Eyes don’t open and close
Hands aren’t differentiated
Congratulations, you’re having twins! Don’t panic, though: These dolls are way less work than real babies. The Mommy & Me Doll Collection Baby Twin Set are just that—a pair of dolls that are double the fun for little ones. While they’re marketed as fraternal twins (a boy and a girl), if you took off their gender-normed pink and blue clothing, you’d swear they were identical.
With the help of my 3-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son, I tested the set, which also includes two bottles, to see how well they kept my kids entertained.
Design: Nothing new
The design of the Mommy & Me Doll Collection twins is fairly pedestrian. What you see is what you get. The dolls’ heads don’t rotate. The bodies are merely stuffed and can not sit up. The hands and fingers are the same on each hand. They can’t suck their thumbs, and while you can put the included bottles in the dolls’ mouths, the twins cannot latch on to the nipples. One bottle is for milk and one is for orange juice, which is visually more interesting but not great parental training. It’s been a while since I’ve had an infant, but I’m pretty sure I remember OJ being a “no-no” for babies.
Each of the two dolls comes with its own set of clothing. While the product listing claims that both come with a three-piece ensemble—shirt, pants, and a hat—only the “boy” actually comes with a three-piece. The girl comes out of the box wearing a onesie that looks like a shirt and pair of pants, but the top and bottom are stitched together.
The Mommy & Me twins are small and basic enough for nearly any toddler to manage, though older children may prefer more advanced dolls.
Both tops feature different embroidered cupcakes on the chest. The blue-clad twin’s gear also feels softer than the one wearing pink. Both twins’ hats are tethered to the back of their shirts, but the cord has already become frayed after a few short weeks by the hook-and-loop closure near the neck. It will probably split in the near future. The second hook-and-loop fastener sits lower and is effective on the pink clothing, but the blue shirt could use a third one closer to the waist to prevent the back of the top from curling up.
The Mommy & Me Doll Collection twins don’t have eyelashes, but they do have slim stenciled brows. The skin tone is peach with a few texture lines on the head to represent hair, but the coloring is the same as the face, hands, and feet. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be any variation in skin or hair color on the manufacturer’s site.
Construction: Reasonably sturdy
Mommy & Me uses a standard vinyl for the head arms and legs, which feels quite standard. The company does claim that the dolls are safety-tested and lead-free. The body is appropriately stuffed, but nothing about it feels all that special.
In terms of durability, the overall construction seems to be reasonably rugged. After two weeks of getting tossed around by my non-twin terrors, neither doll is showing signs of damage with the exception of the aforementioned hat-shirt tether.
The overall construction seems to be reasonably rugged.
Entertainment Value: Cute but not super engaging
Dolls are not usually the first choice for my 3-year-old daughter or my 6-year-old son, and neither was particularly enraptured with the Mommy & Me set. They did tell me they thought the babies were quite cute, and they included them in some games, but overall, they didn’t engage much with them. They preferred the dolls that could sit up and do a little more (see competition section).
Age Range: 2+
The manufacturer lists these dolls as being appropriate for kids ages 2 years and older. At about 12 inches long, I think the Mommy & Me twins are small and basic enough for nearly any toddler to manage, though older children may prefer more advanced dolls.
My kids thought the babies were quite cute, and they included them in some games, but overall, they didn’t engage much with them.
Ease of Cleaning: Wipe off
While my brood tested the twins, they didn’t make it outside and didn’t get very dirty. It’s not labeled as machine-washable, so I wouldn’t drop them in for a spin cycle, but you should be able to wipe the dolls off with a little soap and water if they become soiled. If their clothes get particularly dirty, they would likely handle a gentle cycle or at least a thorough hand wash.
Price: Two for one
Two dolls for under $30 is hard to beat. Most dolls will run you about $20, so a second for five to ten bucks more seams like a pretty sweet deal.
Competition: A world full of dolls
There is no shortage of dolls, from basic babies like the Mommy & Me twins to hyper-realistic (sometimes super creepy) dolls and everything in between like Cabbage Patch Kids, Bitty Baby, and Melissa and Doug.
As a set, the Mommy & Me twins do seem like a decent value play, but my kids both preferred the two other dolls we tested—the Adora PlayTime Baby Doll and the Corolle Mon Grand Poupon Louise Doll. Both of those can sit up on their own thanks to their bean-bag bottoms, and they have eyes that open and close.
My kids weren’t particularly impressed by the Mommy & Me Doll Collection Baby Twin Set, which includes two basic dolls with few features compared to others on the market. However, these babies are budget-friendly and could make a fine first doll or a good back-up for when other children visit.
- Product Name Baby Twin Set
- Product Brand Mommy & Me Doll Collection
- MPN 11631
- Price $29.99
- Product Length 12 in.
- Manufacturer Recommended Age Range 2+