August 10, 2014
How to Select a Baby Doll !
Recently we received the following article from the Madame Alexander Doll Company on selecting a baby doll - we felt it was worthwhile to pass it on, so here it is!
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 easily it is to clean.
When you invest the time to pick out the perfect baby doll for your daughter (Note: or granddaughter) 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 (Note: or son) should allow her/his creativity to soar. At the very least, it should have movable limbs and extra features like eyes that blink just add to the fun.
This interaction teaches your child responsibility, and as s/he learns to care for the doll, s/he will learn to care for herself.
Your daughter/son is unlike any child out there, and their doll should be the same way. Some children prefer dolls that look like them, while others just want one they view as beautiful. Try to locate a doll that showcases your child's personality (one that ties in with favorite hobbies) and you can't go wrong.
If there is one thing that is a guarantee, it's that your child will make a mess at some point in time that will get on the doll (markers, anyone?). Hey, it goes everywhere with her/him, 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 child will want to set up the baby doll, feed it and change the diaper, s/he 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 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 child needs to be well made. Why? Because the last thing you want is the pieces to start falling off and turn into choking hazards. Not only that, but chances are your child is going to bond with the baby doll and you don't want to have to throw it out before she is ready because the doll is falling apart!
When you think of the years of love a baby doll can give, going with a high-quality option is worth it.
Slight modifications in this article were made to allow for boys having baby dolls also!
Dolls pictured as follows, top to bottom:
* My Baby Sister - 12 inch Doll
* Baby Cuddles with Accessories - 14 inch Doll
* My Baby Brother - 12 inch Doll
* Baby Cuddles Hearts a Flutter, African American - 14 inch Doll
* Pink Bunny Huggums - 12 inch Doll
* Honeycomb Flower Pussy Cat - 14 inch Doll