Although your little one isn’t able to clothe and feed themselves, they sure do love rocking, burping and bottle feeding their baby doll. Nurturing comes second nature to toddlers because they learn from the best: Through the tender love and care you show your child, you’re teaching them how to love and care for another, and baby dolls are the perfect guinea pig for tots to test out their own care-taking skills.
Oftentimes a baby doll becomes a child’s first best friend: They’ll tote them everywhere they go, cuddling, kissing and imagining all the while. And what starts out as a sweet companionship blossoms into a pretend play that’s immensely beneficial to your toddler’s development. Through creative role playing, your sweetie’s fine motor skills and nurturing instincts can only improve — plus you get to watch them mimic your ways of parenting, which is super entertaining. Here are the best baby dolls to welcome into your family.
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1. Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Twins Luke & Lucy Dolls
Double trouble or double the fun? Melissa & Doug’s Mine to Love baby dolls are the sweetest pair. Twins Luke and Lucy (or whatever your child decides their names are) come fully coordinated with removable rompers and caps, and eyes that open and close. Each doll is 15 inches long and has flexible arms so your little one can reposition their baby to suck its thumb or the included pacifier. Simple yet oh so loveable, Mine to Love baby dolls are the perfect companion for toddlers 18 months and older.
2. JC Toys La Baby Washable Soft Baby Doll
Each 16-inch La Baby doll was handcrafted by a designer in Spain. The result? Realistic looking baby dolls with wrinkles, creases and features meticulously placed, and skin that looks and feels as authentic as a play thing’s skin can. Plus, parents can choose from caucasian, African American and Asian ethnicities so their little one has a companion that looks just like them.
3. The New York Doll Collection Baby Dolls
The New York Doll Collection acknowledges that it’s important to represent a variety of ethnicities, which is why their baby dolls come in a wide array of backgrounds from Hispanic and Asian to Caucasian and African American. Designed for children ages two and up, each 11-inch doll comes dressed in a darling onesie with a matching hat. The body is made from the softest material so your little one can snuggle their baby all day long.