My daughter loves animals but unfortunately, due to her allergies, she is unable to have a pet of her own. She loves to pretend that she has a house full of animals to play with and love. The “Barbie Newborn Pups Doll and Pets Playset” lets my little animal lover pretend to have three newborn pups and their mama to care for.
The playset comes with Barbie, mama dog, dog bed, paw-shaped bathtub, shampoo bottle (missing from the picture) cloth and three newborn puppies.
Barbie can be anything that she wants to be. She can be an animal rescue worker, veterinarian or anything else that my daughter imagines. I love that this toy starts my daughter thinking about different career paths and volunteer opportunities that she may want to pursue in the future.
The puppy delivery is the “wow” moment of this toy. It is very easy to use. You must first load the puppies into the mama dog. To do this you simply push on the mama dog’s front legs to open the tummy section and put all three puppies inside. When it’s time to deliver the puppies, place the dog on the dog bed or any other hard surface and press down on the dog and this will open the tummy section and the puppies will fall out.
The puppies are my daughter’s favourite part of this toy. She loves tiny toys, and these are just slightly larger than a dime! The puppies have colour change eyes that open and close when you rub a washcloth over their eyes. Initially, we thought that the colour change didn’t work but it turns out that we were doing it all wrong! To activate the colour change feature and open the puppy’s eyes you need to use ice cold water and to reset them you use warm water. We discovered that cool water did not work; it had to be water from the fridge to work. There is also a colour change heart on each puppy’s bottom to let you know if it’s a boy or a girl!
Barbie is wearing a trendy pink shirt with stripes and hearts, a pair of denim shorts and white sneakers. Barbies elbows do not bend, which makes it difficult to get her shirt on and off. Barbie moves at the neck, shoulders, hips and knees. I love that Barbie now has a more natural body shape, her chest is smaller and she stands flat on her feet, not on her tiptoes. Her hairband is a simple elastic that you can use to tie her hair back in a ponytail.
Nurturing children’s curiosity is hard work. Be prepared to have “the talk” about where babies come from as the “Barbie Newborn Pups Doll and Pets Playset” will spark their interest in the circle of life. The realism of the birth process is a little lost, but it will still undoubtedly have your little one asking questions. It is also important to talk to your little one that pets are a responsibility, one that shouldn’t be taken on lightly.
The is set works well with the “Barbie Walk and Potty Pup”. The dogs are similar, and your little one can pretend that one of the puppies has grown up by swapping out the dogs.
The “Barbie Newborn Pups Doll and Pets Playset” lets your child’s imagination and creativity soar while caring for the Mama dog and her three adorable puppies.
*Disclosure: I received a complimentary “Barbie Newborn Pups Doll and Pets Playset” through the Amazon Vine Program in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.