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Cabbage Patch Kids

Updated on February 14, 2012

Do You Remember Cabbage Patch Kids?

Cabbage Patch Kids have been around for more than 25 years, which is hard to believe. I remember as a kid how moms would fight over these Kids, and some children were very disappointed when they were sold out of dolls that year. The first Kids came out in 1982, but I think that I got my first doll in around 1984. At the height of their popularity, my mom, dad, and brother had Cabbage Patch Dolls (they still have them, but some are not in great shape any more).

I still have my dolls, and have passed them along to my daughter to play with. My daughter now has her own Cabbage Patch Dolls, and unfortunately, lost her favorite doll... Hillary.

Photo of my Cabbage Patch Kids (along with my favorite little doll, who is 5 now), copyright 2007 Brookelorren.

Cabbage Patch Fights

In 1983, Cabbage Patch Kids were one of the hottest toys around. Unfortunately, there weren't enough dolls to go around, and fights broke out in shopping centers around the country. This was before eBay and the internet changed the way that we shopped for collectible and rare items around the world. If you didn't get the dolls when they came out, your child didn't get them. In later years, people would fight over other hot toys, from Tickle Me Elmo to the Wii, but the Cabbage Patch Fights seemed to have topped them all.

I didn't get my first doll until the next Christmas season, in 1984. By then, Coleco (the company that was making the dolls at the time) realized that the dolls were selling like hotcakes, and stepped up production.

Photo by Just4You at SXC.hu.

Nicole and Charlene

My two dolls were named Nicole and Charlene. All Cabbage Patch Kids come with their own birth certificates, and these were the original names given to them. Charlene was a bald preemie, which were smaller than regular dolls, and Nicole was a normal sized doll with yellow yarn hair.

Of course now, Cabbage Patch Dolls come in all sizes. You can find them with different nationalities. You could even find Presidential Cabbage Patch Dolls for sale during the last election!

Cabbage Patch Art

The mythology behind the Cabbage Patch Kids is that they were found in the Cabbage Patch by Xavier Roberts. They all needed homes, of course. Xavier Roberts signs every doll on the behind, too.

The Hillary Mystery

My daughter got a Cabbage Patch Newborn named Hillary for her fifth birthday. She really loved that doll. Took her to the zoo, almost left her at the zoo gift shop (we went back and got it), took it everywhere with her. When we flew to visit the grandparents for Christmas, she accidentally left the doll at her Aunt's house... her Aunt actually drove back to the airport and got the doll delivered to the airplane for us, so she wouldn't have trouble sleeping that night.

On April 4, 2008, our house caught on fire. My husband saved Hillary from the fire, and she went to Grandma and Grandpa's house across town with us. My daughter was very happy that Hillary was saved.

We lived at Grandma and Grandpa's for a month, until the house that we currently live in opened up for us to move into. As we gathered up our stuff, suddenly Hillary was missing. We had a very sad girl on her hands.

What I do know, is that Hillary survived the fire. She made it to Grandma's house, and was last seen there. But we have not seen her at Grandma's house, even though she's looked and looked. Maybe we'll solve the mystery someday.

Photo of my daughter and Hillary, copyright 2007 Brookelorren. Have you seen the doll that has gone missing?

Cabbage Patch Dolls

Cabbage Patch Kids were absent for several years, but now they are available in several sizes and races. The newborns are small, and many of them come with a carrier and a bottle. There are 25th Anniversary Dolls, which are a lot like the original dolls that everybody fought over. You can get boy and girl dolls, with many races and hair colors available.

Cute girl photo by Celia
Cute girl photo by Celia

Washing Dolls

Cabbage Patch Dolls can be washed fairly easily. You can give them a bath in the bathtub. You can also put them in a pillowcase, and then put them in the wash. I've washed my old Cabbage Patch Kids this way for years.

Some dolls have cornsilk hair, rather than the yarn hair. You can wash these Kids' hair with a little shampoo and conditioner.

While Cabbage Patch Kids can go in the washing machine, don't put your real kids in there.

Cabbage Patch Toys

There are several different Cabbage Patch figurines and play sets that you can purchase. Sometimes Amazon.com doesn't have a really good toy deal, but when you see a toy for $50+ that shouldn't sell for that much, you can usually find the same product at Toys R Us.com if you like it.

Repairing Old Cabbage Patch Dolls

If you have an old Cabbage Patch Doll collecting dust, you might want to clean it up and give it to your daughter, if you have one. My daughter has enjoyed playing with my two original dolls, Nicole and Charlene (although if she treats them poorly, I reserve the right to take them away).

Old Cabbage Patch Dolls might need a little bit of repair. Charlene had a seam around the neck that was starting to come undone, and she needed some belly button repair. Nicole needed some sewing around the arms. Considering that these dolls are about 25 years old, I don't really consider that to be so bad.

If your old doll needs some repairs and you need help, check out my lens on Fixing Stuffed Friends.

Amazon.com Books

Books are what Amazon does best, and these are not overpriced. Take a look, and you can probably find used CPK books for the kids to read too.

Did you have a Cabbage Patch Doll? Do you have one now? Share your memories and comments here.

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      AdorableDollClothes 5 years ago

      Here's a great place to shop for adorable cabbage patch doll clothes http://goo.gl/FYvqQ

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      777_scrapper 5 years ago

      we just bought my baby kelsey a cabbage patch.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      such an interesting toy! cheers

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      livingfrontiers 6 years ago

      My sister had some, the first in our home was a red-haired green eyed doll. They came from the Gaitlenberg, TN area. We first saw them there, and when they came out, Santa stayed out all night getting Veronica! great lens...

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      Craftyville 6 years ago

      I had a cabbage patch doll with blonde hair and I think she had a white outfit with blue flowers. So long ago, I can't even remember what happened to her.

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      kimmiekins 6 years ago

      I'm so happy to have found this in your list of lenses. I collect CPKs! I was born in '80 and remember the craze - my mom was in on it! I've loved the dolls ever since. The Coleco and Hasbro's are the ones I collect now. Although, I do like the new Anniversary Coleco-throwback ones. Great work!

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      myneverboredhands 6 years ago

      Nice lens, Thumbs up. Lensroll to my lens "Where the babies come from?"

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      clemency lm 7 years ago

      Cool lens, I didn't know you could still buy these - my daughter (now 18) still loves the cabbage patch doll I bought her when she was a baby.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      We gave my father-in-law a Cabbage Patch baby to play with as he waited (impatiently) for his first grandchild. It was a long nine months.

      Thanks for sharing

      Lizzy

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      luvmyludwig lm 7 years ago

      Great job on this, Congrats on Rocketmoms Graduation. Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      I loved Cabbage patch kids because they were like the first really cool multi-racial doll and I just thought that was so great! Congratulations on graduation RocketMom!

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Fun Toy Lens. I remember how hard it was to find a Cabbage Patch Kid, too. What fun memories. My daughter really loved hers. :)

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      capriliz lm 7 years ago

      I remember trying to find one of these when they were first introduced. And that was when you actually had to visit the stores - online ordering was not available then!

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      StaciJansma LM 8 years ago

      Cabbage Patch Kids are a must for every kid. Going to be looking to get one even for my son after he turns one.

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      momto4 lm 8 years ago

      I loved the Cabbage Patch dolls! My grandma was one of those people that stood in line for hours just to get me my first Cabbage Patch doll. Now my daughter plays with them. Great lens!

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      marsha32 8 years ago

      that was my era but I don't really remember having one...my granddaughters have them now.

      we have some older ones around the house too, I'm sure picked up at yard sales along the way.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I seem to remember one of my girls having a Cabbage Patch Kid - there were fights for them here in the UK, too!! Smashing lens - thank you :))

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      oztoo lm 8 years ago

      Yeah they were kinda ugly in a cute way. Great lens and 5*. Good idea to have the section on repairs.

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      Ayngel Overson 8 years ago from Crestone, Co

      I wanted one so badly! Especially the Koosa's, the originals aren't too hard to find these days if you watch the yard sales, some of them are still in great condition. We have a Koosa kitty, a little boy still in his bib overalls, and a preemie still in her gown.

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      myraggededge 8 years ago

      I didn't have one but my sister (11yrs younger) did. I think I might have liked dolls if these had been around when I was younger.

      Tried to get my daughter interested but no luck.

      Great lens!

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Those dolls were so ugly they were cute!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      I remember the Cabbage Patch Craze very well! Nice work!

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      Jeanette 8 years ago from Australia

      Your lens made me laugh. I especially loved The Hillary Mystery! 5*

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      NaturalMommys 8 years ago

      I love Cabbage Patch! Great lens, 5*s from me and I am going to feature you on my toy lens: https://hubpages.com/family/wedgits

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      JenniferAkers LM 8 years ago

      I loved Cabbage Patch dolls. Just like Heather, my mom started making and selling her own cabbage patch dolls, which my sister and I liked even better. I remember the craze of fighting to get the last box. Loved your lens!

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      Carolan Ross 8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Once I used to collect Cabbage Patch dolls, but then I used to collect everything imaginable! I just thought these dolls were SO special! Hope the buyer of my collection of them on eBay is happy with them, saved over many moons. Nice lens. I learned a few new things about Cabbage Patch dolls here I never knew. Thanks for your nice work.

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I loved those dolls and got one of the original ones..for my little daughter. Then patterns came out and my mother and I used to make them. We still have them around in the family at neices' and nephews' houses...My mom made over a thousand of them and sold them for a fair amount at craft fairs.. They were such cute dolls!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      I very much remember fighting for one of these dolls for my niece! When I left the store, locked myself in my car and I saw what it actually looked like, I thought "really, I almost lost my life over this ugly thing":)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I remember getting my Cabbage Doll when I was 20! I was working for a bank at the time and the head teller said they had them at the Kmart around the corner. I went out at lunch and got one! She was a preemie, I can't remember her name now but I gave her to my kids to play with when they were little. They are the cutest dolls!

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      I loved them. They were adorable! I was working in customer service for a then MAJOR retailer of these dolls...the fighting in the stores was unreal. I live in GA where they are "born".. pretty cool! Nice lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      These dolls came out when my daughters were little and I remember thinking there was no way I was going to pay $19.99 for such an ugly doll. Once the craze was full blown, of course my girls wanted one! By then I had to pay $50 each so that they could have one. The cool thing is...they are adults now and still have those original Cabbage Patch kids.

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      happynutritionist 8 years ago

      Hello again:-) I added you to the list on my Betsy Wetsy lens, nice! My daughter had a few of these dolls...very popular when she was that age I was when Betsy Wetsy was popular. Claudia:-)

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      seashell2 8 years ago

      Great lens... I do remember the phase of the cabbage patch dolls! People went crazy for them! :-)

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      I never got a Cabbage Patch doll but I wanted one!