Product Type: Lamaze baby toys
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It's Dolly not Emily!
Lamaze My Friend Emily
Member Name: scooch12
Lamaze My Friend Emily
Advantages: A lovely looking Dolly, my daughter likes the rings and the crinkly noises
Disadvantages: Not much to investigate and don't like the small bits in the flower
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.
Thanks for reading :o)
Summary: A lovely item but needs more things to do