There is just something so precious about watching a little girl play with baby dolls. Most little girls seem to be drawn to them instinctively when they are given their first one. Maybe it is because they see it as someone smaller that they are and can pretend to take care of.
There are benefits to having a doll to play with for little girls or little boys for that matter. For one thing, they help a child learn how to nurture which will be important if they become parents themselves someday. Nurturing can go beyond parenthood, however. In the relationships that we have with family, friends, neighbors and the people we work with knowing how to sustain a good emotional environment for it to grow is important.
Dolls can also help a child developmentally, too. They learn to snap, zip and button the doll clothing as they play which is good for hand to eye coordination and strengthening their little fingers. They can learn about colors and what works well together while dressing their baby. Most of all their imaginative skills are enhanced as they pretend play being the Mommy or Daddy.