I've been going around in circles on this. I have found several phthalate free vinyl options (I made a cute waldorf cloth doll but I think my dd is more interested in a more "real" looking baby doll - thanks to outside influence of friends and relatives - other kids who have vinyl dolls).
Bottom line: I can't choose if it's more important to have a doll that looks more like a "real" baby and is anatomically correct OR a doll that looks less real and is slightly smaller but does the open/close eye thing when you lay baby down. I think little girls LOVE to pretend that baby actually goes to sleep (baby sister sleeps a lot, after all!). But I've seen some neat dolls that look so cute and realistic and are anatomically correct - they just apparently never sleep - he, he (eyes stay open).
So here are the two I'm stuck choosing between:
"Real Girl doll" - Anatomically correct, pricey, eyes open - large 20" - could probably wear nb or preemie clothes.
"La Baby" - here is a slightly cheaper similar one but with cloth body (eyes also open), also 20":
and the same one only smiling/different outfit:
"Muffin "ink" - Gotz doll - 13" - much smaller, less realistic - but eyes open and close. How important are the eyes, anyways? I used to stare into my baby doll's eyes - I have no clue why. When I was little I wanted my baby to look as real as possible but I think at my daughter's age - 2 - she might enjoy the eyes closing feature - ???
Um - okay - I like this one too - "Madame Alexander" - 14" - eyes painted on, soft body.
See why I can't decide???? They're all cute!! If I was a little girl in a room with these I'd probably grab them ALL!!!