My Betsy Wetsy Doll

Catalog image of the Betsy Wetsy doll.

When I was somewhere over five years old but probably before I was ten, my bed was in a long narrow upstairs room. I had a Betsy Wetsy doll which I really liked. I had clothes to fit this little doll and I could feed it a bottle of water and it would wet its diaper. This was fascinating fun.

I would take Betsy to bed with me at night and lovingly tuck her in beside me. In the morning, I would always find Betsy out on the floor. I knew I had her tucked in beside me when I went to sleep but during the night I had somehow knocked her out of the bed. I remember feeling bad about this. What kind of mother knocks the baby out of the bed? As I tucked Betsy in each night, I would vow to myself that I be very careful and keep her safely in bed. And each morning, I would find her on the floor beside my bed. Eventually I gave up taking Betsy to bed with me, but I don’t remember when that was.

When I was grown up and had my own real, live baby, and remembered how I’d always flung Betsy out of my bed, I was a little concerned when my first baby needed to be in bed with me. Would I sleep soundly and maybe hurt her? But there was no need to worry. The motherly instinct kicked in and I was always partially aware of the baby’s presence beside me when the need came for my little one to be in bed with me. I never flung any of my babies out of bed when I fell asleep. (Contented sigh!)

About NJ

I love to write! I realized in 9th grade that I really enjoyed writing. Every two weeks we had assigned topics that we were to use to write an essay. I liked writing the essays. I'm a mom and a grandma. None of my family live nearby, but they visit when they are able to come. I've been a pastor's wife and a grade school teacher. Now I'm retired and enjoying visiting others, and indulging myself in my hobbies, --writing and art activities. I'm very thankful for the blessings in life.
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5 Responses to My Betsy Wetsy Doll

  1. Sally says:

    How sweet! The only doll I remember having was Sparkle Plenty!

    I also remember that when my daughter was little, she cut all of her doll’s hair really short. I always wondered why that was until I realized that I kept hers short. LOL

    Have a wonderful day, Nancy! 🙂

  2. NJ says:

    That would be shocking to you to find that your daughter cut the doll’s hair. It wouldn’t grow back! We like to keep things we bought in good condition.

  3. Danger Mouse says:

    A coworker remembers her Chatty Kathy and my sister had a kissing doll. They sound perfectly wonderful for a little girl, but not for us British cartoon spys.

  4. NJ says:

    DM, yes Chatty Kathy. I think we had one, too, at our house. If not, I knew quite a lot about her. I wonder if the kissing doll had a name.

  5. Chatty Kathy says:

    I love these posts.

    The story about the doll in the bed is adorable – I used to tuck one of my cats underneath the blanket with me and whenever I rolled over I instinctively took her with me, and worried about the same thing. No need to worry there, either. My babies were fine tucked in my armpit. As adults they have beautifully shaped heads, too, because my armpit was a pillow.

    I also worried I would not hear my babies at night. One of my cats had her babies in my closet and as soon as they started mewing I woke up. After she had her babies I didn’t get much sleep.

    It’s spelled Chatty Cathy. She was manufactured by Mattel.

    And the kissing doll was Kissy, manufactured by Ideal.


    Chatty Kathy

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