How to choose a doll or doll set, selection tips and reviews
Doll – a toy made in the form of a human figure. With her help, the girl learns the world around her, develops her imagination, tries on various social roles (mother, wife, doctor, singer, teacher) and thus gets to know herself better. A favorite doll is often the keeper of children’s secrets and a comforter in the failures of the child.
Communication with the doll instills good taste in the girl and develops a sense of style. In addition, with the help of a doll, she masters the simplest skills necessary in everyday life. For example, washing toy dishes or washing doll clothes – this instills responsibility and accuracy in the future hostess. And the doll can also awaken an interest in needlework, as the girl often tries to sew clothes for her.
- Barbie doll
- Bratz dolls
Doll set – Multiple toys included. It can be a full-fledged “family” – “dad”, “mother”, two “children”; “mother and child”, “sisters”, “brothers”, “girlfriends” and more. A set of dolls will allow you to play complex role-playing situations from life and will suit girls from 3-4 years old.
Pups – baby doll By playing with this doll, the child can show her the same care that he feels from his parents, such as pushing in a stroller, changing diapers or feeding from a bottle. Develops the emotional sphere of the child. This toy is suitable for a child from 1 year old.
Accessory set – complements the image of the doll and allows you to make the game more diverse and interesting. Accessories include clothes, shoes, furniture, strollers, houses and more.
Stroller – a toy copy of a baby stroller. Used for riding baby dolls. Some models have carrying bags and other accessories. With the simplest strollers, a child can play from 1.5 years old, and with more “realistic” models – from 3 years old.
Clothes set – several dresses or costumes for the doll. Dressing up a doll is one of the main games of the baby. The more different clothes the doll has, the more situations you can play with it.
Furniture – a toy copy of furniture with which a girl can create a “living space” for dolls. There is furniture for the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and more.
- Crib – a toy copy of the bed where the doll will “rest” It can be purchased instead of bedroom furniture.
House – a toy copy of the house, designed for a comfortable “life” of dolls. There are quite simple houses, but there are entire mansions with several floors, equipped with furniture.
horse/pony – a toy for a doll, “entertaining” her. It can be included as a set with a doll, or sold separately.
Automobile – a toy copy of the car, on which the doll can go on a “trip”. Sometimes it is included in the set, but you can buy it separately.
The theme to which the doll is dedicated largely determines the nature of the game with it. The most popular are dolls-girls and dolls-boys, allowing you to play a large number of life situations. With dolls depicting fashionistas, fairies, mermaids, princesses, brides, sorceresses, doctors, interesting stories can be played, but such toys can hardly be called universal.
A girl should have several dolls of various themes so that she can come up with many games and develop her imagination.
Most often, the doll is made of plastic. However, there are toys made of vinyl – an environmentally friendly, plastic and easy-to-process material. From this material, you can create the most realistic dolls. Fabric (rag dolls) is also used for the production of toys.
suitcase – designed to carry dolls, their wardrobe and accessories. A compact suitcase with a comfortable handle will allow the girl to take toys with her to kindergarten, guests or a trip.
Many dolls can talk, laugh, cry, move and even walk. The more functions a doll has, the more realistic it is and the higher its cost. At the same time, the scope for the girl’s imagination is limited, since she does not need to invent speech and scenarios for the behavior of the toy for the doll. A multifunctional doll is interesting for a child, but still emotionally impoverishes the game.
To 1 year – a toy is more important for a child as a tactile object, and not as a puppet itself. A small rag doll will do, which will be pleasant to the touch for the baby. It is good if the clothes on the toy are bright. Particular attention should be paid to the expression on the face of the doll – kind eyes and a smile will please and calm the child.
2-3 years – at this age, the girl begins to “care” for the doll like a real mother – she feeds, changes clothes, puts her on a potty, carries her in a stroller, sings songs to her. The best option would be a plastic baby doll, dressed in simple clothes (blouses, vests), with movable legs and arms, which can be bathed.
Important: clothes on a doll for a baby under 3 years old should not have small parts that he can tear off and swallow.
3-4 years – the peak of the “maternal” attitude towards the doll in the girl. Therefore, the toy should be like a child – move its arms and legs, have hair that can be combed. It is important that the doll can be put on a chair, given a pacifier, dressed in various clothes (and even put on shoes).
5 years – starting from this age, the girl sees the doll as a “friend” rather than a “daughter”, and games with her become more complex and diverse. The child will be interested in a model doll with long hair that can be styled in hairstyles, a lot of fashion accessories and a large wardrobe. The girl will be happy to teach her “friend” cooking, etiquette, make-up, instill good taste in clothes.
Important: the ideal option would be a doll that looks like its mistress. When choosing, you should focus, first of all, on the same color of eyes and hair. Such a “double doll” will become a real friend for a girl for several years.
- The first requirement for a doll is her safety for a child. It must be made of high-quality non-toxic materials, which is confirmed by the relevant certificates. It is better to buy a doll in specialized stores and give preference to toys of well-known brands.
- It is worth paying attention to the strength of the seams and the reliability of fastening the eyes and other details.
- The doll must be realistic enough (body proportions are observed, opening and closing eyes), sit and stand steadily, hair must be combed well.
- If the doll is equipped with a sound module, then it should not be noticeable.
- It is advisable to buy a doll in the presence of a child. Let the baby choose a toy to her liking.
- The doll should not scare the child. Some details of the toy, for example, too large eyes, can cause a feeling of fear in babies.
Among doll manufacturers, there is no clear division between what products are of high quality and what are not. There is a certain fashion among girls for specific dolls. Most often they are cartoon characters. For example, at one time Bratz dolls were at the peak of popularity, then Winx, Monster High, etc. You should choose the doll that your child is passionate about. However, you need to be prepared for an inflated price.
The group of dolls of the middle and higher price segment is made up of products by Bambi, Defa Lucy, Disney, Jakks, Kiddieland, Lalaloopsy, Mattel, Na-Na, Simba, Smoby, Steffi Love, Polissya, TechnoK. Some models can be quite expensive due to additional equipment or country of origin. But in general, all dolls are of good quality, safe for children.
Fisher-Price, Hasbro, Lotus Onda, Zapf Creation, Paola Reina dolls can be considered expensive. This is due to the popularity of brands, and vice versa, not very large production. There is no particular difference in quality with average price dolls.
Separately, it is worth noting furniture and strollers for dolls (Bino, Hape, Melissa & Doug, Melogo Toys) – often these toys are more expensive than the dolls themselves. Therefore, when buying dolls identical to the living ones (for example, Barbie or baby dolls), it is worth remembering the girl’s likely desire to buy a house or a stroller as well.