The Rosebud babies were a set of small toddlers with chubby legs and arms. There were three different head molds for the kids but the research made by Michael J. Augustyniak's and mine differs. They might have been made with different faces but the ones I list here are the ones I found with the sculpt I just named I, II and III. He has put them differently to each head mold (and the pictures in his book Thirty Years of Mattel Fashion Dolls of the dolls I may, or may not have, are too small to see). The II/Gold and III/Scarlet was only used with the Rosebud babies as far as I can tell so far.

The first sculpt is the most used one. It has a pronounced chin and pinch-itchy cheeks. Why I dubbed this #1 is just because A Baby Darling Rose had the lowest stock number of the Rosebud baby dolls. This is the head mold later used for the Heart Family twins and their friends, the Barbie Li'l Friends and a few other toddlers.

Rosebud I - Darling/HF
Copyright: 1976

 




#9783 Rosebud - A Baby Darling Rose, 1977

 

Heart Family twin girl


#9078 Heart Family (Mom &) Baby, 1985
or in #9439 Mom, Dad & Babies Deluxe Set, 1985


Heart Family baby girl
(wearing a Petra Baby outfit)


#7555 The Heart Family visits Disneyland, baby girl, 1990
sold with Mom

 

Heart Family twin boy


#9079 Heart Family (Dad &) Baby, 1985
or in #9439 Mom, Dad & Babies Deluxe Set, 1985


Heart Family baby boy
(wearing a Petra baby outfit)


#2644 Sunshine Fun Pals, 1989

 

Heart Family twin girl AA


#9178 Heart Family (Mom &) Baby AA, 1985
or in #2052 Mom, Dad & Babies Deluxe Set, 1985

 

Heart Family twin boy AA


#1079 Heart Family (Dad &) Baby AA, 1985
or in #2052 Mom, Dad & Babies Deluxe Set, 1985

 

Heart Family Baby Cousins & Neighborhood Kids/Kindergarten Friends


#2671 Darrin, 1989


#2647 Windy, 1989


#2648 Gillian, 1989


Heart Family baby Twin?

 

Barbie Li'l Friends


#11856 Barbie Li'l Friends - boy, 1994

 

Barbie Li'l Friends


#11854 Barbie Li'l Friends - girl, 1994


Barbie Li'l Friends - girl


#11853 Barbie Li'l Friends - girl, 1994

 

Students etc

The Rosebud baby head got a new mold in the mid nineties whern Teacher Barbie was released. I can't for my life understand why the boys got molded hair all of a sudden. The girls still had long hair in all versions. Now, I don't remember if there was any Asian kids released but there was a Caucasian, a Hispanic and an AA set of kids. These came assorted in the boxes, a white, latina or black Teacher Barbie with a girl and a boy in different skin tones or the same. At the time Mattel had mail order so you could order for a set of kids and friends of mine helped me get the full set (besides the Asian if there ever were any).


# Teacher Barbie, student girl


# Teacher Barbie, student girl brunette/Hispanic


# Teacher Barbie, student girl AA
 

Other sets where this face can be found
Most Heart Family Twins, Kindergarten Friends/Neighborhood Kids
Love to Read Barbie Deluxe Set
Barbie Li'l Friends

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2014-04-02