The mini Circo Babies from Target make a perfect size infant doll for 18 inch dolls. These babies are 8 inches long. They are very inexpensive ranging $3-4 each separately or $9-24 in a set. These babies can be purchased in a variety of skin tones. Infant babies are mentioned several times throughout the American Girl books; such as Addy’s baby sister Esther, Felicity’s baby sister Polly, Kirsten’s baby sister Betsy, and the orphaned baby Phillip in the Marie-Grace & Cecile series. Nelly and Ivy also have young siblings. You could also use them to play out a babysitting service. They offer a stroller, highchair & potty set, wash tub, car seat/carrier, cradle, bunk beds, rocking horses, exersaucer, and additional clothes.
Changing Table Supplies:
- Wood craft boxes with drawers
- Wood one inch dowel caps
- Wood rectangle dowel rods
- Craft saw
- Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
- Fine sandpaper
- Spackling paste
- Spray paint
- Foam pad
- Remnant of fabric
Diapers and Burp Cloth Supplies:
- Small Safety pins
The one item that the Target Circo Mini Baby does not have available is a changing table. No nursery is complete without one. I found two small wood craft boxes with drawers at Michael’s craft store. One alone was not long enough for the eight inch doll.
The center four legs were removed with a small craft saw. The two dressers were then glued together using Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue. Once the glue dried I used fine sandpaper over the seams.
All seams were then spackled. While the spackling dried I glued four one inch dowel caps over the remaining four bead legs. The caps fit right over the bead legs. I used these caps to add more height to the table. When the spackling was dried, I re-sanded the seams.
Next, I used a thin rectangular dowel rod and cut it into two long and two short strips to create a bed for the changing pad. Heaven forbid the pad to slip with the baby on it! I had an old piece of foam and cut it down to fit into the railed bed which is about 8-1/2 inches long. All pieces were glued and spackled.
Once everything was dry I spray painted the table in a satin apple green paint. I used a fabric remnant and folded the material around the foam like a present and used a quick stitch to anchor it in place. I recycled old doll sized bottles and using a label maker made baby shampoo lotion, and diaper rash ointment.
Now to stuff those drawers! I made diapers using felt and small safety pins. Download the pdf file with the diaper pattern.
Burp cloths were also made out of felt cut out in 4×6 rectangles. Of course little sister, Dell, wants to get in on the action and help out!
Big sister, Bailey, is a beautiful Madame Alexander doll. Little sister, Dell, is a Hearts for Hearts doll. The Hearts for Hearts dolls are gorgeous 14 inch dolls that make perfect little sister dolls to any of the 18 inch dolls.