So you've already decided you want to give your little girl a baby doll. It's the perfect gift to celebrate a new arrival! And as she grows, she'll want to be just like Mommy, with her own little baby to take care of. But before you get too far in the purchasing process, it’s important to realize that not all baby dolls are created equal.
Just like with most baby toys, it’s crucial that you pay attention to the doll safety features, its quality, and how easy it is to clean.
When you invest the time to pick out the perfect baby doll for your daughter, she will be able to enjoy her doll to the fullest. More importantly, you can relax knowing it’s perfectly safe whether you are with her or not.
Here are 5 no-compromise characteristics every baby doll should have:
Fun for Play
It’s no secret that little children have amazing imaginations. A baby doll is the perfect way to let your child’s imagination illuminate, nurture their playful mind and help develop many other skills. That’s why the one you choose for your daughter should allow her creativity to soar. At the very least, it should have moveable limbs, and extra features like eyes that blink just add to the fun.
This interaction teaches your daughter responsibility, and as she learns to care for her doll, she will learn to care for herself.
Your daughter is unlike any other little girl out there, and her doll should be the same way. Some children prefer dolls that look like them, while others just want one that they view as beautiful. Try to locate a doll that showcases your daughter’s personality (one that ties in her favorite hobbies) and you can’t go wrong.
If there is one thing that is a guarantee, it’s that your daughter will make a mess at some point in time that will get on her doll (markers, anyone?). Hey, she takes it everywhere with her, so it’s no surprise. The important thing is that you can easily clean the doll to make it look like new.
Most soft dolls are machine washable, while the vinyl ones can be easily wiped with a soft cloth to keep it looking fresh.
Even though your daughter will want to set up her baby doll, feed her and change her diaper, she will also want to snuggle with it. The one you choose doesn’t necessarily have to be made out of fabric (although, if your little one is a huge nurturer, this isn’t a bad idea), but it does need to be safe to sleep with. After all, what is a doll for if not to share the love?
Last but certainly not least, the point most near and dear to our hearts at Madame Alexander is high quality craftsmanship – so much so, our literal trademark is “Love is in the details.”
The doll you choose for your daughter needs to be well made. Why? Because the last thing you want is for the pieces to start falling off and turn into choking hazards. Not only that, but chances are your little girl is going to bond with her baby doll, and you don’t want to have to get throw is out before she is ready because it’s falling apart.
When you think of the years of love a baby doll can give, going with a high-quality option is worth it.
So how about you? What do you feel are the most important features you look for when searching for a baby doll? Let us know in the comments below!