thanks for sharing!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @LilyBird: Thank you for your compliment and sharing about Emmy, that must be a real special doll, the worn out look makes her even more beautiful if you keep in mind how many girls had fun playing with her!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @Elsie Hagley: Thank you so much Kiwinana71, it was a pleasure to share this! I'm happy for you that you still have memories, but am sorry for you that it has disappeared. Maybe it is still somewhere, you never know! Have you asked your daughter? She might remember it!

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      I enjoyed the story about your childhood doll.

      Wish I still had mine, my daughter did have it in her early childhood, but somewhere over the years it has just disappeared, well that 70 years of life but I can still remember it, it looks a lot like yours, with a rag body.

      Thanks for sharing I still have memories of it though even if I haven't seen it for years.

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      LilyBird 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your great doll story. My first doll, Emmy, was a cloth doll that belonged to my mother, then my sister, then me, then my niece and is now cuddling with my grandniece. She's a little worn but still a great doll!

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I don't remember having a baby doll. My sister had a Toni doll later that I very much coveted. I've made several Squidoo pages about her.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @artbyrodriguez: It was wonderful to share it, thank you for your visit!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @ItayaLightbourne: Awww that is a sweet story too ItayaDesigns, thanks for sharing it!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      What an adorable story about your first dolls! I don't have my first doll who was named Baby Suzy. Mom said I washed her hair and left soap in it so many times that her hair started falling out. She probably went to that dolly heaven in the sky with the rest of our much loved toys. :)

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      Thanks for sharing your doll story. Dolls can be so special.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @Susan Zutautas: That's a shame Susan, that you don't have them anymore, but you have the memories, they never go away!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @kerbev: That is sweet, Kab :) Thanks for your comment!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I wish I still had some of my dolls from when I was a child.

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      kab 4 years ago from Upstate, NY

      My aunt was named for my Mom's first doll.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @RANADEEP: Boy can certainly have favorite dolls too, I know many more who had one or more. Be good for Ron :) Thanks for your comment, Ranadeep!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @favored: Thanks for your comment favored1!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      It's nice that you still have a toy from your childhood. I'd take special care of her too.

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      RANADEEP 4 years ago

      Though I am a boy,still i had a good memory with this doll story,I had one named ron,and it still have with me in my storeroom!!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @CaztyBon: Thank you CatzyBon! Do you still have her?

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @atomicgirl24: Maybe Cindy needs a Doll Doctor ;-) Thanks for your comment!

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      atomicgirl24 4 years ago

      I still have my first doll and toys. Her name is Cindy. Unfortunately, she's in such bad shape right now that I've been desperately looking for a replacement. Unfortunately, I can't find one.

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      CaztyBon 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed your story! I had a Mrs. Beasley doll my one and only doll the rest were stuffed animals.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you Susan! It was really wonderful to recollect the memories and go through photos etc. That was a very special feeling!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great story!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @rakesarm: Sounds like a good plan!

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      rakesarm 4 years ago

      I didn't have much but I am keeping my children's for a long time.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @ColettaTeske: Wow Beartale, that is an impressive collection! Would make a great Lens ;-) Thank you for your like and your kind comment!

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      ColettaTeske 4 years ago

      I have too many dolls and they are all my favorites. My dad's work sent him traveling around the world and he brought me a doll from every country. I have 75 of these dolls, each one in the country's native dress. Great Lens!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      @tonyaalves3: Thank you for visiting my Doll Lens!

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      tonyaalves3 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your story. I barely remember my favorite doll.