There are currently a number of incredible baby dolls available for your little one and it can be hard to decide which one is best suited for your child.
Miniland Educational Dolls are anatomically correct baby dolls that are designed and made in Spain. The brand was started in 1962 and have become known internationally for their educational toys.
The dolls come in both female and male and have well-defined ethnic features to aid the identification of the most representative races. They are available in Latin American, African American, Asian and Caucasian doll options.
They were developed as an educational resource to help a young toddler and child begin to understand concepts of family, diversity (both races and gender), as well as respect and tolerance.
I bought the Asian doll for my daughter's first birthday and she just adores it. It was what started my desire to stock these cute dolls in my store.
This year, Miniland Educational added to their collection, by including redhead and brunette caucasian dolls as well as down syndrome dolls. This allows a parent even more choice in dolls and shows that Miniland are recognising the diversity that exists across our cultures.
Miniland Educational dolls are vanilla scented to smell like a new born baby and come boxed and dressed in their underwear. All of their features can be articulated allowing the child to dress and undress the baby doll.
They do not have batteries nor make a sound which allows the child to play with the doll in a creative, open-ended way using story telling and role play to enhance their social skills and awareness.
It also allows the child to develop their fine motor skills as they use buttons and zippers on the Miniland doll's clothing.
These dolls are made of smooth, durable phthalate-free vinyl. They are soft and flexible to touch but the dolls are hermetically sealed so they can't be bathed.
They also come in soft-bodied dolls as well.
Miniland recommends their dolls from 9+ months to 6 years and they come in different sizes. At BabyDonkie, we stock the 40cm, 38cm and 21cm dolls only.
The price point for the Miniland Educational dolls are very reasonable with the 40cm doll retailing for $55.95, the 38cm doll for $59.95 and the 21cm doll for $36.95.
Minikane is a French brand that sells anatomically correct baby dolls and was established in 2012. Minikane dolls are also known as Paola Reina dolls. Paola Reina dolls have been made in Alicante, Spain since 1870. They have only recently arrived in Australia!
The Minikane are 34cm long and are available in both female and male dolls. However, currently we are only stocking four of the Minikane dolls at BabyDonkie.
Minikane dolls are also vanilla scented to smell like a newborn babe and they are made of soft PVC vinyl, free of phthalates. The Minikane dolls come in a bag, with no underwear and are soft to touch.
The Minikane doll is also articulated and you can move the arms, head and legs. Minikane sells gorgeous doll's clothing for their dolls allowing your child to personalise their doll and develop their fine motor skills undressing and dressing their dolls.
The Minikane also do not make a sound nor have batteries and are suitable for children aged 3 years +.
They also have eyelashes which the Miniland dolls do not have and their mouths are open, unlike the Miniland dolls. You are not able to bathe nor get the Minikane doll wet.
Their facial features are hand-painted, the eyelashes handmade and their hair is styled by hand. Their eyes are made safe transparent plastic, which gives them an incredible life-like expression.
As a result, of the handmade natures of the Minikane dolls they are slightly more expensive retailing at $68.00 for a 34cm doll.
Although the Miniland and Minikane dolls are very similar, I find that the eyes on the Minikane dolls are much more open than the Miniland dolls and extremely realistic.
Playing with either of the Miniland or Minikane dolls allows the child to develop social and cultural awareness, use role play and story telling to understand family and social relationships and develop speech and imagination.
These dolls are perfect for teaching toddlers about babies, especially if a sibling is on the way!
Both our Miniland and Minikane dolls fit into our rattan doll's furniture like our Tiny Harlow Doll's Highchair, Bassinet, Change Table, Doll's Wardrobe Bouncer, and Shopping Trolley as well as our Juni Moon rattan prams.
I hope you have enjoyed my blog post about the differences and simialrities with Miniland Educational dolls and Minikane dolls. I love both of these brands and I am thrilled to be stocking them at BabyDonkie.
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