Baby Doll Suggestions?

Updated on May 19, 2011
A.P. asks from Brookline, MA
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hi everyone--

my 2-year-old daughter is now getting into pretend play with her animals (putting them to bed, giving them baths, etc.). i've made her a cloth diaper to use with them, which she likes, but she really seemed to enjoy playing with some baby dolls at a playspace. i'm all for getting her a doll, but so many of them simply look creepy! she doesn't like ones with eyelids that open and close (totally with her on that one), and i don't like any that need batteries or use pacifiers (figure why bring that back into our lives :).

can anyone recommend a sweet-looking baby doll that won't break the bank that my daughter might want to play with for a few years?


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thanks everyone-- i really appreciate the suggestions and will look into them. if anyone else has recommendations, pass them along!

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answers from Lincoln on

We've always had the target brand or cabbage patch. My older daughter loved them all the same and so far so does my 20 month old!

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answers from Boston on

The American Girl Bitty Baby Doll is a very good choice, if you want her to play with it for a few years. My daughters received theirs for Christmas when they were about 1-1/2 years old, and they and their friends would play with them up until they were 10-12 years old. We did acquire a lot of clothes & accessories over the years, as well. You can always go to the American Girl Store at Natick Collection to check them out in person. If you're willing to spend the money, the Starter Collection is a good way to start, all of the accessories are in separate boxes, so they can be given over a period of time, such as Birthdays/holidays, etc.

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answers from Dallas on

Stella dolls are cute. We bought one for our two year old. It has a pacifier, but it's magnetized, so you can remove it and it won't make the baby look weird or anything. And, she won't be able to suck on that pacifier.

We have the Manhattan Toy Stella Doll here:

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answers from Minneapolis on

For my daycare kids I just buy the very basic Fisher Price Little Mommy newborn doll. Locally I had to seek them out, but when I did find them (Kmart..someplace I never ever shop at ), they are inexpensive (a single for about $12 and if you can find the twins set for about $20).

We have 6 of them. Eyes do not open and close and I hve made little velcro diapers for them and some simple nighties for clothes. Bandana's make great blankets or small pieces of fleece leftover form baby blankets I have made. My kids call them "hankie blankies" for the dolly's.



answers from San Antonio on

I love the Baby Stella doll and so does my three-year old. She recieved her when she was two and loves to play with her as she is soft and cuddly and comes with a pacifier that has a magnet so it stays on. I got it online thru target.



answers from San Francisco on

a cloth waldorf dool! they are great! They are very simple. A true waldorf doll is supposed to have no eyes or mouth, but many of they do come with a suggestion of a mouth and eyes. they area little expensive, but they last a life time. My daughter plays with mine from when i was 5! you can also buy a kit, it you are crafty. I made both my girls little dolls, and they are very special. I think you can find then at, or, or just google it :)



answers from Allentown on

I quite liked the Baby Alive -- I know what you mean about some of them being positively creepy, but i thought Baby Alive dolls were cute.



answers from Kansas City on

The fisher price little mommy dolls are really cute.My Daughter really liked hers.



answers from Dallas on

My daughter loves her fisher price little mommy doll. Just make sure to get a bald baby, so you don't have to worry about tangled hair.



answers from Tulsa on

The fisher price one is cheap, but it wears out fast. plus, they have few clothes.
Water babies could be filed with water and are great in the tub, but I think they quit making them. Sometimes walmart gets them at Christmas.


answers from Los Angeles on

My 2 year old loves dolls. The one I am currently ordering for her for Christmas is...
Other ones she has are the generic ones from walmart and target, a baby alive all gone doll, and a you and me dolls from toys r us.
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answers from Dallas on

I think Corolle dolls are cute, but expensive. So is Bitty Baby by American Girl - cute but expensive. Target sells a cute one and I think it is called Mommy and Me. They have different ones. They also have Circo brand that can be bathed. Just your basic baby doll. My daughter has so many I cannot keep up, but hopefully that gives you a good place to start!!!




answers from Omaha on

I also recommend Baby Stella!

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