Do Baby Alive Dolls Need Batteries? 

Last updated on September 14th, 2022 at 11:15 pm

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Last updated on September 14th, 2022 at 11:15 pm

Baby Alive’s are one of the more popular realistic dolls. These dolls are designed to eat, drink, wet, and sometimes even make a “mess” in their diapers. 

They have moveable mouths and some can even crawl around. With all these mechanics in the Baby Alive’s, do they need batteries? 

Most Baby Alive dolls do need batteries however they are typically included with your doll purchase. 

Most (but not all) Baby Alive dolls come with batteries and require 4 AA batteries. There are many different types of Baby Alive dolls each requiring their own amount and strength of battery. 

For example, the Baby Alive Super Snacks line of dolls requires 2 AA batteries. No matter which type of Baby Alive you purchase, they will need batteries in order to function properly. 

When the batteries eventually do run down, it is not difficult to change them. Just locate the battery pack on the doll’s back and use a screwdriver to open the battery door. 

Once the battery door is open, you can remove and dispose of the old batteries and place some fresh ones in the battery pack. Once new batteries are placed in, you can screw the battery door shut. 

Just make sure that none of the parts of Baby Alive accidentally end up screwed shut in the battery door.  

How Do You Wash Baby Alive Dolls? 

Since the Baby Alives act and mimic babies with their eating and diaper changes, can you wash them? 

It is not recommended to wash your Baby Alive doll by submerging it in a bath. The Baby Alives were not designed to get wet especially if they have batteries. 

The Baby Alive’s hair was also never meant to get washed.  Here are a few things you can do when washing your Baby Alive. 

Use a toothbrush

Make sure that you use a soft toothbrush to remove any loose dirt from your Baby Alive’s hair, skin, and clothes. Use the toothbrush gently as you do not want to accidentally remove any paint or scratch the skin. 

The toothbrush can act as a comb going through the matted sections of Baby Alive’s hair as well. 

Use a damp washcloth

While fully submerging the Baby Alive doll is not good, it is okay to use soap and water to help clean it up. 

You can add a small amount of soap to the damp washcloth to help clean up the dirtiest parts of the Baby Alive. You can also just use a damp washcloth, without soap, to clean your Baby Alive and try and wipe out any matted areas. 

Use cotton swabs/q-tips

There are some crevices on the Baby Alive doll that a regular cloth just won’t reach to get clean. You can use a cotton swab or q-tips to remove any dirt that the washcloth may have missed. 

Use an all-purpose cleaner

Before using a cleaner over the entire surface of your Baby Alive doll, check a small spot to ensure that your all-purpose cleaner is not too strong and accidentally removes or fades the paint. 

Once a small portion of the Baby Alive has been checked, you can use the all-purpose cleaner to remove any sticky substances. 

Whether this is jelly from a spill, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or you are just trying to remove the sticker from the yard sale, the all-purpose cleaner will help to remove the stickiness. 

Use washing machine for clothes

Baby Alive’s clothes are good to go in the washing machine; just add them to your regular load of laundry. Additionally, if there is a large stain that you don’t feel will come out in the machine, you can use a damp cloth and toothbrush to help remove stains before placing them in the washing machine. 

While it may be tempting to just throw the whole doll in the washing machine, the doll itself is not machine washable—just the clothes. 

How Do You Make Baby Alive Food? 

Baby Alive food can slowly begin to add up in price especially if your kids love feeding their dolls. You can make your own baby food for Baby Alive and it honestly isn’t super difficult. 

Knowing how to do this can also come in handy if you run out of food and don’t have time to run to the store. 

You’ll need a mixing bowl, spoon, 3 tbsp baking soda or flour, 3 tbsp water, and 3 drops of food coloring. The food coloring is optional but also makes the feeding process more fun. 

All you will need to do is combine the baking soda and water in the mixing bowl and stir. Once the mixture is nice and stirred to a baby food-like consistency, you can add the drops of food coloring for a more colorful feeding experience. 

Make sure not to spill on your Baby Alive, especially if you use food coloring. 

You can also use this process if traveling. Pre-mix the baking soda and food coloring, and when it comes time to feed your Baby Alive, just add water and stir. 

Make sure if you are making your own drinks for Baby Alive’s bottle that you use only water. Any other drink substance can run the risk of causing mold and bacteria growing inside Baby Alive. 

If you want a different color for Baby Alive’s fluids, you can add food coloring; but again, be sure to only mix it with water. 

How Do You Wake Up A Baby Alive? 

After a while of inactivity, your Baby Alive will decide to take a nap (kind of like me on a rainy day). Once your doll has gone to sleep how do you wake it up? 

In order to wake up your Baby Alive, all you need to do is press the tummy. If you press the tummy repeatedly, you can make the Baby Alive giggle. 

If you ever notice that your Baby Alive went to sleep on full tummy and didn’t expel itself of the food or fluid you gave it, it is important that you wake up the Baby Alive and help this process along. If you allow the food or fluids to sit inside the doll for longer than intended, there is a greater risk of the Baby Alive growing mold. 

Bend the legs up of your Baby Alive one at a time and squeeze gently moving the leg around. This will help to ensure that any fluid or food that was trapped or ended up flowing down into the legs can be completely eliminated. 


Baby Alive’s are a great realistic doll that can help your child learn about responsibility and even aid in the potty training experience. 

Since these dolls do mimic a wide range of baby behavior, they will require batteries in addition to many other accessories for almost all of the dolls. 

Last updated on September 14th, 2022 at 11:15 pm

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