As a mum, I’m really keen to foster confidence in my kids. And one of the ways I’ve seen their confidence grow is through imaginative play. It’s no secret that children learn through play, but I also think it’s a fantastic way to increase their confidence generally, as they learn new skills and role-play various scenarios.
At four years old, Effie is absolutely OBSESSED with dolls. And we recently got the opportunity to road-toast the Luvabella doll in partnership with Mumsnet which, it turns out, is the ultimate doll in the world of dolls.
What makes Luvabella so special?
Luvabella (or “Arabella” as Effie’s renamed her) is an all-singing, all-dancing doll. I mean, she doesn’t actually sing and dance but she DOES talk and move, which is more than the dolls did when I was four. As a mum, the thing I was most impressed with was the fact she says more words the more you play with her, very much like a real baby.
At first she just babbles and giggles, but that progresses to 100 clear words the more she’s played with. This was massively satisfying for Effie, and I could see her own confidence growing as she acted out different scenarios to get her doll to say even more words.
The surprises don’t end there. She can also be lulled to sleep with a cuddle and she even realistically sucks a dummy and a bottle. With so many interactive features it’s not surprising Luvabella is the only doll Effie’s interested in playing with at the moment.
Luvabella goes everywhere with Effie, including on the school run, at the dinner table and on the sofa while she’s watching the TV. Effie takes her role as doll protector incredibly seriously, and woe betide anyone who tries to get in her way.
One of the things that really makes this doll stand out above the others in Effie’s collection is the surprise element of the interactive features. She responds in different ways to different types of play, but the responses aren’t predictable (e.g. she’ll chew on her spoon as you feed her and sometimes even asks for more if she’s still hungry) making her seem all the more real.
There are so many benefits of playing with dolls, including encouraging imagination, confidence, empathy and responsibility – all of which Luvabella brings out in Effie in spades due to the various interactive features.
So if you’re looking for a really special doll to give your child this Christmas then I highly recommend Luvabella, as does Effie. She’s realistic, interactive and, if your kid is anything like mine, will bring out a whole new world of play opportunities.
Thanks to Mumsnet and Luvabella for partnering with us on this blog post. For more information about how I work with brands check out my Work With Me page.