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The Best Dolls For Children – Guide

Not only do many girls love to play with dolls. Many boys also enjoy making up their own little stories and role-play for them. This stimulates their imagination and they begin to take on their first responsibilities, as they have to make sure that the doll’s needs are met. Many dolls have some great features in this regard, which further increase the fun for your child.

To help you find the right doll for your child, we have compiled a checklist for you that provides you with all the important information. Our product recommendations will also help you choose the right doll for your child.

Checklist For Dolls

  • Soft cloth dolls are ideal for the youngest ages. They are easy to transport and cuddle. Hand puppets and waterproof dolls also provide fun for little ones.
  • From about three years old, kids want to make doll play more imaginative. At this age, baby dolls and movable dolls (with or without functions) like to be fed, washed, and cared for. At around four years of age, role-playing comes to the fore.
  • Doll clothes and other accessories help to re-enact experiences and imagined things. By the start of elementary school at the latest, older-looking dolls such as Barbie become interesting, although Mattel is already targeting the three- to seven-year-old age group.
Size And Weight Of The Doll
  • Size and weight should be in proportion to the child so that the doll can be easily carried.
Small Parts And Fragility
  • The younger the child, the simpler the doll should be. This way there is no risk of parts being swallowed.
  • Before buying any doll, you should ask yourself if the doll serves stereotypes or teaches your child wrong values. Generally, it is recommended that the child recognizes himself or his family in the doll.
  • Dolls with functions can, for example, drink, go potty, make baby sounds or complete sentences . Observe how your child plays with the doll and encourage other scenarios so that play is not limited to the doll’s functionality.
Doll Accessories
  • Four- to six-year-olds are beginning to create new fantasy worlds for themselves and their dolls. Doll accessories such as a dollhouse or a play kitchen help with this.

We have compiled the best and most interesting dolls. You can find the list with our product recommendations here.

Hand Puppets

Cloth Dolls

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Waldorf Dolls And Käthe Kruse Dolls

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Life-Like Baby Dolls

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Dolls With Special Functions

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Barbie Dolls

Barbie GML79 Modern Princess Prance & Shimmer Horse
  • Barbie Modern Princess Prance & Shimmer Horse
  • Inspired by Barbie Princess Adventure, this Barbie doll and horse set transports young dreamers to a faraway land where imagination reigns
  • With 3 original songs, over 25 light and sound combinations and realistic actions like nuzzling and prancing, this royal pet inspires endless imaginative fun
  • Touch the horse's tiara to see her hooves, tiara and bridle light up as she nuzzles and neighs
  • Press the button near the horse's tail and tilt her back on her hind legs to activate a magical light show, play a song and see her dance to the tune
  • Multilingual (Publication Language)
Barbie Playset with Barbie and Chelsea Blonde Dolls, 2 Horses with Bobbling Heads and 15+ Toy Accessories that Include Corral Fencing, Feeding, Grooming, Nurturing and Horseback Riding Pieces
  • Young horse lovers will go wild for the Barbie Hugs 'n Horses playset that comes with 2 dolls, 2 horses, a puppy and 15+ accessories!
  • The horse and pony have heads that bobble to mimic real movement -each also has a colored saddle, bridle and reins for horseback riding role-play!
  • Kids can create their own horse corral with fencing pieces that connect!
  • Horse lovers can adopt these pets and care for them with accessories that include a feeding trough and bucket, apples and carrots, a bale of hay, a bottle, a basket and a blanket!
  • An included brush is perfect for grooming the horse and pony's soft manes and tails.
  • Barbie doll and Chelsea doll are ready to ride wearing casual outfits and riding boots -a cactus on Barbie doll's t-shirt is a perfect statement.
  • Each doll also has a helmet for realistic role-play fun!
  • Makes a great gift for kids who love animals, especially horses -simply set up the fence as home base and let imagination ride because when a girl plays with Barbie, she imagines everything she can become!
  • Multilingual (Publication Language)
​Barbie Dreamtopia Dress Up Doll Gift Set, 12.5-Inch, Blonde with Princess, Fairy and Mermaid Costumes for 3 to 7 Year Olds, Multicolor
  • Let your dreams run, dive and fly with Barbie Dreamtopia Fairytale Dress-up doll sets that come with a Barbie doll and three different fantasy outfits -a mermaid, a fairy AND a princess!
  • The pieces can be mixed and matched to create a classic fairytale look or a unique character in an instant -each piece features whimsical details, like butterfly print and gemstone details.
  • The princess look comes to life with a colorful snap-on bodice, shimmery skirt with butterfly print, a pink tiara and pink shoes.
  • The mermaid look makes waves with a sea shell top, a tail with a sea-inspired print and shimmery white fins.
  • The fairy look takes off with a colorful snap-on bodice, a fairy skirt with a bright butterfly print and pink wings with whimsical details.
  • Imaginations 3 to 7 years old can create so many sweet stories with this Barbie doll and dress up gift set. Collect more Barbie Dreamtopia dolls and accessories and let your stories take flight (each sold separately, subject to availability).
  • Multilingual (Publication Language)
Mermaid Barbie Doll with Light-Up Rainbow Tail, Barbie Dreamtopia Mermaid Toys, Colorful Look with Tiara​​​
  • Make a real splash with this magical light-up Barbie mermaid doll!
  • Dip Barbie Rainbow Lights Mermaid doll into water to see her mermaid tail glimmer with colorful lights inspired by a sparkling rainbow!
  • Press the button in Barbie doll’s necklace to switch her to “on” mode, and dip her into the tub or pool to activate the light show.
  • Bring the magic ashore -- you can push the button in the doll’s necklace to enjoy the light show without water.
  • Rainbow fins, a “pearl”-decorated belt, pink-streaked hair and a princess tiara complete the head-to-toe magical mermaid look.
  • Multilingual (Publication Language)
Barbie Travel Doll, Blonde, with Puppy, Opening Suitcase, Stickers and 10+ Accessories, for 3 to 7 Year Olds
  • Send curious minds around the world with Barbie doll and a travel-themed set inspired by Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures that comes with a puppy for a travel companion, luggage and more than 10 accessories!
  • Barbie doll's pink suitcase has a collapsible handle and opens and closes for packing and unpacking fun -decorate it with the included sheet of stickers (like emojis and a pink passport).
  • Iconic travel items included in the set are decorated with bright colors and fun decals – there's a neck pillow, headphones, eye mask, water bottle, toothbrush, toothpaste, camera and cell phone.
  • Barbie doll is ready to visit places near and far wearing a denim shirtdress with a colorful belt detail and trendy sneakers to match -a pair of sunglasses adds the finishing touch.
  • With so many fun travel pieces, this Barbie set makes a great gift for young explorers and fans of the series because when a girl plays with Barbie, she imagines everything she can become!
  • Multilingual (Publication Language)

Doll Accessories

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The Best Sellers Of Dolls

In a list of bestsellers we have compiled the most popular dolls for you.

Tip: The best Hand puppets you can find here

Current Offers Of Dolls

You can find the best current offers on dolls in this list.

SaleBestseller Nr. 2
Kindi Kids Snack Time Friends - Pre-School Play Doll, Marsha Mello - for Ages 3+ | Changeable Clothes and Removable Shoes - Fun Play, for Imaginative Kids
Kindi Kids Snack Time Friends - Pre-School Play Doll, Marsha Mello - for Ages 3+ | Changeable Clothes and Removable Shoes - Fun Play, for Imaginative Kids
Meet marsha Mello and discover the world of Kindi Kids and their rainbow kindi!; My head bobbles and wobbles!
$24.99 −13%
SaleBestseller Nr. 3
The Clown Doll
The Clown Doll
Sarah T. Cohen, Jon-Scott Clark, Peter Cosgrove (Actors); Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
$14.99 −25%
SaleBestseller Nr. 5
Barbie Pop Star Doll Dressed In Iridescent Skirt with Microphone and Pink Hair, Gift for 3 to 7 Year Olds
Barbie Pop Star Doll Dressed In Iridescent Skirt with Microphone and Pink Hair, Gift for 3 to 7 Year Olds
Dream big with Barbie career dolls!; Barbie pop star doll makes a perfect gift for young music lovers and musicians.
$10.99 −55%

FAQ About Dolls

What is a doll?

A doll usually resembles a human baby and children like to use it for playing. Often, this also has functions that further enhance this humanity. For example, some dolls can make sounds or speak individual sentences.

What brands of dolls are there?

There are numerous doll brands. Baby Born and Baby Annabel are very well known. They also offer many different outfits and functions of the dolls, such as drinking or going to the potty. In addition, there are also everyday items such as potties or chairs for the dolls.

How can you recognize a valuable doll?

The doll should be well made and look very realistic. Especially the face with eyes, nose and mouth is crucial. The use of real colors is already an advantage.

How much does a doll cost?

The prices for dolls are very different. It depends on the functions, size and accessories. So you get a simple rag doll already from 5€. Others with drinking and wine functions, on the other hand, cost from 20€ upwards.

How long do children play with dolls?

A clear answer is not possible here. Every child is different and develops differently. However, with the onset of school years, children usually begin to take an interest in Barbie dolls and slowly leave Baby Born and similar dolls behind. Barbie can be styled quite differently and is therefore very popular for role play.

Which dolls look like real babies?

There are so-called Reborn Babies, which are actually usually very similar to a real baby. However, these are often relatively expensive and are therefore not necessarily suitable for your child to play with. Since they are lifelike, they usually have a higher weight and are therefore very heavy. For this reason, they are mainly suitable for older children.

Which doll is suitable for a toddler?

This usually depends on the age of your child. If it is still relatively small, you should not buy a doll with too many functions, otherwise your child may be overwhelmed and not further engaged with the doll. Therefore, you should adapt the doll to the age of your child.

From what age can a child play with a doll?

There is no guideline as to when a child can start playing with a doll. It is important not to overtax your child and to give him a simple doll without many functions at the beginning. If your child is already a little older, he or she will be able to concentrate much better and take care of a doll with more functions

How big is a doll?

For smaller children a doll from 30 centimeters is suitable. However, if your child is already taller, he or she can play optimally with a doll that is 40 centimeters tall.

What accessories are available for dolls?

There are many accessories for dolls. Your child can style them for any occasion with the right clothes or buy doll furniture and doll houses.

Charlotte is passionate about writing for the Elternkompass. In her free time, her son Emil likes to keep her on her toes and together they spend a lot of time outdoors, walking around their home city of Leipzig. In her product recommendations, Charlotte shares her experiences with you.