10 Best Barbie Dolls & Toys for Kids Reviewed in 2019

Barbie dolls have been around for many generations and are a classic doll toy that people love to play with and also collect. The concept of the doll first appeared around the 1960s and changed the toy industry forever. As the company celebrates their 60th birthday they are just as popular then as they are now. The world totally embraces the world of everything Barbie. Many kids dream of the perfect birthday party when they receive that special doll they have been eyeing up at the store. Others love collecting them and watching their collection grows with unique dolls that have come from makers. The doll is a true trendsetter. She was then and still is today. Everyone’s collection always has space for more and we have found the best Barbie dolls and toys.

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Items on the list have been reviewed. The list has been updated with two new products and a new FAQ. Each item is currently in the market place and is available for sale.

Criteria Used in Evaluation of the Best Barbie Dolls and Toys

Toys serve as a window for children. Playing with toys allow your child to discover themselves as well as the world around them. Seeing as how they are so important, we performed diligent research to make sure the dolls on this list were developmentally appropriate, diverse, and could provide inspiration to your child.

Developmentally Appropriate

Barbie not only provides hours of fun for your child, but she also stimulates several areas of development. As your child creates scenarios and immerses into pretend play she will be using her imagination. Creativity and imagination are crucial to a child’s development. As your child changes Barbie’s outfit or even moves her limbs, she will be developing her fine-motor skills and improving her strength and dexterity. Caring for her doll will foster a sense of compassion in your child. Your child’s confidence and independence will grow as she plays more with Barbie. Dressing Barbie will encourage them to dress. Playing with the careers dolls will motivate them to aim high and to chase their dreams.

Diversity

When making this list, we wanted Barbies that appealed to children from all different backgrounds. Barbies with different skin tones, hairstyles, eye colors, etc. A few years ago, Mattel received criticism that Barbie gave little girls a negative self-image or at least to the little girls who weren’t thin, blonde, and blue-eyed. Mattel has been making diverse barbies since the beginning but even more so now. For instance, the fashionista collection brought around new skin tones and body shapes. Curvy and tall Barbies were released and appealed to many little girls. Barbies with naturally curly hair and different colored hair flew off the shelves as little girls were ecstatic to see Barbies like them. This list includes many Barbies that venture out from the thin, blonde, blue-eyed stereotypical Barbie, many of which can be enjoyed by both boys and girls. They ignore society’s standards of beauty and promote body positivity, which will increase your child’s confidence. Along with being more relatable, these unique Barbies give your child a sense of real-world diversity.

Inspiration

Barbie has the ability to influence children everywhere. They might want to dress like Barbie or wear their hair like her. While she is a fashion icon, she has always been so much more than that. She was created with the goal to inspire little girls to aim high, chase their dreams, and break the glass ceiling. The first career Barbie was an astronaut and since then, more than 150 career Barbies have been released. Barbies in the form of doctors, veterinarians, musicians, etc., all inspiring children that they can be anything they want to be when they grow up. Not only will your child have a blast playing with Barbie, but she will be instilling in them a passion to be successful.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: At what age should I purchase my child a Barbie?

A: As some Barbies contain small parts that could be a choking hazard, we recommend purchasing Barbies for children aged 4 and over.

Q: Can all Barbies wear the same clothes?

A: The original Barbie dolls could swap clothes. The new Barbies that were created with different body shapes may not be able to fit the clothes of the original Barbies. However, more clothes can be purchased for those Barbies, so you will never have to worry about her not having enough outfits.

Q: This Barbie has too much makeup for my child, what can I do since I like everything else on her?

A: Many of Barbie’s heads can be taken off and swapped.

Q: Can I purchase fashion accessories for a Barbie Doll, like shoes and hair brushes?

A: Yes, Barbie doll accessories can be purchased in addition to the dolls. They come in sets that can be found anywhere that the dolls and fashion sets are sold.

Q: Are there celebrity Barbies?

A: Mattel has created tons of celebrity Barbies, the first being Twiggy in 1959. Nicki Minaj, Zendaya, and Katy Perry all have Barbies created after them as well.

Q: How much does the average doll cost?

A: If you’re wanting a basic Barbie doll with no frills or accessories you can purchase one for around $7. Celebrity Barbies and Barbies with playsets tend to be more expensive at around $30.

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