It never crossed my mind to purchase a doll for Valentina, until I saw how fascinated she was by one at the children’s centre when almost one year old. She loves dolls like most girls do. When the opportunity arose to review the Cicciobello Love n Care doll I went for it. Once she got over the initial shock that she now had a baby boy, she fell for him. After all not all babies are girls. She named him Henry. Big Bro Ange didn’t want to be left out, so he chose the middle name Franco.  It’s been sweet having Henry Franco Tumolo at The Tiger Tales HQ. He’s ALMOST made me broody. I would say he’s about the same size as Ange when he was born. Cicciobello Love n Care is a life-like doll that comes with a wide variety of accessories which makes imaginative play so much fun.

Meet Henry Franco (Cicciobello)

Cicciobello Love n Care is interactive like a real baby. Cicciobello, Henry Franco, has been with us for one week. He’s settled in nicely. Valentina says he’s her special doll. She has enjoyed exploring his features and being a mum… until the crying becomes too much to bear. Oh, the joys of parenting, eh?  When she wasn’t playing with him, she opted to switch him off. The on/off button is located on his back, under his clothing. The only other way to stop him from crying was by giving him his dummy. Crying made Cicciobello’s cheeks go red. Not only did the dummy soothe him but he would immediately close his eyes and goes to sleep. He made sweet baby sleeping breathing sounds. If he was given his juice, milk or medicine Cicciobello made happy baby drinking sounds.

Whenever Cicciobello was ‘sick’ the ear thermometer was used. The ear thermometer could be inserted into the right ear, and then a red light would glow at the back of the ear thermometer but cause any reaction from Cicciobello. Ange and Val had fun playing traditional imaginative plays like ‘going to the doctors’ as well as ‘mums n dads’. Cicciobello makes a wonderful gift for kids who are curious about having  baby sibling. Additionally, Cicciobello is excellent for teaching life skills such as; being responsible, understanding job roles and task, exploring feelings and motions and so much more. He’s a good teaching aid for early years foundation learning.


Cicciobello’s Additional Features

Not only is Cicciobello great for playing with indoors; he’s portable too Valentina could easily carry him in her arms when we walked together for the school run. On the way back she gave him a piggy back. He’s able to sit-up unaided. At bedtime she cuddled with him to sleep. His torso is soft and cushiony, while his head and extremities are firm plastic. Cicciobello made a delightful sleep companion. As indicated earlier he comes with accessories which make caring for him just like having a real baby at home. The accessories include: special ear thermometer, milk, juice and medicine, injection, stethoscope and a dummy. There was also a small strip of stickers which I think would be cool for personalising his accessories.


Where to buy

Cicciobello RRP£59.99 at Smyths Toys and is suitable for 3+ years. Visit the website to find out more about Cicciobello. They are also running a competition to win a five day family holiday to Italy. Terms and conditions apply, check it out and good luck!


This is a sponsored post, however all opinions and thoughts are mine own.

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