Luvabella Newborn

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We like

Makes real-life facial expressions and sounds

Allows your child to grow and care in an emotionally healthy way

Comes with accessories that enhance the experience

Packaging is easy to open and does not require any assembly

Has two volume levels to suit your needs

The doll breathes and has a heartbeat

We don’t like

Batteries are not included

The arms and legs do not move or have limited movement

How it works

Every child has the need to role-play and learn what it feels like to be an adult. One of the ways that children do that is by pretending to be a parent to a child. It’s in these types of play exercises that parents get to see what knowledge and experiences a child retains as they go through their daily lives. Children get to express and be a part of these exercises with baby dolls that allow them to really act as if they are the parent. The makers at Luvabella have created a baby doll that is so lifelike it breathes. The Luvabella Newborn is a doll that will fuss, laugh, cry, and sleep in your arms as you rock her to sleep, feed her, and play with her. With such a life-like experience, your child will be able to role play, play, and learn all with one baby doll.

 

Design

Design

The Luvabella Newborn is designed to look like a real newborn baby. She is dressed in a pink onesie with a headband, and she comes with several accessories that allow you to feed her and coddle her. Her face makes real-life expressions when she is crying, eating, sleeping, and playing. Her body is able to move and react when you tickle her or make her laugh. Luvabella Newborn only weighs about two and a half pounds, so she is perfect for your child to hold and carry around.

What makes the Luvabella Newborn the most life-like is that her face is made entirely of thick, moveable silicone that allows her to make all the facial expressions needed to make her as life-like as possible. The plastic is found around her eyes so that her eyes can change shape as she cries and laughs, and she even has eyelashes. Her lashes match her hair color and they are long and life-like. She will bat her eyes when she is eating and you will be able to see the content on her face as you would a real baby.
Creativity

Creativity

Luvabella Newborn is one of the more creative baby dolls on the market. When the doll is fully active, she will behave as any newborn child would. She will move her arms and legs and her facial expressions will change as she has different moods just like real newborns. While she is active and you are playing with her, she will begin to move around and either yawn or cry or laugh or giggle as she mimics real-life experiences.

In the moments when she yawns, you can rock her to sleep and her eyes will close and her tummy will start to rise up and down as she breathes. When she cries, you can put a pacifier in her mouth and she will begin to suckle and soothe herself. During these moments of emotional expression, your child will know what to do to keep the baby happy, and your child will have the opportunity to express themselves emotionally and this will help them with their own emotional development and allow them to express themselves in a healthy way.
Facial Expressions

Facial Expressions

The most amazing part of the Luvabella Newborn baby doll is all the facial expressions the doll can make. It has the ability to make several facial expressions that relate to whatever experience the doll is having. She will giggle when you touch her and her face will smile and her eyes will blink. When she is hungry, she will cry and her mouth will open as sounds come out, and when she falls asleep, her eyes will get heavy and close and as she breathes, her mouth will move with every breath. Her movements have been designed to look and feel like real movements that come from a newborn, which enhances the experience for your child as they play with this realistic toy.
Accessories

Accessories

The Luvabella Newborn comes with several accessories that make taking care of the baby as real as possible. When you open the box of the doll, the accessories are included and ready to be used. When the baby cries, there is a bottle that comes with the toy that when placed on the baby’s lips, the baby will start to suckle and feed from the bottle. The moment she has the bottle in her mouth, she will stop crying and start feeding just like a real baby does. When Luvabella is done eating, place her on your shoulder and pat her back. In enough time, she will burp and feel better after a meal.

At times, the Luvabella Newborn will start to get fussy as most babies do and she will need to be soothed and coddled. When this happens, there is a soother or pacifier that comes in the box with the doll, and the moment you put the soother or pacifier in her mouth, she will begin to calm down. As she calms down, you can place your hand on her back and rub her back and she will immediately begin to make sounds that indicate she is comfortable and happy.

You can tickle Luvabella’s belly and she will laugh and giggle and move around as she tries to avoid your tickle, and you can even bounce her up and down for even more playful sounds and movements. Your child will be thrilled at the fact that they can soothe a baby and make her feel better.
Real Breathing Sounds

Real Breathing Sounds

What parents like the most about the Luvabella Newborn is that it can breathe. Your child can lay the Luvabella Newborn on its back and watch as its tummy goes up and down with the inhalation and exhalation of breathing. This facet of the toy is the most interesting and really makes the baby appear to be alive. What’s more is that you can also put your ear over Lulabella’s chest and you will be able to hear her heartbeat. With real-to-life sounds and movements such as these, it’s clear to see that the Luvabella Newborn can give your child the most real-to-life experiences taking care of this doll.
Batteries Not Included

Batteries Not Included

The Luvabella Newborn runs on 4 AA batteries, and the batteries are not included with your purchase. Without the batteries, your doll will not be able to make the breathing sounds, movements, cries, laughs, or giggles that are required to give your child the most realistic experience they could have. It is recommended that you purchase fresh, new batteries for your toy immediately upon buying it or before buying it.

The fresher the batteries the more power that Luvabella will have to move and make sounds for your child. Batteries from another toy or batteries that are not brand new may cause the doll to not work as well and then you will have to change the batteries anyway. The newer the batteries the better the experience you will have with the Luvabella Newborn.

To access the battery compartment for your doll, you will have to take off the Luvabella’s onesie. You will see underneath her clothes that she has a cloth body and when you turn her around, her back is held together by velcro. When you open the velcro, you will see her on/off switch and the battery compartment. The battery compartment is kept closed by a small screw, and you will need a Phillips head screwdriver to undo the screw so that you can open the door and place the four AA batteries within the doll. Once the batteries are placed in and the battery door has been closed and screwed back on, you can then turn the doll on.

The switch that turns the baby on and off has three settings. The first setting is the off switch, the second is a low sound and the third is a high sound. You may switch the doll to whichever on setting is the best for you depending on what level of volume you are looking for. Once the doll is on, she will immediately start making cooing sounds as she tries to get your attention.
Emotional Growth

Emotional Growth

The biggest perk to having the Luvabella Newborn is that it will help your child grow in an emotionally healthy way. When a child has the opportunity to show compassion and care for a toy, it will enable them to feel and learn how it feels to do for others and care for others. This is essential for bringing that kind of love and affection out into the real world. When a child has the opportunity to practice being loving and caring on a toy that will respond positively due to its mechanics, your child will begin to feel better about themselves and that will help build a lot of self-confidence, which is essential in making friends and being social. Your child will also be able to take these emotions and these experiences and use them to care for siblings, family members, and friends, and all of these feelings will be put into something positive and something that will help your child grow and develop in a healthy way.
Parental Concerns

Parental Concerns

The only concern that some parents have had about the Luvabella Newborn is that the arms and legs don’t really move. When the baby giggles and fusses there may be some movement in the legs, but the legs and arms are not on a ball-in-socket joint that allows for there to be any movement in the appendages. The only time that the toy has gotten any kind of negative feedback has been in this particular area. The lack of movement in the limbs, however, has not seemed to deter anyone from actually enjoying the doll as it still does all of the other life-like movements.
Price

Price

The price for the Luvabella Newborn is not extremely expensive, but it is not really cheap either. It falls right in the middle and right on target for a toy of this kind that has this kind of technology. The doll may not fit into the budget of some parents, but for those parents who can afford to purchase this doll for their child, it is a good toy to have since it does teach children to use their emotions in a healthy way and to learn how to be compassionate and care. What enables the child to be able to experience all of this is because they will have real-to-life experiences with this doll because it is a real-to-life toy. This is why the price falls in the range that it does, but it is still a must-have doll that has been praised by a lot of parents.

Conclusion

The Luvabella Newborn is a great toy to buy that allows your child to express their emotions and themselves in a healthy way. With a middle of the road price tag, the doll makes real facial expressions and sounds that make your child feel as if they are truly caring for a newborn child. The accessories that come with the toy are life-like as well and they help enhance the experience your child will have, which will make them feel more confident and more compassionate as they take what they have learned from caring for the toy and bringing it into the real world. The Luvabella Newborn is a great toy to have as part of your child’s toy collection as it will help them be emotionally healthy, help them interact better socially and make friends easier, and help them feel closer to family all while playing and learning how to care for another person. With so much praise, the Luvabella Newborn is a great toy to have.
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