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While visiting my husband's grandmother a few weeks ago, she said she searched high and low for a "boy doll" for my son and couldn't find one. I was surprised -- I hadn't really thought of my 15-month-old son playing with dolls before. I asked myself if that would bother me and decided that it wouldn't. Would it bother you?
Rubyshoes03 asked mamas in the message boards recently if they'd buy their sons a doll, if there was one type that was preferable over another and if there were any off-limits accessories, like a purse. Here's what a few moms said:
"The only doll-like toy [my son] likes is his 'My Pal Scout' -- he loves the songs it plays and will hug it from time to time, but usually leaves it in his bed. If he did start to take an interest in a doll, I wouldn't stop him -- it would probably only make him more determined to have one anyway!" --farawayso-close86
"I really believe that all children should have at least one doll, and it is up to them what they want to do with them. If they want to feed them pretzels and juice and hug them, great. If they want to throw them in the air and down the stairs, that is also great. " --tabrizia
"I think it's a great tool for an older baby, toddler or child especially when mom is pregnant. That way, the older sibling can take care of their 'baby' while you take care of their new little sibling. I will get my son a doll when he's about to have a little brother or sister, if not sooner." --justadrienne
"I dislike how there are 'boy toys' and 'girl toys' and very few gender-neutral toys. I think dolls are a great way to help children learn nurturing skills, and if they want to throw them around or whatever, that's fine too. [My husband] is not against dolls [for our sons], but he would prefer a less 'girly' option (*roll eyes*)." --rubyshoes03
"I'm with everyone else that there are certain types of dolls that are more desirable, and others (like those that pee) that are less so, but that's definitely not gender-based." --h2ofilter
"I think gender stereotypes are silly. It's just as important for little boys to play with baby dolls so they can grow up to be good daddies as it is for little girls to play with baby dolls so they can grow up to be good mommies." --kittyseneca
"I think dolls help children learn to understand feelings, practice their understanding of rituals and routines, and get many other benefits from playing with dolls." --cassiejune
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