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Bald Dolls for Children

Updated on July 10, 2013

Bald Dolls Help Kids with Cancer or Alopecia

Toy manufacturers have made great strides in creating dolls with a variety of skin colors and hair types, and some have even created dolls with glasses, crutches or wheelchairs so kids can have dolls that reflect their own appearance. But until recently, bald dolls weren't an option. Now that is changing.

Bratz and Moxie Girlz have already released bald dolls that you can buy online or at toy stores, American Girl is taking phone orders for a new bald doll and Barbie will soon be releasing a bald Barbie doll that will be donated to hospitals. This is great news for children who've lost their hair due to illness. If you'd like to get one of these dolls, this page has information about all of the bald dolls and how you can get one.

(Image of bald Moxie Girlz doll provided by amazon)

Bald Moxie Girlz True Hope Dolls - Bald dolls come with hat and second outfit

The official Moxie Girlz website reminds visitors that, "Every girl has the strength to do something amazing. Anything is possible as long as you stay true to yourself and never give up on your dreams!"

These bald dolls reinforce that message for girls with cancer, alopecia or any other illness that causes hair loss. Each True Hope dolls come with two outfits and a hat. The dolls not only can help give girls a doll that looks like them, but they also fight in the fight against cancer. For each doll sold, MGA Entertainment (which owns both Moxie Girlz and Bratz) will donate $1 to the City of Hope, a Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles.

There are three Moxie Girlz True Hope dolls - Sophina, Jaxson and Avery (shown below).

Moxie Girlz True Hope Doll - Avery
Moxie Girlz True Hope Doll - Avery

Product description: The Moxie Girlz True Hope dolls help instill inspiration, confidence and strength in young girls in their fight against cancer.Moxie True Hope Doll Features:Moxie Girlz wearing casual fashionsIncludes hat and second fashion for the doll. Comes with bead bracelet for the girl. A portion from the sale of this doll is being donated to the City of Hope.

 

Moxie Girlz True Hope Doll - Sophina - Another bald Moxie Girlz doll

As with the Mozie Girlz doll above, the Sophina doll comes with two outfits and a hat, so girls can have fun dressing their dolls, and Moxie Girlz will donate $1 to the City of Hope for each purchase.

Moxie Girlz True Hope Doll - Sophina
Moxie Girlz True Hope Doll - Sophina

Product description: The Moxie Girlz True Hope dolls help instill inspiration, confidence and strength in young girls in their fight against cancer. Moxie True Hope Doll Features:Moxie Girlz wearing casual fashionsIncludes hat and second fashion for the doll. Comes with bead bracelet for the girl. A portion from the sale of this doll is being donated to the City of Hope.

 

Bratz True Hope Dolls - Bratz dolls also donate money to cancer research

MGA Entertainment, the makers of Moxie Girlz, are also the makers of Bratz, and the toy manufacturer has decided to also release bald dolls for this popular line of dolls. There are three dolls (two girls and one boy) in the Bratz True Hope line - Cloe, Yasmin and Cameron.

The image shown here is for the Yasmin Bratz doll. Like the other Bratz and Moxie Girlz dolls, she comes with a hat and two outfits, and each sale will result in a $1 donation to the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Care Center.

Bratz True Hope Doll - Yasmin
Bratz True Hope Doll - Yasmin

The Bratz dolls help instill inspiration, confidence and strength into young girls in their fight against cancer. Bratz True Hope Doll Features:Bratz characters wearing trendy fashions. Includes one hat and second fashion for the doll. Comes with Bead Bracelet for the girl. A portion from the sale of this doll is being donated to the City of Hope.

 

Bratz Boyz True Hope Doll - Cameron - A bald boy doll

Boys may not enjoy playing with dolls as much as girls do, but this bald doll is great both for boys who have cancer or girls who might have a young brother, cousin or male friend with any illness that can cause baldness. As with the dolls above, the manufacturer will donate $1 to the City of Hope for each purchase.

Bratz Boyz True Hope Doll - Cameron
Bratz Boyz True Hope Doll - Cameron

Product description: The Bratz dolls help instill inspiration, confidence and strength into young girls in their fight against cancer. Bratz True Hope Doll Features:Bratzcharacters wearing trendy fashions. Includes one hat and second fashion for the doll. Comes with Bead Bracelet for the girl. A portion from the sale of this doll is being donated to the City of Hope

 
beautiful bald barbie doll
beautiful bald barbie doll

Ella is Bald Barbie Doll Friend

Mattel is donating the dolls to hospitals

A couple years ago, two moms of daughters who lost their hair due to chemotherapy started a Facebook campaign urging Mattel to make a bald Barbie doll. The campaign quickly earned enough Facebook likes to catch the attention of Mattel. The company soon invited the moms to their headquarters to discuss the idea.

As a result, Mattel announced on their own Facebook page that they'd agreed to create a bald "friend of Barbie." The company's announcement said that dolls would "include wigs, hats, scarves and other fashion accessories to provide girls with a traditional fashion play experience. For those girls who choose, the wigs and head coverings can be interchanged or completely removed."

Mattel released the new doll, named Ella, in 2013 amid some controversy over the fact that the doll comes packaged with a wig on, so she doesn't seem bald at first glance.

Mattel is not offering the dolls for sale. Instead, they are donating them to children's hospitals and other groups, such as the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.

Many people and organizations, including the official Vatican newspaper, asked Mattel to reconsider the decision and to put the dolls on toy store shelves, but right now the only way to get one of the dolls will be to get it through a hospital or organization that has received a donation.

(Image of Ella doll copyright Mattel via the Beautiful and Bald Barbie Facebook page)

American Girl bald doll
American Girl bald doll

How to Get the Bald American Girl Doll

Orders are being accepted by phone only

After Mattel announced in March 2012 that it would be producing a bald friend of Barbie in response to a Facebook campaign, American Girl soon followed suit. The announcement was made on the American Girl Facebook page on June 28, 2012.

In its Facebook post, the company said they had been working for more than a year on a doll "without hair option for girls affected by cancer, alopecia, or any medical condition causing hair loss."

American Girl is not offering the bald dolls on their website. Instead, interested customers need to call American Girl at 1-800-628-5145 to place an order. They will also be donating some of the bald dolls to the Children's Hospital Association.

(Image credit: American Girl)

Go Bald to Help End Childhood Cancer! - Are you ready to shave your head to raise funds for cancer research?

go bald for childhood cancer
go bald for childhood cancer

Every three minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer. But only 4% of US federal research funding for cancer is devoted to childhood cancer.

St. Baldrick's Foundation is volunteer-driven nonprofit organization "committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives." One of the ways they do this is to hold head-shaving events.

If you'd like to go bald to help raise money for childhood cancer, or would like to support their efforts in another way, please visit St. Baldrick's.

(Photo of Cayne Howard at a St. Baldrick's head shaving by Lisa Howard. My partner was one of about 300 people who shaved their heads in March 2013 at The Westfield Galleria in Roseville, California. Of the participants, 51 of them were female, including a girl who shaved her head for her 16th birthday. Her dad and younger brother all shaved their heads. Several of the women had long hair that they also donated to Locks of Love.)

Learn How About the Ripple Effects of Child Cancer Research - See how St. Baldrick's helps to improve the lives of children and families

Bald dolls are great for kids with cancer, alopecia or other medical conditions that can lead to hair loss.

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What Do You Think of These Bald Dolls for Kids? - Please share your thoughts

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I really enjoyed reading the story about Mattel and the bald friend of Barbie. They are doing a wonderful thing, I think. Good to know.l

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      Bobski606 4 years ago

      This is a brilliant idea. As a child I suffered from hair loss when I was very poorly and I still get it from time to time. I wish these were around when I was little as they definitely would have made me feel better about myself. Great lens!

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      Linda Hahn 4 years ago from California

      Bald dolls are a wonderful idea, liked, FB liked, googled, and pinned.

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      Heather McGlaughlin 4 years ago from Marryland

      I saw these bald dolls on the news recently. I think these are great for children going through chemotherapy or have alopecia areata.