9 Best Baby Dolls of 2019

Best Baby Dolls

September 16, 2019

Best Baby Dolls

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

There’s nothing quite like a first doll (and the many others that’ll inevitably join the crew). Playing with dolls inspires open-ended pretend play, which is critical to a child’s development. Pretending with dolls helps develop 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.

We’ve gathered some parent favorites to help you find your little one’s next cuddly companion:

Charming & Realistic

With an adorably realistic face and soft, huggable body, this baby doll is perfect for your toddler who’s just starting to play pretend. And it’s available in multiple ethnicities, so your little one can get an early start in celebrating diversity.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 12 months+
Dimensions 11” tall

The Classic

If you want to inspire a future doll collector, get your kiddo started with Madame Alexander. Small, light and super snuggly, this classic from the beloved doll maker makes a perfect first baby doll. The body is completely plush, with a face and hands made of smooth vinyl. Keep in mind: unlike most dolls, you can’t change her clothes or remove her hood.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0 months+
Dimensions 8” tall

The Bedtime Companion

Baby Stella is delightfully huggable—her soft body is like a stuffed animal (no hard plastic anywhere), and when your little one gives her a hug, she releases a soothing lavender scent. Stella comes with essentials like a bottle, cozy lamb, pacifier and diaper, and available separately are tons of adorable clothing, accessories and gear.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 12 months+
Dimensions 15” tall

The Snuggable Friend

At eight inches tall, this sweet doll makes a great snuggling companion for babies. He’s also a good size for toddlers to carry with them around the house, to the store or to grandma’s, and his pajamas, bandana and cap are all sewn on, so they won’t get lost. And best news of all: he’s completely machine washable.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0 months+
Dimensions 7.9” tall

Bathtime Buddy

Parents and children alike love Corolle dolls for their charming, reassuring faces, and now your kiddo can spend more time with their favorite playtime pal by taking them in the bath! This doll is made with slightly different stuffing, so it’s water-safe and quick to dry—just hang it by the loop on its back and let it air-dry. And even after it gets wet, it won’t lose its Corolle-signature vanilla scent.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 18 months+
Dimensions 13.4” tall

A Nostalgic Favorite

Do you remember getting your first Cabbage Patch Kid? 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.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 2 years+
Dimensions 9” tall

Small & Sweet

This frilly friend is perfect if you’re looking for a baby doll that’s more doll-like than baby-like. Her six-inch height is perfect for tiny hands, and her soft-all-over body makes her perfect for sweet snuggles. And don’t worry if your baby loves drooling on her—she’s machine washable.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0 months+
Dimensions 6” tall

Plenty of Accessories

Complete with eight extra accessories including an extra outfit, shoes, bottle, rattle and feeding utensils, this is a great choice if you don’t want to buy accessories separately. This doll is a little on the bigger side at 15 inches, but the soft body and smooth vinyl face and hands means he’s still cuddly. (Bonus for naptime inspiration: he closes his eyes when you lay him down, so maybe your little one will too!)

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 2 years+
Dimensions 15” tall

Twins!

Double the playtime fun! Your toddler doesn’t have to have a twin to enjoy this lovable duo. Their mouths fit the included pacifiers (or their thumbs), and their eyes open and close. The two dolls come together in a package, so it’s a pretty good bargain (especially coming from a well-loved, parent-trusted company like Melissa & Doug).

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 18 months+
Dimensions 15” tall
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