Yes, You Should Buy Your Son His Very Own Doll

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Boys will be boys, and girls will be girls. Or will they?

Although dolls are traditionally considered “girl” toys, many boys also have fun playing with dolls and can even learn a thing or two by having a “baby” of their own, which is another way that gender lines are being blurred a little bit. Whether or not that's a bad thing isn't the issue. The issue is finding the benefits in girls participating in typical “boy behaviors” and boys participating in typical “girl behaviors,” such as playing with dolls.

I'm not talking about action figures and G.I. Joes, here. I'm talking about actual dolls. In fact, many companies are now making boy dolls so that little boys can have little friends that look like them.

So, what are the benefits of playing with dolls for boys?

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Craig Bach, VP of Education for The Goddard School, gives three reasons why he thinks boys should play with dolls:

  1. “When considering the benefits of boys playing with dolls, do not discount that, one day, that young boy will grow up to be a man and may even be a father.
  2. “When given the opportunity, children naturally interact with dolls in ways that might prepare/reflect how they might treat an infant.
  3. “Playing with dolls allows children to engage in dramatic play and to imagine what it would be like to be a mother, father, coach, teacher, etc.”

Any interest a child takes in an activity is a great moment for shared learning among families, so even if you think that your son playing with a doll is a little strange, consider some of the lessons that can be taught and reinforced through this sort of play.

Through unstructured play, children are able to develop positive attitudes toward learning and will become lifelong learners. If your son takes interest in dolls, consider some of the following options that will enforce learning and fun all at the same time.

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Groovy Boy

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You may know about Groovy Girls, but there is also a Groovy Boy. The latest one is Logan, who is super soft and perfect for carrying around or snuggling with at night.

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Baby Stella Boy

Another fun option is the Baby Stella Boy doll that comes in a cute romper and has a magnetic paci. This boy doll make a great option for even the littlest boys!

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Bitty Twins by American Girl

Even American Girl recognizes the benefits of dolls for boys. Check out their Bitty Twins for an adorable boy option.

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Dress-up Pirate

Another fun option is boys the award-winning Dress-Up Pirate. This pirate comes compete with an adorable parrot and will grow with your son as the Pirate can be used for teaching dressing-skills like doing buttons, snaps, and zippers on the pirate's outfit.

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Lil' Peanut

Want to start your son off with an adorable lovey? Try the Snuggle Pods Lil' Peanut, The little sleeping baby boy that gets tucked snug as a bug into his own little peanut shell.

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Yes, You Should Buy Your Son His Very Own Doll

Jamie is a Beltway Insider who loves channeling her pre-motherhood love of traveling into spending time exploring all D.C. has to offer with her brood of two girls and two boys ages 9, 7,5, and a baby. She is a reformed lawyer turned full-time kid wrangler who enjoys photographing her everyday chaos and anything salted caramel. Since life is never dull, she loves writing about the issues and events going on in her life at any given time, including caring for a daughter with special needs and th ... More

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  1. Sara says:

    I bought a boy doll for my oldest before my middle son was born. Then passed this onto my middle son. It was a boy cloth doll. The reason why I bought it is so he could get used to being a big bro. and this helped my middle son when my now baby came along too. I also liked it cuz it looked biracial and my kids are biracial

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