This year, for Christmas, I wanted to get the girls each a baby doll. Little Button has a larger 15 in baby ("Big Baby") which she has loved since she was very small so I thought she would really enjoy something new to add to her little family .
I am not quite ready to fork over the heftier price of an American Girl Bitty Baby so I thought I would purchase these ones from Adora.
Adora is a smaller doll company based out of Southern California. I really like their website, which includes their mission, values and goals.
They support a charity called the "inCourage foundation", which provides gift bags of toys to children that are admitted to pediatric hospitals in their area.
Having spent some time as a pediatric RN, this really made me feel great about supporting this particular doll company.
I wasn't able to find specific information about how much is donated or if their is a percentage donated per doll, but nonetheless, I thought these had the cutest faces out of all the babies I had looked at so that was another selling point for me.
(Have you ever walked down the baby isle in Walmart? Scary.)
On Adora's website, there are dolls listed specifically for each age range. They have soft dolls for babies under a year old, all the way up to 18 inch fashion dolls more suited for an older child.
The particular doll that caught my eye were the BathTime Babies.
Who can resist the cute animal towels! Genius.
Unfortunately, I was not impressed by the lack of diversity.As you can see, there are only Caucasian babies to choose from.
These babies are advertised as 13 in dolls with vinyl heads, arms and legs. Their bodies are cloth, but made out of a "Quikdri" material that is said to dry in "no time." Really? No time?
The toes have very nice sculpting detail and the chubby little feet are pretty accurate to the rounded foot of a baby that we all love.
The right and left hand are posed differently, one being an obvious thumb-sucking hand.
Out of the box, you can see she has an orange terry-cloth robe with a hood meant to look like an owl. There is a pink robe belt and she also came with her own wash cloth, which I forgot to include in the photo.
Underneath the robe, she has a colorful and patterned "swimsuit" cloth body with a section of cloth shaped like a belly button.
There's a large seam the runs up her back and inside her body appear to be little beads, similar to what might be inside of a bean bag chair.
Her eyes close when you lay her flat, which the girls really liked because they could put their babies to bed.
Her thumb also fits easily into her mouth. Easy enough for a 2 year old to position and remove.
This particular doll has rich brown "sleepy" eyes with flecks of amber around the pupil. I was impressed by the depth and detail of her eyes. She also has plastic eyelashes on the top lid only on top of painted lashes on the upper and bottom lash lines. Her hair is molded and has the faint coloring to suggest she's a brunette.
Does anyone think of the Bee Gees when they look at this?
This was the other baby we got. She has blue eyes and is a blonde. Dressed in her shark robe. :)
I like the natural lip color and detailed sculpting of her lips. Her brows are a bit on the crude side, but I doubt too many kids would notice or care. Mine didn't!
I was happy to see that she was wearing a different patterned "suit" than the other one.
Now, about that Quikdri thing....
In my experience, it seemed to take a good 24 hours for the cloth body to dry. I would suggest making sure the doll is draped over something so it can dry completely otherwise it will develop a musty smell.
When not being drowned by my children, the babies can naturally float. :)
Although my 3 year old loves her baby (and so does the 6 year old) she is still no match for the "Big Baby."
Overall, these dolls are cute and have sweet faces, but I am not sure they are really worth their price tag of nearly $40. They are smaller than a Bitty Baby or other 15 inch doll which makes them a little less "realistic". My sister-in-law still has her childhood Bitty Baby and she let the girls borrow her for a little while and they played with that one a lot more.
The girls enjoy these dolls primary out of the water at this point. They are very cute and old clementine boxes make perfect bassinets!
Ok, I guess they are really cute. :) xoxo
What do you guys think...did you have a Bitty Baby or think they were a big hit with any little girls in your life? Did you have baby dolls growing up? I don't think I did to be honest. I can only remember having Barbies and stuffed animals.
I am still thinking about maybe getting Little Button a Bitty Baby for Christmas (or when I end up getting Pumpkin Pie her first American Girl doll...not sure, though!)
Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by and hope you're having a good week.
My cough is getting better!! :)