Abuelita Rosa doll carries on Cuban Traditions with song

One of my biggest passions for starting Nicolita was to reconnect with my Cuban roots, so I can pass down traditions and culture to my future children. My sister, Michelle,  just recently had her first baby girl last February, Baby Zoey Rose. Her middle name Rose, is named after our grandmother Aya Rosita. (Btw, our nickname for our grandmothers was Aya, short for Abuela) At Michelle’s baby shower, one of her good friends gave her an Abuelita Rosa doll. That was the first time I had ever heard or seen one before. My sister and I were obsessed at first sight. First because it was something Cuban and Second the doll’s name was Rosa and totally reminded us of our Aya Rosita and Aya Caridad.

The Abuelita Rosa doll is Zoey’s traveling companion in her car seat. At first, Zoey would just stare at her in aw whenever we would squeeze her hand to sing another Cuban song. Now that Zoey is a little older, she knows how to squeeze her hand to hear another ‘cancion’ all by herself. She loves her Abuelita Rosa doll. The doll sings ‘Arroz con Leche’, ‘Que linda manita que tiene el Baby’, ‘Esa niña linda’, ‘Pon, pon, pon el dedito en el pilón’, ‘Azótate la mocita’, & ‘Duérmete mi niña’. To be honest, I vaguely remember these songs because I was young when my Aya would sing them, but that’s exactly why I’m thrilled to see a product like this out in the marketplace. I love that between my mom and the Abuelita Rosa doll, my children can grow up learning these traditional lullabies.

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The words for the Abuelita Rosa lullabies are below. Visit Baby Abuelita and click Sing Along to learn more Cuban songs from Abuelito Pancho & Baby Andrea.

Qué linda Manito
Qué linda manita
Qué tiene el bebé,
Qué linda, qué mona
Qué bonita es!
What a Pretty Little Hand
What a pretty little hand,
The baby has,
so pretty, so cute
How precious it is!
Azótate la mocita
Azótate la mocita
Con la mano en la cabecita
Pat Your Little Head
Pat your head
With your hand on your little head
Pon, pon, pon
Pon pon pon,
El dedito en el pilón
Pon pon pon,
El dinerito en el bolsón
Put, put, put
Put, put, put
Your finger in your palm
Put, put, put
Your coins inside your bag
Duérmete mi niña
Duérmete mi niña
duérmete mi amor
duérmete pedazo
de mi corazón
Go To Sleep My Little Girl
Go to sleep my darling
Go to sleep my love
Go to sleep,
Little piece of my heart
Qué linda Manito
Qué linda manita
Qué tiene el bebé,
Qué linda, qué mona
Qué bonita es!
What a Pretty Little Hand
What a pretty little hand,
The baby has,
so pretty, so cute
How precious it is!
Arroz con Leche
Arroz con leche se quiere casar
con una viudita de la capital,
que sepa coser, que sepa bordar,
Que ponga la aguja en su delantal
Rice Pudding
Rice pudding wants to get married
With a little widow from the capital
Who knows how to sew
Who knows how to embroider
Who puts her needle on her apron

I think Nicolita needs her own doll with with a Nicolita bikini top and Ruffle skirt to pass along Salsa dancing moves to future generations. Que CUTE!!

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