Cheerful Tearful® is a doll sold by Catalina Toys Inc.™ This doll has a battery compartment in her back. Placing 4 AA size alkaline batteries in this doll and flipping the switch on leads to some human infant type of behaviors from this doll. Cheerful Tearful® laughs, cries, coos, burps, wets, and says “Ma Ma” at random times. “Just like a real baby.”

My little sister got one of these dolls a few years ago. With the doll came a section in the instruction booklet called “Helpful hints to new mommies”. One of which says “NEVER, NEVER, NEVER put CHEERFUL TEARFUL® directly into water. Putting CHEERFUL TEARFUL® into water will cause her great harm. She may never cry or make any of her sounds again.” (They say this like it’s a bad thing!) After a few days of this doll’s random noises at any slight movement an unnamed older sister suggested this doll should have a nice warm bath.

The doll comes with a small bottle which the child, (“ma ma”) can fill with water and feed to their new baby doll. The doll drinks the bottle which then comes out of two places on the doll. The doll cries, with water coming out of the eyes. The doll also wets her diaper.

Any motion will cause Cheerful Tearful® to make one of the baby sounds. The sound she makes is random. The doll continues to make the sounds as long as she is being moved. They say it only takes about a minute and a half of not being moved before she goes into a sleep mode, (but any movement will cause this doll to start making noises again).  The eyes do not necessarily close but the doll remains quiet until she is moved again. The directions recommend switching the doll’s switch to off if she will be left unmoved for more than an hour. This is to conserve battery life.

The doll’s bottle should only be filled about half way and ONLY with water. No other liquid should be used. Solid foods are an absolute no-no (unless you are intentionally trying to break the doll). The doll should be held in an upright position and the nipple of the bottle needs to be inserted all the way into the dolls mouth. If feeding is done correctly the doll will not cry nor make other baby noises for a short while. After feeding, the doll needs to be burped. This is done by placing the doll upright on your shoulder and patting its back three times.

After feeding the doll cries when she is upright and wets her diaper when cradled or laid down. The wet diaper should be removed and hung to dry over night. Leaving a wet diaper on the doll can lead to mildew, which is not pleasant. The manufacture recommends using real newborn sized diapers as a replacement for the single diaper the doll comes with.

Log in or register to write something here or to contact authors.