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A cute baby doll is something many children adore. The kid in your life might want a soft cuddle buddy to sleep with a night or a doll that comes with a few outfits for a dress up session. As you browse, you’ll want to decide what size would be best for your child, and consider the different accessory options and interactive opportunities.
Here are the best baby dolls for every taste and budget.
Adora Playtime "Little Prince" 13 inch Baby Boy Doll
Each doll is machine washable
Ideal for kids 12 months and up
Extra accessories must be purchased separately
Adora Friends dolls are 18-inch dolls with individual, unique styles. Every year, Adora creates a new doll in their line, inspired by the vision and drawings from a contest submission by young Adora Doll fans. There are dozens of accessories and outfits that can be purchased separately that you can use to further personalize your child's doll. Each doll is machine washable, non-toxic, and perfect for kids ages 12 months and up.
"Right out of the box, the Adora PlayTime Baby Doll was a huge hit with both my 3-year-old daughter and my 6-year-old son. Each thought the Little Prince version we selected was adorable and immediately went about building him his own place to sleep...so he’d be cozy in his new home."—Nicholas McClelland, Product Tester
Corolle Mon Doudou Babibunny 2-in-1 Musical Baby Doll & Nightlight
Can be enjoyed by younger babies
Plays eight different soothing songs
Doesn't have variety in scents
These baby dolls have a delicious vanilla scent and strike the balance of looking both realistic and adorable. The 12-inch Babibunny Night Light is snuggly enough for younger babies, and is just the right size for small hands to fit around. As your child gets older, they'll be able to press the tummy to create a soft glow (the light shuts off after five minutes) and play eight different soothing songs. And since where there are babies, there are messes, parents will love that they can remove the battery case and machine wash the doll on the delicate setting.
HABA Snug-up Doll Luis
Safe for infants
Beanie bottom helps him sit upright
Small compared to other dolls
Haba's 8-inch Luis, which has a sewn-on outfit, is another one of the best baby dolls for young babies, and one of the few boy-themed dolls that's safe for infants. He's machine washable and completely plush, with a soft beanie bottom that helps him sit upright.
American Girl Joss™ Doll & Book
Doll includes a backstory
Comes with extra accessories
Every American Girl doll has a backstory and Joss is no different. She's a cheerleader, loves to surf, and is hard of hearing. She comes with a cozy hoodie, swimsuit, shorts, and a hearing aid. Joss is sure to provide hours of playtime, imagination, and inspiration.
Disney Junior Mira Royal Detective 10-Inch Mira Detective Doll
Comes with extra accessories to play with
Based off of popular Disney show
For kids absolutely obsessed with the Mira, Royal Detective show, they absolutely need the Mira doll. She stands 10 inches tall and comes with a magnifying glass necklace that can be used to reveal a special pattern on her dress. She's perfect for kids ages three and up who love the Disney show or who just appreciate a bit of mystery.
Mary Meyer Taggies Developmental Baby Doll
Small and portable
Smaller than other baby dolls
This small, affordable baby doll from Taggies isn't just safe for babies to play with—it's built for it! The doll features a mix of textured tags that help even the youngest children practice grasping and holding, both of which are important fine motor skills. It's machine washable and at just 8 inches tall, it's an ideal size for tiny hands.
Manhattan Toy Snuggle Pods Sweet Pea
Helps kids practice their fine motor skills
Fun for all ages
Additional purchases required for some accessories
This doll makes the perfect lovey in the beginning, and as your child gets older they'll love incorporating it into pretend play. Taking the doll in and out of its pod helps kids practice their fine motor skills, and the cozy bunting will make your toddler feel like they're caring for a baby all their own. Besides this adorable pea pod, you can get dolls that nestle into a bunny, bug, or peanut—or get two peas in one pod (twins!).
Manhattan Toy Wee Baby Stella Beige
Comes in a variety of skin tones
Includes magnetic plush pacifier
Additional accessories available for purchase
Recommended for children age one and older, cuddly Baby Stella dolls come in a variety of skin tones and hairstyles. Your child is likely to become obsessed with the magnetic mouth, which the included plush pacifier can stick to (don't be surprised if they spend hours simply putting it on and taking it off). A magnetic bottle is also available as part of a feeding set that's sold separately, and the company makes dozens of outfits and themed accessories like beach items, rain gear, a bathtub, diaper bag, and stroller.
Baby Alive Baby Shark Brown Hair Doll
Diverse range of dolls
Includes a number of fun accessories
Not as durable as other dolls
Inspired by the "Baby Shark" song, this waterproof baby doll is meant to be taken in the bath. She's got a funky shark tail and hood, and a swimsuit underneath with—you guessed it—baby sharks on the front. Best for kids ages 3 and up, there's a choice of pink, blue, or yellow shark outfit, each with different skin tones and hair color.
American Girl Bitty Baby Doll #1
Dolls come with a diaper and sleeper
Designed for kiddos ages 3 and older
Diverse range of dolls available
American Girl dolls don't come cheap, but the quality is high: Your child could easily end up passing on theirs to a sibling and maybe even their own kid one day. The 15-inch Bitty Baby dolls come in a mix of different skin tones and hair colors, and have snuggly cloth bodies and eyes that open and close. Each doll comes with a diaper and a sleeper, and there are tons of accessories available to personalize your child's doll to their interests. They're designed for children ages 3 and older.
Baby Alive Step ‘N Giggle Baby Brown Hair Doll with Light-Up Shoes
Comes with adorable accessories
Dolls can say more than 25 phrases
Are available in six different styles
Can be a noisy product
Hasbro's Baby Alive line has incredibly tricked-out dolls, and this one, aimed at kids 3 and up, is no exception. They come with relatable accessories like light-up shoes and eyeglasses, and can eat, drink, talk, giggle, walk, and dirty their diaper after drinking from a sippy cup. Each doll can say more than 25 phrases, and if you lay them down flat, they'll even yawn and say, "I'm tired." The Step and Giggle dolls come in six different styles (three boys and three girls) and have two language modes (English or Spanish) as well as the choice of addressing your child as "Mommy" or "Daddy."
Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Annie Drink & Wet Doll
Can be posed in different ways
Comes with extra doll accessories
Baby features interactive features
This 12-inch doll from Melissa & Doug is a solid option for the 3-and-up set. She can be posed in different ways, does the drink-and-wet thing, and comes with extras like a bottle and a potty seat, so playing with her may help get kids familiar with the idea of toilet training. Her eyes also open and close and she's able to suck on either her thumb or the included pacifier.
DINKUM DOLL Sprout
Portion of doll proceeds is donated
Able to change outfits
Olli Ella's 14-inch Dinkum dolls feel cozy but also collectible, thanks to their soft cotton fabrics, intricate embroidery, and sweet details like rainbows over their hearts. They can be set into poses, have their hair brushed into different styles, and their outfits are removable, down to the socks, shoes, and diaper. There's also a feel-good factor for parents, since Olli Ella donates a portion of the proceeds from each doll to Save the Children, a youth-focused nonprofit that focuses on health and education.
What to Look for in a Baby Doll
The average size for a baby doll is between 14 and 18 inches, but some are available in even smaller sizes. Younger children and toddlers may find it easier to tote around a smaller doll, while older children may enjoy playing with a larger doll that's more lifelike.
Dolls can come equipped with lifelike animations and functions for your child to respond to—like feeding, crying, diaper changes, and even app connectivity. Others leave much to the imagination and require no batteries or technology.
The right accessories can help your child use their imagination when playing with their doll. Some popular ones include clothing, toys, strollers, or themed playsets.
Children enjoy diverse doll friends, but for too long, blond hair and blue eyes were often the default for baby dolls. Today, many toy manufacturers make dolls that reflect all races. If you are shopping for children who are not White, we recommend that you buy dolls that look like them, so they can see themselves in their toys.
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This article was written by Keriann Wilmot, a pediatric occupational therapist and toys expert. The founder and owner of ToyQueen.com, she has years of experience reviewing toys and apps for kids, sharing information related to both the user and educational experience. To make this list, she considered each pick's size, interactivity, identity, and accessories.