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Pros: "Valentine" is a nicely weighted, very well made baby doll. I bought her for my three year old daughter. I was looking for a realistic, soft-bodied, heavy, life size newborn baby. All those features don't seem to be available in one doll, so we settled on this doll. She has a fairly realistic, sweet face, "sleeping" eyes when you lay her down, sits on her own and is smaller than a real newborn at 14", but is a very nice size in ratio to my tall 3.5 yr old.
She doesn't make sounds, nor does she need batteries. All her play value (and there is tons!) is wrapped in the role of parenting her and using your imagination.
She is also not swathed in head to toe pink. Her blue floral top is a nice change and what pink she does have in her clothing is a deep, rich salmon pink. Her clothing is very well made.
Should you desire diapers, clothes or other things for her, there are many offerings from Corolle and thousands more on Etsy.
Cons: "Valentine" has a baby powder scent to her. My daughter doesn't seem to mind, but I find it a bit strong. It's not a bad smell, but I would certainly prefer that she just didn't smell at all, considering that my daughter has the baby near her for hours per day.
This is a very minor issue, but I would have preferred her soft body portion to have been made from a skin tone fabric. Instead, it's a bright white fabric with the Corolle logo on it. It's a bit shocking when you go to change her clothing....and that happens A LOT with a little one parenting her all day long.
Other Thoughts: All in all, this doll is excellent for children in the 2-5 range, I would say. She's certainly good for older kids, but might be a bit small in proportion to their bodies, though my 7 year old son often helps in the various parenting roles and doesn't seem to care that she's a bit small.
Reviewed By:N/A,6/23/2012 7:18:51 AM
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