Disclosure - we were given the Luvabella baby doll for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.
My middle daughter Miss J is 7 years old and she absolutely loves playing with baby dolls. For the last couple of years a toy doll has been the top of her Christmas list and this year is no different. As she gets older she likes the toy dolls to be more interactive and realistic as she is able to play with them for longer.
She was so excited to receive the Luvabella doll to review last week and couldn't wait to get it out of the box. Be advised that Luvabella requires 4 x C size batteries which aren't included so make sure that you have these ready!
Luvabella comes ready dressed in a cute little outfit which includes little knickers and a headband. She also comes with three accessories - a dummy, a little toy, a bottle and a spoon to feed her. You can use all of these accessories to access her interactive features.
Luvabella is really realistic looking doll with realistic movements. She has soft skin on her face and certainly fits the bill for Miss J's realistic doll request! The way in which she moves is very realistic and Miss J absolutely loves her!
Luvabella is a really smart little doll. She learns the more your little one plays with her, so she will start of babbling but the more you use the accessories to interact with her, the more coherent her words become as she learns how to talk! This is such a unique feature and one that will really encourage your little one to play with Luvabella more to see how much she learns. Luvabella has over 100 words and phrases that she can learn, from animal names to new types of food.
Playing with Luvabella is really easy, you put the spoon / bottle near her mouth and she will say "ahhhh" and open her mouth. She will then do one of several things, from making noises to saying words. She will then suck on the bottle and if you lay her down she will drift off to sleep. She will tell you if she is hungry and you can burp her by patting her back gently just like a real baby.
You can also use her toy to play with her, if you bring it to her nose she will start to talk and learn to say animal names. She will also say mama or papa if you touch her feet and giggle if you tickle them and her tummy.
We are expecting a new baby in a few weeks time and I know this will be brilliant for Miss J to help her to feel involved. She'll be able to play and feed with her baby at the same time and will give her a sense of responsibility in looking after something herself.
I think that the Luvabella doll is a really great gift and it would make an extra special Christmas present. Miss J absolutely loves hers and I know she will play for hours with it - she has already requested a high chair for her to sit in so she can join us at the dining table!
Luvabella has a RRP of £99.99 but you can pick her up on Amazon at the moment for £69.99 (affiliate link). She is also available in all good toy stores.
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