|This is Lilikin (smushed and in hiding) and his friends Eleven and Mollycoddle. They are adorable and much loved!|
So I’ve finally figured out the trick to getting my kids to name their toys, apparently all I need to do is insist they already have a name.
|Lilikin a.k.a. MyMojoDoll or MyMojoCat,
not to be confused with the real
running about, who goes merely by Mojo.
Normally getting my girls to name their dolls is like pulling teeth, My
husband is always trying to get our daughters to name their stuffed
animals. He asks them “Does this turtle have a name?” or “What should we
call this rabbit?” He sometimes even goes so far as to suggest names,
only to be met by blank stares. So I was amused and even the tiniest bit
annoyed when I presented my girls with two lovely brand new pre-named
stuffed dolls… and they promptly and stubbornly named both of them.
The two year old started it, she took one look at this cat and said that’s MY Mojo. I tried to explain to her that he was actually called Lilikin, but she was having none of it.
Then G-Girl began referring to Mollycoddle as Flopsy Mopsy Coddle. I tried to convince her that the dolls name was Molly or Mollycoddle, but like her little sister she was quite insistent.
As you can sort of guess from the intensity of their desire to name them, it was love at first site with these guys for my little ones.
|Trying to copy Mollycoddle’s
Flopsy Mopsy’s expression.
Personally, I really love the style and look of these dolls which were designed by Kimberly Cleland of Montreal, Quebec. What you don’t get from the photos is just how wonderfully constructed they are. Now I have to admit that when I first saw Mollycoddle’s little pink pompom
tail I thought, “Oh goodness that is going to come right off!”, but not
so. Like all the rest of her, it is well attached and incredibly sturdy.
Actually sturdy and well-made is the perfect description for all three of the dolls. They are soft and wonderful to snuggle with, yet keep their “shape” and can even sit on their own, with a little prompting. Their organic cotton outsides are super soft and plush, and the attention to detail is amazing. You can tell they have been thoughtfully designed with love. From the stitching around their eyes and ears, to Mollycoddle’s tutu, and Eleven’s wrist watch, I was deeply impressed with the quality and loving attention to detail.
My only real complaint is the dolls aren’t machine washable. They are “spot wash”/surface wash only, or hand wash if you must dolls. Because of this I wish Mollycoddle wasn’t white. I mean she is completely utterly adorable looking, and I can’t imagine her in any other colour, but… she get’s dirty far too easy. Those long ears and floppy legs make it inevitable that she’s going to get dragged around. It’s s sign of how well loved she is and my kids look so darn cute hauling her about everywhere. However, the downside is she was already looking a little dingy in spots by day two. Her grey coloured compatriot has been fairing much better.
I also am not sure I agree with the age rating of zero and up. Mostly because of that whole spot wash only thing. Baby’s chew on things, and drool on things. I mean look at Mollycoddle, those long floppy ears just beg to be chewed on by anyone with an oral fixation. So for me baby toys need to be machine washable. I know some folks feel otherwise. And for the extremely high cuteness level here, you may feel it’s worth going the extra mile to hand wash.
I have one other concern with the 0+ age rating. Some of the “accessory” piece are removable. They are tacked on to the doll with a stitch of thread, but almost immediately came off during regular gentle play. And this isn’t an issue for older kids, but for really little ones I look at things like Eleven’s watch and I think choking hazard. I’m a worry wort that way. Personally I’m thinking ages 2 and up. Of course it depends on the babe. With girl #1 I could have gotten away with this when she was an infant, as the only thing she was interested in chewing on was her own thumb.
Don’t let my complaints fool you though, I am totally and utterly in love with these guys and so are my kids. They are well made, very soft, very cuddly, utterly adorable and much loved by my little ones. I would totally recommend these dolls to anyone, and I beam with pride at the thought that they were designed by a fellow Canuck.
My kids adore these little guys. Since Mollycoddle Flopsy Mopsy wears a tutu my daughter insists she is a
ballerina and of course needs to dance. I managed to capture my girls in one on their
impromptu Lilikin & Friends dance routines:
Disclosure: I received a set of three dolls to review. As always my words and opinions are my own.
EDIT: Unfortunately these dolls are no longer available for sale. Since their website no longer exists all links have been removed from this post.