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Bitty Baby in the Cuddly Star Sleeper with the Wishing Star.
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Bitty Baby is a baby doll released by American Girl. Originally marketed as Our New Baby and designed to get children used to a new baby in the family, Bitty Baby was later modified into the current line and marketed as an infant of about one year in age that young children are "caring" for. She originally came with Bitty Bear, and now comes with a plush wishing star. The marketing of the line is similar to the way the Just Like You dolls are, in that Bitty dolls do not come with names and have varying clothing. Bitty Baby dolls come with the book Bitty Baby and Me and plush star for $80.

Bitty Baby Doll Anatomy

Bitty Baby dolls are 15" tall. They do not have rotating limbs like American Girl Dolls; the arms and legs are attached to the cloth body firmly. The cloth body comes down past the shoulders and thighs. The hair is molded and painted directly onto the head. Bitty Babies have sleep eyes. The neck strings fasten on the left side of the neck.

Visual Gallery

Italicized listings denote retirement.

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Brown Eyes[1]
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History

Our New Baby

Main article: Our New Baby

Our New Baby was the predecessor to Bitty Baby and was marketed as a baby doll that could be boy or girl. Clothes were sold for both genders, as well.

Bitty Baby

With the release of Bitty Baby in 1995, gone was the marketing of the doll as being either gender. Bitty Baby was now marketed and displayed as a baby girl. She came with Bitty Bear, who starred in the small books that came with Bitty and her outfits. The racial designations were removed from the dolls; they were now marketed by their skin tones like the American Girl of Today.

In 2000, when Mattel took over, Bitty received the different, harder eyelashes.

In 2007, extra items for Bitty Bear began to be phased out of the outfits. Outfits would come with toys or accessories, but not always items for Bitty Bear.

In 2011, three new dolls were introduced, a brown-haired, blue-eyed doll; a red-haired, blue/gray-eyed doll; and a blonde-haired, blue-eyed doll. The blonde-haired, grey-eyed doll was retired.

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In 2013, the line was revamped; Bitty Bear was removed from the line and replaced with a plush "Wishing Star." Full picture books were released. Also, the line was expanded to eleven dolls in total (not including the retired doll). Added were a brown-haired, green-eyed doll; a blonde-haired, green-eyed doll; a blonde-haired, brown-eyed doll; and a medium skinned "African American" doll. Various soft, brightly colored stuffed animals for Bitty were released as well.

Bitty Baby Clothing and Accessories

See: List of Bitty Baby Clothing, List of Bitty Baby Accessories and Furniture

Bitty Baby clothing helps market Bitty Baby as an infant. Most outfits come with soft shoes and fit over the diaper.

From 1995 to 2007, outfits almost always came with additional components for Bitty Bear; from 1995 to 2013, outfits often came with a small activity book or story starring Bitty Bear. In 2013 outfits no longer came with books, as the separate picture books were available; some books were tied to outfits. Outfits that have a Dress Like Your Doll outfit will range in for Girls' sizes 3-7 and are generally modified to be less infantile.

Bitty Baby outfits will fit on 18" dolls. Pants are shorter and so appear as capri pants, and skirts can vary. Shoes may or may not fit.

Picture Books

Currently there are seven Bitty Baby picture books (starred listings are upcoming books):

See Also

References and Footnotes

  1. This doll has "textured" hair and can be seen as closest to African-American.
  2. Clarified to "dark" in 2013.
  3. This doll can be seen as Asian.
  4. This doll can be seen as Latina.
  5. This doll has "textured" hair and can be seen as closest to biracially African-American.
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