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We were recently out shopping & DD saw the Fisher Price Loving Family Dollhouse & was very interested. (she is almost 22 months)

The price was less than $70 for a very nice size house (i think multiple toddlers could play at the same time which is also a plus) and appeared to include ALL furniture, pets, family etc. After looking online, it seems like a good deal, but I am so hesitant to do plastic/FP stuff. Thoughts?

But the Plan Eco Dollhouse (i like their toys & this seems great) might be a little too "mature" for her right now & is also a little expensive. I would want to wait on that until she can really appreciate it.

I was searching around here for alternative ideas & came across the Feral Cheryl doll & was so into her!!!! It's such a shame they aren't being made. I checked ebay but nothing came up. If I had a couple of those, I would be inspired to make them a house, a tattoo parlor, a coffeehouse etc. LOL

Groovy Girls also seem popular but I was wondering what else people suggest for little hands?

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I don't know anything about it, but I have to say, the term "Feral Cheryl" would NOT make me want to buy that for my child.
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I would go with the FP dollhouse since your dd liked it. If you're concerned about buying plastic, they have tons of FP Loving Family dollhouses on ebay and craigslist usually, so you could purchase a used one.

At 22 mos. I think your dd is a bit too young for the Plan Eco house--perhaps when she's 4 or 5 you could upgrade from the FP one.

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LOL about Cheryl-- I remember her!!

I agree with the PP about getting the FP one if your daughter really seemed to like it. We still have Fisher Price toys from the late 1960s and they have been through many, many children. If you can find one secondhand, all the better.

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I had to look up Feral Cheryl! lol she's great!

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Feral Cheryl is awesome! You could totally make her though. Buy a Barbie, dread her hair, draw some tattoos on.

Ya know, I'm totally going to do that! It sounds like fun!

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Slightly off topic but DD received a nice dollhouse for her birthday last week. Its a PBK dollhouse but some of the furniture is from Ryan's Room and some is from Plan Toys and she loooooooooves it.

Seriously, its not too advanced for her or anything.

So, you might want to take that into consideration before you spend money on something only to have to replace it later on. And CL usually has a few listings for Plan Toys dollhouses in my area.

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At 22 mos. I think your dd is a bit too young for the Plan Eco house--perhaps when she's 4 or 5 you could upgrade from the FP one.
I'm curious why people always say this? Do you have any specific reasons?

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I'm curious why people always say this? Do you have any specific reasons?
I'm only going off of my dd at 22 who would not have liked the Plan house. She was never much into dolls at that age but if I had gotten her a dollhouse that looked more like our house (I personally find the Plan houses too modernistic and confusing). With dd, she likes things that look more like what she's used to seeing, and the Plan houses, imo, are a bit abstract for her. I also don't know how well she would have been able to manipulate the dolls within the structure (I've never seen it in person to know, and I wouldn't pay $240 to find out). To me, the Plan house would be interesting and fun for an older child who could "get" the cool features, but those would be sort of lost on a 2-year-old--unless you have windpower and solar panels in your own home.

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Learning_Mum-love your idea of using a barbie to recreate cheryl! my brother is an art teacher & loves to work with sharpees so he could do some nice "ink" for her. and yeah-i could totally dread her hair! LOL so funny.

Question about ebay for plastic toys-my 1st priority is always dd's safety & while for the environment, I prefer to buy used, what does everyone think about old plastics vs new plastics in terms of safety? She does still put things in her mouth (drives me nuts). Are there worse chemicals in the older, used stuff or does the fact that it has so much time to 'off gas' make it a better option?

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I'm not sure which one you all mean by the Plan Toys "eco dollhouse", but what about their "My First Dollhouse"? We got that one for dd1 for Christmas, and she really likes it. It's got lots of open space for reaching in and playing. (Of course, dd1 didn't like the plain wood, so we got this lovely, non-toxic, rubberwood house...and painted it.)

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