Featured Doll of 2013
Dolls are so much more than a toy. They provide security, love, and the first friendship some children will know. They teach nurturing skills of love, providing for needs, and patience.
Each year I focus on one doll that I feel adds value to a child’s life besides just being a toy.
This year I picked a doll from American Girl Company because of the beautiful craftsmanship and the impact it has on girls. I received a doll upon my request for the purpose of this post and review.
There are currently eleven dolls to choose from in the Bitty Baby line of dolls. Different skin tones, hair and eye colors are available to order. The doll is 15″ tall and the body is cloth which makes it a doll easy to hug. Her head and arms and legs are smooth vinyl so is easily washable.
The eyes open and close to make it more like a real baby.
Each doll comes dressed in a cloth diaper and a sleeper adorned with pink stars with a neckline trimmed with ruffle ribbon.
Accompanying the doll is a hard back book from the first of the Bitty Baby series.
A wishing star also comes with each doll and the star is mentioned in the book that comes with the doll.
The doll is lovely on her own but it is the books that are written which makes this doll more endearing and magically transforms Bitty Baby into a playmate that helps a child use their imagination as she and the child enjoy adventures. In the back of each book is a parent guide with helpful suggestions about talking with the child about the events that occurred in the book and that are common occurrences in most lives of children. The stories are entertaining and also helpful in showing the child ways to deal with stage fright, family members, sharing and new homes. More importantly it shows little girls a way to shine brightly and they are smart enough to solve any problem they may encounter.
This doll and these books teach children to use their imagination and explore new places and meet new friends. Imagination is also a wonderful technique to build strong character traits. Imagination aids children in being able to think “outside of the box” which are instrumental in creating positive results in leaning and working.
It aids in growth and thought development which develops curiosity. It is through curiosity that exploration begins and experiments are made and new things developed to help the world they live in as adults. Imagination also helps in the area of coping skills.
Using the imagination, such as we all do, when reading books helps to picture and place ourselves in the story and the culture described in the story line. The ability to imagine also leads a child to grow up as an empathetic adult who can place themselves in another persons situation and show compassion rather than judgement.
Once again American Girl has proven the importance of dolls to a child. Playing with a doll is not just adding to the benefit of play but helps to establish a well balanced child that will turn into healthy and caring adult.
You can find out more about all the dolls available at American Girl in their store.
You can also find a wonderful page for Baby Bitty fans where your child can learn to play the piano, read stories, send E-cards, and do fun activities. There is also a parent section available so for more information about these products and to find some great tips.