Joe has a baby doll. I got it for him because I think it's great for both boys and girls to play with dolls. But honestly, it's not his most treasured toy. Baby has spent most of his life buried somewhere in the backyard. Occasionally, Joe unearths him with one of his far more treasured toy excavators.
Recently, however, Joe has shown a bit more interest in playing pretend with his "baby." Baby has been carried around the house a little, and even put on Joe's potty. Coincidentally, my midwife recently suggested getting Joe a baby doll, diapers, and maybe even a little sling for the baby doll, so that Joe can practice baby care before our real life baby arrives later this summer. This seemed like a sweet idea, even if I had a hard time imagining Joe nurturing something that wasn't construction equipment.
Anyway, last night, I was having a hard time with my other work-in-progress, a maternity top in diaphanous (read: impossible to sew) jersey and needed to take a break. So I made Joe's baby doll a diaper. Poor baby (who is an anatomically correct boy, by the way!) has been completely naked for a long time now. Really, common decency required that I make this diaper.
It's just a simple affair. Two layers of flannel and some sew-on velcro.
Here's the back view. I could probably perfect the fit, but seriously? It's a baby doll diaper.
I got the general idea of what shape the diaper should be from this helpful tutorial, but I ended up drafting my own pattern piece for Joe's very small baby doll. For anyone wanting to make baby doll diapers, here is the general shape.
Even with drafting the pattern piece myself and trying out one diaper that didn't work, making this took less than an hour. With all that out of the way, I'm pretty sure I could make a diaper in 15 minutes or less. I may make a few more closer to my due date, so that Joe can change his baby's diaper when we change his baby sister's diaper.
Of course, that assumes he is the least bit interested in such things. When I showed Joe his babydoll with a diaper, he shrugged and ran away.
Later, he came back to it and said, "baby wear diaper! baby PJs?" So maybe I should make baby some pajamas.