TEXT GOES HERE. This is Baby Crissy, an Ideal Toy Company doll. She is from 22 - 24 inches in length and was fashioned after a 9 month old infant.
Baby Crissy is a very difficult doll to restore. She requires a lot of physical strength for limb removal and combing of hair. Additionally, removing her head is really not much of an option since it is nearly impossible to remove, unless she has the softer vinyl one. Luckily, the body section is so well made, that it will almost never split as a result of removing limbs no matter how difficult they are to pull out. The main problem with her limbs is that they are installed using not just a flange, but a retaining ring which will usually break if it has not already deteriorated. This makes pulling the arms and legs out very difficult.
There are two very different types of arms and legs, a soft vinyl type material, and a harder, rigid plastic material. The softer limbs are the most desirable, as they are larger in size and thus more lifelike than their hard plastic counterparts. They were made earlier in the production run of the 1970's version of the doll but were soon replaced with the smaller, cheaper arms and legs. The soft rubber arms were stuffed with a thick foam sponge like material so they would not be too soft.
The face/head comes in two different styles as well, with the softer and harder versions. As far as collectors are concerned, it generally doesn't matter which one, but the arms and legs make a huge difference in the value of Baby Crissy if they are soft.
The hair on Baby Crissy's head is short and generally comes with low bangs, but her head also contains a long ponytail which is retractable using a pull string located in the middle of her back. A quarter sized ring is attached to help pull the hair back into the head, and a simple pull on the ponytail will draw it out to as long as you wish, up to around 12 inches. The 80's version of Baby Crissy usually has a longer ponytail, as much as 6 inches longer in fact. The 80's hair is easily frayed when combing it a lot, whereas the 70's version had a higher quality. In any case, when the hair has been played with and combed out a lot, it becomes more and more difficult to work with. When obtaining a used Baby Crissy, usually the hair will be frizzy and unmanageable as in especially hard to combe. It's best to start with a gentle baby shampoo using warm water, not hot. Once the hair is washed, add some leave in conditioner and spray on a detangler, then expect to spend as much as 30 minutes (sometimes more) combing the hair till it's finally easy.
Baby Crissy came with a few different outfits. The 1970's doll came with several variations of a diaper set, some with one flowered pocket and some with two, and also came in a pastel lavendar or light pink. This is a very attractive outfit and looks great on her. It's also a very desirable set and can actually be worth almost more than Baby Crissy herself. The re-issue Crissy came with a white and yellow romper which is also very desirable. Neither of the 70's or 80's 24"/22" version came with socks or shoes. One of the fun things about Baby Crissy is redressing her in other outfits. Although she is perported to represent a 9 month old, you will find that the only really well fitting outfits other than hand made or specially made ones, are newborn or 3 months. If you search the local thrift stores you should have no trouble finding great new outfits for her. See below for some examples.