OUR SPECIAL NEW PALS
We tested a few new dolls. La Dee Da City Girl (ladeeda.com) is a fashionable doll. Therese wrote: "This doll's jewelry and accessories are removable and can be rearranged, changing her look every time. She has long, soft hair that could be transformed into trendy hairstyles. The packaging was very exciting and colorful. This doll is perfect for any girl who wants to be a diva. I like all of her accessories, but I wish that more hairpieces were included -- for example, fashionable clips and scrunchies.
Ages 5 and older
My First Nenuco Kisses baby doll was tested by Gianna. She wrote: "It's an orange-scented baby doll that I recommend for kids ages 4 and younger. When I first opened the box, I smelled sweet, yummy oranges. I started to play and noticed after a couple of days that the orange scent was almost gone. My suggestion is that the baby doll should come with a nontoxic plastic bottle of orange-scented spray. Overall, I liked playing with the doll, and I even named her Clementine!"
Ages 2 and older
-- GIANNA ROMANELLI AND THERESE SPARACIO/Kidsday Reporters
We played with a few different teddy bears.
The Bed Buddy Warming Bear (carex.com) is a stuffed bear with special filling in the tummy, paws and feet. Meaghan wrote: "It is supposed to help you when you have a fever or a stiff neck. You can heat it in the microwave or cool it in the freezer. It says on the box that the Bed Buddy is not a toy and should be kept away from young children."
Adventures of Zylie the Bear (zyliethebear.com) was tested by Gianna and David tested the Shen Panda. Gianna wrote: "I love, love, love it. Zylie makes a fashion statement with its awesome mini purse filled with a passport, diary and a map. Her clothing is so fashionable because it comes from New York City, the fashion capital of the world. She's so fabulous that anyone of any age would love her -- including my mom." Go on the website for more adventures.
Ages 3 and older
-- DAVID CHEA, MEAGHAN O'KEEFE, GIANNA ROMANELLI/Kidsday Reporters