Choosing dolls your children will enjoy at every age

With hundreds of dolls to choose from, you'll need help narrowing down the options. Here's how to find the perfect companion for your little one.

Choosing dolls your children will enjoy at every age

What doll to choose?

Since ancient times, dolls have been one of the most popular toys for girls (and even boys.) They've never been more popular, and thanks to technology, they've also never been more sophisticated.

Dolls serve a special purpose in the developmental process of a child. They help kids learn to care for others and discover their environment.

Like all toys, the evolution of technology also applies to dolls. Available in countless sizes and styles with different options and limitless possibilities, it's crucial to select products based on quality and durability.

Age appropriate

  • By 20 months, your child will already need a doll.Simplicity, flexibility and safety are the most important criteria.
  • As an exploration device, by the age of two, the doll becomes a trusted companion for the child. At this stage, dolls are a little more elaborate but not necessarily complex. A doll with beautiful hair to brush is an excellent option.
  • At three years of age, the doll becomes a friend as children discover their surroundings. It can even serve as a confidante.Dolls become more sophisticated at this stage with multiple features including programmable singing, speaking and other modes of interacting.
  • Between the ages of five and seven, don’t be surprised if you notice your child developing a strong interest in clothes and fashion with their dolls. At this stage a number of accessories begin to crop up.
  • Finally, by the age of eight to twelve, a straight-up fashion doll will be in order. They are pink, stylized and somewhat understated. "Tween" style dolls have multiple settings, can change their appearance, and perform increasingly complex activities.

Size and weight

Ensure the size and weight of the doll are suitable for the size of the child.It’s important that dolls be lightweight and portable. Some experts suggest that a doll’s dimensions mustn't exceed the distance between the child’s elbow and fingertips.

Premise, equipment and safety

A fabric doll is pliable, light and less prone to breakage. On the other hand, a plastic or rubber doll is more resistant to water and mud and can accompany the child everywhere, even in the bath.

Pay particular attention to small parts and pieces that are sometimes included with the doll. Due to potential choking hazards, Canadian consumer standards require that packaging indicates whether the product is suitable for young children.

Popularity and pricing

Take time to flip through the pages of a catalogue and visit toy store websites with your child. It can be a fun activity to do together, but you’ll also see which dolls excite them and that will make shopping easier. Next, you should comparison shop for the item at different stores, as prices can vary significantly.

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