Many, many kids between the ages of 18 months and 4 years old love dolls. Boys and girls, although little girls are more likely to be given dolls as presents and therefore more likely to have a doll available when they hit this stage. When they enter the stage it will be obvious to anyone who sees this child because they will have the doll in their arms, next to them in the supermarket cart, dragging behind them as they run around the playground and tucked under their arm really everywhere. When a doll is loved this much it gets very, very dirty. Those surface wash only dolls? Save them for when dolls are played with mostly indoors. For this take the doll everywhere stage you need machine washable. My favorite machine washable dolls are from Corolle. I love the doll pictured above, she comes with an enormously long name: Corolle Babicorolle Babipouce Grenadine. She is soft and snuggly and perfectly safe even for infants, so you don’t have to worry about giving her to a child too young. I think a soft doll like this makes a perfect baby or 1 year old present. She will be ready and waiting for adventures as soon as her owner hits the bring a friend with you everywhere stage. And she can take a bath in the washing machine to stay clean and germ free after being dropped on the floor of a public rest room. That is awesome.