Dolls are the perfect way for children to learn certain values in an interesting way. Children become the adults of the future and both learning and play form an important part of their development process.
The incorporation of playing with dolls into their routine blends both the learning of basic responsibilities and the having of fun into an attractive package. Dolls convey a sense of realism to children, which results in a higher level of care than that given to other toys.
I believe that the more lifelike the doll, the better the experience provided to a child. Adults are also big fans of dolls as collector items though some do engage in play with the dolls. It may be a bit difficult to select the right one and, therefore, I’ve put together a list of the most lifelike ones along with some other useful information I think you’ll enjoy.
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|“The Cat’s Meow” Doll Set||Check Price|
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|Workout Chic Doll||Check Price|
|Tasha Edenholm Doll||Check Price|
|Katie Newborn Doll||Check Price|
|Sweet Butterfly Baby Doll||Check Price|
|"Tall Dreams” Baby Doll||Check Price|
|“Finn & Sparky” Baby Doll Set||Check Price|
|“Hoot! Hoot!” Baby Doll||Check Price|
|Aori Realistic Reborn Doll||Check Price|
Adora Toddler “The Cat’s Meow” Doll Set
This Adora doll is the definition of cuteness and realism. It measures 20 inches and wears newborn sized clothes, which makes it the perfect size to be a playmate for your little ones. The look of the doll is sure to evoke attention and affection as the attention to detail creates a realistic look. Additionally, the feel of the doll is just soft enough to feel pleasurable to touch.
I especially love the way the doll is outfitted as her clothing articles blend well and she pulls off her kitten theme in the cutest way possible. It’s perfect for children at a time when they are trying to develop essential social and interaction skills.
- Look and size, in addition to movable body parts give a sense of realism
- Designed for daytime play or nighttime cuddling
- BPA free materials are used in her design
- Hair can get a bit crazy to deal with
- No interactive features
- Body parts are a bit hard
Adora Toddler “Woof” Soft Body Toy
This baby powder scented doll looks just as exciting as he is to hold and play with. Like the previous entry on the list, he’s sized at 20 inches, which is the perfect size to offer both realism and fun. Children like the feeling of caring for their own baby, and he looks the part of a little one that you want to just pick up and care for.
He’s simply adorable in his blue doggy pajama outfit and his short hair is as manageable from a length perspective as it is great looking. This little guy is perfect for cuddling to sleep or for being the center piece of any pajama or slumber party.
- Unisex doll
- Manageable hair as a result of its length
- BPA free materials
- Head seems a bit small for the body
- Hair texture is a bit off-putting
- Hat is stitched to the scalp
- A bit on the pricey side
Adora Toddler Workout Chic Doll
I think that this is one of the most genuinely happy looking dolls on the market today. Who wouldn’t be with such a stylish outfit? It’s hard to not instantly fall in love with the expression on her face. The infectious smile is one of the largest selling points and compels little kids everywhere to not only want to play with her but also to want to care for her extensively. Her brown gym outfit compliments her hair very well and goes great with her little pink shoes.
- Realistic looking and sized for the most part
- Facial expression is a huge draw
- On the lower end of the pricing spectrum
- BPA free materials
- Hair can get a bit wild and unmanageable with continuous play
- Skin color is a bit on the pale side
- Legs are a bit short for the rest of the body.
The Ashton – Drake Galleries Tasha Edenholm Doll
The next entry in the list is one that is weighted to feel like and looks like an authentic baby girl. Isn’t she just adorable? You should note that even though she makes a good gift for children, she is intended for adult doll lovers and collectors as it is technically not a toy.
As it is a collectible, the doll is not built to be very interactive, but the focus is instead on looking lifelike, which the designers managed to achieve. Also, don’t expect a very wide range of motion on the body parts with this one.
- Almost indistinguishable from a real baby as look, size, and weight are those of real babies
- Quite soft to touch
- Fits well into most newborn sized clothes
- Legs cannot be repositioned
- Hair can be a bit crazy though it is short
- Initial outfit is difficult to remove
The Ashton – Drake Galleries Katie Newborn Doll
As far as newborn dolls go, little Katie is probably my favorite. This is not to say that the others are not lifelike, however, she just embodies the energy and personality of a real baby. The look of curiosity in her eyes as if she is taking the world in and learning is simply surreal. If that wasn’t enough, little Katie is the first doll on this list that falls into the category of interactive. Not only can she coo, but you can also audibly hear her breath and heartbeat, which is just incredible.
This doll is not intended to be a toy, but rather a collectible for adults as it is not designed for play.
- Incredibly lifelike and interactive
- Fully posable
- Very soft to touch
- Feels like a baby when held
- While the cooing feature itself adds interactivity, the actual sound is not what is expected
- Hair can get a bit out of control
The Ashton – Drake Galleries Sweet Butterfly Baby Doll
Remember how the Katie doll won the award for realism? Well, meet the one that wins the aesthetic award for being a cuteness overload. This is another fully poseable doll that is meant to be a collector’s piece and not a toy.
One of the coolest things about this doll is the way she can make you feel as if she realizes you are touching her. She responds to certain actions with the most adorable cooing sound. It’s hard to not just instantly fall in love with her.
- Amazing collector’s item due to look and feel
- Response to touch and other stimuli is realistic and well done
- Great for a simple collectible or for therapeutic purposes.
- Uncanny realism is present
- Weighted perfectly to feel like a newborn baby
- Hair quality is not the best
- May look a bit different from the picture
Paradise Galleries Reborn “Tall Dreams” Baby Doll
This baby doll has one thing going for her that none of the previous entries have so far. She has a wonderfully textured head of hair that is not only manageable but is also loads of fun to style. Additionally, she is packaged with numerous accessories to make play more fun and diverse.
The feel of this doll is soft and snuggly as her body is made of cloth and her limbs are made of soft plastic. I can’t deny that you can really feel the love that went into the creation of this one. There’s no question as to why this is the most purchased doll in the Paradise Galleries line, and it makes a perfect gift for collectors or children above 3 years old.
- Removable pieces add an extra dimension of play and customization
- Weighted perfectly to feel like a newborn
- Strikes a great balance between being a toy and a collector’s item
- Doll is on the lower end of the price spectrum
- Proportions can seem a bit off especially since the lower half is a bit big
- Doll has a bit of an unpleasant odor out of the box though it disappears over time.
Paradise Galleries Reborn “Finn & Sparky” Baby Doll Set
Finn & Sparky is described as a doll made for just about anyone ages 3 years or older and it does not disappoint. This baby boy is perfect for just about anyone regardless of gender. This baby boy’s Nylon hair has a simply amazing texture and is great for rubbing and brushing. He’s also designed to be a great playmate during the day and a cuddle buddy during the night as he is very soft and pleasant to touch. His body is made of cloth and his limbs are made of vinyl.
The set comes with other accessories such as a diaper, a bib, a plushy companion, and quite a large baby carrier. These help to enhance play time and increase the sense of realism of the doll.
- Universally usable
- Accessories are relevant and useful
- Design is very engaging
- Embroidered clothing designs are well done
- Limbs are quite stiff and not very movable
- Doll is a bit plain looking and doesn’t command attention like others do
Paradise Galleries “Hoot! Hoot!” Baby Doll
I’ll just say right off the bat that this is not the prettiest doll you’re ever going to see but he is adorable and has those curious eyes that are defining features of babies. This is one of the most premium feeling budget dolls on the market and the sense of realism he conveys is a bonus.
This baby is on the smaller side and so he won’t fit in newborn sizes, however, preemie sizes pretty much fit perfectly. At 16 inches, he’s the smallest doll on the list today.
- Quality build and premium feel
- Hair is easy to deal with
- Weighs just enough to seem like a real, premature baby
- Not the prettiest doll ever
- Head can flop around awkwardly
Aori Realistic Reborn Doll
The final doll on the list is ironically both the cheapest and the largest one on the list as well. This baby is made up of a cloth body and vinyl limbs and is dressed in an adorable outfit. She is weighted perfectly for her size and makes a great little playing partner. Her limbs are movable, but they are also loose hanging, and she is packaged with a bottle and pacifier for playtime. Note that her larger size means that newborn clothes are a perfect fit for her.
- Low price point is great
- Hair is manageable and washable even
- Pacifier is magnetic and fits well
- Head is a bit loose and shifts
- Build quality is not the best
How Do I Choose the Right Doll?
Now that you’ve seen all the dolls you may be wondering which the best for you is. There are a few considerations to be made and it all depends where you stand on these. Check them out below.
For many people, spending over $100 on a doll is a bit excessive. Others think prices such as $60 are too much. Ultimately, it’s matter of the experience that you’re looking for from a doll whether for yourself or someone else and what you think that experience is worth. It’s definitely a good idea to stay within your budget though.
Who is the doll for? This is also another important consideration. Some of the dolls on the list are built for play, others are simply collectibles, while some can be both. If someone is going to be playing with the doll then maybe one of the softer and more customizable ones is a better fit, however, a collector may like something pretty that holds a pose well. Think of who the doll is for and make the purchase based on the appeal.
It’s best to get your hands on a doll that can withstand the test of time than one that may start showing signs of wear much more quickly than it should. If you’re not looking to have to replace dolls repeatedly, I would suggest you get one that is built durably especially if it is expected to withstand play time.
Dolls are a staple to both children and adults alike. They can help foster social characteristics, deal with illnesses, or they can simply provide loads of fun.
Regardless of the reason for getting the doll, the more realistic it is, the more immersive the experience that it can provide.