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The Best Rag Dolls in America Christmas 2022 Edition

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The Best Rag Dolls in America Christmas 2022 Edition

Picture a beloved cloth doll, the left leg stretched slightly longer and squeezed slightly slimmer, a sure sign that this leg was the ‘handle’ by which that doll has journeyed, dangling upside down through a young girl’s childhood. Or perhaps a different doll, frumpled and lumpy, with the cupid’s bow shadow of a thousand kisses gracing its cheeks. Just like your favorite jeans, often worn and softly formed to fit perfectly to your curves, so do HABA dolls soften and conform to the shape of a child’s love and affection by play. At their core, HABA dolls are well designed,...

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The Pink Aisle vs The Blue Aisle: The Battle Over Gender and Toys

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The Pink Aisle vs The Blue Aisle: The Battle Over Gender and Toys

Whoever thought shoving children into a gender defined toy box was a good idea? Boys and girls do play differently, but the gender defined toy box limits play. Will playing with dolls make a boy gay? Sounds kind of ridiculous when stated so boldly right? Pink aisle vs Blue aisle? Children are gendered, Dolls are not!

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Best Gift for a Baby? A New Doll can make her smarter!

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Best Gift for a Baby? A New Doll can make her smarter!

All healthy children go through the same early growth stages:
New things become new connections in their brains.
New connections become thoughts. And thoughts become memory. A new doll stimulates growth... and intelligence.
This is why you should give your kids dolls. You are going to make them smarter.

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Protecting Your Children's Health by Cleaning Their Dolls

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Protecting Your Children's Health by Cleaning Their Dolls

If washing your kid’s hands is a ‘first line of defense,’ then keeping their dolls clean is an additional line of defense against allergens, dust mites, germs and viruses.

You probably already know that soap molecules actually break up and kill virus molecules, it’s why you see instructions to ‘wash your hands often and thoroughly’ everywhere you look these days.

Washing your children’s dolls in soap and water works the same way, but here are a few extra tips we’ve learned from our 20 years as ‘The Pattycake Doll Company.’

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Why are there anatomically correct dolls?

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Why are there anatomically correct dolls?
Why are there anatomically correct dolls? Among other reasons to downplay body shaming, to prevent pink aisle-blue aisle stereotyping etc. Are there Transgender Dolls? Cross dressing dolls? Gay Dolls? Of course! Gender neutral dolls are easily cross dressed. Remember, doll play is story telling and world building play.

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