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I knew what I wanted to get my daughter for her second birthday last November months before the actual date. I wanted to get her a proper doll. She had many basic dolls before so I wanted to get her a functioning doll. This my first baby Annabell kisses and tickles so I thought it would be perfect for my daughters first proper doll.
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I purchased my first baby Annabell from Amazon, it was available to buy from lots of places but with all things like these baby Annabell's, new ones often come out and it makes it harder to buy the older versions. I think I paid around the £20 mark.
Baby Annabell comes packaged inside a cardboard box with a cut out front so it can be tried before you buy. Of course, with most toys, it has the stupid plastic ties holding the doll in place, there were about five in total so not too bad, but still annoying. The branding of the packaging is the same as most baby Annabell packaging being baby pink in colour with the familiar logo. It also has images of a child playing with the doll showing us how to use it.
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As this is a my first baby Annabell doll it isn't a totally hard doll like some of the other baby Anabell's. This one has hard legs, arms and head and the body is mainly soft with it only going hard around the battery pack inside the belly. It is around 35cm long. The battery pack can be found by opening the Velcro on the back of the doll, a screwdriver is needed to open it. The doll requires 3x AA batteries. There is also a slider on top of the battery pack which can be moved to choose the setting you want it on, either on, off or try me. It's nice being able to turn it off although it does stop making noises after it has been idle for so long.
To turn Annabell on whilst it's on the on mode you have to push her left hand, this will bring her to life and allow you to activate the other sounds. The kissing sound is made by giving Annabell a kiss and the tickle sound from tickling her left foot. These areas are quite sensitive and it doesn't take much to get the sounds to work. My daughter has been able to kiss and tickle Annabell right from the off on her second birthday. After Annabell has been idle for a minute or two she will start making more sounds, such as hiccups, coo's and saying mama. I think she does this is try and grab the attention of the child again, I've not noticed any cues that make Annabell make these sounds so I think they are just random noises.
Baby Annabell comes complete with a cute outfit. It's an all in one romper with the top half draping over the bottom looking almost like a dress, it comes complete with a pink hat. The hat is held on to the outfit by a piece of thread, well it was held on by a piece of thread. The thread is so thin and weak I think the doll lasted a week with the hat being held in place before snapping. We've since lost the hat so I think a stronger thread would have been more appropriate.
Despite the doll having a battery pack and hard limbs, it is still quite lightweight. My daughter has never had any problems carrying her around or lifting her up. Baby Annabell is recommended for children over one year of age but I personally feel a one year old may have a little difficulty carrying her around and would say 18 months may be a more appropriate age in regards to how heavy she is.
Baby Annabell has been a huge hit with my daughter for the past year she has had her. She is the doll that she uses the most in imagination play with her prams and kitchen toys. The doll, being 35cm long, can fit in my daughters pushchairs and highchairs with ease and the soft body means it's easy to manipulate her into even smaller places. Annabell often comes out with us on days out as she is my daughters favourite doll at the moment. Despite lots of play she is still in a fantastic condition, we have had to change to batteries twice in the last year but I don't think that is too bad considering how often she is played with.
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I'd definitely recommend this my first baby Annabell for a first proper doll, although it is recommended from 12 months, I would personally wait a few more months as she is a little heavy for this age. The sounds the doll makes are realistic and the outfit she comes in is cute and girly. The only negative I have is the thin piece of string holding the hat on the romper as it is too thin and broke quite quickly, and since means we have lost the hat.
I brought this for my daughter when she was about 18months old and she absolutely loved it. For the first 6 months we took it everywhere and spent hours putting her to sleep, sitting her in a highchair and pretending to change her nappy.
The dolls is approximately 36cm high and is recommended from the age of 1 upwards. It has movable arms, legs & head and also closes her beautiful blue eyes when you lie her down.
It comes with a cute little romper suit and bonnet (the bonnet is also attached by a bit of string so as not to come off).
This is the smallest version Baby Annabell that Zapf do and as the only function is that the doll closes her eyes its really lightweight and easy to carry, especially for the smaller children.
My daughter is now 4 and she still plays with it, calling this doll the younger sister compared to the other bigger dolls she has.
If you are interested in the clothes, you would need to by specifically for the 'My First' version as we brought clothes from the same range and found that they were a bit too big as designed for the larger dolls.
The doll has a RRP of approximately £15 which is a bit steep but I have found from time to time, the are half price. EBay has them for this price but you normally have to pay the postage and due to the size of the box, this can be quite steep (normally around £4)
I would really recommend this for any little one, it really helps with role play and as I said, still keeps my daughter entertained now!
Thanks for reading
My daughter was bought a pushchair for her second birthday and it came with the most ugly doll I had ever seen so we made a point just before her birthday to buy a more attractive baby looking doll. I visited my local Argos and saw this cute baby Annabelle doll priced at £15.00. This didn't seem like a bad price and It looked lovely in the book.
When I got it home I took a good look at the doll. It was a little girl doll dressed in a pink all in one suit with a little bonnet on its head. It had baby like features which was what I was looking for and it was also quite small so my daughter would be able to hold it. Inside the box was a rattle that was pink and a bottle that was purple. The babies mouth was open slightly so the bottle would push inside its mouth and the rattle fitted nicly over the babies arm which was good. The body of this doll is soft which makes the doll lighter and more friendly for the child to hold. The clothes that were on the doll are easy to remove which makes them easy to wash. As most dolls now the eyes of the doll closes when it is lying down, I like that the dolls do this because it makes it more real when the child is playing with them. The hands feet and face are made from a child friendly thick plastic and is easy to wipe, this I found out when my daughter thought she could feed the doll real food.
When my daughter saw this doll she thought it was brilliant and in the end her great grandmother had bought her the same doll for her birthday so that she had 2. Unfortunatley the push chair was too big for this doll and we did have to invest in a bigger doll for her but both of these babies have been played with lots. There is a big baby Annabelle range that you can buy clothes for your doll and other accessories which was good. Because the doll looks like the boy or the girl you are able to buy either clothes for them because we had 2 of these we have invested in boy and girl clothes so she has one of each. This doll has been played with lots over the past year and my daughter has had endless fun pushing her around the garden, changing her nappy feeding her and taking her visiting family. The fact that you can buy accessories for this doll is good and has made it a long lasting toy. This toy will now be passed down to my younger daughter who I hope will have the same enjoyment from this.
I think this is a worthwhile first doll from the ages 1 and above. It is very easy to keep like new and you are able to buy more for it. There is a big baby Annabelle range in toys r us and in the Argos along with pushchairs to suit the doll which is brilliant. I think this was a brilliant price for something that will last a long time. It is very child friendly and would recommend this to other parents with young girls or boys who would like a doll to play with.