T.H. asks from Superior, WI on August 29, 2006
Looking for "Perfect" First Doll
I am wondering what you Moms think would be the "perfect" first doll for my little 15 month old girl. What have your gals liked? Plastic or cloth? Hair or no hair? Realistic or cartoonish? What about the size, a little 5 inch or one as big as the child? Does it matter which you buy, or would the child like whatever you stuck in front of her? I am hoping to have something that we can pretend to dress, feed, etc. My little girl and I were looking at dolls at Target this week, and she seemed to like the ones that made crying sounds, etc, but I don't know if she would tire of that novelty. Any ideas from seasoned Moms would be appreciated!
K.R. answers from Madison on August 30, 2006
my daughter loves the little beanie dolls from Target. they dont come boxed and they are like 2.99 a piece or something like that. they come with pajamas, a pacifier, and a hat which are attached as to not get lost. they are small enough to handle and inexpensive enough to replace. I hope this helps
S. answers from Minneapolis on August 30, 2006
I bought my daughter her first doll from pottery barn kids-they have several (we got her the Audrey doll)It is a very classic fabric doll, soft, well made and comes with a change of clothes. It is on the high end for price, but I diffentely think it's worth it for the fact that it's a timeless doll-to be enjoyed at any age!
L.K. answers from Minneapolis on August 30, 2006
We have the same little doll from Wal-Mart that another poster mentioned. We bought it for our daughter when she just turned 1 and she now has two other dolls but it is still her very favorite. The size is just right for her little arms and the two of them go everywhere together. The doll fits really well into toy strollers, etc. and can sit on it's own, etc. At the low price, we even bought a "back-up baby" recently to stash in the closet in case the first one is ever lost.
I read once that when buying a first doll to make sure and get a small enough one that can fit in the crook of the child's arm. There was a study or something that showed little kids preferred that size because they could hold and control it easiest.
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B. answers from Minneapolis on August 29, 2006
I don't have a brand or anything to recommend, just features.
At 15 months, her doll should not have real hair, only molded.
It should not have opening and shutting eyes.
The body should be cloth, and it shouldn't be bigger than she can carry.
If it makes noise, it will wear you out!
The eyes should be open, kids don't bond to dolls with closed
eyes. If the arms, legs and head are plastic, that's probably okay, but the body should be cloth at least.
I wouldn't get her anything bigger than 15 inches at this time.
So, there you go.... My daughter loved hers, carried it everywhere, but alas, we did lose her, so maybe get 2 identical dolls to have a spare..... Best of luck. B in Plymouth, MN.
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J.R. answers from Minneapolis on August 30, 2006
Both of my girls got this doll from walmart. It's only $5 or so and it's just in one of those cardboard boxes full of dolls, like they do with the small stuffed animals. She has a plastic head and fabric body and cute outfit with a hat. They are just the perfect weight and size. It kind of looks like a small cabbage patch doll. They have held up very well as my oldest daughter is 4 and hers still sleeps with her every night and she plays with it all day. Every once and a while I'll take the clothes off and wash them though :o)
I had to come back and add that I think this is the same doll some of the other posters are talking about. I also bought back up ones for my kids. lol
E. answers from Milwaukee on August 30, 2006
How wonderful that you are being so thoughtful regarding the first doll selection and are looking to pick the one right doll and not five. I would recommend those soft little Waldorf dolls. They are nice and small, easy to carry, soft, and you can select the skin, eye and hair color, which is neat. Best of luck in your search. E.
P. answers from Minneapolis on August 29, 2006
I have a 3 year old girl and a 2 year old girl. They both love dolls, and are happy with any kind of doll. They really like ones that they can take in the bath with them, or ones that fit in their dolly stroller and wagon. My girls dress/undress the dolls and the dolls end up with markings from crayons or something on them, so at least for us, we stick with the cheaper dolls for now. The three year old has started talking about "American Girl Dolls," but we will wait until they are older and know how to take better care of them.
S.J. answers from Milwaukee on August 30, 2006
hi T., my favorite doll when I was a munckin was Strawberry Shortcake, I took her everywhere with me, and nowadays they have the most fabulos Strawberry Shortcake dolls. I would go with one of the cloth ones that dont have alot of hair. My Sofia is only 4 months old and she already has her doll..
M.S. answers from St. Cloud on August 30, 2006
I just bought my daughter the perfect doll for her 2nd birthday. It was a cabbage patch newborn. It is created smaller than the other cabbage patches, and it has a cloth body and a bald head (but you can get hair) it comes with a carring seat and a bottle. She loves this baby more than the others and loves to feed her baby.
J.C. answers from Minneapolis on August 29, 2006
I loved dolls so much as a child and had quite a few - I still have them - so I understand your wanting to find the perfect one! My daughter also LOVES her 'babies' and has quite a few but her favorite (believe it or not) was (and still is) the four dollar and 88 cent doll we picked up at Walmart one day. It is a great size for a 15 month old and it is pretty cute. They have bald plastic heads and plastic arms and legs but a soft, beany body. They don'e have a box or anything...just the doll in your choice of a few outfits w/ pacifiers. We bought ours 2 years ago (when they were only 3 dollars and 84 cents!) but they still have them. I plan to keep watching this request so I can find out about other great dolls out there!