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In many ways, a doll is a child’s first friend. The best dolls provide a sense of security and companionship for many years. Unfortunately, if you’re looking for an ethnic doll, you might have noticed a lack of options.
Why is it So Hard to Find Ethnic (Non-White) Dolls?
Finding dolls of color isn’t always easy, but it’s worth the search. Multi-ethnic dolls help children develop self-confidence and a sense of identity while also introducing the idea of diversity.
While many major toymakers produce more white dolls than multicultural ones, the market for non-white dolls is growing.
Here’s a look at our absolute favorites.
Black Baby Dolls (African American)
This 11" doll from The New York Doll Collection has a soft body with a detailed, sweet vinyl face and moveable limbs. It’s delightfully dressed in a polka dot onesie with a matching hat and pink pacifier.
Parents will love how easy the doll is to keep clean. Simply wipe the doll and pacifier down with a damp cloth, and throw the clothes in the washing machine.
Soft, lightweight, and loveable, this baby doll from JC Toys is the perfect size for children 12 months and older. It has no buttons or zippers, plus the pacifier is permanently affixed to the outfit, making it a safe choice.
The doll has a soft, vinyl head with a detailed face featuring bright eyes, cute cheeks, and a flexible mouth. It even has tiny fingers and toes! Each doll is hand-sculpted in Spain by the Berenguer Boutique design team.
Stylish Jada is dressed to impress with several outfit options, including a pink chiffon dress, fuchsia faux-fur vest, sequin headband, leg warmers, and pink lace-up boots. She stands 18” tall with brown skin, wavy black hair, and brown eyes that open and close.
Jada is part of the Adora Amazing Girls, a collection of seven dolls who promote friendship and kindness. Not only is she a fashionista, but a point is made that Jada also likes reading, writing, and spending time with her family.
The Glitter Girls are fashion dolls with vibrant style and posable limbs. Their arms rotate at the shoulders, their knees bend, and their hips rotate.
Odessa is dressed in a turquoise top, pink pom-pom skirt, pink leggings, and a golden bow in her hair. She has brown skin, green eyes, and long, black nylon hair.
The Glitter Girls are part of an established world of seven dolls plus playsets, including an equestrian set with a 14" rideable horse.
Meet Chavonne, who projects confidence and loves to share her love of music with others. This fashionable doll stands 18” tall with brown skin, dark hair, and hazel eyes with rooted eyelashes.
She’s wearing an orange-red shawl with blue leggings and sparkly blue boots.
Chavonne is part of the Journey Girls, a collection of eight dolls, each with unique personalities and interchangeable outfits.
This plush doll from Children’s Factor is for babies one year and even a few months younger. It’s 10” by 9” by 2” with a fabric body and sweet, sleeping face. The doll has brown skin, a tuft of brown hair, and wears a green and white onesie.
Keeping the doll clean is fast and easy because it’s entirely machine washable. You can even put it in the dryer without issue.
K.T. Fancy’s Baby Girl Doll focuses on relatable realism with curly black hair and soft black skin. Standing 14.5” tall, all limbs plus the head rotate, giving the doll tons of posing options plus the ability to sit or lie down.
The doll is dressed in bright pink overalls and shoes with a matching hair bow. To keep clean, simply wipe the doll with a damp cloth, and toss the clothing into the washing machine.
Hispanic Baby Dolls (Mexican or Latin)
Another high-quality (but affordable) option from the New York Doll Collection, this Hispanic newborn doll is 11" tall with a detailed, expressive face, a soft body, and adorable fingers and toes. It’s dressed in polka-dotted pajamas with a matching nightcap.
They’re safe for kids ages one and older. Small and soft, they’re easy for young children to hold onto and play with. Plus, the dolls are easily cleaned with a damp cloth, and the outfit is machine washable.
With over 20 years of experience, the artisans at Paradise Galleries are famous for the Baby Bundles, a line of detailed and lifelike newborn dolls.
Their Hispanic Reborn Baby Doll has a medium-skin tone with hand-painted facial features made from FlexTouch Silicone Vinyl. It’s 20” long and weighs five pounds.
Baby Bundles are considered one of the most realistic-looking dolls available. They’re recommended for kids ages 14 and older. They’re also popular companions and therapy dolls for seniors, especially those with dementia.
Lola is a Mexican-American doll with light brown skin, a colorful dress, a long braid, and a red flower in her hair.
At 12” tall, it’s made from soft and cuddly jersey-knit fabric. It’s ideal for kids two years and older.
Included with the doll is a storybook titled “First Day of School” which helps kids learn to celebrate differences in culture, abilities, and religion.
Hit the beach with this doll from Baby Alive. Suitable for kids three and older, it’s dressed in a tropical-themed dress and includes numerous accessories such as a beach comb, spoon, bottle, and even a “blender” that spins around at the push of a button.
It’s a highly interactive doll, too. Give her a bottle or use the spoon to feed her. The included yellow powder mixes with water to create a “food” that the doll later poops or pees into her diaper.
Soar across the stage with Anico’s Debbie Dancer, an 18” doll dressed in a shimmering tutu with pink dance shoes and a green-and-pink bow.
She’s huggable and soft with a cheerful, embroidered face and dark, layered hair.
The doll is made with high-quality materials and tight stitching, so it will remain a beloved friend all throughout childhood. Plus, it’s easy to clean. Rubbing it gently with a damp cloth will remove any dirt or mess.
Sarinia is another member of the Glitter Girls, the fashionable friends who emphasize the importance of bright ideas and maintaining a positive attitude.
Sarinia has light brown skin with bright brown eyes, and long brown hair. She’s 14” tall with posable arms and legs.
The doll dazzles with sparkly pink boots, a striped Glitter Girls shirt, and a pink glittery bow. As part of the Glitter Girls line, the doll fits in with a variety of accessories, including the six other characters and various playsets and animals.
Baby Lil Sounds is incredibly interactive with the ability to make ten sounds such as giggling, crying, yawning, babbling, and more.
She makes sleeping sounds when put down, sucking sounds when the pacifier is in her mouth, and otherwise responds like a real baby.
The doll has darker brown skin with curly black hair and moveable limbs. She wears a removable floral print dress made from fabric.
Asian Baby Dolls
Big enough to hug but also easy to hold, La Baby from JC Toys is a comfortable buddy for children as young as two. It’s 20” tall with a soft body, sculpted vinyl head, and sparkling Asian eyes.
JC Toys is a family-owned toy maker with over 30 years of experience. All of their dolls are made with safety in mind, so they have no zippers, buttons, open-close eyelids, or other potential hazards. Additionally, the doll has a Seal of Approval from the National Parenting Center.
Another doll from JC Toys, the La Baby 11” is lighter and smaller, making it well-suited for babies 12 months and older.
Like the larger model, safety is a primary feature, with a National Parenting Center Seal of Approval.
The doll wears a pink hat with a matching onesie, which is secured by Velcro. The detailed face, along with the arms and legs, is made from soft vinyl. Underneath the pink cap, you’ll find wispy hair.
From Educational Insights, the Baby Bijoux Asian Girl Doll is a realistic and anatomically-correct doll designed as a learning aid for a child’s natural curiosity.
The doll has light skin with Asian features, black eyes, and black hair in pig-tails.
The 15.75” tall doll is made with an abundance of attention to detail by experienced European designers. Arms and legs move, and the doll even has a light vanilla scent.
Sweet Baby Bright Citrus is delightfully cute as she sits and sucks her thumb. This 13” doll has an Asian skin tone and features plus brown eyes and silky, black hair.
She has a variety of fun interactivity. You can feed her with the included baby bottle, she can suck her thumb, and she stays sitting easily due to a weighted bottom.
Realistic and detailed, the Chinese Girl Doll from Paradise Galleries was designed by acclaimed Asian artist Pink Lau. Each features hand-painted details, hand-applied eyelashes, and an adorable Panda-themed outfit.
The 20” doll is poseable with 3/4” vinyl limbs. Made from GentleTouch vinyl, the doll is cuddly and soft. Also, her weighed body adds an extra dimension of realism to how she sits and feels when hugged.
Another amazingly lifelike doll from Paradise Galleries, 20” Su-Lin has a weighted cloth body with a hand-detailed vinyl head and arms.
She’s completely poseable with a true-to-life weight and feel. Dressed in a fuzzy Panda costume, Su-Lin is delightful from head to toe.
With a cloth body and vinyl face, this Lil’ Hugs doll is the perfect first doll for kids as young as 12 months. A rattle is attached to one hand while crinkly paper is inside the other, both of which help engage young senses.
At 12” tall, it’s comfortable for little ones to hold. Plus, it’s easy to clean, requiring only a damp cloth to wipe away most dirt.
Baby Alive is ready to eat – and more. Mix the included powder with water to create baby food, which you can then feed the baby when she’s hungry.
The doll also “poops” and “pees” into her diaper.
Aside from feeding and changing the doll, you can also comb and style its black, pig-tailed hair.
Biracial & Multiracial Baby Dolls
At 18” long with a weight of 2.2 pounds, Zero Pam’s black baby doll is incredibly detailed with 3/4” vinyl limbs, a molded face with hand-applied eyelashes, and soft, lifelike hair.
While the doll includes a charming onesie and cap, any newborn clothing between zero and three months will also fit. It’s well-suited for children over 12 months, collectors, and even seniors with Alzheimer’s and similar issues.
The classic Cabbage Patch Kids recently celebrated their 35th Anniversary with releases including this 14” girl doll with black skin, brown eyes, and long, curly hair.
The doll includes a Lots of Licks’ lollipop plus a sleep mask and pajamas. As with all Cabbage Patch Kids, one-of-a-kind adoption papers are also included.
Another Cabbage Patch kid, this 14” girl doll has light brown skin, curly hair, and sparkling purple eyes.
She’s dressed like a pretty kitty cat with pink cat ears and a bow on her dress. As with all Cabbage Patch kids, clothing and shoes can be replaced with many other options.
UCanaan dolls are another manufacturer known for their attention to real-life detail. This 22" doll has a silicon vinyl head with handmade features plus a stuffed cotton cloth body that allows it to sit and lie down realistically.
It includes a gift box, magnetic pacifier, and feeding bottle.
It’s bedtime for this sleepy baby. With ultra-realistic features, this snoozing little lady has light tan skin with delicate faux mohair, hand-set eyes, and a weighted cloth body. The doll includes a doll of her own, a plush lamb toy.
Meet Sienna, a music-loving city girl with a flair for fashion. She’s an 18” doll with light brown skin, afro-style hair, and a stylish winter coat and boots. It’s an excellent option for kids who love fashion and dressing up their dolls.
No matter what type of ethnic doll you’re looking for, our list above has many great options, including ultra-realistic dolls, dolls that move, and soft dolls designed as baby’s first.
Choosing a doll with a relatable look helps a child develop a healthy sense of self, as well as provides a feeling of security. Introduce a child you love to their cuddly new best friend today!