With three young children it should come as no surprise that our playroom is overflowing with toys. And whilst I am very much about gender equality and I hate stereotyping children, in a lot of ways our family has naturally evolved in a way where, whilst the girls are still very much into their dolls, Harry has naturally gravitated towards dinosaurs, racing cars, and action figures. So last year Christmas when the girls both asked for a Luvabella doll, and opened them to a huge amount of excitement on Christmas morning, I never for one moment thought that Harry would be disappointed not to receive one for himself. And yet I was surprised to discover, he was.
When we were offered the chance to review Luvabeau this month, the most adorable baby boy with all of the features we have come to know and love from Luvabella, I knew that Harry would be over the moon to finally receive one of his own. And I was right.
Luvabeau is utterly adorable, with big brown eyes and blonde hair, very much like Harry as a baby and, very imaginatively, it was soon decided that his name would of course be Harry, “Just like me!”.
For those who have never seen the Luvabella or Luvebeau dolls before, they are literally the most fabulous interactive dolls you can imagine, with life like facial expressions, personalities, and fun games to play.
Luvabeau requires 4 C Cell batteries which aren’t included, something I always think is a real shame as there is nothing worse than making a mad dash to the shop and hunting down a screwdriver. But still, he was well worth the wait.
Luveabeau also comes with four interactive accessories – a dummy, a bottle, a lamb toy and spoon.
Each accessory enables a different feature and Harry was so excited to have his own ‘real life baby’ to feed. Luvabeau tells you when he is hungry or thirsty, even asking for more if he isn’t quite full.
By using the spoon he chews his food, and when it’s time for his bottle he sucks, and I guess when you are a young child those kind of things are pretty amazing. I actually felt quite emotional at the pride in Harry’s face as he fed and burped his baby.
When Luveabeau cries you can pacify him with his dummy, or rock him to sleep and his eyes close as you lay him down for bed. It was adorable to hear Harry tucking him up for bed, repeating all of the same phrases I say to him every night at bedtime.
Harry’s favourite feature was most definitely that, just like him, Luvabeau is a real chatter box! The more you talk to him the more he talks back and he eventually moves from baby babble to 100 clear words and phrases, just like a real baby meeting his milestones. I think this is really impressive for a doll and every time Harry heard a new word of phrase he got so excited!
By playing with the toy lamb, tickling her feet or tummy, and through games such as Peek-a-boo, Luvabeau responds with the most adorable giggle.
At four Harry was quick to work out how to play with Luvabeau, knowing that when he heard a kissing sound he had entered play mode, or that using the Lamb led to him learning new animal noises.
For me, my favourite thing about Luvabeau is that he really encourages a child to learn how to nurture and care for a small baby. Harry is such a loving little boy and yet to see him play with his dinosaurs or smash down towers of lego, we don’t often get to see that side of him through play. But the way he rested his head against Luvabeau’s chest to listen to his heartbeat, gently rocked him to sleep, or tickled his tummy during playtime, was just heart warming. “My love my baby!” he told me, and my heart could have burst.
Currently on sale at Argos for £89.99, there’s no denying that Luvabeau is more expensive than the average doll. That said, Luvabeau is way more than just a doll. Having seen the way my girls play with their Luvabella dolls, and now Harry with Luvabeau, they are a real learning experience to teach social development, problem solving, nurturing skills and most of all how to express love and affection. Honestly, if you could see the way that Harry looks at Luvabeau it is with complete and utter true love in those eyes, and the only negative I could possibly think of is that, every time I see the two of them together, they make me long for a sixth little dove….
** We were sent this item for the purpose of this review and compensated for our time. All words and opinions are my own unless other wise stated **