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Relive your Childhood with a Cabbage Patch Kid Doll

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Tawnya is a freelance writer and mom of a tiny gymnast. When it comes to buying gymnastics-related gear, I'm an industry pro.

My daughter, Erica, giving Patty some hugs!

My daughter, Erica, giving Patty some hugs!

My 1st Cabbage Patch Doll is Still Part of My Family

In 1984, I adopted my very first Cabbage Patch doll. It was Christmas time, and I was nearly five years old. I remember being so excited as I ripped the wrapping paper and bow away from my red-haired, blue-eyed baby girl. I quickly tore into the box to put my arms around my new baby doll. My three younger sisters also received Cabbage Patch dolls that year too, so my mom sat us all down at the same time to fill out our baby's birth certificates.

My Cabbage Patch Doll's Name was Patty

I quickly decided to opt for the name on my baby's birth certificate, so I called my red-haired baby, Patty. Patty and I were very close for a very long time, and even as I hit my teenage years, I still kept Patty on the shelf in my bedroom. When I moved out of my parent's house, I put Patty in a box and stored her in my attic.

Having a Daughter; Must Find Patty

Twenty years after I received Patty for Christmas, I found out I was having a daughter of my own. As I was preparing my daughter's Teddy Bear Tea Party nursery, I looked around and thought to myself, I have to find Patty. Being too pregnant to search through the attic myself, I begged my husband to climb into the attic in search of Patty. Thankfully, after just a few boxes, my husband found my beloved Patty, and I quickly put her on the shelves of my daughter's nursery.

My Daughter Still Plays with my Cabbage Patch Doll Today

Patty sat untouched on my daughter's nursery shelf for many years after I originally placed her there. Eventually, my daughter asked to play with my favorite childhood toy and I reluctantly agreed. Looking back on it, I don't know why I worried because Patty had been through so much, I'm sure there was nothing my daughter could do to her that I hadn't already done to her. Today, my daughter is nine years old, and although Patty looks like she has seen better days, my daughter still plays with her and it warms my heart every single time. Scroll all the way to the bottom to see a picture of my daughter with my our nearly three-decade old Cabbage Patch doll.

Facts About Cabbage Patch Kids

  • First available in 1978
  • Created in 1955 by Xavier Roberts
  • Cabbage Patch Kids are said to live in Babyland General until they are ready to be adopted
  • Cabbage Patch Kids were originally called "Little People"

Cabbage Patch Kid Dolls are Offered in Different Age Groups

Cabbage Patch dolls are available as infants or toddlers, and you can even choose the skin tone, eye color, and hair color of the doll. Every doll comes with a birth certificate, so they can be adopted by their new family.

What was your favorite childhood toy? Share in the comments below.

Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on December 25, 2013:

When he was little, my nephew had 2 Cabbage Patch dolls - Hal and Leroy. I don't know what he ever did to them. - Ms. Charito from the Philippines

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 16, 2013:

I love Cabbage Patch dolls. Patty has been well loved and cared for.

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