I was browsing through the baby toys category here on dooyoo and came across these dolls to review, whilst I don't think they should be categarised as baby toys we do own them so decided to review them.
This style of Russian dolls have been being produced for hundreds of years, they are carved out of wood then hand painted and mine have been finished off with a top coat of varnish too to make the paint decoration last.
You can get them in 3, 4 and 5 piece sets, the sets consist of a large hollow doll which seperates in the middle, inside there is the next sized doll and so on until the smallest doll is made of solid wood, now the largest doll is only about 3 to 5 inches depending how many there are in your set so the smallest doll is rather small indeed which is why I wouldn't recommend these as a baby toy but for a rather older child who has learnt not to put things in there mouth as this would be a possible choking hazard in my opinion and there is also the risk of the paint coming off if your young child sucked on them or chewed them which might not be a hazard if they are a more recent made set of dolls but the paint on the older dolls will contain lead which wouldn't be good for your child.
Thorness the company that made my particular set of dolls make quite a few different designs of these dolls so there should be something to suit all tastes there if you are looking to buy some for your self or as a gift.
I paid £5 for mine which I think is a rather reasonable price for a hand made item that will last a very long time, you may wander why I wanted these and to be honest I don't think they will be to everyones tastes but my grandma used to have a set that I loved when I was younger so when I saw these I just couldn't resist getting them, they spend most of there life just sitting on my window sill in my bedroom but on the odd occasion my children do like to stack them all together again and play with them for a few minutes.