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Mumto3thatsme · 05/11/2020 21:19

Looking for recommendations for a doll for dd age 3.
What’s your little ones favourite and why?

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Kanaloa · 05/11/2020 21:21

At that age mine loved Baby Annabel. She has a soft body so easy to change clothes. Baby Born is all plastic and it’s hard to get clothes on her. There is also a boy version of Baby Annabel but I don’t remember what he’s called. You can get loads of accessories too, my dd had a baby walker, cot, plenty of outfits and bottles.


Burrit · 05/11/2020 21:23

I don't know what the up to date dolls are these days, but I remember spending most of my childhood desperately wanting a baby anabelle, there seems to be loads of accessories to go with it!


user1493413286 · 05/11/2020 21:23

My DDs favourites are pretty much any that have a soft body and no hair. She has a baby annabel but finds it quite heavy to be carrying about.


ShortSilence · 05/11/2020 21:31

Corolle Bebe Do, which I think was identical to Corolle Eloise: - Eloise Goes to Bed - 14 Inch/35cm Soft Bodied Baby Doll and Accessories [[

It’s really sweet — the face is much more delicately modelled and cute than it looks in the photos. Body is soft. I regard all other baby dolls as demonic nuggets of evil but this one is genuinely nice.

It’s also quite compact and a better size for a younger child to cuddle and carry about than some of the standard ones.

And yes I know it’s a million quid but it was worth every penny, DD loved it SO much.


Autumnpumpkin · 05/11/2020 21:32

My daughter who is also 3 loves the tiny treasure dolls from argos. They are lovely, good weight, lots of options of the doll and accessories too.
I think they are good quality and they have had them half price recently.


ShortSilence · 05/11/2020 21:33


ShortSilence · 05/11/2020 21:35

She really is far cuter than the images convey


mongoosebaby · 05/11/2020 21:36

My 3 year old loves her Baby Alexander (that's the blue outfit wearing Baby Annabel). She also has a much smaller similar style from John Lewis, but it's harder to find outfits for!


AnnaSW1 · 05/11/2020 21:46

Mine love baby Annabel. The soft body one


user686827 · 05/11/2020 23:07

I have a baby doll obsessed 7 year old that plays with nothing else so I think we've had nearly all of them. By FAR her favourite is Baby Born. It is really overpriced for what it does, but I think it is the open ended aspect that makes them so popular. Ones with interactive features are good for very young toddlers, 18 months to 2, but they are gimmicky and don't allow as much imaginative play as they get older in my experience so they tend not to take to them as well. Often those that love Baby Annabel play with her more turned off.

At three, my dd struggled to hold Baby Annabel and Baby Born. There is a new Baby Born that is smaller than the standard Baby Born, I think it is called Baby Born little sister and I think it does all the same things as Baby Born. That is what I would recommend at 3.

My daughter's second favourite doll is the Argos Tiny Treasures doll, which is a realistic weighted doll, similar to a reborn. They also do a smaller version, my son got one aged 3 and it was a great size for him.

The benefit of a hard bodied doll over soft is being able to take it in the bath, take it swimming, take it to the beach etc. My daughter says hard bodied ones feel more realistic and soft bodied ones more like a teddy, but I guess it's individual.

If you really want a sound feature I'd suggest looking at the Baby Alive range, some talk or cry, and they are all a good size for a 3 year old and not too expensive.


Mumto3thatsme · 06/11/2020 13:56

Who would’ve thought they’d be so many opinions...was hoping for an outright winner 😂
Off I go to research your suggestions ❤️

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NoIdea1234 · 06/11/2020 14:10

I second Corolle dolls - just the best quality and prettiest dolls.


legalseagull · 06/11/2020 14:13

I'm getting my DD a luvabella feeding doll. It has a spoon that lights up when you put it in the 'food'. When you put it to her mouth she eats and talks.


InFiveMins · 06/11/2020 18:01

Tiny Treasures. Nice weighted dolls that feel and look more like the 'real thing'. Lots of nice accessories for them too.


jemimajim · 09/03/2021 00:15

Anyone has experience with NPK reborn silicone dolls with soft bodies? NPK website states all dolls meet safety requirements of ASTM F963 and EN71. One I ordered was NPK but from a different seller with no box and no paperwork. Would you worry if a doll doesn’t have a CE label? Would you worry about quite a strong ‘supposedly baby’ smell? Do dolls stop smelling eventually from your experience and if so how long does it take? I washed it with a soap 3x and used alcoholic wipes as well but it still smells though possibly less. It seems NPK dolls are sold mainly on Amazon or Aliexpress. I wonder if I should have shopped for dolls in Argos and similar places which would guarantee safety?


FiloFaxx · 13/03/2021 10:23

My three year old got a Tiny Tears for her birthday and she loves it. It's called "Classic" but doesn't look like the Tiny Tears I had as a child 😂 she loves her but maybe not babyish enough for what you're looking for?


FiloFaxx · 13/03/2021 10:33

Just realised how old this post is - sorry! 🤦🏻‍♀️

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