As a little girl we can remember playing with our dolls for hours – feeding, dressing and caring for them like they were our real-life friends (they were…weren’t they?). Kids seem to have a natural attraction to babies and dolls, and they are wonderful toys that help teach them important qualities like empathy and affection, and are one of the best toys for imaginative play.
Whether you’re looking for your baby’s first doll, or something unique and new for your tweens budding collection, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve tested these toys in real-life situations – with babies, girls and boys, toddlers and tweens – and have only recommended the cream of the crop. The ones that they naturally gravitated towards, played with for the longest, and never wanted to let go. Ever.
You can’t go wrong with any from our list – they’ll be the ones that have to sleep next to them at night or join you at the dinner table. And don’t miss the section with our must-have doll accessories – these items really take creative play to a whole new level.