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      02.12.2012 01:32
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      decent doll, daughter loves it....

      I think the Nick Jr channel people are extremely crafty! This is where my daughter watches most of her shows and during the half break I would bet my bottom dollar that this silly doll pops up at some point. My daughter then makes a point of shouting "mummy I want that one!" whenever it comes on, and as a treat, hey ho dad decided to buy it for her one evening after work. Mummy was not impressed!

      The doll is pretty much a replica of a baby (as most dolls are!) but this one makes burping noises, sucking sounds when a bottle is inserted in the mouth, laughing and a deep breathing sound when she sleeps. Honestly, it's like re-winding to 3 years ago and starting all over again lol! I must say the simulation noises are pretty good though, my daughter loves it no end, and it keeps her entertained as she loves role play and thrives on switching into mummy mode and looking after her new baby lol.

      The baby doll also has voice recognition, which I tried to do with my daughter but she just doesn't respond! If you speak, the doll is meant to turn her head but we find her just turning randomly! My daughter doesn't notice this too much at 3 years old, she is just happy to have someone to play with (being an only child lol). Baby also cries real tears which makes a good realistic baby doll as let's face it, that's what they do most often! Fortunately the doll is not too loud so shoving her under a blanket, her noise can be blocked out, but of course the easy option is just the off button lol.

      Visually, the doll is good quality, with bright blue eyes that open and close, and arms and legs that move about easily. The arms are plastic and a bit rigid, but the torso is squishy, making the doll quite warm and soft to snuggle up to. Zapf know how to get some money out of us parents so Annabel can be customised with buying clothes, pram, bag etc to go with new found motherhood, but on the zapf website these aren't cheap so we are sticking with what she came with thanks!

      The doll requires four AA batteries, and to insert them the battery compartment is at the back of the doll. It requires a screwdriver to open it, which I think is good making it child safe and no trouble can arise! It's pretty straightforward to do, and the batteries seem to last reasonably well as we have had this doll over a month or so and she has been playing with it everyday!

      Ananabell comes in different varieties such as ethnic, and smaller versions so I really think there is a doll for everyone. I think naughty daddy paid around £40 for this which I think is rather a lot for a doll, but a) I didn't pay for it, b) it has some good special effects and c) it makes my daughter really happy so it's totally worth it. Can't really think of any negatives so gotta give this doll 5 out of 5!

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        17.01.2009 22:02
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        just like a real baby!!

        Baby Annabel is one of the most human like dolls you are likely to come accross, with its interactive motions which make it cry, burp and laugh.

        I bought one for my daughter for christmas two years ago and it was a great doll to have, until my daughter saw an advert for the new and improved baby Annabel which has more functions and it is just like a little baby. So my daughter put it on last years christmas list, as her old one was a bit grubby from being played with so much and being pushed on the swing in the garden I decided that I would update her doll...or should I say santa did;)

        The doll I purchased two years ago made noises like burping, laughing and sucking when the bottle was placed in her mouth, and breathing sounds when she is asleep, but the new model now also cries real tears and turns her head to the sound of your voice. It was on offer at woolworths at the time of purchase and only cost me £17.99, it normally costs £34.99 so I got a real bargain.

        The doll arrived in a very well packaged box with clear plastic so you could see the doll inside. She now comes dressed in a fluffy white baby grow and hat (the one shown above was the old baby annabel outfit) you also get a clear balloon shaped bottle and a pink dummy and a pack of tissues.

        Once you eventually manage to get the doll out of the box after undoing all the plastic straps and tape, the only other setting up is putting the batteries in but you will also need a phillips screwdriver for that job, it takes four 1.5v batteries and I have to say they do last quite a while.

        The doll itself looks quite life like with its curled up fingers and toes, she has blue eyes that open and close and her mouth is open so it makes it easy to put the bottle or dummy into it, her arms, legs and head is a soft plastic but her body is foam so when you pick her up again she moves like a real baby insted of a doll and she can be placed in a sitting position with ease.

        Basically the only things she does not do is fill a nappy (which is one thing I am pleased she does not do!!) and you cannot bath her as the functions would not then work.

        You can buy lots of accessories for your baby Annabel ie: various clothes, cot, pram, wardrobe, changing mat, shoes, socks, musical bag etc etc. All the products on offer have the baby Annabel logo which is a sheep with a pink body and hair.

        I myself have purchased some of the clothes and they vary in price from around £8 and the musical sheep bag was priced at £15 but I cannot comment on other prices as I have not bought them.

        The doll is recommended for children aged 3 years and over, but I have to say my daughters first baby Annabel was played with when she was 2 and she never had any problems with it as it does not have any small parts to it.

        I would highly recommend this doll to anyone it is a very good quality toy, my daughter has had so much enjoyment out of both old and new baby Annabel's and loves taking her out in a dolls pram to the shops. It is great for role play. I just hope they do not make a new and improved model next year!!

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          08.01.2009 12:14
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          Great purchase, lasts a longer time than most other dolls.

          This baby is a work of genius. It's just like a real child, which I guess is a little freaky but my 2 year old niece loves it! I got it for £17.50 half price in Woolworths for christmas, which is great because at full-price it's a little expensive for a doll, some would say. The list of accessories that Zapf offers in the Baby Annabell range is nearly endless and contains about anything you could buy for a real baby! Beds, wardrobes, changing tables, prams, bouncer chair, baby gym, baby carrier, car seats, changing bags and plenty more! Baby Annabell babbles, cried, moved her head to noise, wees and burps after it's been fed. How life-like can you can without actually having a child? My sister initially wanted to get my niece one of these because my sister is expecting and she wanted my niece to get used to having a baby around and although yes, it's just a doll, it's so life-like it's unreal. My niece even holds it correctly!

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            14.12.2008 15:38
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            Great doll for young children to grow up with

            We have had baby Annabel in out family for 4 years now on overall she has been very good. Baby Annabel arrived on Christmas when my little darling was only 2 years old. Went you are only 2 years old baby Annabel is very exciting but she is also very heavy! She eats batteries I do not find her to bad on batteries to be honest.

            When our new baby Annabel arrived, my daughter was very excited, we got her out the box, which was the most difficult thing we have even done with her! She was strapped in tight with loads of wires that needed undoing. Once the batteries had been put in, she began to cry. My daughter lovingly stoked her head, which did not work so we gave her a bottle of milk. When to tip the bottle up the milk vanishes. Baby Annabel's mouth moves as she sucks on her bottle, which had my daughter fascinated. This also happens if you give baby Annabel her dummy.

            We packed baby Annabel up and headed off to my mums. Baby Annabel sat on my daughters lap in the car and she kept her with her all day. Baby Annabel cries quite regularly but this can be soothed by giving her a dummy or bottle. After her bottle baby, Annabel will let out a rather large burp! Which my daughter found very funny for a long time. Baby Annabel makes loads of different noises including crying, burping, cooing etc.

            Going back 4 years to when we bought her, she was new out and hard to get hold of at Christmas time. She was also very expensive at £35.00. The clothes and accessories are also very expensive but we have overcome this by buying in the sale as well and buying cheaper brands and even pre baby clothes off e bay.

            Baby Annabel is like I said very heavy for a young child and she has caused and had a few accidents over the years. Firstly, her weight causes her to move suddenly in unexpected directions so baby Annabel split my daughter lip one day when she unexpectly changed direction!

            Baby Annabel really dislikes the bath but one day my daughter who did not know this dropped her in the bathtub full of water. I removed the batteries and put her in the airing cupboard for a week and luckily she recovered. Please do not bath her she do not like it!

            Baby Annabel has been a popular toy for my daughter for 4 years. She is still as popular now as when we first got her. I would recommend getting baby Annabel for children. There is so much extra stuff you can get and the potential for role-play and imagination is massive!

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            20.10.2008 18:37
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            Fab christmas present

            One of my daughters favourite toys. Baby Annabell what fantastic creations much better than the hard plastic dollys that we had when I was younger. We brought my daughter her first baby Annabell when she was 1.5 and her second when she was 2.5 years old. Now aged 3 she loves them both. The newer addition cries, sucks her dummy and drinks her bottle. Comes complete with an off switch for when the parents want peace and quiet. My daughter loves pretending to be her mummy and talking to her. Hours of fun for many more years to come. Be warned that the accessories can be very expensive and are not really needed, you can buy alternatives such as clothes and baby beds, buggys for a much cheaper price. Every year they seem to bring a new vesion out but buy the older version (normally on sale when new one comes out) and you can save pounds.

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            20.10.2008 12:17
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            great doll for any little girl

            My 5 year old daughter kept nagging at me to get her one of the baby annabel dolls that moves its head to your voice.
            After much thought of whether it would be worth spending £30 on a doll that she might not play with much I decided to buy it for her for christmas last year.

            This doll cries, breathes, drinks and turns it head to your voice, she absoloutly loved it and played with it for hours, all i could hear was crying and my daughter talking to it, pushing it, feeding it, ect ect.

            It is well worth the money for what the doll does and you can get so many assesories although some are expensive for it which is endless amount of playing time, the only thing I found is once the batteries have died the doll got put away and never played with, so spare batteries are reccomended.

            all in all this is a great doll for any little girl... but as a mum I found it rather creapy when it turns it head to the direction of your voice it reminded me of the child's play film...scarey.

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              06.04.2007 11:56

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              I am 13 years old and have a Baby Annabell of my own despite probably being too old for it. I fell in love with her straight away and called her Megan. I change her every day and she goes everywhere with me. She is very easy to keep clean too. Though I wish I could meet a B/A doll mummy more my age to talk to!

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              05.10.2006 15:21
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              A great doll for your little ones.

              This is another of my daughters Dolls which she plays with a lot along with her baby newborns (See my other review on these).

              Baby Annabell is made by Zapf creations which seem to be the best when it comes to making good quality dolls for your children. This doll is more lifelike than many of the dolls on today's market. She will react like a baby does she will babble, laugh, cry, sucks her dummy with sucking sounds. Baby Annabell reacts to movement and sounds, if you make her jump with loud noises she will cry. If your gentle she will go off to sleep, sing quietly to her seems to work. My daughter seems to care more for this doll and acts more gentle around her because of the way the doll will react. GOOD NEWS FOR PARENTS you can turn it off at the back because sometimes it can drive you crazy when left on. This doll requires 4 x AA batteries. She is 46cm long and is very cute.

              This doll is one of my favourites because it really does teach children how to be responsible and gentle with things. I love watching my daughter play with this doll as it really does bring out imagination.

              This doll is suitable for children aged 3 years plus, my daughter is now 8 and still plays with her dolls.

              I brought this doll from Argos, the doll came boxed and included dummy, rattle and bottle and was fully dressed. This doll also came with batteries, this is not always the case so check this out when buying. The doll cost me about £29.99 at the time of buying a year ago.

              Baby Annabell has a wide selection of items which you can purchase for her, don't expect them to be cheap, try and hunt out car boots which i have done for some bargains.
              products include:
              A mountain of Clothes
              Bed (Musical)
              Buggy/Pram
              Walker
              Bouncer
              Changing mat/Bag
              Baby station for changing
              wardrobe
              Carseat
              Sling to carry in.

              On the market at the moment is also my first baby Annabel which is suitable from 12 months. Also you can buy the Ethnic version of Baby Annabel.

              This is a Quote from one of my other reviews which i feel is very important.
              '''''This doll helps you teach a child how to be caring and loving and how to respect and treat babies but always make sure their aware that dolls and babies are totally different. As some children have been known to treat a baby as a doll and hurt it in the process its up to us as parents to install this information in our children. I do this by always referring to a a doll as a doll and a baby as a baby, if you get what i mean. Try not to say are you looking after the baby today? Say doll instead. ( i work in a nursery and we encourage this method, in the learning process). ''''''''

              Review also on Ciao

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                28.06.2006 14:06

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                Great toy for three to six year olds

                My daughter was seven and she hassled and hassled me to get her one. I tried to put her of as i thought she may be a little to old for it, in the end i gave up to the "all my friends have got one" and bought her one. She opened it up on christmas day and by the end of the day i wanted to take the batteries out but she loved it. It wets in its nappy, makes a sucking noise when your feeding it, it laughs cries and even snores when its asleep. The funniest thing i found was when the doll is asleep if you make to much noise she wakes up and cries till you give give her the dummy. I can't remember a doll like this on the market when i was a child :-).
                Two months after buying it the doll was forgot about but i put it down to being seven nearly eight just a little to old for a baby anabell. I would advise people to buy it for maybe a younger child although its annoying to the parents it is great fun for little girls.

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                16.03.2006 13:34
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                Lovely live-like doll with lots of needs

                From the moment on that our daughter Anna,5, first saw an advert for Zapf's Baby Annabel she kept on begging to have one. As christmas came closer her only worry seemed to be that Santa might not know that "all she ever wanted" was Baby Annabel.
                So my husband and me decided to have a word with the man himself and a few days before Christmas we were able to collect the newest addition to our household - from the local Argos store.
                Now, we do not have one daughter, but two, and as Melis (3 1/2) always wants the same as her older sister, we didn't go to pick up one baby, but two.

                The delivery was swift and easy. We gave our order numbers to the counter, paid £34.99 ( per doll) and a considerably higher sum for some of Annabel's acccesories, waited in the pre-christmas queue for about half an hour - and voila: we were the proud parents off a brand-new set of twins - and packed with carrier bags. Totally painfree !

                What the twins look like :
                When we unpacked the dolls to get them ready for the big day even my husband had to admit that they are extremely sweet and do look quite real.
                Baby Annabel has the sweetest and most natural baby face I have seen on a doll lately. She has beautiful blue baby eyes, surrounded by long dark eyelashes, has a little button nose and a tiny, slightly open mouth, which moves when she drinks her bottle and sucks on her dummy. She is soft bodied and her arms,legs and head are plastic.She is wearing a white and pink baby-gro that bears the Baby Annabel sheep emblem and wears a little head.

                The first feed:
                After removing all the carton pieces we had to feed the babies in order to get them work.

                First with 4 AA batteries per doll, the battery compartement is at the back of the doll hidden under a cover that is made out of the same material as the dolls body. You'll need a small cross-head screwdriver to open it, so that the little ones can't get their hands on the batteries.

                Then with water out of the supplied sheep-bottle. Baby Annabell needs to drink about 1/4 of the bottle to make the tear function work. While she drinks her mouth moves as if she is really sucking, she makes little sucking noises and her eyes start to open and shut. If she is totally full water starts to run out of her mouth.

                As soon as we took the bottles out of our babies mouths they started to cry. We then had to rub the babies tummies and they let out a loud and clear burb. The babies fell asleep right after this and would have most probably continued snoring ( she really does make a snoring sound when she sleeps) if we wouldn't have laughed to loud.
                Especially my husband found that burb so hilarious that he couldn't stop laughing and we now found out that Baby Annabel doesn't like to be disturbed in her beauty sleep.
                Both dolls started to cry and it took us quite a while to calm them down. Thankfully they come with a dummy as we felt quite foolish to use the other option the manufacturer suggests to calm Baby Annabell down : to sing a song...
                Anyway, if you don't play with the doll for more then 60 seconds it shuts itself.

                Babies cost a lot of money:
                After we finished wrapping the babies in christmas-paper we started to work on the accessories. Everyone of you who's had a child will surely agree that small babies need a lot of stuff.
                And Baby Annabel is a very demanding baby...

                The list of accessories that Zapf offers in the Baby Annabel range is nearly endless and contains about anything you could buy for a real baby too.
                There are beds, a wardrobe, a changing table, pram, a comfort seat, a baby-gym, a baby-carrier, a car-seat, a changing bag, a sleeping bag, lots of different sets of outfits, shoes, nappies,...
                What all of them have in comon is the sheep emblem - if it doesn't have it, it doesn't belong to Annabel - and that they are all very, very expensive.

                Each outfit costs between £14.99 and £19.99 . It dresses the doll from head to toe, but I still think that this is quite a rip off. Our kids are too small to care about the logo on the clothes, as long as they come in pink that is. Baby Annabel measures a proud 46 cm so we decided to go for a cheaper option. I went shopping for real baby clothes in the early-baby size and bought some really nice baby-gros, socks, pram shoes and even a dress. They fit perfectly and the twins don't seem to mind either.
                I couldn't resist to buy the sleeping bag, though. It is pink, has a big heart in the middle, a long front zip which allows the girls to pack their babies in easily and an absolutely cute attached cap with sheep ears. And the ever present sheep logo, of course...
                It cost me £14.99 and I didn't tell my husband, as this would have certainly deminished his feelings for our twins - so please don't tell him, too !

                As it always is, when there is a new arrival in the family : The grandparents want to help out. What would we do without them...

                Our kids got a pram each for their Annabels from my parents. They cost around £40 (EACH !) and you can find them in about every shop that does the Baby Annabel range.The handle height is 76 cm, so if you buy it for a very small girl it might be a bit high.It is pink - what else- and has a shopping net underneath, so that the little mummy can take all of Annabel's accesories on her trip.
                From my husbands family they got the metall canopy beds. They are pink again, come with matresses, curtains, pillow and a duvet with the obligatory sheep on it. The bed costs around £30.

                Further accessories weren't on the list, as we wanted to give the girls some non-Annabell-related presents too. And there is always another Christmas...
                Zapf delivers you a brochure in the carton which makes sure, that your children are very well informed what is on offer. Not only for Annabel, but also for the other Zapf ranges like Baby Born.
                There is also an offer for your kids to join the Baby Annabel Club, which would provide them with regular newsletters and magazines about what is new on the market for Baby Annabel. Mercifully that offer applies only to the German market, where the company comes from. I was quite shoked to read that they ask small children a fee of 12.90 € to join this club. As much as I like the doll, I am starting to hate the company who makes it ! And wouldn't mind if the club stayed where it is now and doesn't consider to cross the channel to recruit some new members.

                The big day :
                Needless to say that our girls were over them moon when they unpacked their presents. Santa was clever enough to put the other presents in front of the dolls and whatever came with them, so they had to work their way through to reach them. Otherwise they might have just forgotten to open them.
                The kids played only with them for the rest of the day and ignored whatever else they got. We changed them a hundred times and even our little one manages to change her dolly all alone by now. They love it to feed the dolls and see "real" tears running out of their eyes.
                Even my husband joined in, although I am slightly suspicious that he only does it because he wants to hear the burb that follows. He really has a thing going for it. Men can be strange creatures...
                So we had lots and lots of tears on christmas and the packet of tissues that came with the dolls didn't even last for half an hour.

                So where can you get a Baby Annabel :
                I know for sure that you can get them from Argos, Toys'r'Us and Woolworth. As they are very popular I suppose you'll be able to get them from nearly every shop that sells toys

                How much do they cost:
                I've got ours for £34.99 from Argos, prices may vary from shop to shop and if you are lucky, you might find a cheaper option.

                Are there any variations to choose:
                Yes. Baby Annabell is also availlable as an ethnic doll. Then there is the First Baby Annabell. This is a smaller version, that costs around £15. First Annabell has the same outfit as its 'big sister' but doesn't have any functions.

                What comes with the doll:
                One outfit, a dummy with a dummy ribbon and clip (sheep-shaped - what else) a sheep bottle with an integrated heart shaped rattle to feed Annabel and a very small packet of sheep tissues.

                Annabells Birth size :
                46 cm

                How to keep Baby Annabell clean :
                Out of the manufacturers handbook:
                Romper suit : wash by hand
                Little sheep bottle: use damp cloth
                Dummy with dummy
                ribbon and clip : use damp cloth
                Sheep tissues: can't be cleaned ( well, who would
                have thought that...???)

                Manufacturers web site
                www.zapf-creation.com/info

                Don't forget:
                To avoid long faces insert the batteries - 4 AA's - before handing over and to feed the baby it's first dossage of water - otherwise it will not work straight away.
                Do make sure that the little mummy understands that she should never put anything else then water in her bottle. No matter how much she likes blackcurrant juice herself - one sip just might be lethal for Baby Annabel.

                Educational use:
                Kids learn to understand babies behaviour and it might be a great toy to prepare them for a real new arrival.
                They also learn how to put clothes on and it does encourage role-play.

                Our verdict :
                We just love "our twins" and think they are a great toy for little girls between 3 and 8 years. We had our little nephew around who is 4 years old and he liked to play with them, too

                Dangers:
                Don't leave it around if your partner had a drink too much. Otherwise you might just find that usually ,oh so male, subject of your never-ending love with blurry eyes, cradling a doll and babbling about how nice it might be to have another real little one around....

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                  03.01.2001 19:08
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                  My daughter wanted a baby Annabel for Christmas, which of course Father Christmas managed to fit it on his sledge and deliver it on Christmas day. It claims on the box to cry, burp, snore, and suck it's bottle. I must admit the first time I held her it was just like a holding a real baby as the sucking noises that she makes is very realistic and the snoring is more like heavy breathing. It does do everything it claims which makes a nice change. The doll is made from a soft fabric which makes it lovely to cuddle. It comes complete with a white babygrow and hat, a feeding bottle with actual fake milk inside and a little lamb rattle. When you shake the rattle above her chest she giggles and if you sing to her softly she will fall asleep, but beware make a noise and she will start crying again and you will have to start all over again. It wears a proper baby's nappy and all in all is very realistic. I would say probably one of the best baby dolls around at this time. Here's the best bit though on the back of Annabel there is an on/off button. She runs on AA batteries (3 of them) and they still haven't run out yet-not bad considering that she has been in constant use since Christmas.

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                  Crying, burping, fully interactive doll.