Not sure if it’s true for all women, but I personally grew up pushing a miniature stroller in the park from a very young age. I guess that’s probably even why I’ve grown this maternal instinct so early on, jokes. But on a serious note, girls are raised among dolls, and close-to-real-life babies that they learn to feed and bathe and soothe, while boys are thought how to race cars and build train racks. Never have I seen a boy being gifted a miniature baby or stroller, because the simple thought or sight of it might give parents chills. But seeing my son in different playrooms be so excited about playing with a doll or toy baby makes me wonder why we are so reluctant to this idea of boys (our sons) having such toys.
What are we actually afraid of? That they will turn into good fathers that will like to push the stroller in the city and give their babies a bath? Or about the opinions of the other parents in the park? I’m not really sure, because I never had anything against it, but I know for sure I would love to see boys and girls play together with the same toys no matter where they are.
We are okay with seeing girls push automatic cars in the sand, but for some reason the same is not true for boys and doll prams.
So if you’re looking for a diverse range of toys, we have rounded up some of our favourite dolls for both girls and boys, that come in a range of forms, races and skin colours.
Jess Brown x Atsuyo et Akiko Doll in pink Les Pompons tutu dress, on Spring.
Kingsley Doll on Harperiman.
William the animal caretaker doll, on Hazel Village.
Miniland African & Caucasian girl doll, on KinokoKids.
Q’ewar girl Waldorf girl on Novanatural.
PlayMonster wonder crew Superhero Erik on Amazon.
Bambino Dolls on Novanatural.
Bendable Waldorf doll in hand-knit sweater on Maisonette.
Fern Doll on Hazel Village.
Miniland newborn baby on KinokoKids.