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A 'Baby' for my little girl...
Zapf Baby Born Doll
Member Name: KLockwood75
Zapf Baby Born Doll
Advantages: Encourages role-play, lets children imitate their parents
Disadvantages: Heavy, not cuddly, need cleaning if you feed them
* 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.
Summary: A great baby doll for young children
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