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Have You Met My Friend Cayla?



As most of you know, well my regular readers do, I am a huge fan of dolls. I have them in all sizes and shades of colors and even nationalities. There is nothing like having a best friend that you can take along everywhere you go and the best thing is that she never leaves you. Well that is only if you put her in a safe place that you can remember. I'm like most pre-schoolers, I play with something and leave it where I was playing and forget all about it until I need it again. I've "lost" a few toys that way. When I was given the chance to make a new friend that was totally interactive I didn't hesitate to say yes. My Friend Cayla is a truly interactive doll that's more than a doll, think of her as your  new best friend.


I was able to preview this interactive doll which stands around 18" tall and comes with a comb and brush, which you can use to comb her long beautiful blonde hair. While she works connected to your IOS or Android Device via bluetooth she can also play stand alone without them. She does require 3 AA batteries which are not included and her clothing is also removable. Be sure however that you have a good wi-fi connection because she needs it if you want to play along interactively.


We were able to download the My Friend Cayla app from the iTunes store on my Mini iPad with no problems. Connecting via bluetooth was also no problem. She comes with an on switch which you must turn on before she's able to connect of course. So far so good! We couldn't wait to ask Cayla a few questions since she can answer questions, chat along with you, play games and even tell stories.


There is a settings menu that allows you change Cayla's name to a name of your choosing. You can also change your location. My Friend Cayla was set to New York and we were able to change her to Colorado. I was even surprised to see that a few military bases were given as options as well. In the settings you can also have Cayla talk more or less, be loud or quiet, and our favorite feature? The word exclusion. You can put specific words into Cayla that she would not respond to. This was by far our favorite feature. There is also a tutorial video to help you get started.


With the app you can play Tic Tac Toe and it was fun and challenging. Cayla actually won more than we did. She also has a memory match game which is fun for the younger kids. As of this time there are 3 stories that she can read to you and a photo album which she can go through with you.


When you turn Cayla on she says "hello" and starts talking to you. When she's done talking her heart necklace lights up meaning that she's listening. This is the time that you can talk to her. That's where we had a little difficulty. I'm not sure if she had difficulty understanding us at times, but we would ask Cayla a few questions and she would either take a long time to answer (but she would answer correctly most times) or she would just say something totally random.

I asked Cayla: What's your favorite color?
Cayla: I have an older brother and sister.

Me: Do you like to play games?
Cayla: I am especially happy today because my sister helped me with my homework.

Maybe with an update she'll get better but as I mentioned she did happen to answer quite a few questions correctly.

Here's a video of how Cayla is supposed to actually work:


I am however happy with Cayla and I know that I will have lots of fun with her. I'm hoping that since she's connected via my app, that there will be an update by the time that she is released.  My Friend Cayla has a MSRP of $59.99 and will be available for purchase at Wal-Mart, Target, Kohls, BJ's Wholesale, Bed Bath & Beyond and Amazon starting August 3rd. One lucky winner will also have a chance to win one right here on Growing Up Madison. Come back on August 1st for your chance to win!


Here are the ways to connect with My Friend Cayla:



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Annmarie John
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  1. Are the dolls made in multicultural

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    1. Growing Up MadisonJune 12, 2015 at 9:08 AM

      As of this time, this is the only that I've seen available. I'm hoping that they would bring a few different races in which would be great.

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    2. Yes they release the other races. We have the brown one. Im trying to get my hands on the asian one. LOL

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  2. I truly think kids will love it

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  3. What a cute doll :-) I bet my young nieces would love her.

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  4. She is so cool! I think it is awesome that tecnology has advanced enough for there to be dolls that can interact with kids.

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  5. What a cool doll! I just love how interactive she is.

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  6. My daughter would love this doll! The technology is awesome!

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  7. She's a very cute doll! My girls were always into interactive dolls when they were little. They would spend hours playing with them every day!

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  8. She's super cute. I'm pretty sure my girls would love a doll like this. My girls are still into dolls sometimes but they don't play with them as much as I did when I was younger! - Jeanine

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  9. What a cute doll. My daughter would love it! Amber N

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  10. My daughters haven't quite gotten into dolls, but I know she'd love this one. She's all into tech now and is disappointed if somethings not interactive.

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  11. wow, such a high tech doll! I used to play with dolls when I was young too. I rmb putting a lot of clips in their hair and my grandma even made a lot of doll dresses for them to change into!

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  12. I haven't heard of this brand but it sounds great. I know my niece would absolutely love Carla, I love that she connects to an app how clever.

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  13. My daughter did not really like dolls growing up. I think she just had one Barbie which she did not really play with much.

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  14. Happy to meet you, Cayla. I love how dolls these days are becoming prettier, more fashionable, and more interactive.

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  15. She is so cute! My daughter would love playing with a doll like that and I could totally see her pushing it around in her little stroller.

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  16. What a pretty doll. I like that she is able to interact with kids and she actually answers some of your questions.

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  17. Your girl is adorable and looked like she had fun with Cayla. I'm not really supportive of dolls and prefer outdoor activities, but this might be something I will consider if I ever have a kid!

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  18. You're a collector of dolls! Well, this is for female with lots to choose from. Actually, some children here at home preferred stuffed-toys than dolls.

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  19. Such a cute and realistic looking doll. Perfect for children and I am sure she will inspire them :)

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  20. Remind me my childhood bestie barbie doll. Haha. Thanks for sharing

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  21. This is absolutely adorable! I think my daughter would like this.

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  22. Cute doll! I'm sure my daughter will love Cayla too.

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  23. My daughter would have a blast with Cayla. I think I may love dolls more than she does though. I love that she is interactive.

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  24. Your little girl is a real cutie! Cayla seems like a cool doll and I think most little kids would love talking to and playing games with her.

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  25. This is pretty cool! All I had in the past was barbie, which now seems so obsoleted.

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  26. I do hope they update Cayla! I watched the video, and your doll works a little slower and less impressive than the promotional one!

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  27. OMG!!! Hello Cayla! You are so cool and cute. It's is my first time meeting Cayla and I loving it.

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  28. Actually I love dolls so much & this Cayla doll looks so gorgeous. It looks like very pretty and fashionable. I bet my girls would definitely love this. I am getting this one for me and for my kids.

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  29. My daughters grew up with dolls besides their beds. Sadly , I don't have a lady grandchild. Cayla seems a nice doll to play with.

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  30. I'll check around if we have this here. My niece would be celebrating her birthday soon and she would surely love this one.

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  31. Cute doll and it looked like your daughter had fun with her. Dolls are good for pretend time.

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