Tiny Tears was (and indeed still is) a realistic 12″ baby doll that cried tears and wet itself when given a drink of water.
Small tears would dribble down its perfect plastic face, but yet it made no noise whatsoever. Not a whimper. Not so much as a gurgle. Babies are easy to look after, its silence said. Why not have one?
The doll fooled millions of girls around the world into thinking that looking after an infant was child’s play.
She also had “rockabye eyes” so you could rock her and watch her eyes slowly close as she went to sleep.
Tiny Tears was such a success that manufacturer Palitoy looked for new ways to make more money from the brand.
They released clothes, bottles, pacifiers, potties, a “Talking Cradle” (with a record that played nursery rhymes, prayers and lullabies) and baby baths and also produced the doll in other sizes.
Alongside Tiny Tears (regular) there was Teeny Tiny Tears (smaller) and Teeny Weeny Tiny Tears (only 9″ tall) who came in her own special travel trunk.