As part of the Hasbro Toy Tribe this month, we were sent the Baby Alive Sweet Spoonfuls doll to review.
If you haven’t seen them before, Baby Alive dolls are easily recognisable from their big eyes.
Although some of the range have sculpted hair, many of them like the Sweet Spoonfuls dolls have soft, brushable hair which you don’t see on many baby dolls.
There are seven different Sweet Spoonfuls dolls with a variety of hair and skin tones, and you can choose a girl or boy.
We were sent this little blonde Baby Alive for review.
What comes in the box?
Inside the Baby Alive Sweet Spoonfuls box you get your baby in her dress (or in shorts and t shirt if you get a boy), two packets of powdered baby food, a mixer and spoon, a bottle, a comb and two nappies.
What does she do?
Baby Alive Sweet Spoonfuls eats her baby food and drinks from her bottle, then she wees and poos into her nappy.
I thought I just ditched the nappies. Sigh.
How to feed Baby Alive Sweet Spoonfuls.
This is the most exciting part of Baby Alive however be aware that you only get two packets of powdered doll food in the box, so use it sparingly. You can buy more (see the link below) but it’s quite expensive.
Although it is strictly not recommended by Hasbro, you can also make your own Baby Alive food from flour, water and food dye (there are a bajillion tutorials on Youtube!). If you do decide to go DIY then make sure you thoroughly flush your Baby Alive Sweet Spoonfuls through with water afterwards to make sure she doesn’t get clogged up and mouldy inside!
Using the packet mix is easy though. Firstly, pour the packet into the food mixer.
Then fill it with a little water, up to the line.
You then pop the lid on and turn the handle to ‘mix’ the food.
Your child can then feed their baby the lovely green gunk (sorry, I mean very appetising baby food!) using the spoon.
Your child then needs to give their Baby Alive a bottle to ‘flush her through’ and help her to poo.
Yep, Baby Alive wees and poos, just like a real baby but without the offensive smell and the wriggling.
Again, you only get two nappies supplied with the doll. You can choose to buy more but they are nearly as expensive as the doll itself.
I have heard that nappies for very premature babies make good doll nappies if you can find them, and they are cheaper. Personally I have chosen to rinse and dry the nappy; it’s not clean but it’ll do for another round!
So what did we think of the Baby Alive Sweet Spoonfuls?
My children absolutely love taking care of things (except each other) and baby dolls are very a very popular toy with both of them.
Baby Alive Sweet Spoonfuls has to compete for my daughter’s affections with last year’s must-have Luvabella doll which is still one of her most played-with toys, but the fact that Baby Alive eats ‘real’ food and then wees and poos gives her a totally different experience. For some odd reason, the bodily functions bit really appeals to her and to my son who is obsessed with pooping because he’s a two year old boy and apparently that’s what they do.
I like the fact she doesn’t need any batteries. There is potential for mess caused by unsupervised food giving so I will be putting the rest of the food out of the way for a while but the bottle of water which makes the doll wee is still fun for them.
Baby Alive Sweet Spoonfuls from Hasbro is suitable for children aged 3+. It has an RRP of £25.99 and is available from good toy shops or via Amazon using the affiliate link below. You can buy additional powdered food via Amazon.