A few weeks ago, my oldest daughter received a HABA baby doll to review, which surprisingly turned out to be my 1 year old’s favorite toy. She walks around with it, tries to lull it to sleep, and even tries to burp it. I didn’t want to end this newfound relationship between my youngest daughter and her baby, but she wanted to bring it with her when napping and I felt the doll was too hard to snuggle with. Especially for my baby who tosses and turns, and may get hurt with the plastic doll. So, I was on the search for a similar doll, but a plush version.
When HABA asked me to review another one of their items from their soft toys category, I was happy to see they had a baby doll. Lucy from the Lilliputiens line was perfect for my littlest girl. She came with a cradle, a toy, and a bottle, so my little one can play mommy and have all the necessary accessories. When Lucy arrived, she was well-packaged in a protective case. Coincidentally, Lucy arrived on my baby’s first birthday, and I had my preschooler give it to her as a gift. I thought this would keep them from fighting over Lucy – and it worked! When I introduced my little one to Lucy, her reaction was priceless. Her eyes lit up and she quickly cradled her Lucy and put the bottle in her mouth. This was when we discovered that Lucy’s mouth and bottle have a magnet and they stick together! This is great for those little uncoordinated hands that may not quite understand how to bring things together.
Lucy also came with a toy, and I often see my 12 month puzzled by why Lucy can’t pick it up, and a soft bassinet where Lucy rests after a long day of playing. She doesn’t spend much time in there, though – my little girl screams when you try to pull Lucy away from her! Although she can’t speak yet, I think she approves of her new baby and loves having her near.
Lucy may not be interactive, electronically speaking, but she sparks imagination and fosters creativity and role play. She is recommended for ages 0-12 months, but I feel that even older children can enjoy playing with Lucy, as I watch my oldest daughter (3 1/2) playing mommy with her. She loves that her clothes are removable and she can pretend to bathe and change baby Lucy.
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