A lot of the time, parenting means being creative – whether that means making a cowboy hat for your six-year-old or coming up with innovative ways of trying to have your toddler keep her bib on during meal times. Shortly before Christmas, I had to do just that: think of a creative way to make a faux American boy doll for Camden.
You see, you can’t buy an American Girl doll that is a boy. (The AG company does make a twin boy baby) They don’t make 18″ boy dolls and neither do any of the other faux brands sold at Walmart or Target. I looked on Amazon and various other websites to see what I could find and nothing turned up. It wasn’t until I read an article online that got me thinking. It was a mother who had the same problem I had: her son wanted an 18″ boy doll, but she couldn’t find one, so she decided to make one.
Of course! Why hadn’t I thought of that? So I quickly got to work and started looking on YouTube for inspiration.
It was only a four-step process for creating a boy doll and it was very easy. I first bought a girl doll at Target for about $20. I took her outfit off and wrapped it up to give to my daughter for Christmas for her 18″ girl doll that she already had. I then cut off all of the doll’s hair and took her lipstick off using rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip. I bought a boy wig off Amazon.com and also ordered a jogging outfit for the new boy doll I was creating. Once everything came in the mail I just put it all together and glued the wig on to ensure it wouldn’t come off.
While I was in the process of looking up stuff online, I noticed that you can buy an 18″ boy doll fully dressed on Etsy – but for $200! They used the American Girl brand and did the same thing I had done. I wasn’t about to pay $200 for a doll, though!
So, all in all, I’m so glad my son can experience playing house and “parenting” his boy doll. One day it will be neat to see it all comes together as I see him develop into the man that I know God wants him to be – whether that is him being a stay-at-home dad taking care of his children or driving a dump truck.