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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2014
My 12 year old daughter loves this doll. She's so happy with it and would give it 5 stars! I give it 4 stars, though, because the hair is as horrible as everyone says. My daughter heard that would be the case and was already resolved to just keeping the hat on. She likes it to poke out in the front, and that works well. The hair is nappy. It's rooting is obvious and spaced widely. This results in the spaces being "concealed" with the hair strands messily glued in rows up to the next row of follicles, with the excess length sticking out. So, it's terrible, but no surprise.

Based on the reviews, I also knew the breathing would sound weird. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't nearly as bad as everyone says. In fact, I don't know what all the fuss is about. It's really fine. With the Sophia doll, she "coos" about 6 times, then the breathing continues with no sound for a very long time. The cooing sounds more like mechanical breathing, but it doesn't last long. Once that sound stops, it's perfect. Maybe I'm not so picky about whether the breathing looks like it's coming from the diaphragm vs the chest, but it looks real, especially in clothes.

She wears newborn size clothes, but preemie might be a better fit. The diaper it comes with is stiff and weird, so get a real preemie diaper to impress your daughter. Her length is good (newborn sleeper fits just slightly loose). She only weighs 3.5lbs, so it would help to get additional weighted beads (find reborn doll parts), and insert them into her bottom seam.

She's very close to full-bodied. NICE SURPRISE! She has a VERY flexible vinyl, lifelike belly plate that is sewn into the fabric body. The arms & legs are basically full vinyl. The neck and shoulder/hip joints are fabric, therefore slightly floppy which adds to the realism. Her arms seem to be connected through the fabric body with a bendable metal rod because they move simultaneously. It's possible to get them to go in slightly different directions, though, especially when "sleeping" to keep them from springing back together. The rod must go all the way through the arms because the elbows can be bent slightly. The vinyl keeps them from completely straightening since it's molded. The legs do not have the rod in them, so although they bend, there's nothing to keep them in place unless you prop them up. There are skin dimples and creases on her arms and hands. She has a little french manicure, which is pretty, but the gloss seems weird on a baby. Her hands aren't as realistic as I'd like because you can easily see the webbing between the fingers. Also, there's a slightly glossy sheen, especially in the creases. Her feet are very long, so they fit newborn socks great. The toes are abnormally long and bent over, so they look weird to me. Just a preference, I guess. The feet look very real in socks, though. The feet and ankles are also filled with some sort of stiff beanbag material or sand-like substance, so they squish like real feet (except with a squeaky kind of feel like a balloon filled with sand).

The battery pack and breathing mechanism can be felt while holding the baby because the body is not overstuffed. This allows room for the chest to rise/fall, but it also may seem "baggy" under the belly plate. It's not uncomfortable, though.

The doll has proven to be sturdy, as her clothes are being changed constantly! The eyelashes are good. Her ears are cute. She looks very real at first glance. Even staring at her, she's very life-like, although you'd see she's a doll. A lot of adults have been a little creeped out by the realism. All of the children love how real she looks. Anyone passing by would definitely think this is a real baby. We are VERY happy with this purchase! The Ashton Drake website has a better price and a payment plan option. Also, I read the warranty/exchanges are no hassle with the Ashton Drake website. I wouldn't know, since we'll be keeping Sophia. :-)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2014
I got this doll from ashton drake. I love it, even my non doll collecting friends love it !!!!! Its because this doll is not only cute but looks so real they couldnt help bounce it like a real baby ! This doll feels so good to hold you wont want to put it down ! The skin is so soft, smells sooooo good like a baby the whole roomed smelled good and nice sculpting all over, cute face, doll is weighted not only in the body but legs, the breathing and heart beat r pretty neat, the cooing is like a sighing when sleeping noise, arms r poseable, cutest tummy soft plate w belly button, hair is nice and soft it is glued but not noticeable unless u r looking closely. Yes it has more hair than the pic but personally its much better! And honestly i didnt get this doll because of they way it looked on ashton drake, i got it when i saw how it looked in person on YouTube! This one lady turned it into a boy. Sooooooo cute !!!!! And as any collector knows a packed away doll in a box u have to fix the hair up cuz its been flattened. But i did my research and found out how to care for the hair and what to use to make it look nice. So now my baby boy looks as cute a button. This doll actually got other people addicted to these kind of dolls. The doll can wear newborn clothes and can wear onesies. I love him so much ive been thinking of getting another to make his twin sister. Understand these r not reborn dolls they r so truely real dolls these dolls are affordable for all. Reborns r painted w veining and alot more coloring and usually one of a kind and more expensive. So truely real dolls have coloring and shading and detail just not to the extent as reborns, i have no complains i prefer no veining i think its creepy. Ive dealt w ashton drake for almost 20 yrs and never had a problem. If u dont like it send it back ... plain and simple. Some dolls hair r glued some are rooted. Do ur research look them up online, cuz what u like might be what others dont or vica versa .
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2014
Pros: Beautifully made and painted realistic looking doll. Some say Ashton Drake's aren't "real" reborns because they're manufactured, but I beg to differ. All reborns come from Reborn Kit Manufacturers. The only difference is in the hand painting and rooting of the hair by the artist. The same artists who make reborns also work for Ashton Drake making these dolls. Some claim that Ashton Drake dolls aren't hand painted, don't have blushing, and don't have painted fingernails or glossed lips. I don't know how long ago they must have bought their dolls but this one does. It is clearly hand painted, with blushing, lips and nails, and it seems Ashton Drake has stepped up their game.

Cons: The hair. It is glued and not rooted. When it comes to you the head is shiny and you can see the glue. A quick fix for this problem is a (careful) light dusting of baby powder to take off the shine, followed by lightly wetting the hair and brushing it through with a baby brush. A huge improvement. After that, try a little coconut oil to tame the wild mohair. The hair looks quite pretty and natural after a little fixing up.

Was not impressed with the sounds the doll made and the loud ticking and whirring of the breathing and heart beat. Does not sound natural. But, so long as you have some background noise like the TV or radio on, you shouldn't be able to hear it and the doll appears to breathe in it's sleep.

***Do NOT buy preemie clothes for this doll - They are too small and don't fit.
Also the dolls breathing mechanism will not work in preemie clothes because they are too constricting.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2014
The doll arrived during the time frame stated. It was shipped in it's original box instead of a shipping box so one whole end was crushed. The doll was safe.
Sophia is truly beautiful. The details of her face and hands are so precious and life like. The breathing mechanism is perfect and makes her very lifelike. The heart beat is okay but very slow for a newborn heartbeat. The cooing noise is not life like, very mechanical and honestly not necessary in my opinion. My daughter bought her with her own money that she saved and has not put her down since she arrived. She is gentle and tajes great care of her. Within 2 weeks the soft cupling that comes up around the neck from the body pulled loose revealing the fabric clamp holding the body to the head.
The hair was life like for about 2 hours and now needs an infant cap worn to cover up the dolls head because it sticks up and is stringy.
Seeing my daughter love this doll in such a nurturing way has made the doll worth it's high price tag.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2013
Hum, for the most part I like the look of the doll I received however it doesn't really match the photo illustration doll. Mine has a lot of hair, way more than the photo doll which makes it look like a much older baby. I wanted a newborn look, just like the picture :( I am very disappointed with the sounds and movement aspects. The chest inflates too much and the sleeping sounds are strange. Like a wheezing door not the sweet sounds a baby makes? (I have two children and Lol neither of the sounded like a squeaky door) It's all rather odd. Even though it is a very lovely doll it is not what I expected or want so I will be returning her. I will however try another model but this time without the movement & sound.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2015
Very satisfied! Beautiful face and hair. She is weighted nicely and is very lovable. If I had anything at all negative to say, it would just be the loud heartbeat & the sound of her breathing could be improved. I love the way she appears to be breathing though. Watching her little chest & tummy rise/fall is neat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2014
I'm sure that my daughter will love this doll on Christmas day. She has wanted this baby for a long time! She keeps checking to see how many are in stock. She will be so surprised!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2015
I love my doll. It looks so real!! I have fallen in love!! Very happy with the purchase
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I bought this this for my daughter and she absolutely loves it! She really wanted a doll that looked real and she does. She takes it everywhere and people often think she's a real baby which my girls really think is great :) There are a few things that I think could be better though. Her body is cloth which makes her look less "real" and the noises she makes sound fake. Also, her heartbeat is too slow for a newborn. Overall, this is a very nice doll and we are enjoying her.
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2013
sophia's skin turned purple. it started on the heels of her feet. then, we noticed her knuckles on her hands and her nose turned purple. we were very disappointed this doll cost $149. so far, we have been unable to contact customer service. elizabeth smith
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