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      10.11.2012 17:19
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      A great baby doll for young children

      For my little girl's second birthday, we decided to 'upgrade' her baby doll and buy her a Baby Born. At the time, she had one of the soft-bodied baby dolls which she liked to cuddle and push around in her buggy, but we wanted her to have a doll with a bit more to it. The version we chose was the Baby Born with potty. When she unwrapped her new 'baby', she was delighted and we immediately felt like we had made the right choice.

      * The Product *
      The Baby Born doll is a hard-bodied plastic doll with moveable arms and legs, slightly smaller than a real newborn baby (she is 43cm tall). She came wearing a pretty pink sleeveless cotton dress with matching knickers and a little pink hat. These clothes are removable and the doll is fully bathable. Her eyes are open, but will close if you give her the magic dummy (which works with a magnet connection inside the doll's mouth). She also came with a potty, a bottle, a feeding bowl and spoon, a nappy and some food sachets. The hard body of the dolls means that she is not the most cuddly of baby dolls, but it does allow the child to manipulate her limbs and move her into sitting positions for the buggy or high chair, before lying her down again to go to bed. You can make up the food sachets into food to feed the baby doll and, once she has been fed, she will inevitably need to go to the toilet on her potty. Apparently this works by undressing the doll, putting her into a sitting position and pressing her firmly down on to the potty. However, as you then need to take the doll apart to clean the 'doll poo' out of her insides, my daughter remains blissfully unaware of the fact that her 'baby' can actually eat. She can also drink fresh water from her bottle and then do a wee in her nappy - again, we haven't actually enlightened our daughter of this fact as I don't really want to be spending a fortune on replacement nappies for a baby doll (or attempting to potty-train her!). Finally, she can also cry 'real tears' but, as this means she has to drink water, we haven't tried out that function either.

      * Playability *
      Like all baby dolls, the playability of this doll depends on the child. My daughter absolutely loves her "Baby Ruby" and will spend time playing with her every day. "Baby Ruby" often comes on the school run in her flashy three-wheeled buggy, enjoys shopping trips into the town on the bus and joins the family at the dinner table in her high-chair. It is almost like she is part of the family! My little girl is definitely the nurturing type though - she loves all her dolls (and the myriad of soft toys that seem to be part of young childhood) and takes care of them all. The other thing that my daughter likes to do with her 'baby' is to change her clothes - Baby Ruby is currently wearing the tiny baby vest and babygrow that my little girl wore when she was a newborn. To be honest, real baby clothes are a little bit too big but my daughter seems to like them. I often find Baby Ruby naked on the change-mat having her bottom cleaned with baby wipes - and on one memorable occasion, with nappy cream smeared all over her (fortunately that came off with a wipe!). I would say that the Baby Born doll is fantastic for encouraging young children to play role-play games and to imitate what their parents do - I definitely see elements of my own parenting style reflected in the way my daughter plays Mummy to her baby. Of course, some children are just not into dolls but, for those that are, this is a lovely baby doll.

      * Cost *
      A Baby Born doll costs around £35, but prices vary depending on retailer / which type of doll you choose. You can also get different versions of the Baby Born with various accessories - riding a horse, wind-surfing, driving a quad bike or a scooter - all things that I wouldn't really associate with a baby doll but someone must buy them! There is also a vast range of accessories for the Baby Born dolls including various outfits, baby seats, jogging buggies and change-bags. They also come in boy and girl versions (i.e. with blue or pink outfits).

      * Would I recommend it? *
      Yes, I would definitely recommend the Baby Born doll for any child that is into 'babies' and looking after dolls. My daughter has had her baby for nearly nine months now and I can honestly say that she has been worth every penny as she is one of the toys that is played with virtually every day. The recommended age range for the Baby Born dolls is actually 3+ but, if you don't use the interactive elements such as the feeding and drinking, then there is no reason why they can't be used by a younger child. The only small reservations I have is that she is quite heavy and can be awkward for a toddler to carry and, also, I'm not entirely keen on the fact that she will only go to sleep with a dummy in her mouth - I'm not sure if that is sending out the right message! However, my daughter adores her and, as far as I'm concerned, that is the most important thing.

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        24.02.2010 01:51
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        excellent product a fantastic buy. would reccomend

        Purchased for my Daughter second birthday, seeing as we have another baby on the way i believed this would be a great product to buy my daughter. To help her love and look after her own baby.
        The doll was a big hit on her birthday, she loved it. she now has her own baby and absolutly love her.
        The baby born i purchased was the magic potty baby born, she also comes with a bottle, nappie, dummy, one food sachet, one outfit and the musical potty.
        The potty needs 2 x aa batterys and has a crown on the front which you press and it makes flushing noises theres also a button on the bottom so when you sit the baby born on the potty it plays a tune. its very sweet. You can feed the baby born bwith the food provided and the doll does soil itself but personally i would rather not use it as there are tubes inside the doll you cant make sure are 100% clean and the last thing tyou want is it going mouldly and smelling. You can also give the doll water from the baby juice bottle provided with the doll, she does also wee. you can also squeese her right arm after she has a drink and baby crys. at this point my daughter gets veryattached to looking after baby born when shes crying.
        I believe this doll has made my daughter more loving and caring for the doll, i love the fact there are also so many accessories you can purchase for the doll clothes, baths even cars, bikes and a horse!
        I think its fantastic wish i could relive my childhood again.

        Although this doll was quite expensive its also a brand you can trust and is very well known for years!

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          18.01.2010 11:00
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          Perfect for older children but not 3 year olds

          My daughter who is now 4 got a baby born doll when she was 3. The doll is good for dressing and pushing around in a pram but is too complicated for my daughter to use all the other functions. She has attempted to feed hers once but the food dribbled back out of the dolls mouth. You have to tilt the doll at an angle to get the food to stay in its mouth. She has not even attempted to make it poo or wee and just changes its nappies anyway. Although the age range states it is suitable from 3 years i think it is a little too complicated for younger children to understand and would be better suited to an older child. Also the internal pipes on the doll are easily blocked if the food goes down the wrong hole into the water pipe. They are not so easily unblocked! You get plenty of accessories with it like nappies, dummies and food. There are also loads of extras you can buy like little cars for your doll and prams ect. I just think my daughter is still a little young to fully appreciate it and would have been better off with a basic doll which is how she treats her baby born. If you have an older child this is probably perfect for them but its too complicated for younger children

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            10.09.2009 13:53
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            Buy for the lovely doll and not the features

            I bought the Baby Born Magic eyes doll for my daughters second birthday as she is baby mad and at the time it was only £17.99 on Amazon so I thought it was a bargain.

            The product discription sounded great, She drinks from her bottle, eats her own special food, needs her nappy changed, cries real tears, uses her potty, squeals with delight, has moveable limbs, is bathable and sucks her dummy.

            Now although she does do some of these things I think they have streched the truth a bit!

            She drinks from her bottle if you squeeze it into her mouth, you have to sort of push to bottle in and out to get her to drink it.

            She cries if you squeeze her arm hard enough which I would too! My daughter still cannot manage this properly as its quite stiff.

            She makes this stupid squeeking noise like a dog toy not sure if thats crying or squeling but not very lifelike!

            The one thing she does really well is wee! So make sure she has a nappy on at all times! although she does have a valve in her back to let out water.

            She drinks her own special food as its so watery and again the pooing doesnt really happen.

            She came with her food, potty, bottle, two dummies one of which magically closes her eyes and a couple of nappies

            However all this aside my daughter absolutely adores her and loves getting her dressed and changing her nappy and pushing her around in a buggy but, she loves doing this with all of her babies.

            Worth the £17.99 I paid just for the lovely doll but not worth the extra for features that are a bit useless to be honest!

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              12.06.2009 22:09
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              an expensive doll that doesnt stand up to the claims

              Zapf Baby Born doll

              From reading other review I must be the odd one out as I am not overly impressed with the baby born doll.

              I brought 2 off these dolls and at nearly £40 each it wasn't a cheap purchase.

              The doll come with a potty, dummy, bottle, food, plate, spoon and nappy.

              The functions of the doll are drinking and eating, all you really do is tip water or sloppy food in to the doll

              The doll wee's, all it does is leak the water you but in it. The same with the poo its just the food coming out. Once the nappy was dirty new ones work out more expensive than baby nappies.

              The doll cries but again this is just the water you but in to the doll comes out the eyes.

              The doll boasts that it is bath able but so are all plastic dolls that don't contain batteries. Once bathed it does take a while for all the water to come out of the doll

              My girls where not impressed with this doll it didn't really do any thing and was not a nice doll to cuddle as it is all plastic.

              Baby born is a big thing and you can buy hundreds of accessories for you doll but I think they cost the earth for what they are for example an outfit for around £12 I can get 2 outfits for my son for this price.

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              25.03.2009 19:11
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              She doesn't drink from her bottle, and she doesn't eat from her spoon.

              My daughter recieved Baby born with magic eyes for christmas after being force fed those annoying adverts from September.

              The overall appearence of the doll is good. She's quite small and compact, comes with a baby born romper suit on and other accessories, including 2 dummies, a nappy, 3 sachets of food, a potty, a feeding bowl and spoon and a drinking bottle.

              She doesn't require batteries and apparently has the following life like functions: She drinks her bottle, eats her food, does no.1's and 2's, cries real tears, closes her eyes to sleep and squeels with delight. WOW Great!

              However, as with a lot of things, in reality it's not great. The mechanics involved to produce any of these bodily functions are, to be honest, a pain. You have to position her a certain way to drink, then another to wee. Same with the food/poo, wich itself is a disgusting mix that clogs up inside the doll and has to be thoroughly cleaned out by an adult. It took me some force to squeeze its arms enough to produce a tear, or squeel of delight (wich when it came was more like a mouse squeek than a baby squeel) It only comes with 1 nappy, wich ended up being used and no good very quickly, as after a bath the water flows from her for hours. You can buy replacement nappies, but they are more expensive than real baby nappies!

              The positives are that the Magic dummy, wich works through magnetics works well and the dolls eyes close. It doesn't talk, so doesn't scare the daylights out of you at 3 am by starting to coo and cry 'mama'
              My daughter does play with the doll, but the feeding/toileting and crying is just too much for her to work out. So a £5 doll with eyes that shut, would probably entertain her just as much.

              I bought this doll from The Entertainer website for £17.99 although I have seen huge variance in prices elsewhere ranging from £14.99 to £34.99. There is an almost identical doll, called Magic Potty. I believe the only difference between magic Eyes and Magic Potty is that the potty plays a tune if your lucky enough to get a result in it. This doll retails at the same price range.

              There is a huge selection of merchandise to accompany Baby Born, but again this is very expensive, and some of it is just plain wierd (Does a baby doll really need a speed boat?)

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              25.01.2009 16:22
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              Good quality doll with many extras, great value for money

              Baby born doll

              I purchased this doll due to being on the hunt for a nice boy doll seems so few on the market

              I shopped around and managed to get it in toys r us sale for £20 but full rrrp for this doll is beween £30-34.99 so not the cheapest.

              The doll is decent size and quite light to carry
              You can move its head arms and legs easily

              The great things about this doll is

              *No batteries so ready to use straight away which is great.
              * Can be taken in bath or paddling pool which is huge plus a daughter loves to wash him.
              *Comes with lots of accesories including bottle that you fill with water, potty, spoon,plate, food, 2 dummies and a nappy!
              * It des not make sound which sometimes with kids toys is good thing nice quiet play!

              You might be thinking no batteries probably does not do much ?

              Wel it does a few good things

              *If you fill the bottle and give it food it actually passed through the dolly into potty like its really going to toiliet.
              This was fantastic aid whe trying to encourage my daughter to potty train as she copied the doll.

              *The set includes 2 dummies one closes the dolls eyes and the other opens the eyes so very good easy feature just be careful you dont lose the dummies!

              The outfit is nice all in blue with matching hat.

              I was not to keen on disposable nappy as sticky tabs wore out fast but now swopped for dolly cloth nappies off ebay and no problem.

              My daughter liked this dolly so much I ended up getting girl as well she now thinks they are twins and calls them max and lily.
              Im tempted to get ethnic version too as I love the design and diversity it teaches her.

              The dolls have realistic body part so its helps daughter understand diffrence between boys and girls.
              The more recent editions have musical potties too.

              You can buy outfits, buggy and other accesories for to this doll which is big advantage

              Overall great value for money popular with boys and girls and ideal for toddler.

              Good quality doll wth simple design and hardwearing

              Do shop around on price TK MAXX had some cheap just before christmas.

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                11.10.2008 01:32
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                A really nice Doll, which in my opinion lasts longer than others around.

                I don't know about your little girls...but my little girl loves her dollies, and every one of them she mothers!!! its so cute....

                She had Baby Annabell to begin with, But i ended up having to buy her a second one as she had ruined her first one by continusly taking it into the bath, and into the swimming pool etc etc.... like all little girls she wanted to be a good mummy and to make sure her baby was clean and could swim!!!!!

                So for her birthday this year, my sister brought her the Baby Born doll from Zapf creations ( magic eyes with potty) and also a Baby Born bath...... and its the best thing ever....not only does she love the doll, but she can bath it as much as she likes and it does not get ruined and also it does not talk!!!!! (which is a god sent for me and her daddy as baby annabell did start to get on our nerves..... sometimes it would be midnight and she would randomly start crying..... i thought it was possessed!!!)

                For Xmas this year i have brought her the Baby Born Blue dolly ... as she has been asking for a boy baby, so her one that she has now has a brother just like her!!!! (as you may have guessed she is a bit of a demanding young missy)
                I have already brought it from the Toy shop (the entertainer) for 17.50 and got some clothes for it as well from ebay...quite cheap... you can also get it from Amazon for 17.50 as the entertainer sells through Amazon.

                I think these dolls are perfect if you have a little girl like mine who has a vivid imagination and wants to be a good mummy!!!
                as they are quite resistant to water, dirt, lipstick, perfume, talc and everything else my little one has inflicted on her dolly.

                You can collect lots of other things for these dolls such as its very own car, horse, bed, wardrobe, clothes. bath, buggy, etc etc....but to be honest i will buy her the doll and clothes, as i know she loves them but i do not buy all the other stuff as
                A. we just do not have the room in our house,
                and B.I also i think it can get a bit too much....there are always seems to be a new version, a new outfit a new accessory, and i just think its a way of conning loads of money out of parents.

                She also wants that new chou chou doll with the tooth!!!! I think i best be starting to work some overtime to support all these dollies!!!! .... they will end up costing more than what she does!!!

                I can not complain though as i love the fact that by having her love of dollies, it has made her a loverly little girl, she looks after all the dollies clothes by hanging them up, she pretends to iron them brfore she puts them on, before she goes to bed she puts their pj's on ....and so on and so on.... I really hope this phase lasts and she will continue with this level of responsibility but somehow i doubt it!!!! Roll on the teenage years!!!!

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                  03.10.2008 21:38
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                  lovley doll with great accessories

                  We bought this baby doll to try and help my 18 month old son understand that we were going to have a baby soon and i think it worked a treat.They do a baby boy and girl and as we were having a baby boy we got the boy doll.
                  We brought it home and my son was amazed.He got this baby out of the box and we explained to him that i had the same baby in my tummy....and he seemed to get it.Over the next little while we showed him us cleaning the babies bottom and also us feeding the baby so he could get used to how things were going to happen at home.I know this isnt the use that most people buy this for but to me it was a great idea as being only young himself we wanted him to be aware.
                  The baby born doll comes in a little outfit that said baby boy on his top.He came with a potty, nappy,bottle, plate & spoon and also two dummies.One is a magic dummy which when placed in the dolls mouth makes baby shuts his eyes.The baby is lightweight and nice size wise for a small child to carry around easily.The price of the doll can vary greatly....i purchased mine in argos for the bargain price of £10.99 as it was in the sale yet 3 weeks later when my friend tried to get one it had gone back up to £33.99 so as with all kids toys i would say to shop around.
                  I do really like the doll and although we used it as a learning toy for our son he loves him and still plays with him now so was worth every penny !!

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                  27.02.2008 15:15

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                  ideal for older children

                  Baby born was my daughters choice for her birthday last year so i brought it from the argos for £39.99.

                  This doll is absolutley brilliant, it doesnt require any batteries, it eats, sleeps, sucks a dummy and bottle, wets it self and does all sorts of other weird and wonderful things.

                  My daughter loves this doll and treats it like her own real baby, they go every where together.

                  The doll comes with lots of accessories and there are lots more you can buy for the doll.

                  I wouldnt recomend this doll for a yound child as you have real food you mix up for it to eat which isnt actually fit for human consumption so you need to closely watch your child wholst they are feeding there doll and you also need to wash the doll out after as the food will go moldy if you dont .

                  This doll is great and well worth the money but i wouldnt recomend allowing a yound child to feed theres, i would put the food away for when they are older.

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                  02.01.2008 12:54
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                  Baby Born good sturdy toy

                  My little girl turned 2 a while ago and as a birthday present we decided to get the Baby Born Doll from Zapf creations, Although quite pricey at £40 my little girl has played with and Love's this doll so much Its been well worth the money.

                  The doll It self comes with many accessories, 2 Dodie's, A clear one that just pops In the dolls mouth and a pink one that cleverly has a magnet In which once popped in the dolls mouth makes the doll appear asleep. Baby Born also comes with a potty, A bowl and spoon, Sachets of specially made doll food although I had to help my little girl with this and make sure she was supervised at all times she had fun feeding Baby Born and knew not to attempt to eat any of the doll food her self , A bottle, And a birth certificate.

                  The separate Baby Born products include cot's, Clothes, Nappies, Cars, Highchairs, And much more to name, The Doll can even be bought an horse and carriage although these are pricey they seem worth the money to see your child so happy and surely imaginative play Is a good and healthy thing for your child to learn.

                  Baby Born is also bath-able but cannot be exposed to strong chemicals as they can discolour the doll and ruin It. The doll needs cleaning after being fed as the food can clog the insides of It and stop It from working properly the instructions supplied tell you very clearly how to do this and it shouldn't be a problem, Skye loves her Dolly and It was worth the money to see her so happy.

                  Id recommend It any day It certainly brought a smile to my daughters face.

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                    04.11.2006 22:07
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                    Love it!

                    Love it! Although it is still a little hard for a young child or baby! This is especially true if the child wants to take it to bed, like most young children do! But appart from that, my kid has hours of fun with it. The accessories are a little bit expensive but well worth it when you see a child havig hours of fun with it! It has been around ages and is still a good seller- that says it all!

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                      21.09.2006 13:28
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                      Ideal doll to get your children.

                      What is Baby Born?
                      Baby born is a doll made by Zapf Creation and comes in many different versions. My daughter has the original white Dolls and the ethnic doll, she liked the first one so much she wanted another one. When i brought the dolls i got them as a package which included The doll dressed in a baby grow, Dummy, potty, Nappy,bottle, bowl and spoon and some food for the doll, yes you can feed them.

                      The dolls are approx 43 cm and you can feed them (Only use Baby born food), You can change them as the food does go through the doll and they wet themselves, they Cry real tears too. She also Squeals a little by squeezing her arm. This doll does not need batteries to work which is ideal.

                      At the time of buying these dolls they cost approx £29.99 but are now a lot cheaper in Argos they sell for £19.99. I have found this an excellent buy as my daughter has played with these none stop along with all her baby born accessories which she has. These dolls are very strong ideal for children who do get a little rough sometimes.

                      This doll helps you teach a child how to be caring and loving and how to respect and treat babies but always make sure their aware that dolls and babies are totally different. As some children have been known to treat a baby as a doll and hurt it in the process its up to us as parents to install this information in our children. I do this by always referring to a a doll as a doll and a baby as a baby, if you get what i mean. Try not to say are you looking after the baby today? Say doll instead. ( i work in a nursery and we encourage this method, in the learning process).

                      Items you can buy for Baby born include, all prices vary depending on the shop you buy them from:
                      Car seat
                      High chair
                      Baby bouncer
                      Carry Cot
                      Clothes (Different themed)
                      Wardrobes.
                      Prams/ buggies
                      A little Car
                      Bike seat
                      Play pen
                      Baby walker

                      These dolls are ideal for children 3 years plus, my daughter is now 8 years old and still plays with them, for how much longer i don't know as she's getting into fashion and music now, so we will see how it goes, they all have to grow up sometimes.

                      My daughter also has baby Annabel which she loves as this actually makes sounds and is more life like but these dolls are better for the adults as they don't drive you crazy with the none stop noise.

                      My advice regarding the feeding of the baby using the play food, try and avoid this because it can get messy and is very difficult to get right. My daughter doesn't bother with this and just feeds her water instead. If you do feed her also make sure you was her through with water afterwards so bits are not left behind as this could clog up the doll.

                      I ALSO HAVE THIS REVIEW ON CIAO

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                        Most of us have been there. When we're little girls all we want to do is have a baby of our own to look after, when we've actually got a baby all we want to do is send it back but there you go. Zapf Creations have come up with the answer to little girls dreams. Baby Born is a plastic baby doll which not only drinks from a bottle, cries 'real' tears and eats but will also poo on her potty. It's pretty lifelike. From a distance it actually looks like a real baby, albeit a very still and quiet one, and is the right sort of size for a newish baby. Baby Born has moveable arms and legs and her head will turn from side to side, although not all the way round in an Exorcist parody! Her face is particularly lifelike with the dreamy not quite fully open eyes that newborn babies have and a puckered little mouth that looks like it's just crying out for a bottle. When you buy a Baby Born you don't just buy a doll, you buy a set up any new mum would be happy to receive - a bottle, dummy, feeding bowl and spoon, potty, nappies, an outfit and special Baby Born food. You also get a birth certificate for you to fill in with the babies name, I think this is a nice touch although most baby dolls you buy these days have a ready printed certificate. There's also a leaflet in the box advising you not to use any other types of food, dummy etc. with your doll as these items have been specially designed with the Baby Born functions in mind and any other brand may damage the doll. Probably not a brilliant idea to make a doll which could be broken if you don't use the special stuff that comes with it as children will use whatever's to hand if they think their 'baby' needs feeding or changing, if you do buy one of these make sure you explain to them that dolly could get wrecked if they're not careful! The first thing your child will probably want to do is feed Baby Born with the special cereal provided. It's a pi
                        ece of cake to make the food up, simply mix the powder with cold water in the bowl (there are lines to let you know how much water to use) and stir until all the lumps have gone. It's important you don't let your child use any other type of food because the Baby Born doll has an internal mechanism that could get bunged up, also don't use the food in the bottle as it'll go down a different hole and block the weeing function. You also have to make sure the baby is lying horizontal when you feed her, which is a bit difficult when you consider the size of the doll compared to the size of an average seven year olds arms. Charlotte has to feed her Baby Born lying on the settee as she physically can't hold the baby in her arms in the correct position for feeding. When using the bottle it's important that you only use plain water as anything with added sugar will clog the insides of the doll up, Charlotte fed her baby with milk when she first had her and this led to Mark spending hours 'flushing' the doll out with hot soapy water to get rid of the awful smell! Similar to a real baby apart from the soapy water! By the time you're a real mum you will be rueing the day that God decided to give babies the ability to scream and cry, but for a little girl the crying is one of the most important things about being a 'mummy'. Fortunately Baby Born doesn't make much of a noise even when she's in the most awful temper, by manipulating her arms you can make her squeak (a similar sound to a squeaky dog toy) or if she's drunk enough water you can make her spout real tears - silently... It's quite spooky actually watching her cry with no sound coming out but as I've said, this has to be a bonus! After giving Baby Born a drink you have to lie her down as if she's going to sleep and then she'll automatically wet her nappy, another amazing likeness to a real baby. Come on mums, how many times have you
                        put your baby to sleep and she instantly decides that's the best time to have a wee and change? My two always did anyway. Making Baby Born poo is as tricky as it's disgusting. You have to squeeze her legs together and push her down on the potty which operates a valve enabling the food she's recently digested to be forced through a little hole in her bottom. Charlotte struggles with this aspect of her baby as she hasn't got big enough hands to push Baby Born down firmly enough for her to poo, in my opinion this is a wasted function really and I'm sure Zapf could have come up with an easier way - in any case, how many newborn babies have you come across that will poo on a potty? In your dreams perhaps... Keeping Baby Born clean is important so that the internal mechanism doesn't get clogged up or even go mouldy, simply use lukewarm soapy water and 'feed' baby with this instead of the plain water while rocking her from side to side. This will dissolve any remaining food inside the baby and cause any dirt to be released through the wee wee hole, sounds nice eh? You can't bathe Baby Born as she isn't water tight but you can clean her with a damp cloth to keep her looking as good as new. You don't need to clean the inside of the doll too often, which is a good thing as Charlotte can't do it herself so I get the priviledge of spending ages feeding and disposing of semi digested baby food! Because of the food and the fact that Baby Born contains small parts the doll isn't suitable for children under 3 years and personally I think this should be raised to five years because a younger child simply isn't going to get the best from the toy. Some of the functions are complicated and because of the size of the doll a small child isn't going to be able to perform such things as making the doll sit on the potty, even using the feeding bottle would be awkward as the 'teat' on the bottle is very lon
                        g and has to be inserted far into the dolls mouth while holding her flat. Charlotte has problems with these aspects of Baby Born and she's quite a forward seven year old so how on earth Zapf expect a three year old to manage is beyond me. I wouldn't say Baby Born provides hours of fun, Charlotte will get her baby out every so often and play with her for a couple of hours but she soon goes back into the pushchair to make way for a more exciting toy. She is a bit of a tomboy though so if you've got a girly girl the doll will probably be used more. To be honest, once your child has exhausted all the functions of this doll she'll probably get bored because there's only so many times they're going to want to use the fiddly bottle and unsuccessfully make Baby Born poo! Even if you buy some of the many Baby Born accessories this doll is quickly grown out of, and the accessories (like the doll) don't come cheap. To buy a Baby Born doll expect to pay around £32 from places such as Argos, although at the moment Toys 'R' Us are selling them for £19.45. Now, for a baby doll that does so many different things this isn't too bad. Until you realise that you're going to have to replace the food and nappies at regular intervals, if your child is one of those who loves to play Mummy then this is quickly going to get very expensive. Personally I haven't replaced the food since Charlotte has had the doll because she isn't really interested in making her baby poo, the nappies I've replaced a few times but she's now using terry towelling ones cut up to fit the doll. The cost of the nappies is around a fiver for five nappies and I think this is way too much when you consider nappies for a real baby only costs £6 for more than 20! The accessories are equally disgustingly priced with a new outfit costing anything between £11.99 and £17, a cot for Baby Born to sleep in will set you back a whopping £39.99 and a car
                        seat will cost somewhere around the twenty quid mark. To be fair both the doll and the accessories are of the highest quality, Charlotte has had her doll for about 18 months now and there isn't a thing wrong with it. Also there's the advantage of not having to buy any batteries because Baby Born performs all it's functions using a complicated internal mechanism. That's not much consolation though when you consider the fact that what is essentially a doll could end up costing you over £200 to keep your child happy. Baby Born is available as the standard doll you can see above or there's an ethnic version available for the same price, basically the ethnic doll has the exact same features with dark skin. Doesn't look particularly ethnic but I think it's a top idea to give a choice of skin colours.

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                          I was determined that we were not going to have a Baby Born in our house but my 6 year old daughter had other ideas. She finally got one for her birthday this year. The doll is quite like lifelike and comes complete with a birth certificate, family tree chart, and details of how the ‘baby’ grew until it was ready to be born. Baby Born is supposed to act like a real baby – you give her water (only from her special Baby Born bottle of course) and she’s then supposed to wet her nappy. However this only works if the doll is in a certain position – believe me you feel like a right twit holding it upside down hoping that it wets soon! The doll can also be fed her special food which then results in her doing a ‘number 2’. Trust me you do not want to know what you have to go through to make this doll poo! However the main reason I didn’t want Baby Born was not for her lack of personal hygiene but because of the ferocious marketing that accompanies this doll. All the clothes and accessories are very expensive e.g. an ordinary outfit for this doll starts at £9.99, her raincoat and wellies are £19.99 and special Baby Born cot about £50. I have tried to convince my daughter and her friends that Baby Born could wear ordinary clothes/sleep in a normal priced doll’s cot but the marketing people have done such a good job that the kids are convinced that if it doesn’t say Baby Born on it then it’s not good enough for their doll! So a word of warning to anyone thinking of getting this doll in the future….make sure you have plenty of money for everything that goes with it!!

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                          Realistic newborn baby doll which performs seven life-like functions, including sucking a dummy and drinking from a bottle (no batteries needed).