I ordered the 14 inch La Newborn doll to use as my sewing model a couple months ago, you can read more about that doll in my other post here, but I was a little disappointed that it didn't quite fit preemie clothes. Even though it is listed as a 14 inch doll, it is actually the representation of a 16.5-17 inch baby. Because of it's curved legs and back, it measures short. I measured it along the legs and back to see how long it would be if it were able to straighten out. It measured about 17 inches, and that got me thinking about the 17 inch La Newborn doll. It is also in a curled up position and measures short. That's when I started searching the internet to find out how long it would measure if it were able to stretch out. Apparently the 17 inch version is not as popular, because I hardly found out any information and could not find any reborn photo's of that doll. So I decided to take a chance and order one hoping it would be quite a bit bigger then the 14 inch doll. I'm so happy I took a chance on this doll!
Here I have both dolls next to each other to show the size difference. Not only is the 17 inch doll longer, but it's also much thicker and a far more accurate newborn size. I measured each doll to show you how they compare.
Here's the 14 inch La Newborn first.
I taped the measuring tape to the doll so I could try and figure out how long it would be if the doll's legs were straightened out.
The 14 inch doll actually measures about 16.5- 17 inches.
The head measures about 12.5 inches.
Here's the 17 inch La Newborn doll.
The actual length measures about 20.5 inches. A very good representation of a real newborn baby.
The average length for newborns is between 18-21 inches, so I am thrilled with the size of this doll.
The head measures about 13.5 inches. That's just a touch smaller then the average newborn whose head would measure between 13.75- 14.25 inches. But for me to use as a sewing model it will work wonderfully!
I also dressed up both dolls to show how they fit in preemie diapers and baby clothes. Both dolls can wear preemie diapers and preemie clothes, however they are not a very good fit on the 14 inch doll.
You can see here the preemie diapers are too big for the 14 inch doll. They almost reach up to the armpits and the tabs have to be crossed all the way over each other to hold the diaper on.
Here you can see that the Preemie sleeper doesn't really fit either doll very well. It's too short for the 17 inch doll, I could barely get the feet snapped inside, and it's too long and baggy on the 14 inch doll.
See how the Preemie sleeper is pulling down in the back, it's just too short on the 17 inch doll.
So I tried a Newborn (pink flowers) and 0-3 month (blue and white dogs) sleepers to see how they fit. I think the Newborn size is just about perfect. While the 0-3 month could work, it's just a bit too baggy for me.
It probably depends on what brand sleepers you use, but I didn't notice much difference between the newborn and 0-3 month sizes. These are just old sleepers I saved from when my kids were newborns, so maybe with several washings they are not true to size anymore.
Just for fun here's a comparison of my 17 inch Berjusa along side my two Berenguers. I don't like the skin texture or coloring as much on the Berjusa doll, and the limbs seam too short in comparison to the body size. Over all I am just so happy I went ahead and got the 17 inch La newborn, it is far superior to the others. Even my 4 year old son prefers the Berenguer dolls.