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My DD turns 15mo today and I noticed a few months ago that she was putting her stuffed animals on the floor and covering them with a blanket, as if tucking them in to sleep. I thought it odd for a 12 month old to do this, that it was a little early. Flash to last week when my mom got her a cheap dollar store baby doll w/bottle just to see what she'd do with it and immediately, she started feeding the baby (so to speak), etc. I went and got her a much better one to replace the dollar store one (which actually had sharp edged zip-ties holding the head on!) and she LOVES her baby.<br><br>
My only concern is that now I think to myself "what other things am I not letting her try because I think she's too young for them?" I'm not talking tattoos or anything, lol, but you know what I mean...lol.<br><br>
When did your DD first seem interested in a baby doll?
 

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We picked out a special baby doll as her first birthday gift. And yes at that age she was feeding her baby with a bottle, tucking it in to bed, rocking and burping it. Now that she is almost 2 she is even more elaborate, putting them in a real bed, turning the lights off, telling us "Shhhh!! Baby sleeping!!"
 

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DS got his first doll at his 1 yo birthday. I can't say he really fed or took care of the baby doll much, but he did like playing with it. Once he was walking well, he liked to carry the doll in a sling like I would carry him.
 

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dd has had a baby doll for about a year, she is 2, but she just got one for her birthday that cries and laughs and kicks it legs and arms and she is REALLY into her, loves her, feeds her, holds her and puts her in her grocery cart to bring her "Shopping". It's really cute.
 

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DS got his at 1, but has never seemed that interested in it. DD got a small ragdoll type one at 6 months and loves to play with it, she isn't doing much creative/imaginary play with it yet. That being said we will get her another baby doll for her first birthday.
 

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I have yet to have bought a doll for dd (3.5) but everyone I know has bought her one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
She still prefers to mother her stuffed animals. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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DD got hers...around nine months? After turning one she really started playing with it. She carries it around, "changes" its diaper and puts it to bed (in a wooden doll bed from Ikea, so cute). Just a few weeks ago she actually started trying to swaddle it with a blanket. It's a CPK water baby, too, so she occasionally takes it in the bathtub.<br><br>
I have a second one for her for Christmas since the new baby will be arriving shortly afterward and thought she'd enjoy it. I got a soft-body doll from Lakeshore Learning, it's smaller than the CPK and just her size.<br><br>
She has one of those noise-making types at MIL's but I've banned it from coming here - it drives me NUTS. Like when you walk down the doll aisle at Target and a million dolls start waving their arms and legs and "giggling". So creepy. MIL loves that thing but...I prefer the silent type. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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Probably around that age. They also became very interested in real babies they met.<br><br>
My second dd got into a lot of things much sooner than dd1, because they were already around.
 

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<span style="font-family:Georgia;">I tend to allow DD access to things long before others think of it. In this way, she can make the decisions when she's ready to interact with whatever it is; toys, dolls, slip-on shoes, silverware, etc.<br><br>
She got her first doll(a Cabbage Patch Kid from my mom)for her first Christmas. She would have been 5.5 months.<br><br>
She received another baby doll for her first birthday and actually asked for one for her second. But she was definitely playing with them by a year</span>.
 

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DS gave DD a doll for her first birthday, and she still sees daily play. I also made DD a waldorf-ish doll for Christmas when she was almost 17 months old.
 

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I got her one for her first Christmas, when she was about 5 months. She didn't play with it as a doll obviously, but she loved it anyway: she'd sit there with it on her lap opening and closing its eyes! It was a little creepy, but she really loved playing with it. By the time she could walk she was pushing her around everywhere. She's almost 2.5 now and that same doll is definitely her favorite toy. She got a bunch of accessories for her 2nd birthday (cradle, changing table, as well as smaller accessories) and plays with it all every day.<br><br>
I was going to buy my son a doll for his first Christmas, just to be all equal opportunity about it, but he was so obsessed with DD's doll that my mother bought him a small cheap one at Target, and now he sleeps with it every night and loves staring at it. It makes him laugh whenever he sees it! I'm buying him a nicer one for Christmas.<br><br>
FWIW I don't know your attitude about plastic and all that, but she has the Corolle "Bebe Charmeur." It has a very pretty face, and is a really good size. It's the same size as the American Girl Bitty Baby, so a lot of baby doll clothes and accessories are the perfect size for it. I'm deciding which one to buy DS: they have a boy potty training one that I guess might come in useful down the road, but it has a plastic body so it won't be as huggable. I might go with the Calin, which is smaller but comes with a blue outfit.
 

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I can't remember when DD got hers, around age 1 I think. She has never shown an interest in it. She does however have about 50 stuffed animals that all have names and she plays with and mothers those instead.
 

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DD had dolls from birth. They were dolls that were mine and my husband's sisters. She was the first granddaughter <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I don't remember when she started playing with them, but I know it was at a pretty early age.<br><br>
She got her first brand new doll for Christmas when she was 2. My SIL bought it for her because she was getting a new sibling that February and SIL thought it'd be good to have a doll for her to play with. She loves that doll still to this day (she's 5 now.)
 

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She's had a small soft "lovey" doll since birth, but got her first baby doll at around 14 months. She didn't really get into her doll until just after 2. Now she washes the doll in her sink, wears it and got really ticked off at grandpa when he accidentally sat on it "What you do? That's my baby!!!"
 

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My dd had zero interest in dolls until age 3.5. She liked her stuffed animals quite a lot, but she didn't "mother" them at all, other than perhaps making up food in her play kitchen for them.
 

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Why stick to giving dolls to girls? Our first is a boy and we got him dolls and a stroller for his 2nd birthday, knowing no one else would! I looked hard for a stroller that didn't have pink as the main colour, but that year I was out of luck and it was pink all the way! The dolls were boy and girl twin dolls with various accessories in other colours, not just pink and blue.<br><br>
So we already had dolls around the house when DD came along, though we did get her a doll of her own and some other bits and bobs.<br><br>
They are 4.5 and 6.5 now and until recently there has been a lot of joint play with the various dolls.
 

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Dd has had one since she was a newborn. When she was around 10 months she started hugging her bears and dolls and then a few months later really started to play with them. Now at 21-24 months she feeds them, higs them, and tries to change them. It's cute!
 

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14.5 months. Which is to say she was definitely interested a month ago and it took me two weeks to find and buy a doll. Her baby doll was the first one to get a kiss from her.<br><br>
For me, it's fairly easy since we have a Children's Museum and lots of older cousins. I buy toys based on what she loves at other places and what would work well to have at home.<br><br>
Except the wire and bead toy. That was bought at 7 months pregnant. From Goodwill for $5. Because, well, who doesn't want a wire and bead toy?
 

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4 years old.<br><br>
she never was ever into toys ever. she did all her things without toys. all the pretending was done with no props.<br><br>
she did have dolls that she played with once in a while younger than 4 but she never was into nurturing her dolls.<br><br>
her pretending was all adventure stories. she didnt copy life stuff what she saw. instead she had a host of animals in her head she went on adventures with.<br><br>
she is 7 now has babies and strollers and covers. she sometimes nurtures them but mostly is off on an adventure with them. she does not spend hours taking care of them. wonder if its because she is an onlie.
 

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she got her first really nice one at about 9 mo but didn't really love on it--still doesn't, but loooooves the cheapo ones we find at the thrift store, etc. She really got the love of dollies around age 2, would be my guess....before that there was a slight interest but at 2 1/2 it is bordering on obsession. There are never enough babies. Apparently that's all she's interested in playing at daycare as well.
 
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