Best Baby Dolls

Best Baby Dolls

September 8, 2017

Best Baby Dolls

Best Baby Dolls
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When your baby asks for their own baby (time...please stop!), choose one they’ll love now, and remember to infinity. Best Baby Dolls

One day your baby was chilling on an activity mat, swatting at a musical elephant. Then you blinked, and now she’s pushing her “baby” in a mini stroller around the playroom.

There’s nothing quite like a first doll… and the many others that’ll inevitably join the crew. Playing with dolls develops your tot’s creativity, fine motor skills and nurturing instincts. It even teaches (a little) responsibility. From changing diapers to reading bedtime stories, watching pretend play in action is a window into everything little ones are learning from you. (But don’t feel bad if Baby Stella gets tossed aside when your toddler is solely focused on getting to the cup of goldfish crackers.)

A helpful tip: If you ever can’t find your car keys or phone, save yourself two hours of fruitless searching and just check the baby doll’s diaper bag. We know from personal experience that there’s always something important to grownups cleverly packed with the pretend peas and carrots.

These are our favorite dolls:

Most Realistic

Older toddlers will love playing with Lila Cherie, thanks to all of the interactive features and accessories including a bib, bottle and pacifier. She babbles, coos, sucks on her bottle, laughs and cries when you lay her on her stomach (we get it LC, tummy time can be a drag). Her cheeks blush, too. At 17 inches, this doll is just the right size for big siblings adjusting to life with a new brother or sister. They can have their own (very realistic) baby to care for alongside mom and dad. Her cushioned body and soft vinyl skin—with Corolle’s signature light vanilla scent—is perfect for snuggling. Lila Cherie comes dressed in adorable PJs and a white cap. But you can purchase more outfits and accessories from the Corolle Collection (don’t say we didn’t warn you!). Designed in France, every kid will say “oui oui” to this classic baby doll.

Not quite ready for all the bells and whistles? Corolle also makes a great collection of 14-inch Mon Bébé Classique dolls to care for and cuddle.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3+

The Bedtime Companion

Need a little help with bedtime? Baby Stella Sweet Dreams Doll is on it. She has a light, soothing lavender scent (released via hug!), and snooze-time essentials like a bottle, cozy lamb, pacifier and diaper. The entire Baby Stella collection is soft like a stuffed animal, for optimal cuddles. And we love how easy it is for little ones to change her diaper and attach the magnetic pacifier and bottle. Don’t sweat it if the paci gets lost—they sell replacements for just $6, along with tons of adorable clothing, accessories and gear. Baby Stella is the perfect first doll and first birthday gift.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 12 months+

The Classic

Small, light and super snuggly, Madame Alexander My First Baby will delight infants and toddlers. Her body is completely plush, with a face and hands made of smooth vinyl. While you can’t change her clothes or remove her hood, this doll is perfect for cuddling and role playing. Her thumb even fits in her mouth. Fun fact: this brand was launched in 1923 by Madame Beatrice Alexander. Her father owned the first “doll hospital,” where she spent her childhood playing with dolls on the mend. When she was 28 years old, she started her own doll company that’s still going strong today.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0+

The Snuggable Friend

This sweet baby boy doll from HABA is perfect for little hands. At 9 inches tall, he makes a great snuggling companion for babies, but is also a good size for toddlers to carry around with them around the house, to the store or to grandma’s house. He comes with his pajamas, bandana and cap sewn on, and he’s completely machine washable, which is key.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0+

The Retro Pick

Do you remember getting your first Cabbage Patch Kid (do you still have your first Cabbage Patch Kid?)? In a nutshell: this is the kind of doll that parents who turn your childhood bedroom into an exercise studio know to hold onto. For decades, little ones have loved learning the backstory of the babies delivered at BabyLand General Hospital and adopted by families. Each Cabbage Patch Kid comes with adoption papers, a unique name and birthday. However, you can change the name and birthday by creating a custom birth certificate. The collection is huge—there are tons of sizes, styles (like the Cuties Collection animals) and features (some dolls even sing and dance). We recommend these dolls for preschoolers who can really appreciate the backstory.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 18 months+

Good for Personalizing

North American Bear Company makes gift giving easier than ever. All of their dolls can be personalized, gift wrapped and shipped through the company. Their best-selling Rosy Cheeks Baby comes in a variety of girl and boy styles, featuring different hair and skin colors. Made with soft velour and embroidered facial features, these charming dolls are extra huggable. The diaper and wrap top are easy for little hands to maneuver, making it a perfect first doll.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 2+
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