It’s no secret that we are doll-mad in this house. When we were asked to review the Cicciobello Love n Care doll, I knew Syd would be happy to give it a whirl.

The doll has an RRP of £59.99 and is suitable for children aged 3 and over. Rather than spending ages explaining what’s included and how the doll works, I made this video so you can see it in action…

As the video shows, the doll requires 3x AA batteries, which are not included. Once Syd got her mitts on the doll, she quickly fell in love with him. She loved that he was poorly and it was her job to make him better…

The doll itself feels really well made. He has a full head of hair and the plastic feels like good quality. He doest’t come wearing a nappy and he won’t wee or anything like that – much to my relief! I’m well and truly over the 2am  “doll accidents”…

When you take the doll’s temperature, the thermometer actually lights up to show you if your doll is poorly or not. The light turns red if they are too hot and green if their temperature is normal. The thermometer does have to be inserted into the correct ear for this to work.

If your doll has a temperature, you should then try giving him medicine, milk and juice to see if they soothe him. If they don’t, it’s time to try an injection… To do this, you have to pull down his trousers and put the syringe into the small hole on his bottom pictured below.

When you do this, his cry will become louder and higher pitched – poor baby really makes you feel guilty about his injection. Even the dog wanted to look after Cicciobello when he cried…

The included accessories are all really well made. They feel strong and durable, and they are all wipe clean. The lids don’t stay on the bottles all that well, but real ones were always my nemesis too. The plunger for the syringe falls out pretty easily, but it won’t affect play if this ends up getting lost.

The bottles all have measurements printed on them, so they look just like real baby bottles. The liquid will “disappear” when they are tipped upside down – much to Syd’s delight.

All told, we really like the doll. It’s a little pricey, but it is much more interactive and responsive than other dolls. I was particularly impressed with how the doll’s breathing changed once the medicine had worked – the doll went from sounding chesty to sounding normal. I’d definitely recommend him for your little Florence Nightingales in training.

To celebrate the launch of this doll, Smyths are giving away a family holiday to Italy – find out more and enter here…

We were sent the doll to review, but all words and opinions are my own. 


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