Find the perfect baby doll to help your toddler learn, grow, and unleash their creativity. Check out our list of the best baby dolls for toddlers.
Our children’s early years are incredibly different from our own. They have access to technology, screens, more toys than you can imagine, and so many types of school programs. One thing that hasn’t changed is the benefit of playing with baby dolls.
Do you remember playing with baby dolls as a kid? It’s likely your parents do, too. They have been a favorite toy for children for thousands of years. Evidence of them in ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece show that dolls have been a staple for millennia. The ones you played with aren’t new either. Modern examples found life in 15th century Germany.
Baby dolls are more than just toys. They’re an outlet for kids to grow, learn, and play their way from toddlerhood into childhood. They unleash creativity and teach skills like compassion and empathy.
The best baby dolls for toddlers are those that match your toddler’s unique needs. Are you on the hunt for a doll your child will love? Check out our list of baby dolls geared for toddlers below.
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Every baby doll we chose for inclusion on our list is first and foremost safe for a toddler. None include any small pieces or easy to break parts that may cause choking hazards.
We tended to prefer soft dolls that are easy to hug and care for rather than dolls made exclusively from plastic. Our list also tends to contain dolls with features that help parents encourage new skills such as potty training, caring and empathy, and fine motor skills.
However, we also know that sometimes the magic of a doll is in the comfort it provides, so we hunted down dolls that serve the sole purpose of being good cuddlers, too.
Are you looking for the perfect baby doll for your toddler? There are so many out there that it’s difficult to know where to start. Do you find the doll with the most features, or choose the cutest of the lot?
We put together a list of what we think are the best baby dolls for toddlers that represent each section of the market so you can find the doll with all the features you want—and none of the features you don’t.
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With so many toys available on the market, you might wonder why baby dolls still make a great choice for kids. After all, there are toys out there that teach your four-year-old how to code.
Even with the increase in the type of toys available, baby dolls are perfect for children age one and up because their person-like status helps children of all genders grow and develop into tiny humans ready to go out into the world to play, learn, and grow with other tiny humans.
Baby dolls are the perfect type of toy for early social skill development. When toddlers play with their doll, they learn to be nice and kind to others as well as how to cooperate. They also learn how to nurture others, which is important as they make friends and enter classrooms and if they find themselves with new siblings. In the same vein, dolls also make excellent tools for developing skills like empathy and compassion.
The baby dolls with features also make excellent training tools for general living skills. Products like “potty training” dolls teach children responsibility and model good behavior through play. Experts agree that drink-and-wet dolls model the proper way to use a toilet and motivate kids to do it themselves. The dolls that come without diapers are particularly helpful because they teach kids not to rely on diapers and use the toilet all the time.
Dolls as training tools can be invaluable assets for parents because skill development through play is fun and helps them understand how to care for themselves as well as their siblings and pets. Imagination is another benefit of play generally, and dolls are a great subject for imagination.
Finally, there’s no limit to what children can come up with when playing with their dolls, and their dolls don’t come with the same constraints that other learning toys do because there’s no prompt to digest or directions to follow. With a doll, children can play freely and reach peak creativity.
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