Top 8 Baby Dolls For 2-Year-Olds – 2021 Edition

Being a two-year-old is about more than just graduating from infancy to toddlerhood. It’s about exploring growth and a new set of skills.

At this age, toddlers are more inclined to practice independent-thought. They’ll attempt tying their own shoes, feeding themselves, and will generally enjoy role-playing as adults.

This behavior should, of course, be encouraged. Getting a doll for your two-year-old is one of the best ways to teach them compassion and independence as they learn to care for and look after someone else.

Having a little girl who LOVES dolls…I’m pretty much a doll expert (self-proclaimed).

So keep reading to see which ones made my list.

Best Baby Dolls for 2-Year-Olds

Top Pick – JC Toys La Baby

La Baby Boutique Soft Body Baby Doll (Hispanic), 11" La Baby Boutique Soft Body Baby Doll (Hispanic), 11"
  • Lightweight and easy for young hands to hold.
  • Unscented and easily washable.
  • 7,800+ reviews on Amazon.com.

JC Toys are known to amaze with their lifelike baby dolls. With remarkable attention to detail, this beautiful yet simple baby doll design easily slips into our top pick category.

This 11-inch doll comes in five different skin complexions. The arms, legs, and head are made of vinyl, while the torso is a soft body, as in stuffed rather than made of plastic. Soft body dolls are easier for youngsters to carry. Altogether, La Baby is only 8 ounces. 

The clothes, hat, and featured baby blanket are removable and machine-washable. The doll itself is hand-washable.

Pros

  • Safety tested and approved for children 12 months and older
  • Fragrance, BPA, and phthalate-free
  • Detailed features

Cons

  • May seem too small to some

Runner Up – Berenguer Boutique Soft Body Baby Doll

Best Seller
JC Toys 15" Realistic Soft Body Baby Doll with Open/Close Eyes JC Toys 15" Realistic Soft Body Baby Doll with Open/Close Eyes
  • Safety tested by the manufacturer.
  • Suitable for introducing children to newborns
  • Customers report seeing their babies snuggle and hug the boy dolls.
  • 5,000+ reviews on Amazon.com.

Also brought to you by JC Toys, our runner-up is the 15-inch Berenguer Boutique Soft Body Doll. It, too, features a highly realistic and adorable baby face, fingers, and toes!

The doll comes with a pacifier attached to the outfit so that it’s not easily lost. Its eyes slide shut if laid down. The doll is 14.4 ounces. Its limbs are made of vinyl, and it features a soft body.

Like La Baby, its clothes are also detachable and washable. The doll itself can be hand-washed, although it’s advised not to apply water directly to the face or eyes.

Pros

  • Safety tested and approved for children 12 months and older
  • Fragrance, BPA, and phthalate-free
  • Detailed features, auto-closing eyes

Cons

  • The doll’s body is not wash-recommended

Budget Pick – The New York Doll Collection Soft Body Doll

Highly-Rated
Soft Body Black Doll By The New York Doll Collection, 11" Soft Body Black Doll By The New York Doll Collection, 11"

Realistic-looking, with a soft body and amazingly detailed vinyl head, arms, and legs. Measuring at 11-inches, it's easy to carry for small children and a joy for them to play with. It has over 6,200 reviews on Amazon.com!

Our budget pick is The New York Doll Collection’s Soft Body Doll. Its pricing is quite plausible, especially when considering the doll’s high quality.

There’s the option to purchase a girl/boy Caucasian, Hispanic, African American, and Asian. The doll is 11 inches and weighs 10.4 ounces. The limbs are made of vinyl, and the doll itself has a hand-washable soft body. The clothes and featured hat are removable and machine-washable.

Pros

  • Safety tested and approved for children age 3 years and up
  • Lightweight
  • Multiple ethnicities

Cons

  • Not all models come free pacifiers

Top Quality – Madame Alexander Babble Baby Bear

Madame Alexander 14" Babble Baby Bear Doll Madame Alexander 14" Babble Baby Bear Doll

This baby doll has a beautiful face with painted features, sleep eyes, and a soft fabric body that's perfect for tiny hands to hug. Babble Baby is ready to be your baby's baby!

Next up, we have Madame Alexander’s Babble Baby Bear doll. This super cute baby doll is definitely something your toddler would be inclined to point at if they saw it at the store. In addition to its eye-attracting design, this doll is of excellent quality and durability!

Guess what? This doll can talk! Madame Alexander’s Babble Baby babbles over 25 baby sounds. It even features soft eyelashes!

The doll is 14 inches and is dressed in a soft, plush, blue bear onesie with a hood. The outfit can be removed and washed, and the batteries are replaceable.

Pros

  • Makes sounds
  • Soft body, non-toxic materials
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • The doll is not wash-recommended but can be wiped with a wet cloth

Best Size – My First Baby Powder

Our #1 Favorite
My First Baby Powder Pink - Madame Alexander My First Baby Powder Pink - Madame Alexander
  • Soft fabric body and soft vinyl head are perfect for little hands to grasp and pull.
  • Dressed in a super soft snuggly sleeper.
  • Easy to clean and crafted of baby-safe materials.
  • Recommended for ages Newborn and up.

Also brought to you by Madame Alexander, the Baby Powder doll is simply heart-melting when paired with a toddler. It has big, rosy cheeks, blue, painted-on eyes, and a fluffy back that helps it sit up!

Baby Powder doll is 12 inches and 14 ounces: a suitable size and weight for your young one. It’s not too small or too big. Your two-year-old will find it very easy to carry. The doll features a fluffy, snuggly sleeper that’s easy to clean, and the material from which it’s made is baby-safe.

Pros

  • Can sit up
  • Soft body and clothing
  • Baby-safe material

Cons

  • Clothes are not removable

Best Set – Gift Boutique Realistic Newborn Baby Doll Set

Gift Boutique's Soft Body Realistic Newborn Set with Accessories, 14" Gift Boutique's Soft Body Realistic Newborn Set with Accessories, 14"

This lovable doll dressed in adorable clothes, with a matching hat, jacket, bib, bag, and a pet whale. Her body is made of soft fabric, making her extra cuddly.

This baby doll, without a doubt, comes with a great set of complementary items! Rather than buying the doll and baby items separately, you can easily get a full package with Gift Boutique’s Baby Doll.

The doll is 14 inches tall and has a soft body. It features a handbag, a milk bottle, a baby bib, and a baby jacket! The doll even comes with its own little stuffed animal; a dolphin. Awe!

Pros

  • Features baby items
  • Features bag for baby items
  • Soft body

Cons

  • Hard to dress and undress

Best Outfit – Corolle Bebe Calin

Corolle Bebe Calin - Charming Pastel, 12" Corolle Bebe Calin - Charming Pastel, 12"
  • The soft, bean-filled body is perfectly sized at 12” tall.
  • Face material has a delicate scent of vanilla.
  • Designed with the durability to hold up to daily play.
  • Made with synthetic materials and washable surfaces.

Bebe Calin, we’ve decided, features the best outfit. This doll comes in a beautiful, light-colored, little pink nightgown, and a thin-tipped hat. Brought to you by the trusted brand Corolle, you can find numerous outfits and accessories for the 12-inch doll in their Corolle Mon Premier Collection.

The doll comes with a delicate vanilla scent that makes hugging it ever so soothing. Its securely inserted eyes close when it’s laid down, and its synthetic soft body and clothes are surface-washable.

Pros

  • Specifically designed outfits and accessories available to purchase
  • Delicate vanilla scent
  • Auto-closing eyes

Cons

  • May seem too small

Best Design – Manhattan Toy Wee Baby Stella

Manhattan Toy Wee Baby Stella Beige, 12" Manhattan Toy Wee Baby Stella Beige, 12"

Features a soft tuft of fleece hair, pink hair ribbon, and flower-patterned dress with a fabric hook and loop closure for easy doll clothing changes. Measures 12-inches tall.

Manhattan Toy Store’s Wee Baby Stella is praised by many users. This adorable doll is perfect for introducing a toddler to their first baby doll.

Despite being 12 inches tall, the doll can be described as small. Not in size, but in features. It has squeezable little fabric hands and feet. The entire doll is made of a soft, beige-colored fabric. There are cute bits of hair on its head, tied back by a tiny pink ribbon. It comes in a lovely floral dress and a magnetic pacifier that can be attached to her smiling lips!

Pros

  • Portable
  • Features a pacifier
  • Removable clothes

Cons

  • Shorts underneath the dress may often slip off

Factors to Consider When Purchasing a Doll for a Two-Year-Old

At the age of two, a child’s sense of comprehension, as well as bodily balance, are gradually developing. It’s still a work in progress, which is why it’s important to know what to look for in their toys that are both complimenting to their age, and not overwhelming. In this case, let’s look at the factors you should consider before buying your two-year-old toddler a baby doll.

What Is The Dolls Weight?

A toddler shouldn’t carry anything that exceeds at least 15 percent of their own body weight. Even though most baby dolls weigh about as much as 14 ounces, it’s important to look at where the weight is distributed. A baby doll that’s heaviest at the head, for example, is not a good option.

At this age, your toddler is still learning to develop their motor skill. They may be able to walk, but they are still liable to occasional tumbling or staggering. 

Notice how their hands often flail about as they attempt to toddle from one spot to the next? Now imagine said hands cradling a heavy-headed baby doll, whose face is inches from the ground, and will often simply fall down due to its own unevenly-distributed weight. This can be quite frustrating for a toddler who has to stop to pick it up again.

What Materials Does It Use?

Despite the fact that after reaching toddlerhood, two-year-olds are less likely to explore everything using their mouth, a toy should still be free of hazardous materials, such as lead, phthalate, and BPA.

If there are fabric parts on the doll, including its clothes, it’s best if it’s labeled ‘flame-resistant.’ Naturally, it’s also better if a soft body baby doll is washable. All stuffed toys should be, as their fabric can act as homes for nasty pests, such as lice.

Does The Doll Come In A Set?

Though toddlers have a high sense of comprehension, it’s still developing. With baby doll sets especially, it’s likely they’ll attempt self-using present items such as the toy pacifier, the plastic feeding spoon, etc. Such behavior should best be discouraged, as these items may often come in face-first contact with the floor or a dusty surface.

Just as well, look out for choking-hazard items. This can include something as small as loose-stringed buttons on the baby doll’s shirt.  

With that said, it’s without a doubt that your toddler will better enjoy baby dolls with a larger set of items. They want the fake baby food, with the fake diapers, and the little baby stroller! For a first baby doll, a set may not matter much as the doll itself, but if this is a second or third, consider expanding the set.

So, What’s The Verdict?

Baby dolls aren’t just a girl thing. Just like girls, boys too should learn compassion and self-help. Baby dolls are an essential addition for any toddler.

Our top pick is JC Toys La Baby for its remarkably life-like features, its lightweight, and its BPA and phthalate-free material.

La Baby Boutique Soft Body Baby Doll (Hispanic), 11" La Baby Boutique Soft Body Baby Doll (Hispanic), 11"
  • Lightweight and easy for young hands to hold.
  • Unscented and easily washable.
  • 7,800+ reviews on Amazon.com.

The runner-up was Berenguer Boutique Soft Body Baby Doll, which featured a pacifier, and auto-closing eyes!

Take your time going through the list to find what best suits your toddler, especially if this is their first baby doll!

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