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The Best Dolls for Babies and Toddlers
Updated on
January 4, 2024

The Best Dolls for Babies and Toddlers

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When your baby asks for their own baby, choose one they’ll love now, and remember to infinity.The Best Dolls for Babies and Toddlers

Dolls are the classic toy that tops the list of playroom must-haves (among blocks, stuffed animals and baby books). They’re the perfect vessel to spark hours of open-ended, pretend play. They also inspire creativity and imagination and help teach toddlers valuable social-emotional skills (even pretend babies need a little nurturing). While they’re busy changing diapers and reading bedtime stories, you’ll get a peek into everything your toddler is learning from you when you’re taking care of them, which is really sweet to see!

There are many different dolls to choose from as well. Plush and soft-bodied dolls are great for babies and younger toddlers. Some harder plastic-bodied dolls are made with anatomically accurate private parts, which can be a great tool for learning body parts and during potty training. Dolls also are a wonderful way to teach your little one to embrace the differences among us (as are these great books about diversity)! When choosing dolls to add to their collection, we recommend picking those that they can see themselves in and those that look different.

We’ve gathered a few of our favorite baby dolls to help you find your little one’s next companion.

Best Dolls for Babies

Soft and cuddly picks for their very first doll.

Best Dolls for Toddlers

Great picks for when they’re really ready to dive into pretend play.

Bibinee Dolls 
Mabel Doll

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Playtime by Eimmie 
Charlie Plush Rag Doll

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American Girl 
Bitty Baby Doll

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Perfectly Cute 
14" Baby Doll

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Best Doll Accessories for Toddlers

Everything they’ll need to care for their little babes.

Perfectly Cute 
Baby Doll Stroller

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Olli Ella 
Strolley

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Melissa & Doug 
Baby Care Bundle


Briana Engelbrecht

Assistant Editor

Briana Engelbrecht is Babylist’s Assistant Editor, where she brings her passion for early childhood development and the perinatal period, plus experience as a mom of two to Babylist articles and guides. A former preschool teacher, she loves children’s picture books, cats, plants and making things.

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