The La newborn are Berenguer dolls, believe those are scented too. At least it says so when you look them on Amazon. Also not sure if their eyes open and close.
Hm - I really don't think I want something scented. :( I'm thinking more and more of the Gotz dolls - they are also a little less $ than some of the Berenguer dolls. Can you only wash the soft body Gotz dolls in the machine and if they are bald? I think the one I'm looking at has a soft body and no hair so that might be great! Does anyone know what Gotz uses to stuff their dolls? Actual beans or the "pellets"? I think I had read somewhere that there are "beans" in it - so it's also sort of "weighted" which I think will also be GREAT for a little one (but a small doll so not too "heavy").
I'll be honest... the "real girl" ones look a little creepy to me. I don't think that a child would find them all that cute. With a hard body, they're also not huggable.
I know you've already decided against, but each of my kids has received a Carolle doll for their first Christmas and they both love them and both sleep with them every night. The eyes that open and close is a favorite part of them. I got them the 15" kind, which I think is the perfect size. I wouldn't go any bigger.
Okay! I finally decided on this one!! It's a Madame Alexander doll. I loved how cute the Corolle and Gotz dolls were but most of them were 12-13" dolls and if they were 14 or larger " then they wanted double or tripple the price. I also wanted the doll to have sleep (open and close) eyes so this was the doll I went with. I think it *might* be scented but it does say that it is phthalate free at least and I thought it was cute enough and was in a lower price range than some of the others.
I really hope she likes it! I'll be making her a cloth dolly bed/carrier (soft bed with handles) - she likes to put her toys in containers and carry them around so I'm thinking she'd like this. She doesn't seem old enough that she's really into mimicing me wearing her little sister (even though she has a dolly sling and dolly SSC - I don't think she likes having to get in and out of them since she's not too coordinated yet, as this age).