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Zydebearsmom
06-19-2011, 03:24 PM
My dd 8 wants an American Girl Doll she does not even play with dolls but she has been asking for the last year now. How old was your dd when she got her doll? Does she really play with it? Do you think it was worth the money? I dont understand why are they so popular?

Que_Sarah_Sarah
06-19-2011, 03:43 PM
I got my American Girl doll when I learned how to ride a bike without training wheels, so that was probably younger than 8 (I totally don't remember, lol) but I really loved it. Dolls like that aren't meant to be "played with" in the same sense as Barbies, but I loved doing things like making her a bed and putting her to sleep at night.

My big draw to the American Girl dolls was that I could make outfits for her to wear. I loved sewing and was constantly coming up with new things to put on Molly (the doll I purchased). Some girls like to do their hair but I wasn't allowed to take Molly's hair out of the braids before I was a certain age because my mom was afraid I'd never get them back in again and she wasn't about to braid Molly's hair every other day. It's also fun if you live near an American Girl Place to go to the store and see the dolls "in their element" so to speak.

aprilgail2
06-19-2011, 03:47 PM
By 8 my daughter had outgrown the american girl dolls- she enjoyed them from 6-8 but after that she hasn't touched them.

satorifound
06-19-2011, 03:53 PM
My older daughter played with her AG dolls until about 12. Now they are packed away in a box. My younger daughter played with them from about 8-10.

3monkeys4me
06-19-2011, 03:56 PM
My 7 year old has had her doll for about a year now and will be getting her second doll for Christmas this year. She plays with her all the time and takes very good care of her.

RachaelA
06-19-2011, 03:58 PM
I got my first around 8 (second at 9) and played with them until I was 12 or 13.

littlele
06-19-2011, 04:08 PM
They are a great quality doll that my daughter has collected since she was about 7. She still occasionally plays with them at 12.

I would much rather shell out $100 for a doll than a couple of video games since the imaginative play is much more valuable to me.

ceecee
06-19-2011, 04:22 PM
DD was into them until around 11 or 12, no so much to play with, but she liked to collect them. We now have 10 sitting around on their chairs and sofas in the spare room.

LisaTC
06-19-2011, 04:40 PM
My DD got one last year for her 7th birthday. She loves the Dolly & me clothes and they fit the AG doll. She likes fussing with her hair and dressing and redressing her. They are high quality and they can be returned to the "doll hospital" for repair. :) Quality keepsakes.

livsmom04
06-19-2011, 04:48 PM
My daughter got one when she was 5. She has taken care of it and she might get another one for Christmas this year. I feel like every other year she can get one.

mom2val
06-19-2011, 06:17 PM
My dd 8 wants an American Girl Doll she does not even play with dolls but she has been asking for the last year now. How old was your dd when she got her doll? Does she really play with it? Do you think it was worth the money? I dont understand why are they so popular?

My dd has 3 AG dolls and 2 of the AG bitty babies. She got her first doll on Christmas Eve at age 9 and her second one from Santa the next day. All her friends and cousins have them. They are very well made and the clothes and accesories are amazing. I loved playing with dolls as a child and I could not even imagine having stuff as cool.

QVC has an American girl show each year. I am not sure when the one is this summer. They usually have great bundle deals on a doll & clothes.

I am not in any hurry for my dd to grow up. I know lots of parents thay have already packed up all their 10 year olds toys and just left them with electronics. The interesting thing is when those kids come over here they go nuts playing with dolls, stuffed animals, legos, the play kitchen... they have a ball!

awoogala
06-19-2011, 06:21 PM
My dd 8 wants an American Girl Doll she does not even play with dolls but she has been asking for the last year now. How old was your dd when she got her doll? Does she really play with it? Do you think it was worth the money? I dont understand why are they so popular?

my 6 year old loves her (fake) american girl. We bought it at Sears, for under $30. It's form a brand called "dollie and me", carried by sears and kohl's. The clothes are way more reasonable (like an outfit for doll and matching one for child is bundled together around $30 total) They have tons of outfits, too, nightgowns, etc.
If the child is obsessed with a particular ag doll, it may not work, but mine wanted one that looked like her. They have a brown-skinned, brown hair doll, a blond, blue-eyed one, and an african-american one, and the prices for accessories and clothes are fanta:rolleyes:stic.

DCLbrideSept2009
06-19-2011, 06:35 PM
I never saw the point in spending $100 for a doll. So when my oldest (now 17 - she was probably around 7 or so at the time) started asking for one, she got a Target "Our Generation" doll instead. At one point, she had a lot of actual AG stuff (handed down from friends). Then this past Christmas, my step-dd was asking for an AG. She was almost 9. Wasn't really anything else to get her, so we got her the doll and some clothes. (My then 11-yo dd and 11-yo step-son got laptops, but we felt she was too young.) My (then) 11-year-old dd had always wanted an AG doll also but had the Disney "knock-off" instead. So she bought herself an AG doll with her Christmas money from her dad, grandma, etc. Then RIGHT AFTER she bought it, they came out with the 2011 Girl of The Year, which looks A LOT like my dd!! So for her 12th birthday in March, she got another doll. Oh, and the 9-year-old's birthday is in January, and she got another doll then also. We won't buy the 9-yo any more "toys" since she can't keep her room clean as it is. So dolls and clothes work out fairly well. (And they aren't allowed to take them out of the house without permission.)

My 17-year-old has been giving me a really hard time about it since I NEVER got her one all those times she asked for one. And now her sister and step-sister each have TWO! I told her I'd buy her one NOW, but it's too late. I will, however, buy her first daughter one! ;)

dclfun
06-19-2011, 06:35 PM
My girls are now grown with their own children, but they both had AG dolls when they were age 8 and played with them for about another 4 years. Back then they had only historical dolls vs. the variety offered now. Those dolls were worth every penny. We STILL have the dolls, clothing, furniture, and accessories and they look like new after being played with every day. The accessories are what makes this brand stand out- there are so many fun things to choose from and they really do spark creative, imaginative play. I can hardly wait for my dgd to be the right age to play with them ( she's 18 months now and has a Bitty). I look forward to helping her make doll food from FIMO, sew clothing, set up a doll school, etc.- IF she is interested. I think there's a lack of really quality toys out there right now, but AG fills that void. Also, the resale value is good later in life if your dd decides to sell her things but then again, she can save them for her own children and experience the joy all over again.---Kathy

blackdogg
06-19-2011, 07:00 PM
my oldest got her first at 5 years old but i always assisted with hair brushing and styling... she is 7 now and has kit, molly, and a just like me one... my younger daughter got her first at 4, felicity. i still have my samantha in perfect condition from 1986 and my girls play with her too... for quality like that $100 is totally worth it in my opinion. i hope one day they can pass all of their things as well as my original on to their daughters. an added bonus is the books... love the historical dolls and reading those to my girls :) most dolls don't have that!

StitchandPooh'sMom
06-19-2011, 07:10 PM
DD8 still plays with her American Girl dolls and is saving her money to buy another. She doesn't play with the Bitty Baby or Bitty Twins much anymore, but she loves her larger AG dolls.

My DD12 will still play AG dolls with her little sister, but she is kind of at the point that she doesn't want her friends to know.

Princess_Meghan <3
06-19-2011, 08:12 PM
I got my first doll at age 7, and played with her until almost 13. My dolls are still on display in my room (I have 7 of them), and I still love them all dearly. they're very sturdy dolls, because mine still look great after all that play time.

MinnieForMe
06-19-2011, 08:22 PM
My daughter received her Bitty Baby at 3 and carried it everywhere. It was her constant companion and even went to DisneyWorld with us. At 4, we got her Felicity off of Craigslist because we didn't know how she would take care of it. As it turned out, she just adored it and took great care of it. We then took her to the American Girl Store and she fell in love with Felicity's best friend, Elizabeth. It was her main Christmas present this year. She was 5.

Now, she stills plays with all of them. We have purchased AG clothes and some off of ebay. She loves to dress alike and plays with them constantly. This year we are taking Felicity and Elizabeth home to Williamsburg on our vacation. My daughter is so excited.

Why not introduce your daughter to the AG movies? They are wonderful. Our library has them.

I would not hesitate to get an 8 year old an AG doll. It's a type of doll that is cool to love your entire life. When we were at the store, an elderly lady was being pushed around in a wheelchair. Her daughter went on to explain that she never had her very own doll and wanted one. She was holding Rebecca so tight no one would have been able to take her away. I thought it was the sweetest thing ever!

clintswifeymomof4
06-19-2011, 10:07 PM
We gave our daughter one for her 9th birthday. She wanted a specific one that looked like her (Nellie, retired) and I posted on Craigslist that I was in search of this specific doll. A woman responded about 3 hours away that she had one that she would be willing to sell, with a horse and a foal, and a ton of clothes for $110 plus shipping. I jumped on it and the deal went off seamlessly.

I have been able to find an AG vanity and desk at the Goodwill for 99 cents each, an off brand bed for $5, an armoire for $5 as well as tons of chairs, etc... we are piecing it together as we go but I have found a TON of stuff in the Goodwill.

I have bought 2 My Disney Girl dolls, 3 Our Generation Dolls, 1 Madame Alexander doll, and 2 Battat dolls all from a Thrift store for $2 each. The hair was still in nice condition.

Along with her special AG doll- she now has tons of "friends" to play with and it didn't cost us much at all. She plays with them and makes them things (lamps, mini accessories) almost daily.

DansBride2009
06-20-2011, 04:41 AM
The awesome thing about American Girl Dolls is that the doll clothes at Disney will fit them! Or, at least they did in 2005. When I worked at Disney I would sign the 'birth' certificates for the Princess Breakfast(or tea? I can't remember) at the Grand Floridian when the little girls would come up to the shop with their Sleeping Beauty dolls. They were almost the exact same size as the American Girl Dolls and my managers would always tell them that the clothes fit the AGD. I am 31 now and I had Kirsten, Molly and Samantha, and oh I still love them. Yes, they sit in a box for safekeeping now but I had the best memories with those ... my dad died 10 years ago and he would spoil me with the doll clothes. I think I quit playing with them around 12 or 13 ... but I loved the books, those were my favorite. Part of the reason I think I stopped playing was that they didn't have as many dolls and characters as they do now. But they are wonderful and I have always loved the American Girl things ... brings back memories. :-)

bumbles3248
06-20-2011, 07:40 AM
My DD, 5, got her first Bitty Baby when she was 3. There wasn't much interest at first, but she slowly started playing with her. She got Lanie for Christmas and now spends a lot of time playing with her girls. She changes their clothes, reads to them, rocks them, etc. I hope she keeps up the interest because I love watching her interact with them.

spacemountainmom
06-20-2011, 09:14 AM
I would not hesitate to get an 8 year old an AG doll. It's a type of doll that is cool to love your entire life. When we were at the store, an elderly lady was being pushed around in a wheelchair. Her daughter went on to explain that she never had her very own doll and wanted one. She was holding Rebecca so tight no one would have been able to take her away. I thought it was the sweetest thing ever!

Love that story - that is so sweet!

DD16 got her first BB for her first birthday from Gma. Gma gave her her first AG doll for Christmas when dd was 3. DD now has quite the collection and all but one was purchased by Gma. The one I bought was at a garage sale, in perfect condition for $25. I think DD got her last one at about 13. She still wanted one and gma was happy to buy it for her.

The dolls now all sit on a chair in her room and will be kept for dd's own kids. DD and her friends will occasionally fix the AG's hair or change their clothes, but the "playing" ended at @12.

I want one for myself and will go and buy Molly for me someday. I think they are beautiful dolls and well worth the money.

crisi
06-20-2011, 09:41 AM
My daughter was about nine. She is almost twelve and they still come out. I was more interested in them than she was - it wasn't until she had friends who wanted them that she wanted them. With some circles of girls - its a "thing" - they all have the dolls and have doll playdates. My daughter would have never been interested in AG dolls without the peer pressure.

They are well made, and the outfits will provide an easy gift for Grandma and aunts to give for a few years.

I will note that it is something where brand might be important, depending on your daughter's friends. The AG dolls my daughter and her friends play with are the historical dolls - and the stories behind the dolls are as important as the dolls themselves. Not that they'd be so rude as to not play with someone with a My Generation doll, but that doll would lack the packaged backstory the girls value. AG is a branding success story.

MrsJackSparrow4Life
06-20-2011, 09:48 AM
My daughter got her first one at 8 (Elisabeth) and her second one at 9 (Felicity). As soon as I can find a free shipping code she will be getting her third one at 10 (Addy).

My mother made her a bunch of clothing on top of the outfits I had already purchased for each doll and my daughter and her friends love dressing them up.

mom2princesss
06-20-2011, 10:18 AM
My DD got her AG doll for her 8th birthday. She loves that doll! She has some matching outfits and does play with her alot.

jcemom
06-22-2011, 01:04 PM
DD got her first AG doll -- a Just Like Me doll -- for her 6th birthday. For her 7th birthday she got Mia. For her 8th birthday she got Julie. This year, for her 9th birthday, she wants another look-alike (I think they're called My American Girl dolls now).

I really like them. I wish I'd had some when I was a girl. I'd have adored them. They're very well made, IMO, and they hold their value. If you decided to sell them later on you'd probably get back at least half what you paid, possibly more. We don't plan to ever sell ours. When DD outgrows them I'll hang onto them for my grandkids.

As for what age is appropriate, I'd say it depends on the child. DD was very responsible and took good care of her toys, so she got her first doll at age 6. She plays with her dolls often, at least once a week -- getting out all the clothes and accessories, arranging tea parties and sleepovers, etc. They still look almost new. A few of the clothing items have gotten holes (some things are better made than others), but all the furniture and food accessories are still like new.

melancholywings
06-22-2011, 02:56 PM
I think mine got her first one at 7 and was briefly really into them, but now at 10 hasn't touched them forever. She does still play with the furniture with her stuffed animals. She has 4 dolls now - we sold one we didn't much like. And out of the 5 she's owned 2 came from thrift stores and 1 from a consignment shop. I really like AG and the quality is great.

Last time I looked which was awhile ago they were on ebay starting around $40 for a used doll.

happydisneyfamily
06-22-2011, 03:52 PM
My daughter got her first one as her big Christmas gift this past year. She had wanted one for a long time but we waited until the Christmas that she turned 5 to get her one. We actually went to an AG store for the first time this January and had her pick out the one she wanted. She ended up choosing Elizabeth. She wanted Felicity also but we told her just one. Luckily I already have Felicity stored in my closet waiting until this Christmas to give it to her.

I liked the dolls and the stories so much that I ended up buying myself a Josefina doll and then a Kanani doll. The Kanani doll we share and may go to my daughter later on. The Josefina is mine and is strictly a display doll though sometimes I change her clothes.

Although she likes the clothes her favorite things to play with are the food.

lisabarr
06-22-2011, 03:53 PM
Don't forget. QVC will have their AG special sometime in the next few months and you will be able to buy several dolls including the girl of the year typically on easy pays.

jcemom
06-22-2011, 04:12 PM
Don't forget. QVC will have their AG special sometime in the next few months and you will be able to buy several dolls including the girl of the year typically on easy pays.That's how I bought Mia for DD. I had her hidden in a closet for a year before I gave her to DD.

I really wish I would've bought Felicity for myself. :headache:

scootch
06-22-2011, 05:05 PM
My mom bought my girls the bitty twins when they were about 4 years old.... we have continued to play with them, they are now 9 and 11 and have several AG dolls. Every year we spend money on Christmas gifts/birthday toys that are played with a couple times and never again.... with the exception of AG. They are played with year after year. We have a small kitchen, beds, desks, hutchs, bath tubs.... everything except a toilet, haha.. but then again, they made one of those out of a cardboard box:rotfl2: