I bought this for my friend's daughter to play with in my home. She is just three years old. Her mummy's expecting a baby soon so I wanted to help the soon to be big sister to see what it might be like to have a baby sister in the house all be it without the crying! I had initially thought of keeping the doll here as I always have entertainment for children. To me a home is much more alive when children are happily playing in the home. It happened to be my friend's daughter's third birthday. She was so taken with the doll that I made an exception and allowed her to keep it for her birthday and I still get to see both her and Baby Stella on an almost daily basis.
This doll is suitable for children as young as a year old.
There are whole sets of clothes and feeding kits that can be bought to increase play but I feel she is happy enough to make believe without all the expense of extras. In the future, I might purchase a change of clothes for the doll. I thought the rainy day outfit was very cute with purple jacket, rain hat and yellow boots.
What the doll is like:
The magnet on the dummy is a great feature because not only does it, with imagination, pacify the pretend baby but the real child is hypnotised by this feature and her mum and I could chat more whilst she played with her new doll. A bonus is that there are no little parts that are likely to go missing. The magnet means that the dummy can never get lost.
Baby Stella is dressed in lilac and pink with a couple of flower heads on the chest of her dress. Her hair looks very sweet in tufty bunches which my friend's little girl likes to touch against the palm of her hand. These bunches can come out too.
I chose the black hair over blonde because so many dolls are all white and I don't want children to idealise being white and blonde. This one looked more interesting with her lightish skin and black hair. Baby Stella has a happy face with features sewn on rather than glass eyes or a hole for the mouth.
Baby Stella is so soft to cuddle yet firm and robust. This is much better than the coldness of a plastic doll. It's claimed to be very life-like with the hands, feet are and even her tummy has that slight roundness of baby fat and a belly button. Her nappy can be changed and the knickers and dress removed. However, I feel that it looks very much like a doll but with a bit of imagination and play it can be just like a real baby.
Baby Stella is really cuddly. Even the adults like to hold her. She is a very tactile doll and suprisingly there are not many dolls that are as suitable for young children. This seems like a safe to play with doll. My friend's daughter doesn't like to part with it and after a couple of months of sharing meals and bedtimes Baby Stella still looks good. She hasn't been put into the washing machine and that could be a problem one day. She can be wiped down but she probably will need a bath sometime.
I hope she doesn't shrink or distort. It's a shame the doll is not made to be specifically machine washable. Olease comment if you have put Baby Stella in the washiing machine. Did she survive?
RRP £24 but is currently £19.31 on Amazon with free delivery.
Baby Stella gets the thumbs up from me, the parents and a three-year old girl. We adore her!
"Delightfully detailed, from her lifelike toes, belly button, and plump tummy, to her soft fleece hair and embroidered features. She includes a removable diaper; a super-soft, dress; and a pacifier that attaches magnetically to her mouth."