September 21, 2021

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8-inch Caring For Baby Doll Review

We’ve put together the ultimate resource guide for the 8-inch American Girl® baby doll. This doll was released as part of the Truly Me line, in an accessory set called Caring for Baby™ Set. Since its release, this mini baby doll has won the hearts of many American Girl® fans. We’ll be giving you an overview of the doll’s features, a comparison to other similar dolls, as well as some project ideas.

Bonus Giveaway! Scroll down to the bottom of the post to enter to win the Caring For Baby Doll Set! 

 

About the American Girl® Caring for Baby Set 

[Image and description from the American Girl website] Along with the 8-inch baby doll, the Caring for Baby Set comes with a lot of fun accessories. The baby comes dressed in a top, footed pants, and a bow headband. For mealtime, the set includes a high chair, bib, bowl with food, spoon, and a bottle. For changing time, you’ll find two diapers, a wipe case, and a changing mat. There is currently just one version of the set available, which includes a light skinned baby with dark brown hair and brown eyes. The set was released in spring 2021, and as of September 2021 is still available at American Girl®. 

American Girl® 8-inch Baby Doll Features 

  • Vinyl head and body 
  • Rotating arms, legs, and head 
  • Painted face, eyes, and hair 
  • Similar face and limb molds to the 15-inch American Girl® Bitty Baby® Dolls

 

American Girl® 8-inch Baby Doll Compared to Other Dolls 

Perfectly Cute 8" My Lil' Baby Doll (sold at Target) 

My Sweet Love Mini Soft Baby Doll (sold at Walmart) 

Madame Alexander Little Cuties Baby Doll (Sold at Amazon)

There are a few similarly sized baby dolls currently available on the market. The biggest differences between the American Girl® 8-inch baby and these alternatives are the facial features and the body material. The American Girl® 8-inch baby is the only one with a poseable vinyl body. This is also a unique feature compared to other mini baby dolls that American Girl® has previously produced, such as Baby Polly (part of Felicity’s collection) and the Baby and Stroller Set available from 2005-2007, which both had cloth bodies. While the vinyl body makes the doll less cuddly, it allows for lots of adorable posing alongside 18-inch dolls! 

Post update (Thanks Teena!) Target sells an all-vinyl version of the 8" baby in a boxed set with a tub and hooded bath towel for $15, in addition to the cloth-body versions that are $4. Perfectly Cute 8" Baby Doll 

Another doll worth comparing to the American Girl® 8-inch baby is the Disney nuiMOs©. While these plush character dolls are not comparable to the baby dolls themselves, it turns out that the collection of nuiMOs© outfits can fit the American Girl® 8-inch baby fairly well. 

 

The Ultimate Pattern Collection for American Girl® 8-inch Baby Doll 

The Pixie Faire Pattern Collection is always growing, and new patterns for the American Girl® 8-inch Baby Doll are currently in the works!

Since the 8-inch baby is around half the height of the 15-inch Bitty Baby®, we have a trick for converting accessory patterns that are designed for the 15-inch Bitty Baby® into a nice size for the 8-inch baby! When printing the pattern, simply select 50% scaling. For instance, the My Baby Sitter 15" Baby Doll Accessory pattern scaled down to 50% for printing works great for the 8-inch baby! Just remember to rescale the 1/4" seam allowance to the appropriate width after printing the pattern at 50% since it will be scaled down to a narrower width.

 

Another accessory pattern to try for your 8-inch baby is the My Sunshine Dolls Baby Carrier Pattern. The infant carrier in this pattern also fits the 8-inch baby doll, and can be worn by an 18-inch doll! 

For clothing patterns, the 50% scaling trick doesn’t produce the perfect fit, so keep an eye out for more patterns designed for the 8-inch baby coming soon.

We tested the 123 Mulberry St Basic Playsuit scaled at 50%, and compared it to a redesigned version adapted to fit the 8-inch baby more precisely. The Basic Playsuit pattern designed specifically for the 8-inch baby has a much better fit!

We have a growing collection of patterns designed specifically for the 8-inch baby doll. Be sure to take a peek at the full collection of Patterns Designed to fit the 8-inch Baby Doll today!







Enter To Win A Caring For Baby Doll Accessory Set!

To enter this week's contest, simply click the link below and then enter through the giveaway widget at the bottom of the blog post, there are many things you can do to earn multiple entry points!

Contest Details: You enter through the entry form that is embedded on this page and appears just below this paragraph, if you don't see it, be sure to visit the page from your desktop or an alternate browser such as Google Chrome. It may not appear on all mobile devices. The complete rules and entry details appear on the entry form. This is not a comment contest - in other words, leaving a comment on the bottom of this page is not an official entry method. The only required entry method is to leave a comment under this post and then confirm that you did it in the contest widget. One person will receive the Caring For baby Doll Accessory set. You can enter once, or gain multiple entries by completing the other entry methods and increase your chances of winning. Please review all Terms and Conditions on the giveaway page before entering. While we wish we could run this contest everywhere, for legal reasons it is only open to eligible residents of the U.S. and Canada, not including Rhode Island. This contest is exclusively endorsed by Liberty Jane Clothing and Pixie Faire. 

 

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We’d love to hear from you.  Please leave a comment and tell us: What is baby accessory or clothing item should we make a pattern for?

Commenting below and confirming your entry in the widget above gives you one entry method, the other methods are listed in the widget above, be sure to enter in as many ways as you can to receive the maximum amount of entries to win the gift card!

 (This post and giveaway are not endorsed or affiliated with Mattel® or American Girl®, no endorsement implied.) 


100 Comments

Mollie Bradford
Mollie Bradford

September 30, 2021

Oh my! So sweet! She definitely needs a onesie pattern, diaper pattern, and footed pajamas!

Teresa
Teresa

September 29, 2021

I would love a complete set of clothes. Starting with a christening dress, dress and bonnet, winter coat and hat, parka, and sleeper and of course, a layette.
The baby doll is SOOO adorable. A great addition to the AG collection

Mason
Mason

September 27, 2021

I think full body pajamas would be really cute, maybe with a bib!

Kayla
Kayla

September 27, 2021

I think it would be great to see a pattern for cloth diapers. another great pattern idea would be for footy pajamas.

Michelle
Michelle

September 27, 2021

The American Girl Caring For Baby Doll Set is so cute. I would like to see patterns for the baby.

Meg Ammerman
Meg Ammerman

September 27, 2021

A sleep/baptismal gown

Regan
Regan

September 27, 2021

I would like one of your adorable carrying storage bags for American girl doll and bitty baby’s scalled down for her.

Erin
Erin

September 26, 2021

an envelope/ lapneck tee and layette set

Kim Lopez
Kim Lopez

September 26, 2021

I’d love to see a pattern for overalls, shirt, and shoes for the 8 inch dolls!

Cindy K
Cindy K

September 26, 2021

I would like to see a onesie, footed sleeper, bonnet, and some blankets. Also a diaper bag.

maureen
maureen

September 26, 2021

What I would like to see is some pretend food, maybe made out of felt? and little plates to hold it

Diana M
Diana M

September 26, 2021

A layette with a cute little dress..

Sally
Sally

September 26, 2021

A cute little sunsuit or summer dress would be nice.

Christie
Christie

September 26, 2021

A baby superhero costume would be adorable (remembering my girl’s first Halloween dressed as Supergirl :)

Patricia
Patricia

September 25, 2021

For this sweet baby doll I’d love to see a snuggly sleep outfit with cute animal ears on a hood to go with it.

Rena Walter
Rena Walter

September 25, 2021

Christmas red velvet dresses are always so pretty.

Stone
Stone

September 25, 2021

I would like community action projects – for America’s inner urban and Appalachian
people

Lucie
Lucie

September 25, 2021

A lacy Victorian style dress and bonnet

Kim V
Kim V

September 25, 2021

How about a one piece pj? Bunny, teddy or just a sleeper type. Very adorable doll.

Kathi M
Kathi M

September 25, 2021

I think you should create ruffles diaper cover and dress to match

Patty Higgins
Patty Higgins

September 25, 2021

A christening dress

Michele
Michele

September 25, 2021

A layette would be so lovely

Lynda
Lynda

September 25, 2021

This is just the cutest baby ever. I would love to see a onesie or romper outfit and also a carry cradle. Oh and just imagine all the sweet baby dresses! Too sweet.

Deborah N.
Deborah N.

September 24, 2021

A layette or diaper bag set would be a cute addition :)

Cherry
Cherry

September 24, 2021

A cute onesie!

Nancy G
Nancy G

September 24, 2021

A bunny pajama onesie!

Lou Ann Wilson
Lou Ann Wilson

September 24, 2021

I would like to see a onesie.

Julie
Julie

September 24, 2021

I entered the giveaway contest to win this cute this baby!
A sleep sack and diaper pattern would be great!

Betty
Betty

September 24, 2021

I would love a Babies first Christmas pattern.

Debra
Debra

September 24, 2021

A newborn onesie and a bib would be my pick

Carma
Carma

September 24, 2021

I’d like to see a baby layette.

SusanHurst Hart
SusanHurst Hart

September 24, 2021

Footed Sleeper and nightgown

Sharon
Sharon

September 24, 2021

So cute – a little dress is always a winner!

KELLY
KELLY

September 24, 2021

The baby’s adorable! I vote for a “Baby’s First Christmas” outfit.

Debbie
Debbie

September 24, 2021

A Halloween outfit that matches Mommy or coordinates.

Lynne Thompson
Lynne Thompson

September 24, 2021

a christening gown would be lovely!

Kim
Kim

September 24, 2021

How about a play pen type set.

Fran R.
Fran R.

September 24, 2021

I love sewing the baby sack using baby flannels. Long sleeves that turn back to protect delicate face from sharp fingernails, gathered at the bottom with a ribbon or cording through a casing.

Anneli Osmonson
Anneli Osmonson

September 24, 2021

I’d love to see a pattern for a layette. Every new baby needs this as a stater sewing set.

Samantha
Samantha

September 24, 2021

A baby collection will be great!!!!

Lori
Lori

September 24, 2021

I’d love to see a cute ruffle dress, onesie, and a diaper pattern. 💕

Diane Goff
Diane Goff

September 24, 2021

I would like to see an easy onesie sewing pattern. Crochet cap and booties patterns would be great, too.

Saller Nancy Schmidt
Saller Nancy Schmidt

September 24, 2021

A tiny little newborn gown would be perfect with a receiving blanket, too.

Heather Haw
Heather Haw

September 24, 2021

I would love to see a summer romper with matching hat and a little skirt over it.

sheila
sheila

September 24, 2021

a complete layette set!

Cheryl
Cheryl

September 24, 2021

I can see my grandkids really enjoying this baby doll. They would need blanket and bedding, sleeper, swim suit, and of course cute little dresses with matching diaper covers. Patterns for any and all of these would be great!

Vicki
Vicki

September 24, 2021

I would love to see a colorful holiday set

Charlene
Charlene

September 24, 2021

I think the pattern should be a little sailor outfit one for a girl and one for a boy !

Vicki
Vicki

September 24, 2021

I would love to see onsies, diapers, booties and bonnets.

Judy Hayes
Judy Hayes

September 24, 2021

A cute sleeper and onesie! How about a complete wardrobe of dress, pants, top and sleeper

Anne C-E
Anne C-E

September 24, 2021

There are so many that would be good . A romper, a sun suit, a onsie, a Hallowe’en Costume a Christmas dress are all good options.

Priscilla W.
Priscilla W.

September 24, 2021

This doll is really a cutie. A fancy dress with lace or an ankle length christening dress that could be made in different colors would be fantastic.

Annie F
Annie F

September 24, 2021

So cute!! I entered the giveaway

Hannah R. Lewis
Hannah R. Lewis

September 24, 2021

How very cute! I would love to see a snowsuit pattern.

Bonny
Bonny

September 24, 2021

I would love to have patterns for onsies, diapers, rompers and pajamas with the feet in them,

Robbin
Robbin

September 24, 2021

A Halloween costume for baby’s first halloween would be cute

BG Tomlin
BG Tomlin

September 24, 2021

My great-granddaughter would love to have a baby for her American girl dolls. I do sew, so easy to make patterns would be great to have.

Alice
Alice

September 24, 2021

Our Florida dolls need beach attire, or beach accessories such as a beach towel, sun cover or bucket hat.

Graceloves2bake
Graceloves2bake

September 24, 2021

I’d love to see a onesie pattern!!!

Darlene Bulford
Darlene Bulford

September 24, 2021

The little baby doll is the cutest. I would like patterns that are easy to sew, no fuss. A diaper pattern would be great.

Susan
Susan

September 24, 2021

I would love “take me home from the hospital” outfit.

Rebecca
Rebecca

September 24, 2021

I think a christening dress would be lovely.

Hollea
Hollea

September 24, 2021

I think a sunsuit with the ruffles on the bottom would be a cute summer outfit with a sun hat to match.

Petra
Petra

September 24, 2021

A onesie since that is so suitable for a baby!

Carol
Carol

September 24, 2021

Diapers and diaper cover set

Sue c
Sue c

September 24, 2021

Knitting and crochet sets would be adorable, as a question sleeper, onesies, and any other fast and simple patterns.

Jil
Jil

September 24, 2021

Would love to see easy to sew carrier or car seat patterns as well as layette items.

Sheila
Sheila

September 24, 2021

Ruffled bloomers!

Dorothy
Dorothy

September 24, 2021

I think a cuddly sleepsack pattern would be very well received. Maybe with a little beanie to keep baby’s head warm, too.

Kathy
Kathy

September 24, 2021

I think some patterns for accessories for this little one would be great. Hats, simple jackets, booties and etc.

Kathy
Kathy

September 24, 2021

I think some patterns for accessories for this little one would be great. Hats, simple jackets, booties and etc.

Bev
Bev

September 24, 2021

Nothing too complicated as the doll is so small. A nightgown would be easier than 2 piece pajamas.

Lennice Summers
Lennice Summers

September 24, 2021

As an older first time grandma….all of the above!!!

First. Please do more combo patterns. e.g.
a onsie t-shirt pattern with both short sleeves and long sleeves with a diaper pattern

for either gender, a skirt and pants combo nightgown with an extension pattern for a sleep sack. love the diaper bag with changing pad idea and maybe diaper pattern here too

Thanks for listening.

Jo
Jo

September 24, 2021

A footed romper was the go-to garment for my own babies, so a pattern for that would be nice.

Virginia Jenkins
Virginia Jenkins

September 24, 2021

I have a granddaughter just starting to sew. A hooded bath towel or receiving blanket would be perfect for her to try. Terrific idea to make this size doll!

Debbie
Debbie

September 24, 2021

She is just way to cute

Irene
Irene

September 24, 2021

A baby carrier would be cute.

Cathy
Cathy

September 24, 2021

Oh my gosh – have to get this adorable doll!!! Onesies with animal hoodies or receiving type blanket with animal hoodie would be sweet!

Diana Z
Diana Z

September 24, 2021

Love the little carrier – definitely going to make fro my littles

Sam
Sam

September 24, 2021

Either a cute frilly dress or a onsie that looks like a fluffy teddy bear would be cute

Linda D
Linda D

September 24, 2021

My granddaughter would love this set. She loves everything baby doll. I would like to see a swaddle, onesie, and nightgown with drawstring.

Judy B
Judy B

September 24, 2021

I think a sleeping sack with a zipper in the front would be cute.

Mary Sperry
Mary Sperry

September 24, 2021

My 4-year old granddaughter very much wants to sew something for her dolls “all by myself.”. How about something super simple that she can sucessfully make (with a little supervision).

Charlotte
Charlotte

September 24, 2021

Vintage inspired baby clothes, swimwear, or Halloween costumes

Judy Beasley
Judy Beasley

September 24, 2021

I have been thinking that the American Girl needed a doll to play with. I have some of the old patterns for 8" doll’s that you used to order out of the newspaper. I would like to see a complete layered for her.

Bonnie Rexroad
Bonnie Rexroad

September 24, 2021

This cute little doll opens up all kinds of possibilities such as onesies, soft toys, play outfits, baby gowns and bedding. Looking forward to all the creative ideas.

Judy Beasley
Judy Beasley

September 24, 2021

I have been thinking that the American Girl needed a doll to play with. I have some of the old patterns for 8" doll’s thatyou

Judy Beasley
Judy Beasley

September 24, 2021

I have been thinking that the American Girl needed a doll to play with. I have some of the old patterns for 8" doll’s thatyou

Marilyn Higgins
Marilyn Higgins

September 24, 2021

I think a pattern for a complete layette, baby carrier, diaper cover, and diaper bag would be nice.

Cindy
Cindy

September 24, 2021

A bunny or bear outfit would be so cute!

Kylie
Kylie

September 24, 2021

I’d like to see a pattern for a play mat and a onesie pattern!

Zandra
Zandra

September 24, 2021

A beach outfit with matching bucket hat would be adorable.

designdreamer
designdreamer

September 24, 2021

A onsie seems like a no-brainer.

Jan S
Jan S

September 24, 2021

I would like to see a swimsuit, a bag,and flip flops for the beach!

Helena
Helena

September 24, 2021

I left a comment that I’d like to see a carrier, I meant not a bag carrier, but a kangaroo type carrier.

Renee B
Renee B

September 24, 2021

Babies need so many things to wear! Footed Onesie Sleeper, undershirts, diapers, Sweet little dresses with matching bonnet and panties, T-shirts with long & short sleeves, long pants. Don’t forget it gets cold so, hooded jacket with zipper and a dress coat with matching leggings and bonnet. Diaper bag with pockets, burp pads, blankets, etc. The list is long. A baby in the house really changes things!

Kelly
Kelly

September 24, 2021

Stuffed animal patterns would be great to see.
I do find it very strange to see the 18in dolls, that are supposed to represent young girls 8-10 years old, strapped to a baby. The baby dolls are great on their own, why the strange mother pics?

Linda
Linda

September 24, 2021

In the words of my 7-year-old grandson, “She’s so cute!”

Helena
Helena

September 24, 2021

Thank you for the giveaway! I’d love to see a pattern of a carrier.

Winter
Winter

September 24, 2021

She’s darling! I’d love to see a pattern for a traditional baby layette; gown, kimono shirt, footed sleeper, bonnet . . .

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