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The Lamaze toys seem to be extremely popular toys amongst parents and babies at the moment due to their bright colours and sensory extras. In contrast to standard soft toys they have crinkly bits, crunchy bits, bits that hang off and click together and so on.
This Emily doll was given to my Daughter by a friend who had been brought two of them. She wasn't actually all that interested in her at the time, at around one year old, which surprised me because she liked other Lamaze toys well enough.
However, my daughter had recently rediscovered her Emily doll as part of her growing interest in imaginative play. She currently has a new found love for all dolls and Emily is often the toy she chooses to bring with her on a car journey at the moment. She is almost two now. Most of all she likes to cuddle Emily as she does with other soft toys as well as pretend to show her around the house and pretend to change her nappy and feed her I have also noticed that on car journeys especially she finds Emily's extra features very interesting and she studies all the patterns on her clothes, her little curl poking out from her hat and on her shoes, the two rings attached to her hand and she LOVES her necklace pendant with the little beads inside. And she was delighted to discover that Emily squeaks when you squeeze her.
Emily has a handy clip ring attachment so she can be easily clipped to a pram or pushchair should you wish to do so.
My Friend Emily.
My friend emily is a toy from Lamaze. It is aimed at young babies/toddlers.
She is a bright dolly with lots of different colours and textures. This is good becuase babies can only see bright colours at first and as they grow they become interested in different textures. They like to stroke and cuddle and gnaw on all sorts of materials so this doll is a great way to get them to explore the variety in textures and see which tastes best to them!
She has rings down her arms which give babies something to gnaw on a bit like a small teething ring as well as them making noises with clinking together and being another point of interest on her. She has a necklace which rattles and a crinkly dress.
She definitely gets my baby's attention!
Emily has a ring out of the top of her head so she can be clipped onto the carry seat or the pram which a lot of toys have now which is good! It stops you having to keep picking the toy off the floor as your baby kicks it out!
What age range would be good for this toy? Lamaze toys are aimed at newborn babies although I wouldn't want to leave my baby alone with this seeing as there are so many bits so therefore so many choking hazards should anything happen to come away!
She is a lovely little toy though which really does get your baby interested! And it's nice to have a little doll type toy instead of just animals too!
She costs approximately £5 and you can buy her online as well as in toy shops!
We bought this for our daughter when she was 8 months old, we bought it mostly to hook onto her pushchair to keep her mildly entertained when we were out. I thought it would be brilliant for her, but she's never really been that interested in it.
At first my daughter liked 'Emily', she enjoyed the rattle and the clinky rings. After a while, we attached the doll to her pushchair, but my daughter was never really that bothered. Occasionally you would see her playing with it, but very rare, so I took it off and put it back in her toy box, but by then she had lost all interest in it. She just prefers more interactive toys now.
The doll itself, I think is great, in my opinion all Lamaze toys are. 'Emily' is bright, colourful, has a friendly looking face and is a perfect size for little ones. Her dress has different textures, and colours and has the crinkly noise when played with. She's got a flower 'necklace' around her neck, it has little beads inside and rattles. She holds two clinky rings which are great for a teething baby. The doll also has a link so you can attach her to pretty much anything, for example, a pushchair/pram or a play mat. The doll is suitable for all little ones, but I would say more suited for the younger babies.
On Amazon, the doll is currently priced at £5.99, I think it's reasonably priced. Although my daughter was not interested I would still recommend this to others, mostly with younger babies though. It's a brilliant, reasonably priced first doll for babies.
The Emily Doll is affectionately known as 'Dolly' in our house. My mum was adamant that my daughter had to have a 'Dolly' to play with. This is (and still is) my daughter's first and only dolly and is loved very much. She was bought at Toys R Us for £9.99 a few weeks ago and is made by the popular baby toy manufacturer Lamaze although I think she is available for slightly less than that on Amazon and at other toy retailers.
For the purposes of my review, I'll refer to her as Dolly and not Emily. Dolly comes dressed in a lovely pink dress and complete with a matching pink hat with a purple patterned trim. The hat is not detachable - in fact nothing on Dolly is, her dress and hat are sewn firmly onto her body. She's made of material that isn't the greatest for a child who loves to put everything to her mouth as my daughter insists on doing. I just wipe her clean with warm water. She is quite padded and therefore I've assumed she'd take forever to dry out if washed in the machine (although her tag says that she machine washable). I'm not convinced Dolly would look as lovely as she does now once she's been completely soaked in water but I obviously can't confirm that because I've never tried.
Dolly measures around 27cm in height, 18cm wide and 9cm deep so she is quite a large size for a small baby. The age guideline given on her tag is 0-24 months - my daughter is 12 months and I would say only now does Dolly look a nice size for her - she doesn't look too big, but I think she would have swamped her as a small baby and I probably wouldn't have considered this particular toy from birth if I'd have seen her for sale back then.
There are little features on Dolly for her to explore. There a two small rings attached to one hand that my daughter loves to chew and bite on and help during teething. There's also a plastic flower hanging around Dolly's neck that is filled with small plastic balls that make a rattle sound when she moves. This is a good idea in theory but I don't like the fact that the balls are so small and only encased in plastic. I am wary about these with my daughter being the type that puts everything to her mouth - I have to make sure I'm always watching her when she's playing because I don't like that there's only a small case of plastic keeping these small parts from her mouth.
Dolly also has crinkly feet and a crinkly dress that make a crisp sounding noise whenever they're touched. My daughter's now in the habit of constantly grabbing at these sections because she must like the sound it makes. There are other small sections on the dress that are made of other materials to get babies used to different textures too - for example there's a fluffy section to feel but she doesn't really pay much attention to these as they are only fairly small. She also comes with a large plastic ring at the top so that she can be attached to a pram or something similar which is handy to keep her firmly attached on when my daughter's playing so Dolly's not flung onto the floor.
For £9.99 I think Dolly is a fairly good item, even more so at the slightly cheaper prices at other stores. I do think for that price though she should have a few more things on. My daughter also owns the firefly of the same range (Freddie) and for the same price he seems to have much more to look at and feel. I really like the look of Dolly - and it's more for her look that she was purchased because she makes a good first dolly. I rate her 3 stars in total. I've taken one off for the flower being filled with small parts as I think the rattle noise that it makes could have been designed from something much more baby friendly. I've also taken another one off for the small number of activities available to explore as I don't think it would have been any trouble to have added a few more textures and things to do than there is.
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I got this for my daughter as she loves Lamaze toys with their bright colours, textures and sounds. It is on Amazon for £6.90 as of April 2013.
Emily has a crinkly crunkly dress and feet, a rattle necklace, rings that clink and a plastic loop allowing Emily to be attached to buggy, playmats, carriers etc. There are lots of different textures for baby to explore, and Emily is lightweight and easy for small hands to hold and grab.
Emily is very well made, with lots of textures from rough, soft and smooth for babies to explore and is made in a variety of bright colours and has a lovely friendly face and as such makes a lovely first doll for baby.
My daughter started to show interest in this at around three months and still plays with it now at nearly 8 months. I can see this doll lasting quite sometime as it really is very well made. However whilst my daughter does play with Emily it is not her favourite Lamaze toy, she prefers Freddie the Fire fly. I think this is due to the fact there is less for her to explore on Emily than on some of the other Lamaze toys (and less for her to put in her mouth!) and for this reason it doesnt hold her attention for as long.
I do recommend Lamaze toys, and this is a good toy, however this isnt a toy we would buy again (unlike the Freddie Fire Fly where we are strongly considering a 'spare') simply because our daughter prefers some of her other lamaze toys, that said all babies/children have different preferences.
This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.
'My Friend Emily Doll'
First of all- Brilliant toy! During my pregnancy I can't say I ever really noticed any of the 'Lamaze' toys I was always drawn to other brands but when my little girl was first born we received this toy from a family friend.
-So what does the doll look like?-
The doll is rather cute with a little ginger curl sticking out from under her sunhat, a little smiley face, she wears a brightly coloured dress which has many textures and also makes a crackling noise when scrunched, she also wears bright striped knitted tights and pink shoes. She has a couple of (what I think are) teething rings in her hand, a flower shaped rattle attached to her front, a squeker in her tummy and a soft jingle in her head. There is a ring at the top of her head for attaching her to pushchairs, car seats, play mats, cot etc. which is brilliant as my little one can't quite hold the dolly herself yet and she would be forever dropping it when we are out shopping.
-How old would you say my baby could use this toy?-
I actually used this toy from day one with my little girl, I attached the toy to her pram, mainly to jazz it up a bit- not that she actually paid much attention to it to begin with!- But as she became more alert and interested in the world around her she began to grab out and touch the doll. She is now 3 months of age and smiles and giggles at her little friend. Emily doll is quite heavy for her to hold as of yet but with the ring at the top I can attach it to the hood of her pushchair or bouncer and she spends a good half an hour playing, laughing... oh and giving the doll a good bash! I have since noticed the 'Lamaze' play and grow selection of toys are meant to grow with your child which this doll definatly does.
-Where can I buy an 'Emily Doll' and how much is it-
As I said, we actually received this toy as a gift, but since having the doll I have noticed the Lamaze brand in Boots, Asda, Tesco, Amazon, they also sell many different colourful toys and we have since purchased the 'Lulu the Hippo' toy which I will also be reviewing. The Emily Doll is priced at around £9.95 which is very reasonable for childrens toys nowadays and well worth every penny.
-How do I look after the 'Emily Doll?'-
On the instructions it says to hand wash the doll only, I can only assume this is so it doesnt damage the toy in any way. The toy is easily wiped clean but if you like to wash the toys thoroughly like me it is also easily washed and dries out on the windowsill within a day or so.
Overall a fantastic babies toy of which I highly reccomend from birth, 5 out of 5 from me!
The Lamaze toy My Friend Emily doll was given to us when my daughter was born by my friend who has a little girl called Emily hence why she wanted to give us a my friend Emily doll. Lamaze toys are well known for being great developmental toys for babies and children and actually geared towards encouraging the development of babies vision.
This doll is definitely very colourful and bright and is very eye catching. I wouldn't say that this doll is very cute or cuddly but in terms of a first doll to stimulate the mind and senses it is perfect.
Firstly what I like about it is that it comes with a hook at the top of it coming out of her head that allows you to hook it onto a car seat or cot so it is always there for your child to play with, safe and secure.
Secondly this doll is full of colours, in fact it's a bit like Joseph and his amazing technicolored dream coat. She has a purple hat and dress with pink sleeves. On the dress there are lots of colour patches and then she has yellow shoes.
As well as stimulated the eyes this doll will also stimulate the hearing as well. Emily wears a necklace that has a rattle sound in it so you can shake her to attract your babies attention. There are some plastic rings on her arms which look a bit like bangles and these clink together to make a different noise. By far though my favourite noise is the crinkle. In the hem of her dress all the way around is that sweetie wrapper paper crinkle sound and it's fun to move it in between your fingers.
Emily costs in the £10 region and in my opinion is a great first doll.
Lamaze my friend Emily was bought as a present for us, it is currently available from Amazon for £7.21 and is worth much more than that for us.
My Friend Emily follows the familiar theme of Lamaze toys, it offers a variety of ways for baby to be stimulated, bright colours, interesting textures and sounds, this has been a toy our little one adored and still adores to this day.
Emily is a pretty little thing with rosy cheeks and a bright smile, she has a sun hat and a necklace with little balls in which rattles when you shake her, her dress hem is made of scrunchy material that little ones love and she is a beautiful little toy with real personality.
How to use her:
We use her generally either as a toy for our babies play mat or we use the clip and attach her to the pram as a pram toy when we go out, our little one loves the scrunchy dress hem and the rattle of her necklace, she loves biting her too although I'm not sure that was what she was designed for.
Why to buy her:
I would suggest if you want your child to feel, hear and see interesting things in a toy, Emily is a must, she is slightly effeminate for a little boy but for little girls is the perfect first dolly, her soft material makes it easy for baby to hold and cuddle, her clip makes her portable and easy to drop into a pram or baby gym, she rattles, she scrunches, she holds some rings which our little one loved to chew when teething and is generally one of the best all purpose toys we bought.
I would suggest Emily is a real bargain and might even become cheaper after Christmas, she offer longevity, variation and good looks, all three things any new parent could wish for in a toy.
Emily is 26cm long and weighs about 200g, she is easy to store in a toy box and is flexible enough to be folded up if you really need her to be, her bold colours excite our little one and she offers lots of different reasons for play, she is a recommended toy and a 5 out of 5 for me.
At the baby club one week I discovered a toy that had a large "crinkly" bit , which was making my little girl giggle like mad. All of the toys I had up to then only had very small rustley crinkly bits so I went around trying to find something similar to the toy at baby club. I finally came across this toy and fell in love with it.
~ Cost and Availability ~
This is by the Lamaze brand and sells in most toy shops. I got mine from John Lewis for around £8. They also sell it online at Amazon. The cheapest I have seen is £4 from KidsKind but I have never ordered anything from this site before. They even sell it at Halfords (though more expensive than anywhere else).
~ Features ~
The doll is an engaging bright rather noisy toy, which should stimulate many of your baby's senses.
The doll comes with a ring on the top to attach to pushchairs, carriers, playmates etc. This ensures that your little one does not throw the doll on the floor while walking around the shops (which my little girl has just discovered she can do!). However, this does mean it is has a quite heavy hard plastic ring on the top if you don't want to attach it to anything. This will be ok when my little girl is a bit older, but at the moment I worry that it will hit her on the head when she is chucking the doll around. It's not really a doll you can use as a cuddly sleeping toy.
I can't recall what age this toy stated it was recommended from, however, I would say around 3 months if you are going to attach it to something, and probably 6-8 months to hold themselves.
The doll itself is quite large, I would guess about 10 inches long, and quite chunky. My 5 month old cannot get her arm around her yet, and is to heavy for her currently to pick up herself.
Emily has a very cheery cartoonish smiley face, with a bright coloured hat and dress, with stripy knitted legs.
This doll comes from the "play and grow" range, so is meant to help developmentally of babies senses.
The doll comes with a large rattle necklace (which is attached and not removable) which had a rather loud rattle of little coloured plastic balls inside a plastic casing in the shape of a flower which is see through so you can seed the coloured balls moving when you rattle it. My little girl loves to flick it with her hand. She is currently discovered the "cause and effect" and I think the doll is helping her understand that the noise is coming from the rattle. Also, to get my little girls attention if she is crying, I can shake the doll and the rattle is loud enough to get my girls attention.
In addition, inside the dolls head, there is a jingling ball rattle, which gives off a quite pretty noise. I'm not sure whether this gets my girls attention yet as it is a bit overpowered by the plastic necklace rattle, however, it does give a softer prettier sound, sort of mellows out the noise produced when shaking the doll.
In the dolls chest there is a squeaker. I am not sure when my daughter will be able to make this noise herself, as it is quite deep in the chest and difficult for little hands to get to. However, this is good for me to squeak to get her attention.
The doll also comes with two teething rings, attached to one of the dolls hand. My little girl has not really worked out that she can chew on these, and seems to prefer to chew on the dolls knitted legs. They may be a little too big for her at the moment.
The main reason I purchased this doll, was the crinkly dress. It has a very large surface area of the dress which all makes the crinkly noise which my little girl loves so much. It is good as it sticks out from the body (you can put your hand up her skirt), which means my daughter can get a good grip on the dress and play about with it to make the noise herself.
The main part of the dress in made of a smooth polyester material which is bright orange circle design, at the bottom there are panels of different types of material to give my little girl different colours and textures to feel, i.e. smooth fleecy, silky, ribbed, raised squares. She has started to look like she moves her hand across the bottom of the dress, however, she is still a little young to probably understand. But you can see my baby concentrating (the cogs ticking over) when she is playing with this doll.
As I said above, when I dangle this off her play mat jungle she likes to cuddle the knitted legs and check on them. At the bottom of the feet/shoes, there is another crinkley part, the shoes are quite chunky, but my girl has started to be able to grab hold of the feet and squeeze them. Feeling the soft foam as well as the crinkly material.
I know they say that babies are more inclined to be attracted to black and white, however, my daughter seems to be most attracted to bright orange toys (her two favourite toys are bright orange).
~ Care ~
The instructions say to hand wash this only, as I would hate to damage the crinkly dress my daughter loves so much, I've never even attempted to put it in the washing machine. As the doll is quite bit it does absorb quite a lot of water if you submerge completely, so I normally surface wipe and wash the legs (which my girl chews on) regularly and wash properly less often as it does take a long while for the head and body to dry.
~ Conclusion ~
I really think this doll has helped my little girl discover sound and touch, she loves to play with this. It is one of her favourite toys and will reach for it when you shake it in front of her. I can see that she will not grow out of this too soon, as once she has outgrown the "discovery" features it will be a lovely dolly to play with.
I have already accumulated a couple of Lamaze toys and books for my baby daughter, some of which she likes better than others. However, of those that I had none were particularly girly, and so when I saw that Lamaze had a few dolls in the their collection, I knew I wanted one for my daughter. With my daughter being two and a half months old now, and looking at her toys much more, I was hoping that a doll with bright colours as well as rattle, would be something she could enjoy for a long time.
Lamaze My Friend Emily currently retails on amazon for just under £8 but I do think it is worth every penny. When it arrived, and I took this doll out of the box, my daughter immediately began to study it, and a smile came across her face very quickly, and so I was delighted to have picked something that would obviously be something that would catch her attention.
Like most of the toys in the Lamaze range, this doll is aimed at various stages of development and thus is a longer term toy that should still entice her as she grows. In fact it is part of the 'play and grow' range of Lamaze. Emily comes with a hook that can be linked to a playmat for example. Unfortunately I cannot hook it onto my carry cot which I think my daughter would love.
Emily comes with a bright face with big eyes that my daughter likes to look at and you can very often find her smiling at Emily. She has various textured clothing on including a crinkly edges, brightly coloured dress, soft knitted tights and shoes, and a cotton hat. Around her neck is a flower shaped rattle with coloured balls inside, so as you move Emily she automatically rattles. Attached to one of her hands, she has two rings that jangle together as your move her as well. My daughter can just about grab the rings of Emily and seems to enjoy this. Emily also comes with a little squeak however I struggled to initially find where it was, however I realised that you have to press her tummy but just under the rattle to make a squeak, and a child would have to push Emily's tummy in quite far to get that squeak.
Despite my daughter being only two and a half months old this doll is her favourite toy by far. It is the one that is sure to elicit a smile and she will study and study Emily's face, as well as listen to the rattle as Emily moves. I now find myself taking Emily with me on every outing, and I know that will all the different features it should be a favourite for many more months to come.