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Originally Posted by fiddledebi
When DD1 was a year old, her great-grandmother gave her a Madame Alexander baby doll...cute little thing, but IMPOSSIBLE to clean, and wouldn't you know, DD1 fell absolutely in love with it and drags it everywhere. I wish to high heaven that she would have gotten her a baby doll that was machine washable. "Shayna," DD1's baby, is truly nasty. I try to take her from time to time and wash her hands and feet with a little bleach solution, since they are positively GREY with grime, but it's tough when I can't put the doll in the dryer. I haven't the foggiest how to get the grime off the doll's hard plastic face without taking off the paint as well -- I do the best I can with soap and water.
So, my recommendation, based on life spent with a toddler and her 24/7 doll companion is that you find a doll which is:
1. Soft -- no cries of pain in the middle of the night from a toddler who has rolled over on her doll's hard face
2. Machine washable -- 'nuff said
3. A standard doll size, so when toddler decides that her baby needs new clothes, you can buy them at Target.
There ARE some dolls out there that are both soft and realistic looking (i.e., not Waldorf dolls). Good luck!!!
Originally Posted by fiddledebi
I haven't the foggiest how to get the grime off the doll's hard plastic face without taking off the paint as well -- I do the best I can with soap and water.
Originally Posted by sadiesmom
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