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95 of 99 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2011
I got a Calin doll for my niece for Christmas (she's age 18 mo.). I got this doll, the Classiques, for my 2 1/2 year old daughter. We also have 3 other Wal-Mart baby dolls that were gifts. Here's my comparison of the dolls.

The average (Wal-Mart) doll:

Is not so bad. However, cheaper dolls often have cloth bodies with a plastic face and painted-on eyes and they do something weird - like giggle maniacally or glow and play music or pee. I'm really not into dolls with batteries. The batteries eventually die, the cloth bodies can't be dressed, and kids quickly get tired of the 'features' the dolls have. A simple baby doll is best for play in the long haul.

The dolls that don't have bodies with their clothes sewn on often have all-plastic bodies. This make them hard to snuggle and awkward for kids to move them around. Their limbs don't 'give' at all without twisting them at different angles from the plastic torso. That means small kids have a hard time getting them into strollers, chairs, baby beds, etc. Mom/Dad/Caregiver often has to continually re-pose a plastic bodied doll to let the kid play with them. The average doll also rarely has nice, soft plastic, but hard stuff, instead, and they rarely have the open-shut eyes.

Pros for Corolle dolls:

* WEIGHT and SIZE: The Calin doll (not this one, the smaller one) is a little on the small side, but it's perfect for kids ages 1-3. My niece loved it, and actually the other niece stole the Calin and carried her around all Christmas morning. That doll was never left alone for very long. They are a great carrying size.

This one (the Classique) is a bit more what I'd consider classic baby-doll size. My 2.5 year old is a little tall, so this fits her well. She likes to carry it, but now wants a 'bee-yorn' (bjorn) to carry it in like her younger sister gets carried by mom.

On both, the bean-weighted bottom lets them sit nicely, and they have a nice heft to them. The cloth body allows for ease of moving the plastic limbs from sitting to lying down to cuddling, etc. My kid can play with this in a way the plastic-limbed or stiffer all-cloth-bodied babies wouldn't let her do.

* SMELL: They smell nice. They really do. My hubby often complains about smells on toys, but these he doesn't mind and the daughter loves the smell.

* QUALITY MATERIALS: The plastic is soft, yet durable. The cloth body is solid fabric also. Overall, very nicely made.

* STYLE/LOOK: Honestly, I find most baby-dolls a little creepy - even these are not immune to that. But they look baby-like enough that the girls in my life want to baby them (whereas, my old Cabbage Patch Dolls my daughter never wanted to baby them since they have more hair than she does), and yet they aren't SO life-like as to be uber-creepy or inappropriate (like with privates and all).

*PLAYTIME with DOLLY: Is good. My daughter has warmed to the doll the longer she's had it. She has cuddled it, told to she loves it - then gone and left it on the floor for days at a time. It wasn't her instant favorite, but when she feels like playing parent and going to the farmer's market with a baby in her plastic shopping cart, this is the doll she reaches for.

CONS OF COROLLE:

* PRICE: THIS would be my main 'meh' complaint about these dolls. They are not cheap. I got the Calin in an Amazon sale for $23 and the Classiques for $38. That seems a decent price for each. The default $40 and $60 retail is pretty steep, I think. Yes, they are nice dolls, but only if your kiddos are going to play with them a lot. For a 'oh, I ought to get the kids a good quality baby doll and maybe they'll use it' - look for a sale.

* CLOTHES: The quality of the clothes is okay, but they are hard to get on and off. Consequently, the kids stripped them off right away and the babies never wore anything ever again. My niece lost the Calin doll's hat within a matter of hours. My daughter immediately took off all the dolls clothes and carried her around naked. I gave some some newborn diapers that were left behind from her little sister's younger days, and those are what the baby wears. This means the baby's cloth body is always being seen. My daughter was a little annoyed by this, and wanted me to take off the "word shirt" (the body that has "Corolle" written all over it). Later, she wanted the clothes back ON, and, of course, she couldn't do it herself and needed help. Be prepared for mom/dad/caregiver to be putting the clothes on and off of this baby.

THINGS THAT ARE SO-SO:

* CARING-NESS (a word?): Some of the reviews of this doll make it sound like it will instantly transform kids into little mothers and fathers. Umm.... Not so much. My little girl is half girly, half tomboy. She's just as likely to run over this doll in her balance bike as she is to cuddle it. But I guess that's a good place to start to learn to be gentle to babies.

* THE BINKY: Many reviews claim the binky is a choking hazard. Honestly, it looks too big to be a choking hazard, but then again, I won't swear to that and risk being sued. I keep an eye on it around baby sister, but it truly looks to big to choke on. And though my 2.5 year old tried to suck on it once or twice, I really don't think she's about to swallow it. Just my 2 cents on that issue.

OVERALL: This is a very nice baby doll, as is the smaller Calin. My daughter really likes to play with her 'baby' when she's into doing 'I'm the mom' play. However, the clothes make it hard to dress and it's not cheap. And then again, she's just as likely to pull out a set of trains as this doll for playtime.

I would say this is a solid toy investment if you're looking for 1 good baby doll for you child. But see if you can get a sale item. Doesn't matter what the clothes are, since they'll go missing right away. For full price, however, only get it if your kid is REALLY into baby dolls.

**UPDATE**

Almost 2 months after Christmas, the dolly is starting to really grown on my 2.5 year old. She's named it, moved it into her bed each night, and it's become a part of her 'family' - the dolls she most loves. A few notes:

* TAKES TIME: It took time for my daughter to warm to the dolly. Thus, I stand by my earlier rating of 4 stars. It's a great doll, but the full cost is a little prohibitive for just testing the waters with dollies.

* TAKES A LITTLE MODELLING: I've done a lot of 'teaching' in play with the baby - how to diaper the baby, how to burp, etc. Otherwise, poor Mary (as she's been named), just got sat on or tossed in a corner.

* NEED ANOTHER! Little sis (5 mo.) loves this doll and longs to chew on her soft, vinyl hands and feet. I'm sure they feel great on sore gums, but it does make this a 'keep it away from sis' toy. When little sis is older and out of the teething phase, I will definitely be getting her a Corole dolly of her own.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2012
Bought this doll for my 3-year-old daughter for Christmas- so she has not seen it, but my husband, MIL, mom, and myself have seen and held it.
This is a beautiful baby doll. The features are just wonderful. She smells wonderful, her "skin" is so soft, the weight of her is just perfect. Her skin is a beautiful color, not dark like the picture makes it look. Her pacifier and thumb fit perfectly in her mouth, so no frustrations with it falling out. Her eyes are a beautiful color with gorgeous eyelashes and open and close with no sticking whatsoever.
I did a lot of research and looked at a lot of dolls before deciding on this one (which I could not see in a store- unlike the American Girl bitty baby and smaller Corolle dolls I did see in store). This is by far the most beautiful and the best feeling (weight, feel of the skin, etc.) doll I have seen. It also has the best features (open mouth, pacifier that stays in, smooth open and closing eyes, etc).

I would recommend this doll to anyone!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2013
My daughter really wanted a "baby with a paci" for her 2nd birthday. I purchased a few through amazon to compare and this was by far the nicest. It's a really sweet looking doll with a nice weight to it. We love that the doll can sit on her own. The paci is fairly easy to insert but stays in well. We did attach a longer string to put the paci around the dolls neck so it won't get lost. I've washed the clothes twice and they washed well and still look like new.
The clincher. This doll has gone everywhere (everywhere!) with us since my daughter received her. She is basically a member of our family now! Very well loved.

Updated August 2013:
My daughter is still in love with this doll. We haven't been anywhere without "Bonnie" in months. Unfortunately, the doll has not held up to the constant love as well as I might have hoped. The clothes are quite worn - no big deal since those are easily replaced. More concerning, one of her eyes is droopy and looks like it might fall out. While the doll is well loved, my daughter is generally quite gentle with her so I'm surprised this happened and it leads to concerns about the quality. I'm now researching doll hospitals in anticipation of a one-eyed doll surgery in the imminent future.

Also FYI - I ordered a replacement from amazon hoping to maybe get away with a switcheroo after bedtime... no dice. The replacement doll amazon sent has a different skin tone and texture. The newer doll had the same cute features but much lighter skin and a slightly different (less cute in my opinion) outfit.

Updated October 2013:
The defective eye has gotten progressively worse over the past few months. I researched doll hospitals - $100+ to fix it, usually with a long wait (several weeks). I contacted Corolle directly, they are willing to replace the doll but do not have one that looks exactly the same, and require me to send mine in before I'll get a replacement.
My daughter is so attached there's no way we're going weeks without the doll for repair or replacement. So, it looks like we'll be taking a 1-eyed doll with us everywhere we go for the foreseeable future....
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2013
We have been looking for the perfectly precious- and TRULY cute- baby doll for our just turned 3 year old daughter. After searching high and low at every toy store near us- we have only found obnoxious babies that need batteries or dolls that just are not sweet and cute. Also, most dolls are all vinyl or cannot sit up with a weighted bum. We wanted a doll that would grow with our daughter, and so sitting was a must. This doll is beautiful- like all Corolles.

In the end, we were stuck between the American Girl Bitty Baby or Corolle Suce Pouce- the determining factor for us was the weighted bum. Both dolls are cute- although Corolle is much more beautiful than Bitty Baby. Positive notes on the Corolle doll are: sitting up with a weighted bum, her thumb or paci can fit into her mouth (our paci is a little loose, but when we hold her with the paci in her mouth, it works just fine), she is lovely looking, has the sweet smell of Corolle babies (ours was NOT too strong, of course I'm not going to sleep with my face pressed into her), her eyes open and close, she is just the right size for my 3 year old to grow with.

I would recommend this doll to anyone who wants a beautiful baby that is well made.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2012
I purchased this for my daughter who is 5 years old and loves to "take care of babies". Bought this after looking at many other dolls. This doll's parts have a soft-finish feel, the bean-type bottom has a nice weight to it, and the light vanilla scent is lovely (not overpowering). A big advantage of this doll is that it is designed with a cloth center to which arms and legs are attached - that feature really helps when you want to change dolly outfits. (Some cheaper dolls at Toys R Us are plastic legged all the way up to the hip which makes changing pants almost impossible.) I was very pleased that this doll fit the 14" doll clothes available at Toys R Us. The open close eyes work well and the facial expression is very nice, as is the modeling of the hands and feet. The pacifier is engineered well - easy to take in and out but sticks inside the doll's mouth too. It was worth the extra money. I would recommend this doll to anyone who wants a nice baby doll.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2013
Researched the perfect first baby doll for my daughter who had just turned two. This sweet looking baby fit the bill with realistic features and details, open and shut eyes, and an open mouth that can even accept her thumb. My daughter sucks her thumb, and I plan to try and break her of the habit by using the baby doll to teach her only babies suck their thumbs. She is just catching onto making baby doll suck her thumb, and she loves it.

Would have given this 5 stars if it wasnt for a quality control issue I ran into. Suce Pouce pink stripes baby doll arrived, and I immediately was taken aback by how nice of a baby doll she was. The details, all the way down to the wrinkles and fingernails and toenails, are just superb. The weighted bottom and soft stuffed torso, upper arms, and thighs make her feel nice to hold too. The manner in which she is stuffed and how her legs hang make her look and feel realistic as well. After taking her out of the box, I noticed that she had a tiny bit of a lazy eye, one eye would close when she was reclined at around a 45 degree angle while the other remained open (until the doll was flat). That really bothered me considering how much I paid for her. Exchanged no problem, in fact Amazon is so wonderful that they express shipped the replacement before I even sent the original back so that I would have it in time for Christmas. The replacement arrived, and I was shocked at the difference in the dolls. The first doll was very dark in comparison, a bit hispanic looking in dark light, whereas the second doll was much brighter and peachier toned, even her lips and blushing on the cheeks were more peachy and prettier. The first one was a more natural skin tone, though, especially compared to my tan daughter. The second doll was also a lot lighter feeling and her thumb didnt go in her mouth quite as easily. The skin also seemed more pliable/ to give easier on the second doll. I ended up giving my daughter the second doll, the replacement, because I didnt want to accept the lazy eye of the first, and I preferred the brighter coloration of the second. My daughter loves her baby doll, and I am happy too, although I guess I will never know what skin tone she is "supposed" to have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2012
My daughter LOVES this doll. It is the perfect size, weight and feel. It is my daughter's favorite baby and she brings her everywhere with her. Excellent product!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2014
Beautiful doll! The face is soft and smells great and it is not too big for my 2 year old even though it is advertized for 3 and up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2014
I bought my oldest daughter her first "vanilla head" 25 years ago for her first birthday. There could never be a more cherished doll. She never went anywhere without it and it was years before baby took back seat to another toy. I think the wonderful vanilla scent is comforting the shape and size is perfect. We added to our oldest's baby collection and my next daughter was given her first "vanilla head" at her first birthday. She loved hers every bit as much as her sister did. It's been 25 years and all of our Corolle dolls are like new and they still have the wonderful vanilla scent. I am now purchasing one for another generation of family girls and expect the new baby to be loved as much as the old. They are expensive but they last forever and the are very special.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2014
Purchased for my 2 1/2 yr old granddaughter. The doll is sweet faced, pleasantly scented and just the right size and weight for her. The pacifier fits snuggly enough in the dolls mouth that it won't easily fall out and get lost. Overall I am quite pleased.The only criticism I have found is that the clothing does not have a very big opening down the back so that even after opening the velcro closures it is hard to remove. I guess this could also be a plus if you don't want your child losing the clothing!
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