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on January 12, 2012
I bought this doll for my Mom's 86th birthday. Mom has Alzheimer's, and we have had trouble finding things that she likes to do or have. I had seen Adora dolls on the Alzheimer's Store web site, and they had a video on the Someone to Love doll's page that showed a woman with Alzheimer's talking to and singing to one of the dolls, obviously delighted with it. I had not planned on spending this much on her gift during a "tight money" month, but after seeing the video, I decided to get an Adora doll for Mom. I bought it from Amazon instead of from the Alzheimer's Store, because the price was significantly lower on Amazon. To make sure I chose the right Adora doll for Mom, I selected several that I thought she might like and showed her the photos of them. Although she changed her selection several times, this was the only doll she chose twice in a row, and when I asked her again later in the day, she still wanted this one. I knew she would not remember it later from seeing the pictures and the doll would still be a surprise on the big day.

Today was her birthday, and I gave her the doll. She loved it! She mentioned over and over how pretty it was, and she held it tenderly and gazed at it, smiling. She touched its hair, its feet, and fingered the dress while looking at it. Then she used an expression we've never heard her use before--"It sends me." She was so absorbed with the doll that it was really touching, and she talked about each part of it. She loved the eyes, the lips, the hair, and even the bow in the doll's hair. I'm looking forward to seeing her enjoy it every day, and I'm so glad I overcame my hesitation and bought it. I wasn't sure if she would engage with it or not, but she totally did. Now I have that wonderful feeling of satisfaction, knowing that I got her the perfect gift. I was very impressed with the doll's realistic-looking features. The little fingers and toes are so lifelike, and the face is adorable. Everything about the doll is excellent. When I asked Mom what she liked about the doll, she said, "Everything."

I also must mention that this doll came beautifully packaged. It is shipped in its own box, which is placed inside a larger box and padded with paper. When you open the doll's box, she is covered with a wraparound paper and has a hairnet on to keep her hair in place during shipping. She is tied to a backboard with white ribbons so that she does not move within the box. This is all designed to ensure that the doll arrives in pristine condition, not messed up and not damaged. It was exquisitely packaged, and I regard this as a mark of professionalism and attention to detail on the part of the company.

This doll exceeded my expectations. Nothing could take the place of the moments spent watching Mom with her doll. I recommend that if you get this as a gift that you have your video camera ready for a priceless video. If your recipient responds to the doll the way my mom did, you'll want to keep that moment forever.
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on March 18, 2014
I have purchased a play toddler doll for each of my granddaughters. I have six. I make all four seasons of wardrobe for the doll as part of the gift. We don't have a lot of money; so the doll for our youngest granddaughter, like the others, had to be one I could reasonably save up to buy. This doll needed to be different from the other granddaughters' dolls, too. I was also looking for a beautiful face. I had purchased Lee Middleton dolls in the past and had been very happy.
One of my big questions had to do with the arms and legs. I wanted a doll with the 3/4 vinyl arms and legs. Some of the outfits I make are short-sleeved. I also make shorts and summer playsuits with shorts bottoms. I looked at the photos carefully. When I Googled, "dolls with 3/4 vinyl arms and legs", the Adora dolls came up. Like I said, I read the customer reviews and the questions and answers on Amazon to see if this question had been answered. I thought it had been to my satisfaction. I checked out other websites, too.
After much deliberation, I ordered the Adora Baby Doll, 20 inch "The Cat's Meow". I was so excited when she arrived--exactly on the day I was told to expect her. I couldn't wait to get her out of the box. She is beautiful! Then came the big disappointment when I discovered that her arms and legs were 1/4 vinyl.
This doll brought about a great deal of conversation with my husband and with my daughter-in-law (the mom to the granddaughter, who would receive the doll). I know it may sound like a small issue, but there was a lot to consider. I saved up for her, and did what I thought was good research. At last, as my husband said, "You are going to have a hard time finding a doll with such a pretty face." I believe he is right. I kept her.
I believe that this little bit of information should be given with any doll you don't have the chance to inspect otherwise. The way the dolls are displayed in the advertising doesn't show this. Google search doesn't catch it. It's the little fact that is cleverly hidden. Amazon was great with this. I spoke to one of their people, too. I asked if this could be something required to made known. I believe it will be mentioned to the sellers, but what the sellers do with that request is unknown.
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on December 11, 2015
She's such a pretty doll. I got a couple of these for gifts. The outfit is super cute
I posted pics
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on November 1, 2017
I got this for my daughter's birthday. The hoodie is missing and her clothes were dirty. The dirt was in little pills on the fabric. Her hair was fubar. The box was completely destroyed and open. I didn't have time to try and fix it or wash her clothes as the item came a day late. I spent 2 hours trying to make her hair not tangled. The bow was barely attached to the hair clip. This definitely is not a 100 dollar doll. The shoes won't stay on at all and had no socks. I had to change her clothes, clean her up and find another box to put her in. I managed to make her presentable in 3 hours of work. It was like I found it at a thrift store. I may have to get a new wig for her. I then had to wrap dozens of gifts so the added work was much appreciated. My back thanks you.
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on September 19, 2016
She is almost perfect! The only bad thing is that her legs do not bend enough for her to sit down. This is a beautiful doll and was a great birthday gift!
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on January 25, 2017
I love her so much Shes so cute. But it'd be better if she was silicone -.-
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on June 19, 2017
good product i recomend
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on March 6, 2017
This doll arrived super quick, and was more beautiful than described!
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on March 6, 2017
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on March 16, 2018
She love it
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