“What is the best baby doll for my little girl?” I get asked this question all the time so I am finally sharing my favorite baby doll brands, age recommendations, and accessories for a child’s first baby doll – just in time for Christmas!
Having four girls we know a thing about baby dolls! For a first doll my advice is to choose one doll that can last for several years. The stuffed animal dolls are cute but in my experience babies prefer more lifelike dolls. Here are three of my favorites:
Made in France, Corolle has been a trusted doll brand for years. And they are quite affordable. Corolle has dolls for 9 months and 2 years but I say skip those and just buy the “Mon Premier” doll recommended for age 18 months+. (Perfectly fine to give at 12 months, in my opinion.) The soft body makes her easy to tote around for toddlers but will be enjoyed for several years or more. Several versions of the Mon Premier doll can be found on Amazon and in boutiques.
This is a bigger baby doll so not suitable for a one-year-old in my opinion. More like ages 2 -6. But it is a beautiful doll and holds up very well over the years. I have a friend whose daughter never got into the regular American Girl dolls because she loved “Bitty” so much. There are so many skin types, clothing, and accessory options at American Girl. This changing table is a great find. American Girl accessories are so well made and last. Pottery Barn Kids also has a great diaper bag set (see below).
Tip: order AG items earlier in the holiday season because they tend to go on backorder. And they rarely go on sale. And if you want a less expensive option like Bitty, Pottery Barn Kids’ GOTZ baby dolls are similar. If you can use one of PB Kids’ frequent discount codes it is a much better price!
Baby Doll Accessories
Heed my warning: it’s easy to go overboard with accessories because they are so cute! But I’ve found my children tend to bond with toys – and treat them more carefully – if they aren’t drowning in them. So buy one diaper bag set with a few accessories or one bottle or dish and spoon for a stocking. Corolle, Adora (sold at fine toy stores), and Pottery Barn Kids are some of my favorite accessory brands.
If you are looking to purchase a bigger baby doll accessory I would say a stroller gets more use than a baby bed or changing table or even baby carrier, especially when it comes to ages 1-3. I gathered some of my favorite strollers and accessory ideas here:
Be sure to browse DoSayGive’s Gift Guide for more great gift ideas!