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Vintage Baby Dolls of the 1980s: Rubber-Faced Memories

The 1980s were a time of big hair, tight clothes, and neon colors. And so it is no surprise that vintage baby dolls from this era are also iconic for their distinctive looks. Whether you’re looking to add some retro style to your collection or introduce a new generation of kids to these childhood favorites, there’s something here for everyone. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the most popular vintage baby dolls from the 1980s!

My Beautiful Doll

Mattel’s My Beautiful Doll was first released in 1984 as a response to the Cabbage Patch Kids craze. It is no longer being manufactured, but can still be found on eBay or other online vintage toy stores.

The doll has brown hair and blue eyes that open and close when you pull her stringy golden locks. The doll wears a blue and white striped dress with lace at the collar, sleeves, hemline, pockets and waistband. She also has matching socks and shoes.

The My Beautiful Doll is about 13 inches tall but can be adjusted to grow as your child does by cutting her hair when it becomes too long or pulling out the comb securing it so it falls to her feet.

Oopsie Daisy

Oopsie Daisy was first released in 1986 and is still being manufactured today.

The Oopsie Daisy doll has brown hair, eyes that open and close when you pull her stringy golden locks, a three-piece set of pink pajamas with lace at the collar, sleeves, hemline, pockets and waistband as well as matching socks and shoes.

Oopsie Daisy is about 13 inches tall but can be adjusted to grow as your child does by cutting her hair when it becomes too long or pulling out the comb securing it so it falls to her feet.

The Oopsie Daisy doll wears a three-piece set of pink pajamas with lace at the collar, sleeves, hemline, pockets and waistband as well as matching socks and shoes.

My Pretty Ballerina

The My Pretty Ballerina doll has brown hair with a pink bow, eyes that open when you press on her cheek or close by pulling the elastic string, matching outfit of tights, ballet shoes and tutu as well as a hand-held mirror for performing her pirouettes and plies.

The My Pretty Ballerina doll is available in six different styles and four sizes, ranging from 12 inches to 15 inches tall.

Kenner’s Baby Alive Dolls

In the 1980s Kenner doubled-down on their line of baby dolls (first released in 1973) that could drink milk with a special feeding bottle and wet itself when it had to go potty.

Kenner’s Baby Alive dolls were first released in the 1980s and are still being made today with some new additions to their wardrobe, like underwear.

There are currently six different styles of baby alive to choose from ranging from infant size (12 inches) all the way up to toddler age (18 inches). Each style has a different skin tone, hair color and eye color so the dolls can look more like your child.

Kenner’s Baby Alive Dolls are made of soft vinyl material with a smiling face that has movable arms and legs. The doll is dressed in either short- or long-sleeve clothing that zips up on its backside for easy changing. The doll is meant to drink milk from a special feeding bottle and wet itself when it has to go potty in its diaper or pants.

Pretty Cut & Grow

These dolls are made of soft vinyl and have rooted hair that can be cut with scissors. The doll comes dressed in a short- or long-sleeve dress, underwear, booties, headband and has an opening on the backside for diaper changes.

My Child Dolls

This company sells baby dolls that come in a variety of skin colors, hair types and eye colors so the doll looks more like your child. The vinyl material used to construct this doll is softer than most other dolls on the market for added comfort. My Child Dolls also comes with an opening on its backside for quick diaper changes and takes two AA batteries.

Cabbage Patch Kids

The Cabbage Patch Kids dolls come with an adoption certificate and a birth year. They are still being made, but production numbers have dwindled in recent years so it’s now difficult to find one of these vintage baby dolls on the shelves.

(Like Baby Dolls of the 1980s? Then you might like our article on Baby Dolls of the 1970s, click here.)

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