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Heidi @ Mt Hope

Do newborn baby clothes fit a standard-sized doll?

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Now that I have a girl, I have to think about these things. :D I want to save some of Lola's baby clothes for doll clothes, but I'm not sure what sizes to save. Newborn? 0-3 months? Does any baby clothing fit American Girl Dolls?

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If she wasn't a preemie, you probably won't have much luck with the AG baby doll. You could look into the more realistic baby dolls though (like perhaps Berenguer).

 

Bitty Baby (the AG baby doll) is a 16" doll. It is proportioned differently than a real baby quite a bit. (I have sewn for BB using Kwik Sew newborn size patterns and had to take quite a lot from the torso length.)

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My dd's Cabbage Patch & Rageddy Anne/Andy wear nb sizes. They are a smidge bit big which is a good thing for clumsy 5yo hands.

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My dd has an 18" You & Me baby doll (not AG). Generic 18" doll clothes are just barely too small, but regular Preemie infant clothing fits perfectly. NB clothing is quite a bit too big.

 

Our AG Bitty Baby has a smaller head, but same body size.

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Preemie fits my Bitty Baby pretty well as you can see in the picture. I bought a few preemie size clothes so the doll could match my (definitely not preemie) little boy. I'm a dork, I know.

 

I saved some of my boy's clothes for his large teddy bear, which wears 3-6 mo. clothes, so you might consider that as well.

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We have one doll that fits newborn sizes. I don't know what size she is, but she is the large 'water baby' that was popular years ago. She is filled with air, but dd4 really loves that thing. :)

 

Our Chou Chou dolls take preemie sizes. I do watch the sizes because some preemie is realllllly small.

 

I buy preemie clothes at the second hand store for $3-4 instead of the $12-15 per outfit for doll clothes. They are washable and more sturdy.

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My DD was 5 lbs. when she was born. Where we lived at the time, there were no preemie clothes, so DH got the idea to buy doll clothes. They fit perfectly. I believe he got the ones for an 18" doll. So I'm thinking that preemie clothes would fit an 18" doll.

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Here is a tutorial for taking baby clothes and turning them into doll clothes--in case you don't have preemie clothes and don't want to buy them!

 

http://obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com/2009/06/baby-clothes-to-doll-clothes-tutorial.html

 

I haven't done it yet...but it is on my list of things to do with dd3's outgrown baby clothes.

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If you are talking Bitty Baby (AG), anything larger than preemie is too large. Dresses work best. The pants and sleepers don't fit right. I used to stalk after Christmas/Easter sales to pick up fancy dresses for Bitty Baby.

Preemie diapers work well.

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My daughter has an 18 in baby doll that fits into 0-3 month clothes, but those clothes don't fit her American Girl Bitty Baby (16 in.).

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