I Think It’s Already Started… American Girl

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My thought is that it’s inevitable. At some point most little girls develop this love for a baby doll. My daughter is no different. She is absolutely over the moon about her “baby”. She won’t give “baby” a name. I suggested naming here Jasmine. She looked at me and said, “no, BABY”. Her little face was so serious, it was hilarious! So that’s what we call the doll. Her name is Baby.

july 29 052Baby goes with us everywhere. She has a blanket, a sippy, a plate, fork and spoon. Baby also has a stroller. Baby is well taken care of. I know I was a serious mommy to my dolls when I was little. I carried a diaper bag with changes of clothes. I had blankets and a carrier for the car. I was also much older than two. My daughter turned two this month and she is the perfect little mommy. If you push the hand of Baby she says, “Mama!’. My daughter responds by nodding her head and giving Baby a gentle hug. It’s really cute, actually. She treats baby much like I treat her. It’s fascinating to see how much she pays attention to every little thing that I do.

Being that she’s super mom to Baby, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised at my husband’s suggestion. We were hanging out at the Grove (an outdoor mall) and he suggested going into American Girl. I was shocked! I know that people go in that store and come back with MUCH lighter pockets. I was not ready to start this with our daughter. Not now.

She was pretty tired. It was past her nap time and she was really on the brink of falling asleep. We rolled by the window of the store and she sat straight up in her stroller screaming, “Pincess!”. We had to go in!

Once we were in the store, she wanted out of her stroller immediately. She walked around the store completely mesmerized. My son wanted to know if there was an American Boy store so he could see some boy stuff. Clearly, he wasn’t impressed! LOL!

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july 29 032This was my first time in an American Girl store. It was insane! All of the dolls, the clothes, the HAIR SALON!Β  There were parents lined up to have the hair of their daughters beloved doll styled in a summer bun! Amazing!

july 29 031We managed to leave the store without making a purchase. I know we’ll end up there again though. I love that they have a cafe and all kinds of activities for little girls. I guess you could say that theyl got to my daughter AND me!

Have you been to American Girl?

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56 Responses to I Think It’s Already Started… American Girl
  1. LaToya
    August 4, 2014 | 5:54 am

    I’ve never been in there because I don’t want my daughter to ask because it’s OUT OF THE QUESTION. lol.

    She has been nursing her babies, like she sees me doing her brother. πŸ™‚

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    August 4, 2014 | 7:36 am

    Haha, and that is one of the reasons I am happy that I have all boys πŸ™‚

  3. Carly from The Puzzled Palate
    August 4, 2014 | 7:45 am

    I had 2 AG Dolls when I was little. I am excited to pass them on to my daughter in a few years!

  4. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama
    August 4, 2014 | 7:48 am

    I grew up with them when they were The Pleasant Company. Most people don’t remember them when there was only 3 dolls!

  5. kita
    August 4, 2014 | 8:14 am

    I am not even going to introduce her til she is about 8 because I would be broke.

  6. Jaime
    August 4, 2014 | 8:17 am

    I’ve not been in an American Girl store. I’ve heard stories about how crazy it can be (surreal is a little more like it.)

  7. Kay Adeola
    August 4, 2014 | 8:24 am

    Never been and we do not have this over here,which is good for me as I do not see the point in spending so much fuss on dolls lol.

  8. Liz Mays
    August 4, 2014 | 8:32 am

    I think the trend went wild just after my daughter passed out of the doll stage. I guess my wallet is thankful for that!

  9. Betsy Mitchell
    August 4, 2014 | 8:41 am

    Watch your wallet, American girls are cute but expensive! Check ebay for outfits and more to save your self some dough.

  10. Alana
    August 4, 2014 | 9:41 am

    When I lived in LA and discovered there was an AG store I dragged my mom there when she came to visit. We both love AG and growing up I was fortunate enough to have 2 dolls. We were both amazed with the store and how fun it must be for little girls to visit. If I have a daughter I know I will end up there too. And, just in case, I’m saving my dolls and their accessories in order to save my own wallet in the future!

  11. Maribel Reyes
    August 4, 2014 | 10:27 am

    I have been in a store, it was for a birthday party. It was beautifully decorated and with lots of attention to detail.

  12. Amanda Her
    August 4, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Oh boy – I remember the American Girl Doll days. My daughter had one and the outfits were very expensive.

  13. Debbie Denny
    August 4, 2014 | 12:26 pm

    How sweet. Love American Dolls.

  14. Dawn
    August 4, 2014 | 1:52 pm

    I love American Girl Dolls. They’re adorable. It’s nice to see doll companies starting to diversify their dolls’ looks, as well. I’ve never understood why little girls come in all colors, but their dolls generally only come in one.

  15. Amy Desrosiers
    August 4, 2014 | 1:56 pm

    Wow, this is my little girls dream to own one of these dolls. I wish they were more affordable though because at this point I cannot afford one.

  16. Chrishelle Ebner
    August 4, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    My girls were never into dolls. The American Girl store sounds like an experience. I wish they were more affordable so more families can enjoy them.

  17. Chrystal @ YUM eating
    August 4, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    I am thankful that kiddo never really caught on to the American Girl doll craze. She has one that is similar we found at a thrift shop and upcycled. She is fabulous. Shes more into Monster High , Tinkerbell and Barbie. She does have an 80s Cabbage Patch because she wanted one like mine (I have had mine for 30 years!)

  18. Nicole
    August 4, 2014 | 2:54 pm

    This is one reason that I’m glad I have a boy. We don’t do dolls because he thinks they’re creepy.

  19. Mitch
    August 4, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    I do not have a daughter, but if I did it would be hard to not go into this store! All the girls seem to be over the moon for American Girl dolls!

  20. Rachael
    August 4, 2014 | 5:23 pm

    I’ve not been to American Girl. I’d love to go though and take my grandkids.

  21. April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition
    August 4, 2014 | 6:17 pm

    My daughter had a couple of American Girl dolls when she was younger that she bought herself. I couldn’t believe how insane the store was!

  22. Tami
    August 4, 2014 | 6:34 pm

    When I was a little girl my dolls were also my babies. One time I took them to school…much to the teacher’s dismay. LOL

  23. Janell Poulette
    August 4, 2014 | 8:17 pm

    We have never been to a store. I am sure I will take my daughter if we are ever near a store.

  24. Carly Anderson
    August 4, 2014 | 8:40 pm

    These American Girl dolls are definitely a big thing, that’s for sure! I can’t believe they have like a hair salon for the dolls! Crazy!

  25. Dawn
    August 4, 2014 | 8:59 pm

    My daughter used to love playing with American Girls when she was younger. She had one that she carried around 24/7!

  26. Lauren
    August 4, 2014 | 11:27 pm

    I have to admit, I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough for American Girl!

  27. Michelle Swank
    August 4, 2014 | 11:56 pm

    Oh this brings back so many memories. My girls are teenagers now, but they all loved American Girl dolls. They’ve kept their dolls for when they have babies. They are so well-made. Enjoy this time in your daughter’s life!

  28. Mimi
    August 5, 2014 | 4:53 am

    We just had some family friends come to visit and their daughter had one but she is older than Addison. Those dolls are truly an investment and I’ll get Addison one in another year or so when I feel like she can take care of it properly.

    Addison has even asked to go to the flagship store in Chicago to get hers. Hmmmmmm. First up is a Cabbage Patch. She doesn’t have one and the place where they were orginally made is only about two hours from here so we’ll take a trip in the fall. We’ll see how she treats that one!

    I’m telling you the headlock she has on her baby in the first picture is so funny to me. It’s like she isn’t trying to let it go!

  29. Rosey
    August 5, 2014 | 5:59 am

    I love to see the little ones playing w/their babies. It’s sweet. πŸ™‚ American Girl seems like such an awesome line!

  30. Tonia
    August 5, 2014 | 7:06 am

    Oh my…my two have been worrying me to death about the American Girl dolls. They want to dress them up in the same outfits they wear.

  31. Katrina
    August 5, 2014 | 7:13 am

    My daughter loves american girl too, we have the bitty baby and bitty twins.

  32. Brandy
    August 5, 2014 | 8:05 am

    My daughter loves American Girl dolls, she is 11 but still so in love with these. She gets the magazine and makes wish lists. Glad this experience was had, looks like so much fun!

  33. Mel Outnumbered
    August 5, 2014 | 9:20 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to an American Doll store. I’ll have to take my niece one day.

  34. Lori
    August 5, 2014 | 9:38 am

    Right now, I just let them look at the AG catalog that comes in the mail. It can get crazy with 3 girls.

  35. veronica
    August 5, 2014 | 10:03 am

    Looks like quite the collection. She loves her dolls

  36. Angie | Big Bear's Wife
    August 5, 2014 | 11:07 am

    I always wanted one of those! They’re so cute!! ps. I love your daughter’s dress!!!

  37. Dina
    August 5, 2014 | 11:15 am

    Believe it or not my girl is not into American girl dolls. Which is a good thing because I can’t afford them. lol

  38. Krystal
    August 5, 2014 | 12:12 pm

    I went to the American Girl store as an adult, and I totally still loved them. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  39. Marina @ Mommy Snippets
    August 5, 2014 | 12:27 pm

    Aww, how adorable! There’s nothing like little girls and their dolls.

  40. Cyndi @ MrsWrightWrites
    August 5, 2014 | 12:28 pm

    My daughter just got her first American Girl doll! We got a bitty baby. She’s already telling me it needs clothes… Yikes!

  41. Theresa
    August 5, 2014 | 1:07 pm

    My girls used to be obsessed with AG dolls when they were smaller. My 10 year old still loves them and we did just visit the AG store for the first time 2 weeks ago. They thought it was the coolest store ever!

  42. Jessica (Savory Experiments)
    August 5, 2014 | 1:07 pm

    I’ve never been to the store, but then again, we don’t have kids. My niece, thankfully, never went through the phase of wanting one. She is 7, so I guess there is still time!

  43. Christie
    August 5, 2014 | 1:56 pm

    My girls is definitely going to be next!!! Yikes, she loves dolls at only 18 months

  44. Ann Bacciaglia
    August 5, 2014 | 2:58 pm

    These dolls are so popular. I went into an American Girl store when I was in Chicago and I was shocked by the amount of stuff you can buy. Very cute!

  45. Virginia @thatbaldchick
    August 5, 2014 | 3:59 pm

    We haven’t ventured into an American Girl store yet. We do have several of their dolls, though, and love the quality.

  46. Debbie L.
    August 5, 2014 | 5:26 pm

    Isa loves her AMerican Girl dolls – the Chicago store is fantastic!!

  47. Brett
    August 5, 2014 | 8:24 pm

    My girls love American Girl Dolls. They like to match the dolls’ outfits with their own.

  48. Felicia
    August 5, 2014 | 9:55 pm

    American Girl is such a classic doll. What a sweet thing for her to get started with.

  49. Natalie
    August 6, 2014 | 1:49 pm

    It’s a cult πŸ˜‰ you can’t stop it from happening lol πŸ™‚

  50. Jill
    August 6, 2014 | 2:47 pm

    Love american girl dolls! their such a staple for young girls. That being said- no ones wallets are safe

  51. kristin
    August 6, 2014 | 8:50 pm

    So so so cute!!! A girls first American Girl is an important day. SWEET!!!!

  52. Mommy2jam
    August 7, 2014 | 12:58 am

    I really want to buy an American doll just for the experience of it. All my friends with their littler girls have such a blast. I don’t think my bF will appreciate it if I took our son to get one, LOL. I will have to borrow one of my friends kids. LOL

  53. Amanda
    August 7, 2014 | 6:25 pm

    I LOVE American Girl! The store is amazing and so special for little girls. My daughter is just starting to get interested in the dolls and I can’t wait to take her to the store!

  54. Emily
    August 8, 2014 | 2:35 pm

    Oh my! Your daughter is so cute! I had an American Doll as a kid!!

  55. Dianna Paul
    August 8, 2014 | 3:59 pm

    I love the picture of the hair salon! What a cute place!!

  56. Janeane Davis
    August 9, 2014 | 9:24 pm

    I remember when my oldest fell for American Girl Dolls. She enjoyed the history behind the doll as well as the history o the time.

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