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<p>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). </p>
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<p>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). </p>
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<p>So here are the two I'm stuck choosing between:</p>
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<p>"Real Girl doll" - Anatomically correct, pricey, eyes open - large 20" - could probably wear nb or preemie clothes. </p>
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<p><a href="http://www.jctoys.com/product/385514/18801./_/Lily_-_18%22_%28Real_Girl!%29" target="_blank">http://www.jctoys.com/product/385514/18801./_/Lily_-_18%22_%28Real_Girl!%29</a></p>
<p>"La Baby" -  here is a slightly cheaper similar one but with cloth body (eyes also open), also 20":</p>
<p><a href="http://www.jctoys.com/product/385377/15621./_/Nursery_La_Baby" target="_blank">http://www.jctoys.com/product/385377/15621./_/Nursery_La_Baby</a></p>
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<p>and the same one only smiling/different outfit: </p>
<p><a href="http://www.jctoys.com/product/385374/15340./_/20%22_La_Baby" target="_blank">http://www.jctoys.com/product/385374/15340./_/20%22_La_Baby</a></p>
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<p>"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 - ??? </p>
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<p>Um - okay - I like this one too - "Madame Alexander" - 14" - eyes painted on, soft body. </p>
<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FMadame-Alexander-Cuddles-Nursery-Collection%2Fdp%2FB0039OS4AM%2Fref%3Dsr_1_42%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1291167897%26sr%3D8-42" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Madame-Alexander-Cuddles-Nursery-Collection/dp/B0039OS4AM/ref=sr_1_42?ie=UTF8&qid=1291167897&sr=8-42</a></p>
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<p>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!!! </p>
 

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<p>I like the first more expensive one the best. It looks the most like a real baby to me. I find dolls with hair kind of odd, but thats my own hang up <span><img alt="nut.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/nut.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>I like the first one the best too.... though I never was a doll person so take my advice with caution, lol!</p>
 

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<p>I like the first one or the third. I'm also not a fan of dolls with hair though.</p>
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<p>For a 2yo I think the first one is quite big though. Our dolls are 16 inches and I find don't always fit in high chairs etc, especially the cheaper ones. DS is 4 and can carry his in the sling but only recently.</p>
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<p>I do like that they are able to wear premmie sized clothes though, it's been so much easier to find tiny baby clothes in the sales than decent quality dolls clothes.</p>
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<p>I asked about finding a doll for my toddler boy a while back, and there were some great suggestions!!  Here is the thread if you want to look.  (I know these are all boy dolls, but the brands all have girl dolls too - and they are all super super cute!!)</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1273371/dolls-for-boys">http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1273371/dolls-for-boys</a></p>
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<p>ETA - the Corolle dolls were the cutest IMO, and I think their eyes open and close (could be wrong!), and they have many many options as far as girls/boys.  They are a bit pricey though.</p>
 

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<p>I agree with the pp about the corolle  dolls.  hands down my favorite.  The girls favorites are their bitty babies.  </p>
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<p>I think for a 2 year old nothing bigger than an 18" doll, preferably 14 inch.  I also like soft bodied dolls.  and dislike hair very much (except for the bitty babies with hair.  They have nice hair and if it ever stops being nice they will replace it ) .  I think eyes are more important than anatomically correct.</p>
 

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<p>I agree with the Corolle suggestion. Even Bitty Baby was too big for my daughter at age 2. Now at 4 she's the favorite, but for a two-year-old, I'd go for this;</p>
<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FCorolle-Premier-Calin-Candy-Pink%2Fdp%2FB0013FL21M%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1291264030%26sr%3D8-1" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Corolle-Premier-Calin-Candy-Pink/dp/B0013FL21M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1291264030&sr=8-1</a></p>
<p>Or a similar one. Dolls are hands-down DD's favorite plaything (plus accessories), and Corolle dolls with open/close eyes, cloth body and plastic hands/feet/head have been her favorite from the start.</p>
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<p>We've got one corolle doll here. the Blue Calin doll. He's the favorite. Not anatomically correct, but with sleeping eyes and a realistic face, hands, and feet.</p>
<p>Corolle dolls smell like vanilla. My kids think he smells like cake.</p>
 

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<p>My daughter is 5 and she really doesn't like doll's that are over 12in.  The problem is that they become very heavy, combersome and are hard for them to hold in their arms and dress.  A doll about 14in they can at least hold onto.  Think of how little your daughter was in relation to your body when she was born.  Could you imagine a baby that was half your body lenght?</p>
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<p>Oh my goodness. I forgot about the sweet vanilla smell (it is very subtle).  Those dolls are sturdy too.  We had one that got left in the swimming pool forever (plastic body, long blond hair) and was slmiy and green when I pulled her out.  I hung her on the clothes line by her hair to dry.  for weeks.  by the time I tossed her in the tub for a proper bath she washed right up and smelled sweetly of vanilla.  I also left some of the clothes wet, in  a bag in the garage for who knows how long.  they were all mildewy when I found them.  after a run in the washing machine they were perfect again.  I like that all their stuff (dolls and clothes) are machine washable.</p>
 

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<p>I am very curious about these: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FMini-Newborn-Blanket-Caucasian-Berenguer%2Fdp%2FB001ETYEC6%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fs%3Dtoys-and-games%26ie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1291344479%26sr%3D1-1" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Mini-Newborn-Blanket-Caucasian-Berenguer/dp/B001ETYEC6/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1291344479&sr=1-1</a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FDolls-Berenguer-18530-Newborn-Real%2Fdp%2FB002HN7VEQ%2Fref%3Dpd_sbs_t_3" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Dolls-Berenguer-18530-Newborn-Real/dp/B002HN7VEQ/ref=pd_sbs_t_3</a></p>
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<p>Another vote for Corolle.  We have some cheap dolls (before I was online as much) - dd1 got sick all over them and they were awful to clean, water got stuck inside their heads etc.</p>
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<p>The Corolle dolls are machine washable.  :)  Easy to clean.  No problem.  Sturdy.  Small enough to carry around easily.  DD1 never was very interested in dolls, but DD2 loves her Corolle baby.  I think we have a Cailin (although it's been awhile and I could be wrong, I know it cost me a lot more than the price here!!  <a href="http://northpoletoyshop.com/index.php/categories/calin" target="_blank">http://northpoletoyshop.com/index.php/categories/calin</a> - it's definitely a smaller doll though, nothing that could wear preemie clothes). </p>
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<p>For bigger kid dolls, we have Gotz Precious Day 18 inch dolls - very similar to American Girl but cost less and from all I've seen/read, sturdier (also machine washable they say although I haven't done that yet).  I think they look nicer (more friendly) than the American girls, too. </p>
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<p>ETA:  The Corolle doll's eyes open and close.  The first doll you linked is very cute - after dd1's vomit episode with her baby dolls, though, I've got to say my first question with dolls has been "Can I wash it??"  So you'd want to find that out if you go with that doll (or another other than Corolle's which are washable). </p>
 

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<p>I like the Gotz dolls. But the Madame Alexander Pussycat dolls are sooo precious! We have 2 of those. I also like Bitty Baby from American girl. Since she is only 2 though, I might tend to a cheaper doll for this year and go for one of the more expensive ones in future years.</p>
 

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<p>I agree with not getting the 20 inch dolls. When you are only 30-36 inches tall, the 20 inch doll would be too big and heavy to enjoy. She needs a little one. I like the Corolle ones too. </p>
 

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<p>I also LOVE Corolle dolls. My Mom bought me one in France when I was very young and I loved her so much. The small ones are the perfect size for a toddler! </p>
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<p>Those Berenguer newborn dolls look VERY realistic though and they are a great size too! </p>
 

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<p>I also love the Corolle dolls.  We have one, and all the kids love it (as do all their friends).  Even the baby is interested in it now!</p>
 

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<p>We have 2 Corolle dolls, one Bitty Baby (hand-me-down), one cabbage patch doll and 2-3 Gotz dolls (godmother likes to collect). The bitty baby is dd's favorite and has been for quite some time. The Corolle dolls are a close second. The Gotz dolls not so much. They're too much like children and not enough like a BABY. Dd likes the Bitty Baby because it doesn't have much hair. As she gets older (she's 6 now), she's gravitating to the older dolls a bit more, but only as 'big sisters' to the other more baby-like baby dolls.</p>
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<p>So for dd the important features are:</p>
<p>Looks like a real baby (including very little hair -- babies in our house don't have much hair!)</p>
<p>Small enough to be held/carried in a carrier</p>
<p>Eyes that close.</p>
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<p>That would make me vote for Corolle or Bitty Baby. The 20" dolls are simply too big for a 2 year old to really handle. Personally, I'd go for the <a href="http://www.corolle.com/us/catalogue/premier.php5#tidoo" target="_blank">Corolle doll like Tidoo </a> or <a href="http://www.corolle.com/us/catalogue/premier.php5#calin" target="_blank">one like Calin</a> that's 12". Even if you don't get one by Corolle, look for a 12" or a 15" one. 20" is HUGE.</p>
 

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<p>Wow!  I see a BIG vote for the Corolle dolls.  I'm not sure I'd like a vanilla scent, though - I wonder what they use to get it to smell that way - ?? </p>
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<p>Anyways - The "real girl" doll (the BIG one) - there are several 14" ones that are pretty much the same: </p>
<p><a href="http://www.jctoys.com/product/385514/LN1854041/_/La_Newborn_14%22" target="_blank">http://www.jctoys.com/product/385514/LN1854041/_/La_Newborn_14%22</a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.jctoys.com/product/385514/18702./_/La_Newborn_%28Real_Girl!%29_14%22" target="_blank">http://www.jctoys.com/product/385514/18702./_/La_Newborn_%28Real_Girl!%29_14%22</a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.jctoys.com/product/385514/18704./_/La_Newborn_14%22__%28Real_Girl!%29_14%22" target="_blank">http://www.jctoys.com/product/385514/18704./_/La_Newborn_14%22__%28Real_Girl!%29_14%22</a></p>
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<p>and even a darling "real boy" doll: </p>
<p><a href="http://www.jctoys.com/product/385514/18703./_/La_Newborn_14%22__%28Real_Boy!%29" target="_blank">http://www.jctoys.com/product/385514/18703./_/La_Newborn_14%22__%28Real_Boy!%29</a></p>
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<p>Here's the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FGotz-Dolls-Muffin-13-Sleeper%2Fdp%2FB0035W32LY%2Fref%3Dsr_1_4%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1291616322%26sr%3D8-4" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">Gotz doll</a> I had in mind:  13" and blinks it's eyes, is bald and comes in an adorable baby sleeper outfit with a cute hat - seems comparable to the Corolle dolls - ?? </p>
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<p>Oh - and today we visited my family where my dd played with her second cousins and there was a doll I ended up having to pry from her hands in order for us to leave - she had a holy cow and I felt just terrible that she had to leave it - it was probably about 14-16" and had blinking eyes.  </p>
 

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<p>I think the 13" Gotz doll looks cute! I didn't know they made them that small.</p>
 
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