On my daughter's first Christmas, my mother gave her a Cabbage Patch doll. The baby was only a month old (my daughter, not the doll) at the time, so the doll was put away for awhile. Once my daughter was big enough to start playing with toys, we gave her the doll.
It has a really soft body. The stuffing is part pellets, like those found in a bean bag, and part polyester fiber. The beans make this doll a bit heavy, but still light enough for my 17 month old to carry around. The doll is on the small side too, so she doesn't drag the ground when my girl is hugging her and walking about. Even though the body is cloth, it can still be wiped down with a wet cloth and left to air dry.
This Cabbage Patch Kid has a scented head. It smells of baby powder. At first it was overwhelming. So if you do decide to purchase this, I suggest taking it out of the package and allowing it to air out a bit. Even now, after having this doll for a year, the scent is still there.
Even without clothes this doll is cute, without being inappropriate. It has a little baby crack stitched on, as well as a belly button. My daughter was born with a little umbilical hernia, making her's an extreme "outie". The doll has an outie too. And just to be sure it's an authentic Cabbage Patch Kid, you can find Xavier Robert's signature, right on the bum.
I think Cabbage Patch Kids are a great gift for the kid that enjoys playing with dolls.