Are dolls appropriate for one-year-olds?

February 20 |
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My baby is about to turn one and I've been looking online at lists of age-appropriate toys. Simple puzzles, shape-sorter toys, stacking toys, etc, all sound great — but dolls are also on the list. I'm not sure how I feel about that. She's so young!

The doll I was looking at is from a good toy manufacturer — one that made several of our favorite baby toys. But that doesn't change the fact that it's still a doll with little pink dresses. I'm afraid that it will be a stepping stone to more pink and all the dreaded princess crap. What have other Offbeat Mamas done? When did your kids get dolls? Did you find one brand to be less offensive/annoying than others? — Emily

Ariel's favorite is the Manhattan Toy Baby Stella Boy by Manhattan Toy… do you guys have fave dolls that one-year-olds and toddlers love?