I was recently sent a Little Mommy My Very Real Baby Doll , to review with my daughter. I have to say if you are looking for a big reaction out of your little girl, as she opens her holiday gifts, this is a great gift. As soon as the boxed doll, came out of the shipping carton, my four year old daughter flew across the room. She then danced excitedly, while I wrestled with getting the doll out of the box. She then proceeded to carry the doll around with her giggling and smiling.
Dolls are toys my daughter is just starting to “get”. She has autism, so pretend play is a more difficult concept for her to grasp than typically developing children. I was pleased to see her carry the doll around like a real baby (well, at least most of the time), and even give her a little hug and M’s version of a kiss (more a face smoosh). The doll really captured her interest, more so than any doll ever has in the past. I think the high level of interactivity of the doll has a lot to do with it’s success with her.
While many “interactive” baby dolls say a few phrases and/or do a few things, and generally shut down pretty quickly, this doll, much like a real baby, is a constant demander of attention. She requests food, tickles, help with boo-boos, hugs and clean-ups, often with follow-up phrases, if your child does help her with her requests. She has a tongue that turns green, when she eats her freezer pop and a red spot that lights up on her knee when she gets a boo-boo. Her arms also move around appropriately during the activities.
When laid down, or left alone for awhile, she will complain that she is sleepy and ask for her bear. After a few phrases, she will then shut down until your child picks her up again. If your child goes to bed with their Little Mommy doll, I would suggest clicking the doll off manually, so it doesn’t start chatting-them-up, if they roll over during the night.
The Little Mommy My Very Real Baby Doll is widely available in the blonde blue eyed version I have reviewed here, but is also available as a brunette with brown eyes on the Mattel website.