Should I splurge on an American Girl Doll for Christmas?

Okay, well my answer is already "no."

But we're homeschooling and my daughter hasn't encountered the peer pressure of American Girl dolls. 

And thankfully neither has her cousin / best friend, whose family also chose to get an alternative to the American Girl dolls. 

(But of course my daughter wanted the same Our Generation "Hally" doll immediately once her cousin got hers!)

There is a great mom's guide to comparing American Girl doll to generic dolls. For $25-$35 you can get similar dollars to the more expensive American Girl doll.

As an update to that post, note that her highly recommended xander Madame Alexander dolls are now available at Target (and Toys R Us) in addition to the My Generation Dolls

I'm not sure the Madame Alexander Mia Bella dolls are quite living up to the full potential of the reviewer however. Perhaps styles and quality have changed. Check doll reviews as they seem to vary by style, e.g. Asian doll is rated as much more ugly than some others, such as the Hispanic or African-American Doll and the "ethnic" dolls seem to be lacking authentic characteristics)

TIP: Visit Dolls Like Me for a variety of dolls from different races as well as bi-racial dolls.

Corolle has also introduced their smaller (13") Les Chéries dolls that span a variety of ethnic backgrounds as well.  I always keep an eye out for Corolle dolls at discount online retailer

Whatever doll you choose, you  may wish to take note of my "Health Care Plan for Dolls" recommendations for dealing with doll skin and hair problems!

Hint...think twice about curly haired dolls, like Our Generation's Alexis or Abrianna.


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