I’m not really sure how to explain this, but I’m, going to try lol. This is specifically about Riley, but it could include any of the other kits in the 22-23” range. So….I originally ordered Riley with her 20” full limb body (#7542), but she looked very odd in that small size due to her big head and larger limbs. I ordered her a new body (#565) which looks great, but to me she’s really big. My thought was to make her an older baby, since she really doesn’t have a scrunch newborn face anyway, and lengthwise she is the same as the 6 month Grant/Easton. So I thought maybe she could pull it off. I want to make her able to sit independently without being floppy at all. I’m thinking I could use the baby fat silicone inserts in her bottom so she sits firmly, but I don’t know how to stabilize the neck area and torso to hold up that big head of hers so her doesn’t fold over while seated? Any suggestions?
Has anyone made any of the kits this size into sturdy seated babies? Photos?
a swimming pool noodle makes a great armature
OMG, that’s brilliant…why didn’t I think of that. Sometimes I just need to poke the brain of other folks when mine isn’t working lol. Thank you.
plumbing “noodles” work well too, you can get smaller sizes too
And just don’t weight her head much, maybe just with polyfil so that her head doesn’t flop forward or back
Are plumbing noodles the same as the gray foamy things to wrap/cover pipes? They’re split down one side.
Another question…When using the either the pool or plumbing noodle, do I cut it long enough for it to extend up through her head at all (and not use the head plug) or do I cut it just for the length of the body?
No you don’t use the plug, insert the noodle into the head. I only use polyfill in the head when I use a noodle. You do not need the weight .
Yes, that is what she was referring to.
You can also use a piece of PVC pipe from the body up into the head.
Yep, I use PVC pipe in my toddlers to keep their heads from flopping. I put it inside the head (insert some polyfil first, so the pipe isn’t directly against the vinyl) and down into the tummy area, all covered in polyfil so it can’t be felt from the outside. Works great.
I use flesh colored pipe insulation. It comes in different sizes. I use it for my older babies that aren’t yet toddlers and larger ones for my toddlers. The heads aren’t floppy but they still turn easily. I don’t weight the heads, just stuff with polyfil. On a toddler, put the majority of the weight in the body. Because the limbs are so large, too much weight in them puts strain on the joints.
Thank you ladies, this has been very helpful. I’m going to try this with the big babies I have on hand and see how they come out.
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On a toddler, put the majority of the weight in the body. Because the limbs are so large, too much weight in them puts strain on the joints.
[/quote] Do you think it would be a good idea to put a spot of glue around the groove before I tighten the zip tie down, to add extra security for the limbs? I don’t figure that anyone would be needing to take the baby apart would they? Or is that a bad idea?
I wouldn’t glue the limbs to the body because most people like to rotate the limbs to pose.
Ahhh…I didn’t think about that. No glue!