Ballerina dolls tend to be stiff and hard to handle. Not these Big Sister dolls. Available in African American or Caucasian versions, these 22" all fabric dolls are adorable with their yarn hair, pink headbands with roses, pink satin and tulle tutu and pink ballet slippers. These sweet dolls are a little on the chubby side and have stitched features and are sure to thrill any big sister. They come with blonde or brunette yarn hair. 3 & up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.
Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
Irresistibly huggable 22” sand colored monkey with velvety snout, ears and paws. Slightly under stuffed this is covered in a plush that is both short and long so that it feels super soft and looks unusual in a positive way. Smushy’s features are stitched and he sports a peach ribbon. The long arms, legs and tail make this a perfect choice for toddlers who prefer their huggables big enough to fill their arms…yet need them to be light enough for easy lugging about. Although the neck ribbon is stitched on the manufacturer’s tag says to remove the ribbon before giving the monkey to a small child. Also available in 14” size for $17. 2 & up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.
Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009.
Muffy fans will adore the new trunk with built in bunk beds ($90) for playing and storing two dolls and accessories. Pricey but very special! PLATINUM AWARD '99. We think this Muffy Bear dressed in a rabbit costume is a winner ($60) although pretty pricey. Check out some of the simpler versions of Muffy. Testers also liked the Hoppy Starter Set, a good place to begin at a great price. Also, Muffy Stuff ($20), a soft carry case for traveling bears. 6 & up.
Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 1999. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
This continues to be a BLUE CHIP collection of soft 13" multi-ethnic dolls with stitched features, yarn hair, and groovy clothes. Happily, there is a boy doll in this line. Still the superlative gift, consider Supersize Yvette or Gwen ($50 each 5), a 40" child-sized fabric doll that’s like a pretend play pal. We found the new Groovy Girls’ PetRageous ($16.99) disappointing. If you didn’t see the hangtags you wouldn’t know they were from the same folks—they lack the wonderful design quality and spirit of the dolls. 3 & up.
Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
This bright yellow cart with baby seat is more gender free than most doll carriers. Lends itself to more open-ended pretend shopping and simply carting treasures about games. Room for a doll or teddy bear simply makes it more like the real thing.
SNAP INFO: Solidly built for lots of pretend, this shopping cart has a seat for doll or teddy when kids need a shopping spree play time.
Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 1995. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
15" soft-bodied Bitty Baby dolls with vinyl heads, arms and legs have been updated to allow for more options to customize. You have a choice of 11 dolls with differnt hair, skin and eye color combintions. Each doll arrives in a signature sleeper and a Bitty Baby & Me picture book. The updated doll now has a hairline brought forward and eyebrows for a more realistic look. The upper body was also redesigned with arms brought forward -- for better huggability. Beautiful clothes and furniture accessories available. We also recommend the Bitty Baby Twins (boy and girl toddler dolls $115). As always there are extra outfits for the baby and matching clothes for the child.
Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.
Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: .
This collection is now celebrating its tenth anniversary and is still a huge hit with our testers. You won't know which to pick from this group of 8" blond, brunette, Asian, and African American dolls. Each comes with a stylish outfit and with plenty of long hair for brushing. New for 2012, an adorable brunette with a pink hair band and floral dress.
Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.
As princesses go, you won't find any as pretty as these charming old-fashioned flip dolls with a fair-haired princess at one end and a brunette (with a darker skin tone) at the other. Both wear crowns, of course! A very old-fashioned doll that transforms with imagination (not batteries). Equally special, Fancy Prancy Princesses ($14 each ). Pick a 9" princess wearing taffeta gowns with sparkling stardust safely stitched under a layer of netting. Each has a small gold crown and velboa hair.
Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2003. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
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