my 3 yr old DD was raving about Barbie at xmas so I ended up buying her a fairy Barbie with purple hair and wings, she loved it and i didn't mind getting it for her as it had the fairy theme to it, some of the Disney princess are quite cute as well
Oh gawd, I hadn't even thought about about the whole getting them dressed/undressed thing. I've had about as much as ican take of that with dd2's baby doll, I don't think I can face starting it all again with even tinier more fiddly stuff!
Ok - new criteria - which dolls are the easiest to get dressed?!
Frazzled - how are the corolle dolls for that? Are the fixings too fiddlyfor a 4 year old?
My dd6 has 2 of those Corolle dolls(last years blacks Cecile and the red headed one).She loves them.I too bought them instead of Barbie and I'm really pleased as they're super quality,beautiful and the clothes are gorgeous.They have nice bodies too.Also because of price we don't have many which I like as I hate the disposable feel of Barbie.
My dd actually finds them easy to dress/undress.She has a Gotz Hannah doll which she finds harder for some reason.Hannah is lovely too,a proper little girl's body.The clothes although expensive(same as Corolle) are better in that there are more and you can buy shoes.There are sites which sell cheaper(but still nice) clothes that fit.
My dd loves doing their hair.The hair on both dolls is brilliant ie doesn't turn to frizz after 1 day like Barbie. Hannah is a friend for dd and the Les Cheries dolls are more those she likes to style iykwim. They're v portable too.DD had one of her Les Cheries dolls when she went into hospital and it was a fab size.If you Google around you can get bargains on last years models of Les Cheries.
If you need advice e-mail Cate on Bambolina. She gets back to you very quickly and is happy to give advice,twas v helpful when I had questions to ask. Bambolina sells lots of lovely dolls,both the brands I mentioned. They're more expensive than Barbie but we pooled dd's bday and Xmas money so she had less tat for landfill and a doll to pass on to her dd which I like too.