Rebecca Whitaker loves to see her girls play dress up. but laundry? Not so much. So when she realized just how much of it her kids made trying on different outfits throughout the day, it got her thinking. “My girls changed their clothes all the time,” Whitaker says. “I thought maybe they could express themselves without adding to the laundry pile.”
The mom of four and former art teacher said she experimented by drawing on t-shirts and letting her daughters color in the designs. The idea for interchangeable outfits was inspired by vintage paper dolls and magnetic doll sets. Then came Audrey, Sienna, Scout and Maya — the Ypsi Dolls. Four dolls with 16 outfits usable on any size shirt meant her kids could delight in dress-up without emptying their closets.
The dolls, two modeled after Whitaker’s daughters, have different styles and stories. “We wanted girls to think of their Ypsi Doll as a friend they could take on an adventure anywhere,” Whitaker says. The dolls encourage creativity and are interactive with online blog posts and coloring pages. “As a mom, I see little girls growing up so fast. Those childhood years are magical,” Whitaker says. “Embrace those years and let your daughters be little girls in how they act and dress. It’s so much fun to be a girl.”
Girls’ sizes range from 4T to 16. Prices start at $12.95. Readers can save 15% until Jan. 7, 2013, by entering “ann-arbor-family” in the promotion code box during checkout on the website.
Learn more about Ypsi Dolls at www.ypsidolls.com or 734-757-4849. —KG