Over the past several years the doll market in the United States has changed significantly with the growth of American Girl dolls and other large, collectable dolls. Unlike previous dolls, these large dolls are much more expensive, with a price tag that can easily exceed $150 for each doll, so keeping the dolls safe and undamaged has become very important for parents. One way to ensure that these expensive dolls are taken care of is to encourage the children to put the dolls away carefully when they are done playing with them. Parents will find that the best way to convince their children to take care of their dolls is with a doll bed for the doll to sleep in. Children will accept the doll bed as part of the fantasy, while parents get the peace of mind that the expensive toy that they have purchased will not be left in the floor overnight. There are many different types of beds available for large sized dolls.
Among the cheapest options for doll beds, a Windsor bed is a simple construction that will keep the doll off of the floor. The bed sits about five inches off the ground and the railings give the bed a traditional baby bed look. It comes complete with a mattress and pillow, both of which have dual purposes. The child believes that the pillow and mattress are there to further the fantasy, but in reality, the pillow and mattress help protect the doll’s hair and body from damage that can occur when placing the doll in the bed. The Windsor bed is an excellent choice for younger children.
A day bed with a trundle or just a trundle bed by itself is another great solution for keeping a child’s dolls from getting damaged. By day the child can play with the trundle like it is a couch or a sitting room sofa. When it is time to put the dolls away, the child has two places to put the dolls to sleep. One doll can sleep on top of the day bed, while another doll can easily be stored in the trundle bed underneath. This allows the parents to save money on doll beds by creating two separate sleeping areas in one bed. The trundle bed is best for slightly older children, generally ages six and up.
The ultimate in doll bed solutions is the loft bed for large dolls. This bed is high off of the floor, and the bed comes with a variety of extra features. Perhaps the most important feature of the loft bed is the inclusion of drawers and areas to hang doll clothes, which provide the child a place to store accessories and changes of clothes. Accessories and other doll add-ons can be expensive in their own right, so having a place to store those items is a bonus for parents. The loft bed can also be expanded to include a second bed underneath the loft on the top. Loft beds are best for older children, ages eight and up, or children who have a lot of accessories to go with their large dolls.
Playing with dolls has become more expensive as the cost of dolls and accessories have skyrocketed. With a doll bed, parents can help their children protect their toys from damage, while also giving the child another outlet for his or her creativity.
I am Alexis Bennett and this article is designed to help parents understand why a doll bed is a good investment when purchasing an expensive doll. Examples of the beds discussed can be found at http://www.laurentdoll.com/doll-beds/.