A soft doll is a great toy and a cute gift idea for baby. Let me introduce you to the world of soft baby dollies, mostly dolls you can dress and undress that is - for ages 12 months and up. Find out which one is the best 1st doll for your little one - be it girl or boy!
Some manufacturers also have additional doll gear and accessories to play with such as doll clothes to change, doll carry cots, doll buggies, doll prams, doll carriers, doll tableware, etc. I will point out some of these to you, too.
This photo shows our favorite soft dollies by Haba: Paola and Lotta dressed as twin dolls by my little daughter;-)
May I introduce you to the Haba doll Nelly (also known as Nele in Europe). This cute soft rag doll is 12" and just about right for tiny hands. I personally would recommend Nelly from 6 months onward - just remove the shoes, the flower and the hairbands at this young age.
It's no coincidence Haba is right on top of the list. Our family's personal favorite soft baby dolls for sure are the ones from Haba! They are high-quality, colorful, have a cute appearance and are great to play with. And they have a great range, so you will find a suitable doll for every kid, also for a boy.
Moreover, they offer quite a lot of accessories and make way for more creative role play with their adorable dolls. Their dolls also have different sizes, so this makes great big / little brothers and sisters if you have more than one.
Haba soft dollies are made in Germany of kids-friendly materials and are very durable. They are made of fabric only, there is no plastic at all. Their lovely faces are stiched on and they have soft chenille hair. The dolls and clothing are hand washable, some items are even machine washable. Most Haba dolls are recommended for 18 months and up.
Haba Soft Baby Dolls sizes:
Haba Dolls accessories:
Let me also mention the two more than cute HABA guardian angels Tine and Toni. They are made of organic cotton and washable and measure 9" / 23cm. Suitable from birth and up, they are an adorable baby gift and also make a great baptism gift both for girls and for boys.
Baby Stella by Manhattan Toy also is a very popular 1st soft baby doll, it is recommended for 12 mo +.
The Stella range comes in various models that all look like babies: Stella Doll (available in peach or beige), Stella Blonde Doll, Stella Brunette Doll, Stella Sweet Sounds and Stella Boy Doll. Manhattan Toy have won the Oppenheim toy portfolio gold seal award in 2006 as well as the Canadian toy testing council 3-star award in 2007 for Stella.
The Stella dolls have embroidered features and soft fleece hair. They all have a removable outfit, a removable diaper and a magnetic pacifier.
15" Baby Stella:
Accessories for Stella include doll clothes and cute doll dress up outfits, a potty training set, a carrier, a day at the beach set, a playtime potty, a moses basket, a stroller, a grocery tote, and more.See them all here.
Corolle stands for French dolls with style. The Corolle brand develops dolls, doll clothes and accessories for the special needs of girls and boys since 1979. Corolle offer a vast range of soft baby doll models.
Their 'Mon Premier ' models ('mon premier' means 'my first') are designed in France and suitable for 18 months and up. 'Mon Premier...' are perfect for baby's first doll. They are 12", have a soft bean filled body and are lightweight. These dolls sort of looks like a baby, are surface washable, have vinyl skin, open-and-close eyes and come with removable clothes.
Corolle 'Mon Premier...' are available as:
Corolle also feature a soft doll line suitable for birth and up called 'Corolle Babicorolle'. These are 11" tall, have a pillow-soft body, are machine washable and their clothes are sewn on for complete safety. Babicorolle Babipouce Grenadine has even won a Platinum Seal Award from The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio.
Corolle 1st soft doll accessories:
Corolle also have a number of neat accessories for their soft dolls in their program such as 'My first accessories set', a small stroller, 'My first fashions' doll clothes, 'Mon premier mealtime set', 'Mon premier carry bed', 'Mon premier small cradle', 'Mon premier doctor set', a nursery highchair, etc.
Melissa & Doug's soft dollies are recommended for 18 months and up. The line is called 'Mine To Love' and consist of Brianna, Jenna and Natalie. They all measure 12" and have 'real faces' with their eyes open and close. They can suck their thumb or the included pacifier. The Melissa & Doug dollies have a sweet smelling, a soft body, removable clothes and their arms and legs can be wipe-cleaned.
There are no accessories especially for the 'Mine To Love'-line. Even though Melissa and Doug offer a doll feeding set, this is only recommended for 3 years and up and thus no infant toy.
Other popular companies and brands offering soft baby dollies:
Madame Alexander: My Sweet Pea Diaper Baby
North American Bear Company
Zapf: Baby Born
Zapf: Chou Chou
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Haba Leona and Fiona are ever so cute machine washable soft dolls for the very little ones, aged 6 months and up: