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Hope is almost three and one of her favourite things to do is play with dolls. She has lots of accessories that go with them and spends a lot of her time taking care of and looking after her dollies. One of the dolls that she has is this little one from The Early Learning Centre.
It is only a small doll and I think it is classed as a 'first doll' because it has a soft body. It has plastic hands, feet and a head but the rest of it is soft which makes it a good introduction to a young toddler to what a dolly is. Hope was bought this just before her second birthday and I think that was an appropriate age for it, before then she just had dolls that were soft all over. The doll comes with a little outfit on- this consists of a white vest and a blue little sleep suit which has a blue hat attached to it and this stretches up onto the dolly's head. I think that the hat is connected so that if your little one undresses the doll you won't lose the hat so this is a good idea although Hope is always trying to pull it off and doesn't quite understand why it would be attached! The clothes are quite easy to take on and off and fasten with velcro so they are very appropriate for a toddler. Hope is not able to put them back on herself yet even though she has had this doll for nearly a year now. The doll can interact with other items in the Early Learning Centre range of doll's items. We have a lot of the Cupcake range and this doll fits perfectly with that so can fit in the pram, the highchair and bouncer chair fine.
Playing with dolly
Hope has a baby brother so it is nice that she has a baby boy dolly to play with a lot of them tend to just be pink dollies. This doll is great to play with as it fits in well with other doll's accessories so that Hope can play with it and have it behaving like a real baby. Sometimes Hope spends time just sitting holding the dolly and talking to him in her own little language. Other times she is telling him off for not eating properly or sends him to the naughty step and there are times when she has little tea parties with the doll and treats him like a best friend. She is always asking if she can put the dolly in the bath with her but obviously because it has a soft body he isn't able to join her for bath time. When Hope has her dolly out she doesn't always need all the items that come along too, she can just play happily with him alone and make up her own games using her imagination.
As with all toys there are certain amounts of educational elements that come with them and although this doll may not strike you as being an educational aid it certainly is. For a start Hope has learnt to develop her imagination whilst playing with him, she makes up stories and imagines what they are doing. Using imagination is very important especially in young children as it helps them to develop their minds and learn about the world around them, it can help children to communicate with others and know how to react to people. As well as learning to use imaginative play this doll can help a child to understand things. I have used this doll before to show Hope what you should and shouldn't do with a baby. Sometimes she is heavy handed with her baby brother and I have used the doll to demonstrate how careful you need to be, how softly you need to touch them and how you should only move their hands gently. Another thing I have taught Hope is about her eating. She is often a bit fussy with food and so when we were playing with this dolly one time she was feeding him food and pretended that he wouldn't eat it. We then spoke about it and she agreed that it was upsetting when dolly refused to it. It has definitely helped Hope to understand many things about what I ask her to do and what is expected of her but in a very fun and age-relevant way.
When looking for a doll you can be really overwhelmed as there are many to choose from. We have all kinds from soft bodied dolls, weeing dolls, dolls that laugh and cry and ones which are ideal for use in the bath. This one was bought as a present but I'm glad it was as all the ones we have in our collection are female so seeing as Hope now has a baby brother it's lovely for her to have a boy doll to interact with too. She plays with this just as much as she does her pink dolls and he fits in fine with the accessories that she has for them although the majority of them are pink.
It is only small which means that Hope doesn't struggle to carry him and he is also easy for me to bring along with us if we are going somewhere which requires Hope to be entertained.
As far as I can tell this doll is good quality. We had had him nearly a year and he has been played with a lot but still remains in very good condition. I have put his clothes in the wash before because they got grubby and he has washed well, they fit fine still and the velcro is in tact too.
This is definitely a very good first doll to have and there is no reason why he cannot remain a firm favourite of your child even when the hard bodied dolls become present too. Hope will play with this for a long time and she takes him to bed with her so she definitely would give him 5 stars if she could!
I bought this doll for my granddaughter when we found out that her mummy was having a baby boy. My granddaughter at the time was two years old and this seemed an ideal doll for her.
I think it is ideal for a first doll as it has a soft body and isn't very big. It's about 15cm so not too big or heavy for a toddler to play with.
It is from The Early Learning Centre and is part of their doll range called Cup Cake. There are various accessories in this range you can buy to compliment these dollies too like a pram, highchair, feeding set and more. I just bought this doll on it's own at the time. It cost £8, this was just over 12 months ago.
It is a boy doll as it is wearing blue but you can also buy it wearing pink too.
It comes with a baby grow and a little sleep suit both of which can be taken off and put back on and a hat which is attached to the back of the baby grow which means that it is easy to keep in sight and not go missing! The clothing and hat is difficult for a child to get on, my granddaughter likes to take everything off and then ask me to put it all back on again.
She loves this dolly and will play with it a lot. It is very cute.
I think it's good quality, I have washed the clothes and they have stayed a good size and haven't bobbled. I think for £8 you cannot complain, this is a toy which is well loved and good quality.
At a Glance Small, soft bodied baby boy doll, ideal for cuddling up to in bed and zooming around in a stroller. Features and benefits for Cup Cake My First Doll Small, soft bodied baby boy doll, ideal for cuddling up to in bed and zooming around in a stroller. Height 30 cm.Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts.