Baby Alive – My Baby All Gone Doll {Holiday Gift Idea – Giveaway}

By Pamela Chan, Contributor

When the Baby Alive My Baby All Gone arrived, I was reminded that one of my nieces had a Baby Alive doll when she was nine. Since I didn’t grow up with this type of doll, using a doll that can “pee and poo” was a new experience.  My daughter was excited to try her and we agreed that it would be best to get to know Baby Alive – now called Miss Hannah – step by step.

What’s In The Box

Baby Alive dolls that can eat and drink have been around for a number of years.  (Look at how different the concept was back in 1992!)  With each new version of the doll, you see subtle changes in the design.  This Baby Alive speaks more than 30 phrases; has a small bottle that looks like a sippy cup with a long spout; and, comes with two diapers and a dish and spoon with a panda theme.  She is dressed in a satiny dress that has chiffon sleeves and a panda pattern, and has a pretty yellow flower attached.  Her hair is silky, smooth and swept up into pony tails.  There are no attached eye lashes.  Her mouth operates using a push button rather than magnetic mechanism.  Unlike previous versions, you make the doll talk by pushing on the bracelet rather than on the tummy.   This is not a doll that you would take in the bathtub as the speakers for the voice box are exposed.  The face features large, broad, blue eyes and a large mouth with pink lips.  The non-toxic food is meant to represent peas/vegetables and pears/fruit.  Unlike other versions of Baby Alive, there is no bib or soother.

The Baby Alive doll is designed to give young girls an opportunity to act out mommy moments while caring for their “real doll”, as my five year old daughter calls it.

Trying Out Baby Alive

At first my daughter used the doll by pretending to feed it and give it a bottle. Next she decided to fill the bottle with water and introduce her baby early on to toilet training.  That is she gave her doll water and held her over the toilet to use it.  I mentally gave her an A for ingenuity.

Even without the use of the diaper, water and food, my daughter immediately began to rush to meet the dolls needs.  Since there are over 30 phrases that come out, she was kept running while meeting all the doll’s request.  Early in the morning I saw her get up and rush to do what the doll asked.  Little mummy was very busy.

Here are some of the phrases that the doll says:

Hi mommy.  La la la. I’m hungry.  Please feed me. Slurping sound. Let’s cuddle.  Play with me.  I’m hungry. Eating sound.  Could I have a bottle? (It is advised that you use at least 3 bottles of water to wash down the food after every eating session.) Mommy mommy.  Slurp slurp. More please. Is my diaper dirty? Did I make a stinky?  Pee yoo! I need a hug. I love you mummy. Hug please.

To switch the doll to French, you hold the bracelet for three seconds. To switch back to English, hold the bracelet until you hear the doll giggle.  When the doll switched to French unexpectedly, this disturbed my daughter. She couldn’t understand what was being said and wanted the doll switched back to English.  Conversely her five year old brother loves that the doll switches to another language and tries to make it switch to French.   The doll is also available in an English/Spanish version.

For the first feeding and drink session with a diaper, my daughter sat with her gran.  They made the food, carefully measuring out three teaspoons of water, draped the doll with a napkin and proceeded to put the diaper on her, give her food and wash the food down with a drink.  This play session looked more like a science experiment as they figured out what to do and watched how the doll reacted.

Going Solo

While using the second packet of food and diaper, my daughter decided to try everything on her own. She found a cloth and wrapped her doll in it, swaddling style. This was also meant to serve as a bib to keep food off of the doll. As she fed the doll and gave it a bottle, she looked intently at the doll to see how it reacted.  As the doll made requests, she adjusted her actions.  She found the diaper a little challenging at first and asked for instructions about how to put it on.  Towards the end of the feeding session she was a little bit frustrated when she got some food on the doll’s face.  It was interesting to watch her as she cared for her doll and figured out what she needed to do to complete a task.

After a number of days watching the doll being used and cared for, my son found Baby Alive sitting on the carpet with her empty bottle, empty dish and spoon nearby.  Even though he is not one to play with dolls (other than twisting a doll’s leg in awkward positions), he decided to pick up the doll and play with it.  Following the instructions he fed the doll, gave it a bottle, hugged it and put his finger in the doll’s mouth for it to suck.  There was a tiny bit of food residue that his finger found inside the doll’s mouth.  He put his finger in his mouth – wondering if it was like food – and then got quite perturbed that he ate something that wasn’t really food.  “What is this yellow stuff?! I put it in my mouth! Will I get sick?!”  It was interesting to see that he hadn’t made the connection – unlike his sister – that the food is fake and that he shouldn’t put it in his mouth.  As he had done previously, he enjoyed switching the doll over to French.  I wondered if the talking mechanism in the doll made it more interesting for my son to try and gave some direction about how to use it.  He is always saying that he would like a third child in the house (something about which he will have to be disappointed), so perhaps caring for this doll will fulfill his desire in at least a small way.

This doll would make a good play companion for a pre-school/kindergarten age child up to a young tween (who might want one more for the novelty factor). You can buy extra diapers and food packets.  It would have been helpful to have a bib in the package as it is inevitable that food will get on the doll’s clothes.  I would also like to see a line of thick cloth diapers (like the ones that are used nowadays).  Another product option would be the design of a toy clothes washing set including a basin, bar of soap, clothes pegs and washing board.  This way the product could be designed in a more sustainable way and produce an off-shoot product that encourages more pretend play.  It would also be a good idea to put an on/off switch on the doll.  Even though you can only activate the talking by squeezing the bracelet with purpose, some might like to keep the voice option off.

This doll continues to be a source of fun and sustained play interaction for my daughter.  I have to admit that she took to the doll and played with it in ways that I hadn’t initially anticipated.

The Baby Alive doll would make a wonderful holiday gift this year!

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Disclosure: I received a sample of a product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided and all views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.

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85 responses to “Baby Alive – My Baby All Gone Doll {Holiday Gift Idea – Giveaway}”

  1. Kristine Ewald — November 3, 2014 @ 9:39 am (#)

    That you can feed it like a real baby!

  2. Silvia D — November 3, 2014 @ 9:45 am (#)

    i like that she can be cared for like a real baby and Baby Alive speaks more than 30 phrases.

  3. kristen+visser — November 3, 2014 @ 9:52 am (#)

    OMG how clever is this! I love that this doll basically teaches your children responsibility at a young age. A doll to have fun but also educate. Genius

  4. Florence+Cochane — November 3, 2014 @ 9:56 am (#)

    You can feed them and change them like a real baby

  5. Simone — November 3, 2014 @ 10:09 am (#)

    I loved mine as a child and would love to share the experience with my first grand daughter

  6. Suzanne+G — November 3, 2014 @ 11:17 am (#)

    I like that you can switch it over to French as my granddaughter is in French Immersion at school.

  7. SweetPanda — November 3, 2014 @ 11:27 am (#)

    I love the features that they make kids to believe they are really taking care of young babies (like feeding, changing diaper etc)

  8. Kirstie — November 3, 2014 @ 11:30 am (#)

    I love that it has the option for French! Great way to introduce English only speaking children to another language!

  9. Jonnie — November 3, 2014 @ 11:33 am (#)

    I really like that you can switch her from English to French

  10. Doreen+Lamoureux — November 3, 2014 @ 11:38 am (#)

    I love that you can switch her to French easily. What a great idea.

  11. Rachel M — November 3, 2014 @ 11:41 am (#)

    I like that this would help my daughter learn basic needs

  12. Julie+Bolduc — November 3, 2014 @ 11:44 am (#)

    I like that it you can feed her

  13. loriag — November 3, 2014 @ 11:54 am (#)

    I love that it can speak.

  14. Viv+Sluys — November 3, 2014 @ 11:55 am (#)

    I always wanted one of these when I was a kid! My best friend/cousin got one the year I wanted one most! I love that this baby can be switched to french. And, wow, this sure is different than the one I wanted…with the ‘trick’ spoon replaced with ‘real’ eating!

  15. Evelyn Leblanc — November 3, 2014 @ 12:40 pm (#)

    its something little girls would love to have , i know my grand daughter would love one for Christmas

  16. Alexa+Cohen — November 3, 2014 @ 12:54 pm (#)

    I love that you feed and change them!

  17. Stephanie Phelps — November 3, 2014 @ 1:00 pm (#)

    I like that it can speak other languages! I love the French version maybe we could learn together!

  18. Suzie M — November 3, 2014 @ 1:14 pm (#)

    I like that it is so responsive & cuddly

  19. Ken+Ohl — November 3, 2014 @ 1:40 pm (#)

    Love that you can change the languages love that.

  20. Karine — November 3, 2014 @ 2:20 pm (#)

    I love the fact you give her food and she takes it, and that you can so easily switch languages. That would be perfect for my niece!

  21. Heather Hayes Panjon — November 3, 2014 @ 2:51 pm (#)

    I Love That Baby Alive Can Be Switched To Different Languages.

  22. Juliee Fitze — November 3, 2014 @ 3:29 pm (#)

    I like how it tells the children what to do for it.

  23. Audrey Skinner — November 3, 2014 @ 3:47 pm (#)

    This doll gives kids a great learning experience.

  24. Jennifer+P. — November 3, 2014 @ 4:04 pm (#)

    The feature I love the most is the ability to switch the language between English and French – I love French toys for my bilingual children, but they are hard to find here in BC.

  25. Samantha — November 3, 2014 @ 6:27 pm (#)

    I like that you feed it and diaper it. My daughter would get a kick out of it for sure.

  26. Dayna+Wilson — November 3, 2014 @ 6:42 pm (#)

    I like that it can teach young children nurturing skills. I’d love to give it to my son.

  27. Alison K — November 3, 2014 @ 7:05 pm (#)

    What I like about the “Baby Alive My Baby All Gone Doll” the most is the option to switch from languages. Shame no Mandarin.

  28. Judy+Cowan — November 3, 2014 @ 7:37 pm (#)

    I love that she is interactive! Great for learning!

  29. maria — November 3, 2014 @ 7:38 pm (#)

    I love that it talks.

  30. Jeannie — November 3, 2014 @ 8:27 pm (#)

    I love that you can feed the baby!! That’s so cool!

  31. lori+b — November 4, 2014 @ 6:21 am (#)

    i love how you can feed the baby

  32. angela+m — November 4, 2014 @ 6:50 am (#)

    I love that you can feed and change her.
    thanks

  33. Angie+Andrews — November 4, 2014 @ 6:52 am (#)

    i really like that you can feed the baby

  34. Erin Ellis — November 4, 2014 @ 7:56 am (#)

    I love that she says so many phrases. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin

  35. Stephanie — November 4, 2014 @ 8:55 am (#)

    i like that you can change the languages…

  36. Julie+G. — November 4, 2014 @ 9:21 am (#)

    I like her size – just right for a child to cuddle with.

  37. amber Stankowski — November 4, 2014 @ 12:38 pm (#)

    My girls love babies and pretending their real mommies from.. the baby alive is so defferent from other babies

  38. nikki+robak — November 4, 2014 @ 2:13 pm (#)

    I like the fact you can feed and change them

  39. Belinda McNabb — November 4, 2014 @ 3:43 pm (#)

    I like that you can switch it from english to french

  40. SamanthaD — November 5, 2014 @ 9:59 am (#)

    My daughter would love to have this. I love how you can feed the baby!

  41. SUMMER PLEWES — November 5, 2014 @ 1:17 pm (#)

    I actually really like that it is bilingual. I also think its hilarious that your daughter potty trained it. lol

  42. Steph Bkn — November 5, 2014 @ 5:59 pm (#)

    I love how you can care for it like a real baby, its too cute!

  43. josephine evans — November 5, 2014 @ 7:20 pm (#)

    Such a great learning tool!

  44. morgan — November 5, 2014 @ 9:37 pm (#)

    Lovelovelove that you can actually feed her

  45. Athena — November 6, 2014 @ 4:17 am (#)

    it would be a lot of fun for my daughter, to have her own little one to take care of!

  46. Amanda+Neilson — November 6, 2014 @ 10:36 am (#)

    That you can feed it like a real baby! My daughter has 2 different Baby Alive dolls right now. One is her baby, and one is her kid lol. She would love to add a ‘sister’ for them haha.

  47. Tammy Dalley — November 6, 2014 @ 10:58 am (#)

    I love that you can feed it!

  48. Angela+Mitchell — November 6, 2014 @ 11:25 am (#)

    I love that you can feed the doll! I always wanted one like this when I was a little kid!

  49. Jenny — November 7, 2014 @ 11:27 am (#)

    cared for like a real baby.

  50. Bernice — November 7, 2014 @ 9:29 pm (#)

    i like that the doll has more then 30 phrases

  51. Tricia Cooper — November 8, 2014 @ 3:53 am (#)

    I love that this doll is realistic and that a child can learn about caring for a baby.

  52. Tiffany+Rotulo — November 8, 2014 @ 6:00 am (#)

    I love how you can feed it like a really baby. My daughter would love it.

  53. melissa+m — November 8, 2014 @ 3:49 pm (#)

    i like that it is like a real baby, my daughter would love it

  54. Amber+Y — November 9, 2014 @ 8:35 am (#)

    I love how interactive the doll is!! I can see them wanting to take a doll like this everywhere.

  55. SueSueper — November 9, 2014 @ 12:19 pm (#)

    I think it’s cute, especially when there is a baby around as well. Helps the older child feel part of the routine. Love that there are 30+ phrases to keep interest.

  56. Tina+F — November 9, 2014 @ 3:18 pm (#)

    I like that they can be feed and change the doll so showing kids hows it is done and that they can do it as well

  57. Maegan delorme — November 9, 2014 @ 5:29 pm (#)

    I like that it can change languages, and that she can be fed!

  58. Carly D. — November 9, 2014 @ 8:10 pm (#)

    I like that it is like a real baby. My niece will love it.

  59. Susan+Patterson — November 9, 2014 @ 9:07 pm (#)

    I like that you can feed and change her and that she is cuddly and so cute, thanks!

  60. Elva+Roberts — November 10, 2014 @ 10:28 am (#)

    I like the fact that your little girl is able to feed and diaper the baby and I know they would love to do that.

  61. Lindsay Cyr — November 11, 2014 @ 5:37 am (#)

    I love that she uses diapers, water and food just like a real baby. I know my daughter would just love to have a baby doll like this one.

  62. Erin W — November 11, 2014 @ 8:10 am (#)

    I love all the different phrases! Way better than the “mama” doll I had as a kid!

  63. Sabrina+Tong — November 11, 2014 @ 9:46 am (#)

    I like that there’s over 30 phrases, it’s a much more complex doll than the original.

  64. Anna+W — November 12, 2014 @ 3:24 pm (#)

    I like the french option.

  65. Elena S — November 14, 2014 @ 9:55 am (#)

    I like that the kids can feed her and change her diaper, my daughter would be excited about this doll

  66. Stephanie+LaPlante — November 15, 2014 @ 2:43 pm (#)

    I like that it talks and encourages educates your child to care for someone.

  67. Deb Jackson — November 17, 2014 @ 2:12 pm (#)

    I love she talks and her smile.;

  68. Julie F — November 18, 2014 @ 1:29 am (#)

    I love that she speaks!

  69. Chris Stockford — November 18, 2014 @ 1:59 pm (#)

    you can feed it like a real baby!

  70. Amy Brown — November 19, 2014 @ 8:33 am (#)

    I like that it talks too!

  71. Donna L. — November 20, 2014 @ 1:29 am (#)

    My niece would love all the cute accessories.

  72. cheryl+hodgkins — November 21, 2014 @ 3:58 pm (#)

    30 phrases…she would have my granddaughter wrapped around her little plastic finger lol

  73. Billy Truong — November 23, 2014 @ 11:17 pm (#)

    It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.

  74. Irene+Eichler — November 25, 2014 @ 12:09 pm (#)

    i like that you can feed it

  75. Deb Dorrington — November 25, 2014 @ 1:52 pm (#)

    I love the interaction you can have with the doll and that you can switch it to English and French..

  76. Burcu — November 25, 2014 @ 5:31 pm (#)

    I like the fact that you can feed her

  77. kristy+e — November 25, 2014 @ 7:17 pm (#)

    how realistic they are

  78. Kayla+Gilbert — November 26, 2014 @ 10:03 pm (#)

    I love how adorable she is!

  79. Jessica M — November 27, 2014 @ 12:56 am (#)

    Love that you can feed her

  80. Lisa+Smith — November 27, 2014 @ 8:51 pm (#)

    I like that you get the whole baby experience

  81. Sarah — November 28, 2014 @ 1:19 pm (#)

    I love the accessories that come with the doll. I can see my daughter having a lot of fun taking care of her own little baby.

  82. Nena+Sinclair — November 30, 2014 @ 1:09 am (#)

    I think its a great way to teach a child to be caring and responsible.

  83. Lisa Washington — November 20, 2015 @ 4:48 pm (#)

    Please let me win because my dauther always wanted a baby alive but I never had enough money and when she see them online ,YouTube ,and in stores it makes her cry

  84. Lisa Washington — November 20, 2015 @ 9:05 pm (#)

    Please for my dauther. and when will we know when we win?

    • Patricia Lyon — December 4, 2015 @ 4:20 pm (#)

      Hi Lisa

      I would like to buy this doll for your daughter. Call me at 604-817-1335.

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