Becoming a parent is a challenging but rewarding experience. One of the questions that parents often have is when to introduce baby dolls to their children.
Baby dolls are widely used as educational toys due to their ability to encourage imaginative play and teach children important values like compassion, caring, nurturing and even sharing. Additionally, they can help children develop basic life skills such as dressing and potty training.
When introducing baby doll toys for your tiny tot, timing is key. When done properly, it can be immensely beneficial for your child's development in both emotional and social realms. But when done too early or too late, it can result in making your child less enthusiastic about other activities later on in their development milestone. So what’s the best age? Let’s find out!
1. Start Early: Introduce Baby Dolls From 3-4 Months
Babies often show an interest in looking at faces by three months, which means that this is the perfect time for parents to start introducing baby dolls into their children’s playtime routine. At this age, babies will enjoy simply looking into the baby doll’s face and cuddling up with it. Rag dolls are the best snuggle buddies for this age.
2. Encourage Imagination: Use Baby Dolls from 6-10 Months
Around six months, your toddler may start showing some imaginative interest in items around them like books and other toys like stuffed animals and blocks. This is an ideal opportunity for parents to find ways to use baby dolls as teaching tools during imaginative play—either alone or together with their toddlers—and gently encourage skills like expression, pretending and movement through verbal cues or modeling behaviors with their own bodies. Our soft body baby dolls from Nines d'Onil and Minikane are the perfect size for little hands to hold and play.
3. Begin Everyday Activity Practice: Use Baby Dolls from 9-12 Months
As they approach their first birthday, babies are using objects in more complex ways by combining pieces of play together, performing pretend activities like feeding themselves or others or making various noises or sounds (like “babies crying”) without prompting from parents or caregivers. Parents can help facilitate these types of activities with real-life examples in order for toddlers to learn about everyday activities such as brushing teeth, bathing themselves and getting dressed etc., all better by playing with a baby doll toy! The Pepotines are tiny and adorable for this age.
4. Develop Important Values: Use Baby Dolls over 12 Months
When it comes to nurturing emotions, development values rather than skills should come into focus once toddlers reach the age of twelve months old - this isn’t necessarily linked directly to parental guidance but more about allowing children time and space within an environment where they feel safe enough explore different forms of nurture (whether that’s helping siblings out through sharing/caring activities). Asking questions such as ‘what should mummy do now?’ can also really help stretch imaginations too alongside counting out song words that promote concentration – great stories provide wonderful opportunities here too! We recommend our adorable 10 inches Pepote dolls at this age.
5. Human Connection: Age 1 to 2
Dolls are important to children between the ages of 1 and 2, as they help them to act out their experiences in pretend play. Dolls provide a connection to people, which is an important part of life at this age. It’s a lot harder to act out hugging, kissing, and bedtime with blocks. Small dolls or bald dolls are a great option at this age.
6. At approximately 3 years of age, children often engage in imaginative play, including dressing up and styling dolls. At this age, dolls become a part of the child's imagination and serve as a real playmate. They may express emotions like affection, reprimanding, consoling and even role-play actions such as tucking them in bed, washing them or giving them imaginary food to eat. The Mini Colettos, Paola Reina and Minikane dolls are perfect for this age.