If you're trying to get one for about 9+ year olds, I would recommend either a Lea, Blaire, Rebecca, or a Luciana, mainly due to their very good stories, and how pretty they are. But the hair can kinda tangle if your kid wants to take it anywhere, for a 3 I urge baby, since it is mostly made from vinyl, and can get cleaned quickly. For 6--9 yr olds, I urge welliwishers, or dolls with hair that is straight, and it will not frustrate your child with their hair. The welliwishers have hair that is manegable, and their body is made of vinyl. Straight dolls are very easy to brush, and are still as beautiful as people with curls. Shop the Collection I feel a'reborn' made vinyl or silicone ring is one that's re-painted (with special paints and techniques) to appear more lifelike, and often the individual who repaints the doll will also give it'rooted' hair (real or mohair). Most often, it is baby dolls that are reborn, and are designed to look like actual infants, with veining of the skin, pinking of the knees, knuckles, heels, etc., and even'drool' moistened lips. Her hair was controlled and easy to care for, but maybe not much of a pain in the derriere to fix if the ribbons came off as Kirsten's could be. Her eyes were a gorgeous shade of gray and her outfits were all adorable. It was a story of learning to live with change and make do with what you had and also a story of acceptance. Molly was a realistic character for a nine to eleven year old girl to read about - a little girl whose brothers drove her batty on a daily basis, getting used to a stranger living in her house and having to eat foods she did not like so much.But as a current collector, the choice for me is much harder. She has the ever-adorable Josefina mould face, her hair is short and straight (very simple for a first time doll owner to care for as opposed to Becca's curls or Tenney's hair), and she's wanting to be an astronaut, so she's the galaxy/outer space theme going on, making it very enjoyable to make accessories and clothes for her. My Luciana is now wearing a galaxy themed dress and jewelry. She's beautiful and her story is sweet a story of learning how to be a team player at space camp isn't as deep and serious as living in war times, but it is easy for a lot of kids to relate to. Some professionals believe holding and cuddling reborn dolls -- or some other doll which has a realistic sense -- may be healing to the human body and/or ideas. As a newborn baby photographer, I have a few baby dolls, including a silicone one, which I use for practicing wrapping techniques that I use when posing and wrap babies in the studio.You can see some samples of the types of wraps and images that I suggest on my site from the photos here: bump and newborn. I also use the baby dolls when I am showing parents how I would like them to maintain their baby. I could do so with their true baby, but I find that if I could do it with a doll, it means I'm handling and touching their baby less and so their baby is not as disturbed.If you are a newborn photographer searching for a similar doll then some choices are the SIB (stand in baby) - that is rather expensive but designed for this purpose. There is also the cotton and then there are also reborn dolls. This is a very subjective question. Everyone will have a different opinion on which doll is the best first doll.If you're buying for a younger child (like 3--6 years old) I'd opt for a bitty baby doll. Most little kids do not do well with the 18?American Girl dolls since they want to bring their doll everywhere and are not as gentle as older kids. If your 4-year-old drags bitty baby into the sandbox and accidentally colors it with crayon, it's easier to wash compared to the 18?dolls with a full head of hair.If you're buying for an older child or adult collector, based on the list you created, I would recommend Tenney Grant because she is only available for a limited time. Instead, MaryEllen is also a wonderful doll. She's unique in that her doll reflects a lot of her story as she comes, without buying all of her accessories and clothes.Ellie's bangs look wonky and crooked once you look at her -- that is because she cut them herself in the story. What you're seeing is the result of Ellie attempting to make herself look special and unique. --And her legs are two unique molds, one's knee cap is greater than the other as a result of Ellie with a leg from a bout of Polio she suffered at seven years old. Her doll is the first in years to accurately reflect her story since Kaya's closed-mouth smile to reflect her tribe's belief that an open-mouthed smile was a sign of aggression. Why would anyone buy a silicone baby? Why would anybody purchase a silicone baby? My 10 year old daughter wants you. If they were not so expensive, I would get her one. It's the ultimate baby doll because it looks like a baby! Ok, it is a bit creepy as it falls into what is known as the"uncanny valley" which means it's just life-like enough to disturb us. When my grandmother was deep into dementia towards the end of her life, she adored baby dolls, and might try to bottle feed them. If those sort of dolls were available back then, we would have gotten her one. To have a friend, something to talk to who does not talk back. It's a proven treatment for people with dementia that giving them a doll babycalms them and stops them self-harming. There is no harm and a lot of therapeutic potential in these creatures. Women who have lost children, can work through their grief with these babies. Anybody who has one and I haven't met, but these are my ideas. Click Here If you're looking for a first doll, then I would not reccommend Tenney or Rebecca, just because the two of them have curly hair and that can be a hassle to look after. Pretty curly hair can quickly become quite ugly if not properly cared for. Samantha and Felicity both have good stories and are great first dolls, make-wise (Samantha was my first doll).What really got me hooked was the novels, but I was a nerdy 6 year old. If whoever you're purchasing this for is not a reader (keep in mind that the books are written with little kids in mind and can be hard to get through on a purely"this is too cheesy" note if you didn't grow up with them) then select the doll that's the most aesthetically pleasing for them, ask them what they think before gifting! I have 30 dolls to my name and I am buying two (Tenney and Logan) this Saturday for my birthday... Just to warn you in the event you're a parent or grandparent or so on. The dependence may fade in later years but it does not ever go away! If you have the kid hooked, it will become a drug, frankly. I have been at it for ten years and there are no signs of stopping.