Which 18 inch doll is best?

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Posted: 12/11/2011 1:19:40 AM
We would like to get our 4 year old an 18 inch doll for Christmas. Our 11 year old has an American Girl Doll, but we don't feel the 4 year old is ready for that just yet.

Has anyone had really luck or really bad luck with the ones from K-mart, Target, Wal-mart, etc... any experiences that would help us decide which doll would be best for her.



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Posted: 12/11/2011 1:30:17 AM
My daughter has one of the My Generation dolls from Target. She got it for Christmas last year and it still looks great. She is getting another one this year. They have a lot of accessories as well.


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Posted: 12/11/2011 10:59:31 AM
i saw the target ones and thought they were nice.

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Posted: 12/11/2011 11:34:30 AM
Gotz has really nice dolls. They made the AG dolls before Mattel bought the brand. Amazon carries them.

Someone here recommended the Favorite Friends dolls by Madame Alexander. Also carried by Amazon and in the $30-40 range.

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Posted: 12/11/2011 5:34:43 PM
My DD has one of the Favorite Friends by Madame Alexander. She does not think it would hold up to a 4-year old. It is a really pretty doll though.

We got an 18" doll at Michaels for one of my nieces. DD says it is not looking so good either.


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Posted: 12/11/2011 8:13:26 PM
My friends 5 year old saw my daughters American Girl doll last year and wanted one for herself. Rightly her mom said not now, too young, but got her a redheaded doll at Target that has held up well after a years playing with. And her daughter is just as thrilled that she has her own "american girl like" doll


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Posted: 12/11/2011 8:22:18 PM
While the Target My Generation dolls are nice looking their hair is bad!

My neice got one in the beginning of October for her 4th birthday and the hair is a matted, tangled, rats nest. It can not be combed. It can be played it. It can't even be put into a pony tail.

Her sister who is 2.5 years older has another brand and her hair is even worse!

"Downy Dunking" won't even help.

If your daughter wants a doll that she can do hair styles on, honestly an American Girl Doll is the way to go.

My daughter got one last Christmas (she was 7 going on 8) and we get her AG Doll clothes and My Generation accessories. Their clothes do not fit AG dolls well.


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Posted: 12/11/2011 9:24:22 PM
My DD has an 18 inch doll from Target. It has held up really well except for the hair. The hair is horrible.

Last year we got her an 18 inch doll from cptoys.com and it has been fantastic. The hair is super easy to brush or comb and the hair hasn't gotten frizzy. The target doll's hair is completely unmanageable at this point. And we got a deal on the cptoys doll. It was the doll, and 15 pieces of clothing for $40 and free shipping. There are lots of coupon codes out there for that company. WE ordered late, and the doll was here in 4 days.


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Posted: 12/11/2011 9:26:52 PM
At that age we bought my dd one of the Bitty Twin dolls. I didn't think she was old enough for the regular American Girl dolls and she really wanted a doll with hair. I was able to buy just the girl twin doll on ebay.


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Posted: 12/11/2011 9:31:51 PM
I've heard good things about the Journey brand at Toys R Us. My friend thinks they are even higher quality than American Girl dolls. I can't comment on their hair, though.

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Posted: 12/11/2011 9:59:05 PM
DD has the Madame Alexander doll...very pretty and has held up well. Target is carrying another 18 inch doll this year under the brand "Playwonder". These are made by Madame Alexander too but I don't know how they compare to the genuine Madame Alexander brand.

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Posted: 12/12/2011 11:36:25 AM
My granddaughter has several of Madame Alexander dolls from Walmart. She brushes their hair and it doesn't look horrible. They have held up great.


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Posted: 6/12/2012 11:58:00 PM
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Posted: 6/13/2012 12:22:38 AM
My younger dd got 1 bitty twin for her last birthday and she loves it. It is much more her 'size' and the body is nicely soft. Her doll can wear some of the 18 inch doll clothes, and her doll is able to use AG accessories that can also be used for older dd's AG doll. It has worked out well.

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Posted: 6/13/2012 6:06:51 AM
Journey Girls from Toys R Us. Got youngest DD one 2 1/2 years ago. Still looks like new. Got her an AG doll last Christmas. The Journey Girls doll hair is better, IMHO. VERY good quality doll, and I think she was about $30.

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