It’s important for children with down syndrome and other special needs to feel a sense of inclusivity and representation in their daily lives.
While it’s taken some time to get there, dolls made specifically with down syndrome facial features have been popping up all over the internet, capturing the hearts of families with special needs children everywhere.
Let’s take a look at some of the…
Best Dolls With Down Syndrome
Selma’s Dolls are perfect for representing children with Down syndrome, special needs, and different cultures, including Mexican-American and Muslim. Each doll’s dress is unique, with prints and colors that reflect important aspects of her background and ethnicity.
These dolls are made of soft jersey knit fabric making them super cuddly for your little ones aged two and up. Each doll also comes with a children’s book entitled Selma’s First Day of School that includes some helpful information and fun facts on Down syndrome.
Selma’s Dolls also were given the National Parent Product Award (NAPPA) in 2018.
- 12” tall
- Made with soft jersey knit material
- Comes with “Selma’s First Day of School” children’s book
Miniland’s Down syndrome baby doll is a 15″ anatomically correct doll. Made with remarkably realistic facial features that resemble a child with down syndrome, this doll helps children identify diverse looks.
The dolls also come with a polybag so your child can enjoy carrying them around. It’s made of high-quality vinyl materials lightly scented with vanilla, with articulated arms and legs that are easily movable.
The doll brand offers a wide range of ethnicities promoting diversity and inclusivity among children’s toys.
- 15” tall
- Realistic facial features
- Comes with a polybag
The BrightEars Brown Haired Girl Doll with Down Syndrome is a favorite among parents with Down syndrome children. This doll comes with a customized feeding tube, nasogastric tube, and hearing aids for authenticity.
The doll is also designed anatomically correct with a heart scar and easily movable limbs.
She also comes with eyeglasses made with plastic lenses available in pink, blue or yellow. The accessories are perfect for little kids with Down syndrome who often need the same ones, offering a level of representation you won’t find with typical doll manufacturers.
- 14” tall
- Comes with accessories (feeding tube, nasogastric tube, glasses, and hearing aids)
- Anatomically correct with heart scar
This soft sculpture doll is handmade to perfection! The Olivia doll is made of cotton knit doll skin fabric that’s also pill-resistant. Entirely hand knit, this needle-sculpted doll includes painted facial features that beautifully resemble those of a Down syndrome doll.
Olivia’s hair is made of polyester yarn that can easily be brushed with a baby brush or toothbrush. She comes dressed in a floral dress, bloomers, diapers, and socks.
Many customers love to dress her in premature baby-sized clothing for variety.
- 13” tall
- Needle sculpted features
- Comes with a complete outfit (hair ribbons, a floral dress, bloomers, diaper, and socks)
The Kinderland Cassie doll is a beautiful Down Syndrome tribute doll as a part of Kinderland’s Special Needs Series. Considerable in size, this 22-inch doll is a sure favorite for special needs children. S
he has been constructed with crushed beads, providing a realistic feel.
This doll has hand-painted details that include life-like eyebrows, tipped nails, realistic lip color, subtle veining, and freckles.
Referred to as “Hugga’ Bear Cassie,” she also comes with various outfit accessories that include a diaper, an outfit, glasses, a magnet pacifier, and her personal plush bear.
- 22” tall, 5 lbs.
- Bendable knees for sitting position
- Comes with accessories (diaper, outfit, glasses, magnet pacifier, and plush bear)
The Lilipie Reborn Nursery Patience baby is one of the most realistic dolls with down syndrome you’ll find on the market.
This doll is handmade with precise details and also comes custom-made based on the preferences you provide to the seller, making the baby unique to you and your child.
The doll is made with soft, high-quality materials without silicone. You have the option of having the dolls made with subtle yet realistic details such as skin tones with a veiny and blotchy blushed newborn look, tipped nails, shaded nostrils, and wet lips and nose.
- 21” tall, 4-5 lbs.
- Glass bead and fiber weighted filling
- Add-ons (at additional cost) include (dummy, glass eyes, blanket, outfit, fake baby formula, birth certificate.
This Down syndrome swaddle baby is a simple yet sweet doll perfect for children with special needs to cuddle with. The doll was created with beautiful and precise Down syndrome facial features, stitched to perfection to help spread inclusivity.
The eye stitching mimics the look of epicanthic folds, a common characteristic of individuals with Down syndrome. The seller offers the service of providing customized add-ons as well.
- 10” tall
- Realistic stitching
- Quality materials
One of the most realistic dolls with down syndrome, the Pebbles doll by Lilipie Nursery, is an absolute favorite among special needs children.
Much like the Patience doll, Pebbles is constructed with quality materials and precise painting that looks and feels like a real baby.
She comes complete with an outfit and head ribbon and can also be customized to your needs and preferences, with multiple accessories available at an additional cost.
- 20” tall, 4-5 lbs.
- Glass bead and fiber weighted filling
- Add-ons (at additional cost) include (dummy, glass eyes, blanket, outfit, fake baby formula, doe suede body)
The Beyond the Sea Reborns baby is impressively realistic, with facial features that have been hand-painted with accuracy. Down syndrome children will love the look and feel of this baby doll.
The doll comes complete with a bodysuit, magnetic pacifier, as well as a hospital kit that includes a hat, a bracelet, a blanket, and a birth certificate that you can personalize. She can also fit into most newborn-sized clothing.
- 21” tall, 5 lbs.
- Hair and features hand-painted
- Comes with hospital accessories
Is There an American Girl Doll with Down Syndrome?
Although the popular doll brand, American Girl, has recently made inclusivity a priority by including a child model with Down syndrome in their marketing campaign, they have yet to release a Down syndrome doll.
Little is known whether they plan to in the future.