Little Button LOVES mermaids! In fact, it was only 2 years ago when she wanted to BE a mermaid when she grew up. There’s something so magical and mysterious about them, there’s no denying that (come on… admit it… you wanted to be a mermaid too right?).
Fast forward to now and Little Button is working hard on her swimming as she’s determined to pass her badges so she can join mermaid school at one of our local pools. Water is most definitely her thing and if she could live in the bath, I’m sure she would!
As you can imagine, bath toys are an absolute must in the Button house. Except, I’ve always found it hard to find good quality dolls that can be played with in the water without their hair going crazy, the bodies filling with water and never fully draining out, and then of course them finally going mouldy. Ugg.
But then we came across this little beauty. The BABY Born Little Sister Mermaid!
What’s inside the box
As a parent, I love how BABY Born keep things nice and simple.
Inside the box is:
The BABY Born Little Sister Mermaid.
A pretty sparkly turquoise comb.
A pink crown.
Limited small accessories mean that she really is suitable for children aged 3 years and upwards which I think is great. BABY Born Little Sister Mermaid does need 3 x AAA batteries to work. These are not included in the box. So if buying as a gift, it’s worth adding these in to avoid disappointment.
BABY Born Little Sister Mermaid
As here she is! The BABY Born Little Sister Mermaid. Isn’t she cute.
Little Button was right in saying that she’s just like her BABY Born dolls. The quality is just the same that we have come to love from the BABY Born brand and the detailing on the little sister mermaid is so pretty.
She has long shiny brushable hair with a purple streak which can be styled or left loose to flow down her back. Little Button saw this straight away and spent quite a lot of time playing hairdressers with her new mermaid. Impressive! As I thought she would have dived straight towards the bath with her.
BABY Born Little Sister Mermaid comes dressed in a sweet halter neck top with a shell and starfish design. The beaded detail really adds to the overall finish. But the best bit is her flexible and soft to touch mermaid tail which is all glittery and has a lovely textured pattern running through it.
She is certainly a doll which can be played in and out of water with.
The swim test
Mermaids love the water right? So the swim test was always going to be THE element that would determine whether or not this was a sink or swim mermaid doll. #Exciting.
We ran the bath and got her water ready by turning her over and pressing the button on the back of her neck.
And in she went!
The best thing about BABY Born Little Sister Mermaid is that she’s fully submersible, which some of the other mermaid dolls on the market are not. This meant she got a huge thumbs up from us as who wants to be worried about not getting their hair wet in the bath!
She floats if you let go of her. Which is actually a lovely feature. But what about the swimming? Her mermaid tail does move gently in the water, which in turn will allow her to do a very slow but steady backstroke, floating and shimmying over the top of the water.
I had a go myself and whilst it’s clear that she’s not going to win any swimming races, her soft and slow pace is actually part of her charm. This seemed to encourage more of a role play type of game with her, which was really great to see.
Our overall thoughts
Little Button LOVES her BABY Born Little Sister Mermaid. She is never without her at bath time but also plays with her on dry land too, giving this doll extra play value points. Hoora! Her hair is still shiny, her mermaid make-up firmly in place, and her tail is still glittery with plenty of dips in the bath under her tail.
Overall we are all really impressed! Including Mr Button who isn’t normally a fan of bath toys at all because of their lack of lastiblity. *I should also mention that BABY Born Little Sister Mermaid has the best water drainage that I have ever seen in a toy for the water. I just leave her propped up in the bath or sink overnight, and she’s back to normal by the morning.
BABY Born Little Sister Mermaid would make a wonderful gift for any mermaid loving little one!
Disclosure: We were sent this BABY Born Little Sister Mermaid for Little Button to put through its paces. All views are my own, and Little Buttons!