We have a new addition to our family – meet Ed our new Oobicoo doll.
Ed was delivered in an incredibly cute ‘pod’ which also can double up as his sleeping bag. This removes the need for a huge box for delivery and is just one of many unique features about this fabulous soft doll.
His interests are listed as being different and wearing hats. Ed came with a personalised story for my P1 and P2 and also a story for me. As soon as he came out the girls were fascinated and wanted to see who our new friend was. He came in his pod with his Oobicoo babygro on.
Oobicoo dolls are roughly the size of a six month old baby. They are totally soft and are the perfect size to ensure that all your little ones old clothes that you may have lurking around will fit your Oobi! There are currently four different Oobis; we have Ed but there’s also Ollie, Olwyn and Orla. There is also an incredibly cute Oobi song and video which you can watch here
The website describes them as:
Oobicoos are made with love and care, each one is hand sewn, so they all look slightly different – just as people do. Their filling is 100% recycled polymer (plastic bottles which have been turned into nice soft, huggable stuff) and their ‘skin’ is recycleable – so when you’ve had enough hugging, pop them in the textile bank … (Better still, give them to a young friend).
I can’t see P1 ever tiring of Ed as she is often found walking around holding him by the neck. It’s funny as the girls haven’t got many dolls but they seem drawn to anything that they can look after. P1 loves her panda teddy and as Ed is totally soft and the perfect size for cuddles she has really taken to him.
I absolutely love that for every Oobicoo which is sold raises money for the Children’s Immunology Fund (CIF). They are working with The Bubble Unit, in Newcastle upon Tyne and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, CIF raises money to treat and care for sick children and to support their siblings and families.
An Oobicoo doll costs £29.99 which in the market of dolls is pretty average. It’s perfect for younger toddlers as it’s totally soft and no hard eyes or Velcro patches which can be a worry as a parent that bits might come loose or catch at the skin. We played with Ed. We dressed him up (he’s so OK with wearing the girls clothes too) put hats on him, put a nappy on him, “brushed” his hair and gave kisses and cuddles.
The girls were absolutely fascinated when I found an old baby size nappy. They often run and find a nappy when I am changing the other on the mat so they were loving actually being able to put one on him directly. They also love to cover their teddies with anything that resembles a blanket. They have never been shown to do this they just instinctively do it – and Ed was no different. They liked carrying him about and then laying him down to cover him over.
I found that the girls caring side massively came out. I think as they get older they will be able to learn skills such as putting clothes on him which they can then put into practise on themselves. They are having little pushchairs for Christmas so he will be the perfect size to fit in them too.
The whole ethos, charity and ‘green’ side to the Oobicoo is appealing to us as parents. Each one is hand stitched so no two will ever be the same. I can see us adding another Oobi to our household in the not too distant future – and not just because the girls dislike sharing!!