Saturday 10 August 2019

The Bellies Babies - Review

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If E could only choose one type of toy to play with it, it would always be dolls. When we had the opportunity to test out and review a new range called 'The Bellies' I jumped at the chance because I thought it would be a real winner with her.

The Bellies from Bellyville are a new range of crazy, cute, funny babies. There are four different dolls to collect; Bobby-Boo, Muak-Muak, Yumi-Yummy and Pinky-Twink - we received Bobby-Boo.

Each Bellies doll has their own birthmark hidden on their body and have their own personalities. Bobby-Boo is the funniest one who loves scaring people and loves the colour blue, Muak-Muak is the most loving, Yumi-Yummy is the sweetest and Pinky-Twink is the naughtiest!

Inside your box, you'll find:
  • Bellies doll (complete with hat and nappy)
  • Dummy
  • Bottle
  • Blanket
  • Instruction guide, or "Bellypedia"
  • Stickers

Inside your new baby's bellybutton you'll find a little tab, which kind of doubles as its umbilical cord. Once you've pulled that out, its heart will start beating then after a few seconds it will begin to babble. E absolutely loved this as the majority of the dolls we own don't make noises so it's adds a little interactive aspect. It did grate on me a little, I'll admit. 

Although Bobby-Boo is a boy baby, E was adamant that it was a girl baby so, what can you do!

Her favourite thing is when the baby makes a very obvious pooping noise! Of course, that definitely got a laugh out of her. When you open its nappy, you will firstly discover it's birthmark on its bottom (Bobby-Boo's is blue) but also a surprise inside in the form of a poop sticker.

Inside your Bellypedia you'll find a cute little sheet to fill in with your baby's details, instructions on how to look after your baby but also a Poopypedia! Each poop sticker has a meaning (you get a sticker sheet so you can change these yourself) from having a runny nose to too much milk. I really like the concept of this but I think it would work better if the poops were velcro like the fastenings of the nappy. It means that you won't lose the stickiness and they'd hold better.

E has really enjoyed looking after her Bellies doll and the details are very cute. She loves playing mummy, changing it's nappy and giving it its bottle and dummy. The mouth of the doll isn't open so the bottle and dummy don't actually fit in. You just sort of hover the bottle over it's mouth and the dummy is magnetised. I think I would prefer it if they fitted in.

Also available to buy is a Bellies Emergency Kit for additional play, which contains a syringe, vitamins, snot remover, food and plasters. Obviously we only received the one doll but if you have two and sit them together, they will interact with each other.

The Bellies have a brand new YouTube channel that they've love for you to subscribe to - you can find them at The Bellies Babies EN.

The Bellies dolls retail at £29.99 (which, to be completely honest, I'd be a bit reluctant to pay. I think I'd be okay with the £17 mark at most) and you can find them at Smyths and all good toy retailers.

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