Regular readers will know that Amy is a big fan of dolls. They are her “go to” toy and she spends hours looking after her babies – feeding them, changing their clothes and carrying them around. For a while now, “Baby Jack” has been her favourite to the extent that I could probably have got rid of all the others without her even noticing. However “Baby Jack” now has a contender for the top spot in the form of her new Cicciobello Love ‘n’ Care doll, more commonly known in our house as “Violet” (and yes, we know he’s meant to be a boy but hey…)
The Cicciobello Love ‘n’ Care doll allows your child to quite literally love and care for their baby. When Cicciobello is feeling poorly or sad, he cries and his cheeks flush. It’s then up to your child to make baby feel better using a range of accessories.
Amy was beyond excited when Cicciobello arrived in our house but was super patient as I made her wait a few days until the weekend so I could take photos of her new toy. Of course what I didn’t realise was that Cicciobello didn’t come with batteries (3 x AA) so we went through all the rigmarole of unpacking him only to find that we couldn’t play with him straight away. Luckily Dave was actually at the supermarket at the time so Amy didn’t have too long to wait. As you would expect with children’s toys these days, you do need a screwdriver to access the battery compartment but it wasn’t long before Dave had Cicciobello up and working!
The first thing I want to mention is that Cicciobello’s cries aren’t too irritating, but you really don’t want to be loosing any of the accessories he comes with – particularly his dummy as this is basically the magical solution which keeps him asleep (just like real life!?!) Amy is a bit of a pain when it comes to keeping hold of accessories for toys so I’ve given her a special case to keep all of Cicciobello’s things in and so far this seems to be working!
The basic premise is that when Cicciobello cries and his cheeks flush – then you know he’s poorly and you have to do whatever it takes to make him happy again – this might be a drink of milk, some medicine, checking his temperature or even an injection in his bottom. Amy was quick to point out that Cicciobello is too young to have juice so it must be two types of medicine! Each time Cicciobello is poorly, there will be different solution – sometimes you will make him happy straight away with a drink of milk, other times you’ll have tried three or four different solutions before he settles. You know when he’s better because his cheeks no longer glow red and he makes contented sounds.
I must admit that I’m not a massive fan of Cicciobello’s crazy hair or the feel of his outfit (it’s the sort of fabric which you know is just going to get stuff stuck to it and look a mess very quickly) but these are minor niggles – Amy is completely besotted with him and wants to take him everywhere we go (poor Baby Jack hasn’t had a look in all week!). The moment she comes in from school she goes to check on him and questions if I’ve been looking after him or not! At £59.99 he’s definitely one for the Christmas lists this year!
*We were sent the Cicciobello Love ‘n’ Care doll free of charge for the purposes of review. All thoughts and opinions remain our own