I have over 40 of these stands. They hold 18 inch dolls very well without pinching the dolls sides. It is recommended that dolls be placed on a stand after play since their eyes are weighted and if the doll is left laying around, the eyes can become misaligned. It also teaches children to respect the doll and not leave it laying around. It is better for the doll, her hair, and the outfits, if the doll can be displayed on a stand. This stand has a sturdy base and I highly recommend it, especially at this "roll back" price.