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Dress-up Dolls That Aren't Barbie or American Girl?

Can anyone tell me if a doll exists - that are not Barbie or American Girl - that offers different outfits a 4-year old can change her into?

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My daughter loves the Groovy Girls, and you can buy outfits to change them into. You can find a lot of the accessories at Target, Marshalls, Learning Express, and a bunch of online stores. Also, the Snap n Style dolls are great, my daughter has one of those as well, but they aren't soft.

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I don't know if this is exactly what you're looking for, but I kept some of my daughter's infant clothes for her to dressup her build-a-bear.

I have a friend who makes outfits to fit Barbie and American Girl dolls. If you would like will find out how much she wants for them and get a price list.

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My mom got my little girl(4 years old) a cute little doll from Lillian Vernon(it's a catolog, but also has a website). It's about as tall as a barbie, but a little wider, and the best part-no boobs! There are alot of outfits and shoes that come with it, and also a little case that holds all of it(you can also personalize the case with their name-my mom did that). My daughter loves it, and I am happy about it, too, since it doesn't have a woman's body to be dressing. I would highly recommend it.

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I know Lillian Vernon used to sell a few that came with trunks of outfits. You daughter may need a little help at first getting the hang of the clothes though.

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My daughter loves the Groovy Girls, and you can buy outfits to change them into. You can find a lot of the accessories at Target, Marshalls, Learning Express, and a bunch of online stores. Also, the Snap n Style dolls are great, my daughter has one of those as well, but they aren't soft.

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There is Cabbage Patch, I bought her a regular doll in Toys R Us no name brand. My daughter who is also 4 has several dolls and she uses some of her old clothes from when she was a baby. Onesies.
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C. W.

"Little Mommy" has baby dolls that have outfits that your little one can change.

K.,

My daughter has a baby that looks like a real baby and cost very little. She got it as a gift a few years ago and loves it still. She's now 10. We buy her doll clothes from Walmart and Target and at Consignment Shops. We wait until they are on clearance and pay next to nothing for them. We get preemie or newborn size and they seem to fit well. We actually just bought a bunch of clothes at JCPenney for $20 and if we paid full price they would have been over $100. She got Carter's brand clothes and a snowsuit for under $5 each. Some were $1. We also get the accessories at yard sales. As they get older they love to push them in strollers or have a carrier for them. So, just shop around for the end of season items and you'll save big. Good Luck and have fun!!

Robert Tonners Ann Estelle or Sophie is very nice and I think handleable but a little pricey. They are lovely though. About 10 inches tall and little girls you might be ablw to purchase fashions but making a few basics would be less expensive. Walmart carries a line of TOLLY girls which resemble American girl. The hair on these Walmart dolls can be a bit frizzy

yes, the Springfield doll collection. They are 18". My grandaughters have the American Dolls, but I buy the Springfield dolls clothes for them, because they are cheaper. I also have sewn a few outfits. Check out Michaels craft store, or online. good luck to you!!!! Gramma Sugie from NY

We love Groovy Girls. They have outfits that are sold separately and easy to put on. There are also American Heart dolls, similar to Barbie.
Check out Target...they have a good toy dept.

Have you seen the dolls from Pottery Barn Kids? If not check out their website www.potterybarnkids.com
They are made of fabric and are about 17". You can also buy different outfits and a horse.

JAO

Being a Mom of 9 girls! I have found it very difficult to keep up with the american girl dolls.. tooo expensive. I found a nice alternative at Target. They are called New Generation ,(I think!) They look very similiar to American Girl at a fraction of the cost. they also have little outfits to change into ,etc.. I love them!! and so do my girls.

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I don't know if this is exactly what you're looking for, but I kept some of my daughter's infant clothes for her to dressup her build-a-bear.

Hi,
Have you loooked at Kathe Kruse dolls? You can also try Waldorf dolls!!
Good luck,
JBG

Go online to www.dollssoreal.com. I have bought several dolls from there and they are great. Good selection of clothes too. Have fun!

I'm not sure if your daughter is too old for this, but we love these snap & style dolls from fisher price.
http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?st=2180&e=meetthe...
GL!

I went to Michaels craft store, in the doll/teddy bear aisle, you can buy "american girl" sized dolls and outfits that are really inexpensive. Rain gear, pajamas, dresses, gowns, jeans, shoes- everything. lots of the "bear" clothes fit the dolls as well. the doll is 10.00 most outfits are not more than $4-$8. I got the cutest "riding outfit, including helmet and boots for 9.99. American girls outfit is $28.small things like umbrellas and little purses are no more than $2. Good Luck! K. M

Target offers a doll called Our Generation. They are eighteen inch dolols, almost exactly like American girl dolls at half the price.
They have clothes horses, scooters and camping gear all for the dolls at half the price of American girl. Your daughter would never know the difference

Target has a doll similar to american girl that is a lot cheaper and you can buy all the accessories too.

I purchased "Snap 'n' Style" dolls for my daughter this Christmas. You can find them in just about any store and they are made by Fisher Price. You can also purchase them directly from Fisher Price on their website. Lots of clothes options as well. Each doll comes with 3 outfits as well as a hat and shoes and they have a "bathing suit" look permenatly painted on the bodies.
Target and Wal-mart are also great places to find inexpensive dress-up dolls. Check the aisle where the other dolls are or the generic toys are sold. A C Moore may also be a great alternative to find clothes and dolls. Have purchased many "generic" clothes and accessories for dolls there as well.

I have a friend who makes outfits to fit Barbie and American Girl dolls. If you would like will find out how much she wants for them and get a price list.

i have no clue what they're called (sorry!) but my daughter got a doll last xmas that has clothes that "click" on. It would probably be very easy for your 4 year old... but they have a lot of variety of these dolls... i found extra outfits and different dolls at walmart.

Also there are little sister/friends of Barbie that seem more age appropriate to me! They look like toddler body shapes and would probably be easy for her to dress. My dd was given a set as a gift that was bought in NYC. An online search could probably tell you where to find them?

HTH

Yes, many different stores do...They even resemble American Girl too. I don't recall their name but they are sold in Toys R Us and Target. Standard 18" clothes fit the dolls.

My daughter loves The Only Hearts Club girls...they are realistic kids. I've seen them on-line and at Target.

K.
Target has a variety of babies that come with outfits. Give them a try. Build a bear also has a like of dollies you make just like the animals, and you can make the outfits they sell a special treat. Also, you can look into groovy girls.

I don't know of a doll but what I have done with my 4 year old who loves to dress her dolls is to give her old newborn clothes . If you don't have any , pick some up at a garage sale or on the sale racks at the end of seaon. This works just as well as buying a doll with clothes made for it, and is cheaper in the long run!

A regular baby doll or Cabbage Patch would be great for a 4 year old. It's great that you are even thinking of this. I introduced my daughter to Barbie's way too early. In my opinion she should have been playing with baby dolls much longer, cause now at almost 9 she doesn't care much for baby dolls.

There are tons. Just walk down the doll aisle at target and you'll see. They have some 18" dolls like American girl dolls just not as expensive. The outfits are there too. Also they have dolls at AC Moore with a slew of clothes to dress them in.

And of course polly pockets, but they are difficult to dress for a 4 year old. My daughter at 4 always ripped the outfits while dressing the dolls.

A.

Groovey Girls...you can find them at Target and sometimes at MArshall's (fro a lot less) -- I think they have clothes..also soft furniture.

My girls each have a dress-up Madeline doll, I got them through a homeschooling catalog, but now I can only find them here:
http://www.kidenergy.com/products-madeline-15.html
Ours came with 4-5 outfits each, dolls are about the size of an old Rageddy Ann doll, made of soft fabric. Easy for little ones to dress. Just google 'Madeline 15" Doll', and you'll see what's available.

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