After all the craziness of the past month and our house move, I am SO pleased and excited to be thinking about something else, and this something else is the fact that our family has had the privilege of being asked to be part of the Chad Valley Play Panel over the next few months. As someone who grew up with Chad Valley toys (I remember my play Post Office fondly!), I can’t wait for Freddie and Sasha to be lucky enough to experience a small part of the brand has to offer (honestly, the amount of ace toys they do is mind blowing, over 400 products). To be honest, they both deserve it right now, what with the upheaval of the house move, and the first toys that we have reviewed have actually been a godsend when so much else of their stuff was boxed up and ready to go.
Chad Valley toys are available exclusively at Argos, and with that in mind, I’m giving you the chance to win a £75 voucher to spend there at the end of this post. I’ll also have one to giveaway in December too, giving you two chances to win, so watch this space!
But first, to one of our first reviews (second to come later this week)- The Chad Valley Babies to Love Lily Interactive Doll.
As regular readers of this blog might know, Sasha is a HUGE fan of dolls and babies- in this house there is never such a thing as too many dolls, which is why we are more than happy to welcome another one into the fold, and they get played with on a daily basis.
The Lily Interactive Doll (now named ‘Rosie’ according to Sasha, you can’t knock the girl’s imagination) has 10 interactive features designed to encourage nurturing role play in both boys and girls. Lily comes complete with cosy sleepsuit outfit, dummy, and a baby bottle for feeding.
Dolls that ‘do stuff’ are always popular with Sasha, so we wanted to put Lily to the test! According to the blurb, if you tickle Lily’s feet it will make her giggle, and touching her hand makes her babble. After showing S what to do, she soon got the hang of interacting with her new doll, although I think you definitely have to give the foot a bit of a rub in the right spot to get her going.
If Lily is rocked to sleep, she’ll start to snooze and making a gentle snoring sound, which was actually quite adorable when S did it! I think it helps that this doll has a nice soft body that encourages cuddles- any ‘hard-bodied’ dolls we’d had before are certainly not played with nearly as much.
Also, this doll is a great size for a young child (Sasha is 4)- not too big or heavy and fits perfectly well into a doll’s buggy. S also managed to handle her well due to the size, and could feed and use her dummy with ease.
When you touch her cheeks Lily also laughs, which S found hilarious, and when she takes her dummy or botle she makes real sucking sounds, followed by a burp if you pat her back!
We’ve been delighted with our new doll, and I’d quite happily recommend her to friends, family and readers alike, especially since some interactive dolls can be a bit hit and miss.
At currently £19.99 (was £24.99) she’s a steal and would make a fabulous Christmas present for a doll-mad boy or girl!
To be in with a chance of winning a £75 Argos gift voucher so you too could shop for your own doll or other Chad Valley Toys, please fill in the Rafflecopter widget below using as many options as you’d like.
The terms and conditions:
You must be a UK resident to be eligible for this competition. The prize is a £75 Argos Voucher, no cash alternatives to the stated prize will be offered; Entrants must be 18 years and over. Competition ends midnight on Sunday 27th November 2016. Winners will be notified within 5 working days.
*We were sent the Lily Doll for the purposes of this review and as part of the Chad Valley Play Panel- all thoughts and opinions our own.