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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Baby Alive Real Surprises Review

My daughter got a Baby Alive Real Surprises doll for Christmas from my MIL. My first reaction to the doll, was honestly a little creepy. I have seen the Chucky movies, and initially, I was leery of the doll, but that soon changed.

My Baby Alive History

When I was little, I had a Baby Alive doll. I was really small, and my mom would not let me feed my Baby Alive the food packets, which really disappointed me. The whole reason I had wanted a Baby Alive doll was so that I could feed her and change her poopy diapers. I was determined that I would let my daughter enjoy her Baby Alive Real Surprises doll to the fullest, so as soon as she got home with her doll, I let her feed it.

Feeding Baby Alive Real Surprises

Baby Alive Real Surprises comes with a pacifier, a sippy cup, a feeding bowl, a feeding spoon, a bib, three Baby Alive food packets, and diapers. The Baby Alive sippy cup, pacifier, and feeding spoon that come with Baby Alive Real Surprises have magnets in them that help Baby Alive know when she is eating, drinking, or sucking. When these specific items are used with Baby Alive Real Surprises, she makes sucking and nomming sounds, as well as talking to her mommy as she eats. 

Problems When Feeding Baby Alive Real Surprises

The first time my DD fed baby alive, we did incur some problems. My daughter put Baby Alive's little bib around her neck, and we followed the directions on the food packets when mixing the food. We filled Baby Alive's bottle, and poured water up to the line on the feeding dish. My daughter poured the food packet into the water and stirred the food until it was fully mixed. I was as excited as my daughter was to start feeding the doll, as this was the part I had missed out on when I was a child. My daughter began spooning food into Baby Alive's mouth, and Baby Alive knew she had the spoon in her mouth and would interact with my daughter as she ate. Every few bites, my daughter would give Baby Alive a sip out of her sippy cup. After several bites and drinks, we started noticing some problems.

Baby Alive was stopped up! So the water and food began to stay in her mouth and would not go down any farther. I had to take baby alive into the bathroom over the sink. I shook her (Thank goodness she is only a doll, and did  not get shaken baby syndrome), I tried squirting water in her butt, I tried dumping contents out her mouth, but nothing helped. I ended up filling Baby Alive's bottle with hot hot water, and giving her a sip, I would let the hot water sit in her mouth for a few minutes, and then I would dump it out her mouth. After doing this several times, it unclogged Baby Alive, and Baby Alive food and water started coming out of her bottom the way it was supposed to.

Whew, this was a stressful and discouraging ordeal. First of all, my daughter was upset, because her precious new doll was not working right. I was upset, because my daughters new baby doll wasn't working, plus I was afraid that water or Baby Alive food would get into the electronic parts of the Baby Alive doll. All ended up fine, though, and we have since learned that Baby Alive Real Surprises dolly really needs a drink after every single bite of food that she takes, or she can easily get stopped up. 

Expensive Baby Alive Refills

Baby Alive Real Surprises is a fun doll, but her refills are more expensive than those for REAL babies. Maybe the "REAL Surprise is the cost of the refills! My daughter had used up all of her diapers and food packets within the first day of having her new doll. When we went to the store to purchase more, we were shocked by the price. Baby Alive diapers were 6.99 for 6 diapers. Do the math. Baby Alive diapers cost more than one dollar each!

Instead of purchasing the Baby Alive Diapers, we ended up buying my daughter some Parents Choice Newborn Size diapers for her Baby Alive Real Surprises doll. These diapers work fine -- Maybe even better than the Baby Alive diapers, and they were only 5.99 for 40 diapers, which is WAY cheaper than Baby Alive brand diapers.

Baby Alive Food and Juice packets are VERY expensive, as well. For a 6 pack of baby food, it costed us 6.99! This is more than a dollar a pack. I almost think REAL baby food would be cheaper! I researched making homemade Baby Alive Food on the Internet, and found several recipes and ideas. One of the most popular Baby Alive Food Recipes was to mix baking soda, water, and food coloring to make Homemade Baby Alive Food. This is what we ended up doing, and while it doesn't turn out as creamy as the real Baby Alive Food, it does work.  

Other ideas that I found many young girls doing on YouTube was to use something like lotion to feed their baby dolls. I really am not sure lotion is a good alternative, however, because lotion is not cheap, either. While many girls probably have access to lotion, and it does have a creamy texture, I think it is a costly alternative to the real Baby Alive Brand Food.

A very cheap Baby Alive Juice alternative is just to add a drop of any color food coloring into Baby Alive's sippy cup. The Baby Alive Juice and Food packets are very cute, but it is silly to pay so much money for something that can be made for so cheap.

Do We LOVE Baby Alive Real Surprises?

Yes... The answer is YES. We love Baby Alive Real Surprises, despite the problems we faced, and despite the cost for refills. There are cheap alternatives, and it all adds to the REAL experience that comes with owning a Baby Alive doll. Baby Alive is about having a real experience with mess and poop and pee and baby problems. My daughter loves this doll more than any other doll, and I, her mother, am in love with the doll, too. I have decided I want one of my own, so we can both have a Baby Alive Real Surprises Doll to play with, together. 

What is this Blog About?

This blog is about Baby Alive Real Surprises. I plan to talk about daily life with Baby Alive Real Surprises, and her food, juice, diapers, and clothes. In the near future, I plan on getting my own baby alive, and will be journaling my experiences, as well as my daughter's Baby Alive Real Surprises experiences. :-) Check back for more on our Baby Alive journey, soon!