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#1 Myamum

Posted 24 December 2012 - 04:53 PM

As the title says. What age do you think Barbie dolls are suitable for? The boxes say ages 3 plus. I personally think 3 is too young, maybe 5. Some of the dolls are a bit too sexy looking for a 3 year old. What do others think?

#2 msro82

Posted 24 December 2012 - 04:55 PM

My DD didn't really like them until 4.5 and at 5.5 plays with them occasionally. I would easily say 5+

#3 tibs

Posted 24 December 2012 - 04:56 PM

I wouldn't get them for my 3 year old.  The too sexy aspect aside the clothes are just too small and fiddly, I know who would end up having to dress, undress, redress the dolls.

#4 CocobeanLillylove

Posted 24 December 2012 - 05:06 PM

My almost 4 year old loves them and so of course her 2 year old sister does too. They are both getting some for Christmas - none of which are sexy. They are wearing board shorts and bathers tops or princess dresses. If you think they ate sexy well then that isn't really appropriate for any age child.

I never had a barbie as a child. I never liked them and was surprised to have daughters who do. She is actually kind of cool. She surfs, is a musketeer and does all sorts of wonderful things!


Posted 24 December 2012 - 05:09 PM

Five year olds don't get sexy anymore than a three year old.

If my DD liked then at 3yrs I would get her one.

Edited by ~THE~MAGICIAN~, 24 December 2012 - 05:10 PM.

#6 Oriental lily

Posted 24 December 2012 - 05:19 PM

My 4 year old dd is getting her first Barbie tomorrow.
My older 9 year old dd got her first at around the same age.

Who promptly took all her clothes of and threw her over her shoulder never to be played with again lol.

However my 4 year dd this time around has been nagging for it.
She is far more girly than my eldest dd, interested in clothes ect.
My 9 year still cares little for clothes, as long as she is clothed and comfy she is happy.

So I think it's more of an 'interest' thing than age thing. I remember playing with Barbies up to the age of 12!
But I was admittedly a slow maturer.

So yeah anytime after 3 is fine.

I do avoid any doll that looks like a street walker, which bans all of the bratz franchise.

#7 RainyDays

Posted 24 December 2012 - 05:26 PM

Dd was given a couple at 3, but she's not really interested yet (she's over 4 now).

She adores the Disney Princess dolls of the same size, and one comes with us everywhere.

#8 liveworkplay

Posted 24 December 2012 - 05:33 PM

My 3 year old loves barbies. She has the fairy and ballerina barbies and is getting another for christmas.

The clothes last on them for 2 seconds anyway.......

#9 Gudrun

Posted 24 December 2012 - 05:34 PM

My grandchildren played with the Barbies lying around here from a very young age and still do. Three-year-old grandson plays with them at the moment. I agree that they are harmless.

#10 Julie3Girls

Posted 24 December 2012 - 05:42 PM

Adults might see sexy. 3 and 4 yr olds don't.

And anyway, it depends on what barbies you are looking at. There is a big range.
The 3+ rating is because they don't have a lot of detachable little bits, so can be played with by little ones. The age the child is interested in it is another matter.

My girls loved barbies from about 3 or 4 - they all got a barbie castle for their 4th birthday. Their barbies were fairies, ballerinas, princesses, mermaids. The characters from the barbie movies, which are definitely aimed at little ones.

Then you get more of the fashion type barbies, but they are still just dolls.

#11 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 24 December 2012 - 05:42 PM

My 2 year old and 4 year old are getting a barbie for Christmas. Miss 2 loves Barbie and plays with her sisters dolls all the time. Miss 4 has been Barbie made since 3.

Barbie is not sexy. Little girls don't think like that. I am quite happy for my girls to pay with Barbie. The movies are a big hit in our house.

Edited by Princess.cranky.pants, 24 December 2012 - 05:43 PM.

#12 CupOfCoffee

Posted 24 December 2012 - 05:52 PM

QUOTE (liveworkplay @ 24/12/2012, 05:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My 3 year old loves barbies. She has the fairy and ballerina barbies and is getting another for christmas.

The clothes last on them for 2 seconds anyway.......

What is with that.  My almost 4 year old loves to take the clothing off every toy.  Even her bananas in pyjamas are just bananas now.

She is getting a Barbie for Christmas, and I thought about getting her an outfit and an accessory pack, but decided it was just a waste they would hang out naked anyway.

#13 Carrie_zmatik

Posted 24 December 2012 - 06:00 PM

I think just because the package says 3+ it doesn't necessarily mean a Barbie is suitable for a 3 year old. The age 3+ is a safety rating to do with choking hazards. I think barbies are better left until children are 5 or 6. I hate the whole KGOY with toys like barbies being given to children younger and younger. If you buy your 2 or 3 year old barbies then by the time they are 5-8 years old barbies seem like little kid toys. Plus barbie has a lot of small accessories and the clothes are unmanageable for preschoolers. By the age of 5 or 6 the child can really enjoy the small accessories and they have the fine motor skills to dress Barbie and do her hair etc. I know I am in the minority and buying a 3 year old a Barbie is not a big deal, I am only giving my personal opinion because the OP asked. Hope everyone has an awesome Christmas.

#14 B-B-M

Posted 24 December 2012 - 06:01 PM

What is with that. My almost 4 year old loves to take the clothing off every toy. Even her bananas in pyjamas are just bananas now.

laughing2.gif - its the exact same in my house!

My 5 y/o loves barbie, started asking for them around 3. DD (now 2) has always played with them because they've always been around.

They don't think "sexy" either. She's a doll to them - nothing more.

#15 Greatmum

Posted 24 December 2012 - 06:05 PM

As a pp said I think it is an interest thing rather than an age thing.  My DD is 8 and has no interest in them but loves other dolls.

#16 SeaPrincess

Posted 24 December 2012 - 06:07 PM

DD is 3 and got a few for her birthday.  The boys (5 and 7) strip off all their clothes and then DD can't manage to re-dress them by herself.  She prefers her baby doll which fits into Pumpkin Patch teddy clothes.

#17 noonehere

Posted 24 December 2012 - 06:25 PM

DD got her first at one from a distant aunt.

We took all the accessorys off and let her play with it with us.

#18 sophiasmum

Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:13 AM

I have bought them from age 3, I don't have a problem with them.

#19 Mummy Em

Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:01 AM

I'm not really a fan and i don't really consider my 3 year old reliable to not put things in her mouth (after sitting in emergency at PMH with a 7 year old client with a coin stuck in her oesophogus I am the "DON'T PUT THAT IN YOUR MOUTH" police at home). I would rather wait until a child is asking for them.

#20 livvie7586

Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:20 AM

OP, a bit late now, but i just put together a big barbie house for my 4 y/o, she's liked barbie since 2.5y/o, but is now starting to make up stories to go along with them

#21 Aruneh

Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:27 AM

DD at almost 4 has a few barbies which she loves to play with.
She has been playing with them for a long time now, probably since 2.5 when she found my old ones at grandparents house.

I think they are fine..just buy the ones which are not sexy looking to you. Or change her clothes if you find her outfit inappropriate. In any case, most of the time barbie dolls are naked from what i've seen of dd's and her friends collections. original.gif

#22 Alina0210

Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:28 AM

My 4 yr old loves barbies and so does my 2yr old.....

#23 ~shannon~

Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:31 AM

My 2.5 year old loves Barbie more than her big sister who is almost 7, so I think it's more about what interests them rather than if it is age appropriate. They don't see her as "sexy"... they see her as pretty and love changing her clothes or making up stories. We got the girls the Barbie pool this year and they love taking their Barbies for a swim.

I adored Barbie when I was young and it never once registered in my mind that this was the ideal body shape or look that a woman should aim for. It's a doll for goodness sake! What did make an impression on me was the occupations Barbie had... I loved Business woman Barbie (her pink business suit transformed into a pretty party outfit), and rock star Barbie (Barbie and the Rockers were so cool!)

#24 scoutster

Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:22 PM

My 4 year old just got a Barbie house from Father Christmas-she told everyone for a month that is what she was getting!!   She loves it and has been playing constantly with it.  
She has a couple of my old Barbies and has played with them for about 3 months.  I knit clothes for them that are easy to get on and off.  She wants the ball gowns anyway-oh and bathers(swimmers)

If you had asked me 5 years ago I would have said my daughter won't have Barbies.  LOL now she loves them.  Her brother plays with them too and is keen on the house as well.

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