I don’t know about you, but when shopping for the perfect dolls for my daughters to play with I have stumbled across many that are absolutely ridiculous for countless reasons – including the brand name of some dolls and unrealistic body image just to name a few. Instead I want to provide them with dolls that are not only wholesome and fun, but are educational as well. In all my searching so far I have only found one company that fits my criteria.
At American Girl, they celebrate girls and all that they can be by developing products and experiences that help girls grow up in a wholesome way, while encouraging them to enjoy girlhood through fun and enchanting play – which is exactly what I want for my girls. When thinking of the American Girl company most people are familiar with the American Girl characters which include both historical characters and contemporary girls. The historical characters inhabit stories set during important times in America’s past while the contemporary Girl of the Year stories explore issues of today. Both show girls that they can do great things if they believe in themselves. There are also My American Girl dolls which enables each girl to create a doll just right for her by choosing things like hair, eye color, and more.
Every time the American Girl catalog shows up at our house Alleigh and Kaelyn both spend lots of time letting me know that they need every last thing they see, but since the Historical Characters, Girl of the Year, and My American Girl dolls are recommended for girls 8 years of age and older I was very pleased to see that American Girl has their younger fans covered too. Kiddos age 3 years and up have two options – Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins. So as not to leave anyone out I opted to get the Bitty Twins so both Alleigh and Kaelyn would receive a baby to love.
The thing that I love the most about the Bitty Twins is that you can mix and match them to create your perfect pair by picking gender, skin tone, and hair color. In fact I let my girls pick exactly which doll they each wanted for their pair and Kaelyn was adamant that she wanted the boy… to this day she still calls him “My boy.” Both girls chose the light skin with brown hair option – I do wish that you could also choose eye color because Alleigh pointed out that only the blonde hair dolls had blue eyes and she wanted her doll to have blue eyes like her. The Bitty Twins are 15” tall and have soft cloth bodies that are perfect for cuddling plus eyes that open and shut. Their hair can be brushed and styled – I love the lil boys hair style, too stinkin cute!
The Bitty Twins coordinating outfits are absolutely adorable and I love all the little details. For example the stitching on “boy’s” jeans as well as the embroidered buttons. They also have on little cloth diapers which made me super happy because diapers/underwear tend to be a little detail left out on many dolls. The boy shoes tend to slip off easily and so when Kaelyn wants to take him on outings we leave the shoes at home so we don’t have to worry about losing them, but the girl shoes stay on very well. I adore the argyle tights and was so excited to see that there are also matching outfits in child sizes on the American Girl website so Alleigh and Kaelyn can match their dolls! Perfect Christmas gift idea!!
I can definitely tell you that both Alleigh and Kaelyn love their Bitty Twins and have lots of fun playing together with them. Each American Girl doll always comes with a book and the Bitty Twins are no exception. Their book is about sharing things like toys and how they even have to share their birthday being twins. This was pretty neat for Alleigh and Kaelyn since they also share their birthday, but were born two years apart!
I can understand that you may think the American Girl dolls are a bit pricey – especially for a doll being given to a child to love and play with every day. Trust me this thought even crossed my mind, but here is the good news… American Girl has a doll hospital! For very reasonable prices American Girl dolls can be sent to the doll hospital for everything from a “wellness visit” which includes things like having their skin cleaned and hair brushed to “major surgery”… folks, we are talking things as crazy as head reattachment, new bodies, eye replacement and more. Plus when they arrive back home a few short weeks later they will be wearing a hospital gown – how fun. So the point is to let your kiddos have fun with these dolls and don’t worry about accidents because let’s face it – accidents happen, but they can be fixed which means American Girls will stand the test of time and in my case a preschooler, hehe.
There are so many great gift ideas on the American Girl website no matter the age of the little girl in your life. So check it out and give a gift that will be loved and cherished for years to come!