I just received this in the mail, and I apologize for reviewing so quickly -- I will definitely update once we've had a little more experience with this doll. But since there are no reviews here yet and I'm very pleased with the product I received, I'm writing now.
This doll is small, about 13" long when fully stretched out. To put this in perspective, the head is a little bigger than a baseball and the pacifier less than an inch wide. (Note that the pacifier is attached to the doll's shirt, so I'm not worried about choking.) While I hadn't been picturing a doll with dimensions this small, I think it will be perfect for my almost 2.5-year-old to carry around. The arms and legs are very cool, bent a bit like a real baby's and very easy to move around. It's so nice, huggable, and realistic that I'm amazed it's a bath baby. There is kind of a beanbag-like "crunching" sound when you squeeze this baby's torso, but I don't think my son will mind. I am surprised at this doll's "heft." Knowing that it's made for the bath and is light enough to float, I expected something with a less substantial feeling than this. This is probably subjective, but this doll doesn't strike me as especially lightweight. Getting it to sit up is easy, though I haven't yet tried getting it to sit up without support.
A few other details about this doll, all of which I expected based on what I've heard about Corolle. The doll does indeed have a lovely, charming face with real eyelashes, a sweet hint of a smile, and beautiful blue eyes. The vanilla scent is lovely. The clothes are very, very sweet and perfect for a doll for my little boy. The shirt velcroes all the way up the back, which will be helpful, and the pants and hat slide on and off easily. Everything looks as well made as I would want it to be.
We purchased this doll as a role-playing tool for my son when his new baby sister is born. We're hoping to provide him with a learning tool that will allow him to do baby care stuff alongside us, and hopefully provide a little more space for his new sister. My son is not a big brother yet and we have no way of knowing how well this doll will meet our needs, but my feeling at this point is that if this doll doesn't capture my son's interest, it's through no fault of Corolle. I'm so impressed by this doll's design, and it satisfies absolutely every detail -- and then some -- we were looking for in a new sibling baby. Details like the vanilla scent (kind of like that glorious "new baby" smell), the sweet face, and the realistic limb movement are just terrific.
For anyone interested, by the way, I think we found a perfect little "bathtub" for this baby -- the smallest Trofast box at Ikea, which has dimensions of 11.75"x7.75"x4". Haven't used it yet, but the doll fits perfectly. The container is short enough that the doll sits up a bit. We have our fingers crossed that my son will be interested in bathing his baby while we bathe his little sister. Here's hoping that works out. :o)
UPDATE, 1.5 YEARS LATER: This lovely doll is still in very perfect condition! And this is after many bathing sessions in the tub and one visit to the washing machine. The clothes are still perfect, too. This baby is one of the "core toys" at our house.
There were a few moments when my new baby was very young that this doll was worth its weight in gold. At the hospital, my son was desperate to put a pacifier in his newborn sister's mouth, and being able to do this to a doll was an ideal solution!! But as it turns out, this baby didn't have quite the impact with my 2.5-year-old that I had hoped it would have, though this has everything to do with my particular son and nothing to do with the quality of the doll. He just isn't into the baby nurturing games at this point, and that is OK! My son identified more with the stuffed toy Spot Fun with Spot: Spot Large Plush by Kids Preferred and Spot's baby sister Fun with Spot: Spot Bean Bag By Kids Preferred. It was Spot's puppy sister who was more likely to end up in the toy carseat and stroller I procured, and Spot's puppy sister whose diapers my son wanted to attempt to change, lol. We definitely used this doll as an educational tool, and the times it was able to serve as a stand-in for the real baby, it was worth its weight in gold. And my son has definitely played with it daily in his various games of pretend. (It's currently sitting on top of a fire truck, where it has had a very busy day today.) But he didn't want to spend much time "playing daddy" alongside me as I cared for his new sister. :) He looks at the baby as more of a companion -- a buddy for the bathtub, etc. And the doll has held up beautifully to some very rambunctious play.
It's actually my daughter -- 16 months old now -- who wants to nurture this doll. My daughter was a young baby when she started picking up this doll to take care of it, imitating me. She hugs it, rocks it, kisses it. She doesn't do this with other toys very much -- just this one. I wouldn't have bought her a baby like this with her being so young, so I'm glad that we happened to already have it around the house. It is so funny to see a baby attempting to care for a toy baby, and soooo doggone cute. :)
At this point, the doll belongs to both my kids. It is always out being played with, never in its "put away" spot, because they both want to play with it in different ways as they go about their business. I highly recommend this sturdy, inviting, realistic, beautiful doll. I know there are cheaper dolls out there, and I don't have them to compare this one to. But I love that it still looks brand-new and beautiful after lots of play; I love that I'm not worrying about lead or BPA when my daughter smears its head with a big baby kiss; I love that it's safe for the bath but still huggable and posable for regular play; I love the soft, gender-neutral, sturdy clothes; and I love the inexplicable draw it has. This is one of two baby dolls we have, and it is so perfect that I hope we can avoid buying more for awhile!
It feels sorta wrong to have any complaints about a Corolle baby doll, but I also purchased the Melissa and Doug Jenna doll for my one year old and think she is a better baby for less than half the price. Jenna isn't described as a bathtub baby but after getting Tidoo I thought I'd try as their filling is similar and no problems so far (couple months of almost daily bath), and drying time is about the same. I do think this doll has a little bit of a cuter face, but she is really understuffed so it's hard to get her to sit up and you can feel the post holding in her head.
I purchased this doll which is made in France for my granddaughter. My daughter says it dries out quickly as described and she is very pleased with this line of dolls. They are a great value and there are several different Bath-time dolls to choose from!
Got this doll as a back-up doll for one we received from her grandparents for Christmas. Didn't realize how expensive these are as they clearly say "made in China." Didn't know it was a French doll that recently moved its manufacturing to China. Anyhow, found this one on Amazon for about half what my parents paid for the original at a toy store. Glad we have a back-up now as we often misplace the original, especially at bedtime.