Huggable Images Dolls Review

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Huggable Images Dolls

We would like to take this time to introduce the newest members of the CSFTL family.

These awesome additions were provided by Huggable Images, a company that makes safety training dolls and custom huggables.  Huggable Images has given us the opportunity to take their dolls for a test drive and see what we think.  You’ll be seeing these dolls in our reviews down the road to fill in the gaps where we don’t have children the correct age/size to fit the seat we’re reviewing.  Today we’ll be looking at these dolls on their own to see how they stack up to real life children.

Huggable Images training dolls come in 6 sizes with specific stats for each.  Each doll comes with a lanyard with a tag and travel bag that contains the stats for that doll in particular.

Huggable Images- Jo the Preemie

Huggable Images- Jo the Preemie

  • Preemie
  • 17 inches
  • 4 pounds (weighted)

Huggable Images- Fiona the Infant

Huggable Images- Fiona the Infant

  • Infant
  • 17 inches
  • 7 pounds

Huggable Images- Lucas the Toddler

Huggable Images- Lucas the Toddler

  • 16 month old
  • 31 inches
  • 20 pounds

Huggable Images- Sophie the Preschooler

Huggable Images- Sophie the Preschooler

  • 3-year-old
  • 38 inches
  • 30 pounds

Huggable Images- Chloe the six-year-old

Huggable Images- Chloe the six-year-old

  • 6-year-old
  • 48 inches
  • 46 pounds

Huggable Images- Thomas the 4'9" child

Huggable Images- Thomas the 4’9″ child

  • 8-year-old
  • 57 inches (4 feet 9 inches- minimum height for adult belt use in most states with booster laws)
  • 80 pounds (minimum weight for adult belt use in most states with booster laws)

They are made of a soft material, yet the torsos are more rigid so they don’t compress when demonstrating car seat fit and tightness.  I found I could easily do the pinch test on all the dolls without the torso compressing too much.  This is one downfall to buying a cheap doll at any department store.  The doll, shoes, and shorts are all spot clean only, but the t-shirts can be machine washed. With a varied range of skin tones, the dolls represent a variety of ethnicities. This pleased the multicultural families here at CSFTL.

Time for the test drive

I’m lucky enough to have both a 16 month old and 8 yr old to compare those particular dolls to.  Their stats are 16 months, 18 lbs, 30 inches and 8 yrs, 95 lbs, 52 inches, so comparatively pretty similar.

Jo

With her being a preemie, fit for her can be kind of difficult.  She is definitely a good one to have around for checking what seats work for those parents who have a good chance of having an early baby.

Jo Prodigy
Summer Infant Prodigy infant seat
SAM_4519
Chicco Keyfit
Jo Coccoro
Combi Coccoro

Fiona

She’s the size of an average newborn.

Fiona Prodigy
Summer Infant Prodigy infant seat
SAM_4522
Chicco Keyfit
Fiona Coccoro
Combi Coccoro

Lucas

At 16 months, he’s the perfect size to be moving up to a convertible seat.

Lucas Prodigy
Summer Infant Prodigy infant seat
Lucas Apt
Cosco Apt
Lucas Coccoro
Combi Coccoro

Freya

Real life 16 month old to compare how Lucas stacks up to a kiddo his size.

Freya Prodigy
Summer Infant Prodigy infant seat
Freya Apt
Cosco Apt
Freya Coccoro
Combi Coccoro

Sophie

At 3 years old, she’s the perfect size to see if a kiddo will still fit rear facing. Since we at CSFTL encourage rear-facing to age 4, she was rear facing in each of these seats.

Sophie Advocate
Britax Advocate 70-G3
Sophie Apt
Cosco Apt
Sophie Coccoro
Combi Coccoro

Chloe

Our pretty 6 year old is the perfect size to check both high weight harness seats as well as boosters.

Chloe Advocate
Britax Advocate 70-G3
Chloe Maestro Harnessed
Evenflo Maestro harness mode
Chloe BK sport
Evenflo Big Kid Sport high back booster

Thomas

Our big boy is the perfect example to compare high back booster, no back booster, and no booster for the big kids.

Thomas BK sport
Evenflo Big Kid Sport high back booster
Thomas Olli
Clek Olli no back booster
Thomas no booster
No booster – even though he meets the minimums of states that have booster laws, he still doesn’t have a good belt fit. To find out more check here.

Leif

Real life 8-year-old to compare to Thomas. He’s 5 inches shorter and 15 lbs heavier than Thomas, but still a good comparison.

SAM_4558
Evenflo Big Kid Sport high back booster
Leif Olli
Clek Olli no back booster
Leif no booster
No booster

As you can see the Huggable Images dolls are a great comparison to average children. With all my seat testing I couldn’t find any drawbacks to them.  They are the perfect length to match up what a child that particular age would be.  Remember these are average sized dolls though.  Just because they fit one seat in particular doesn’t mean all kids that size/age will.  The safest seat is the one that fits your child, you vehicle, your budget, and can be used correctly 100% of the time, so I always recommend testing your own child out in a seat before buying it.

These dolls aren’t just great for blogs or reviews either. They are also an awesome resource for CPSTs to use with parents when doing seat checks as well.  They can be used with new parents to demonstrate how their seat will fit a newborn or preemie, with ‘veteran’ parents to see how their child will fit in the next stage, and even for presentations to show how a child should fit in a seat.

We would like to thank Huggable Images for allowing us the opportunity to use their dolls in our reviews to help our readers see how average children fit in each seat.  If you would like to order your own please visit their website, where you can find testimonials, brochures, and order forms.

We would also like to give a huge thanks for our page members who helped name our newest CSFTL additions.  The gave us the great idea of using the CSFTL acronym, along with the initials of our founder, Jenni Olson.  We look forward to seeing them in more of our reviews in the future.

 

Originally written by Angela Tastad. Edits maintained by CSFTL.