CrissyTown has asked
me to introduce this
"new" webpage - as its all
about me as a Baby! Hope
you enjoy reading about
my infantile days. Tee Hee
|In 1973 Ideal Toy Corp issued a cherub-faced baby version of Crissy.
Her name, of course, was Baby Crissy!
Baby Crissy was 24" tall with the same Crissy grow hair feature,
although instead of a belly button and knob system for adjusting the
length of her grow ponytail, she had a pull ring attached to a string.
This ring had a post that fit into an eyelet opening on Baby Crissy's
back. When you wanted to shorten her hair, you would pull on the ring
and insert the post into the eyelet opening on her back. To make her
hair long again, you would remove the ring from her back and gently
pull on her grow ponytail. Baby Crissy’s hair was auburn with brown
highlights; she also was issued in a black version which had jet-black
hair. Her large head was made out of a soft vinyl and she had jet-black
pupil-less stationary eyes. She had long thick lashes, painted
eyebrows, pink lips and white painted teeth.
Ideal did not issue any special fashions for Baby Crissy as instead her
appeal was that she could wear real baby clothes as she was the same
size as a 9 month old baby. She was an instant hit! She was introduced
wearing a darling 2-piece dress and matching panties set (the white doll
in pink, the black doll in lavender; although both dolls can be found
wearing either color) she was not issued with any shoes. Ideal sold this
beautiful baby doll from 1973-1977.
In 1980 Baby Crissy was re-released, this time she had hollow vinyl
limbs, darker, lesser quality hair and was now sporting the white romper
with baby yellow gingham trim on the majority of these dolls and baby
lime green gingham trim on a much lesser number of dolls. The last
year she was produced, 1981 she wore a pink gingham outfit that is
relatively hard to find.
|Baby Crissy Photo courtesy of Snowy Woodz
|The Baby Crissy dolls from the 1970s have cheeks and limbs that are soft
and squishy - while the dolls issued in the 1980s are made out of a more
hard rigid vinyl material.
Photo used by permission of Carla Marie Cross
|Baby Crissy Instructions Photo used by
permission of Carla Marie Cross
|Baby Crissy had 4 types of boxes. The first was a short, square,
window-less box in which the doll was placed in a sitting position. The
2nd box was a taller, window-less box, the 3rd was a 2-piece box with a
window on the front. The bottom of that box was sturdy cardboard,
while the top was very flimsy cardboard. These boxes are usually found
in rough condition due to the poor quality of the box top. Also it is not
uncommon for the window to have come unglued. The 4th was a
one-piece, heavy duty box. This was the only box that was entirely
wrapped in shrink wrapping.
The 70's baby Crissy's heads were wrapped in plastic, where the early
80's dolls were not. They were issued with a hair net and a plastic
|Baby Crissy Photos courtesy of Snowy Woodz
|NRFB Baby Crissy
These photos show a NRFB Baby
Crissy with the cardboard stabilizing
inserts that came with this issue.
It's uncommon for them to show up on
today's secondary market. Also note
Baby Crissy's tissue wrapping at the
end of her ponytail. Her ponytail is
fully retracted as shown in the main
photo above on the right.
Information and photos
submitted by Snowy Woodz.
|Baby Crissy Photos
courtesy of Snowy Woodz
|In the late 1980's / early 1990's, Baby Crissy was again re-issued but
some dolls did not have the grow-hair feature. Some Baby Crissy's
were 18-inch drink and wet dolls.
|A Cherub-faced Baby Crissy with Green Eyes - 1995 Beauty Parlor Issue by Tyco
Photos used by permission of Carla Marie Cross
|Special Thanks to the following Baby Crissy Webpage contributors: Snowy Woodz, Carla Marie Cross & Judith Izen.
|The Crissy Doll Family
Carla Marie Cross
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|Collector's Guide to Ideal Dolls
Identification & Values"
by Judith Izen
A plethora of info on Ideal dolls at
See Judith's website too at