Dolls are important: Kids learn empathy through nurturing behaviors when they play with and take care of dolls. But the kids don’t need pooping, crying, elaborately fancy dolls to learn how to be kind to others. They just need a simple doll, like this one from Apple Park. It’s cuddly, it squeaks and rattles, and it’s made from organic cotton. It’s machine-washable and doesn’t have any of those hyper-realistic doll features that are bound to creep out parents.