Looking After A Baby (Annabell). A Preschoolers Guide and Review


This post is a little late coming. You see, when Zapf sent us Baby Annabell to review, I didn't realise how much the girls would love her...

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It was a little like the instant love us Mama's feel for our own baby's, you know that rush of love when your baby is placed in your arms just after birth? I kinda think that's how they felt when we opened up the package and they saw Annabell laid in her box! I usually make the monsters wait for some photos to be taken first before they are allowed to play but on this occasion...with THAT look in their eyes. I couldn't do it and together we tore into the box to deliver Annabell to the world.*

*note: We didn't tear into the box...is was just as stressful as real life birth. A lot of sweat and tears went into getting Annabel out..so please dear Zapf for the sanity of parents everywhere please make the box more user-friendly! Please, you must remember your doll is aimed at those threenagers, who, let's face it will blow at any mention of that little thing we call patience!

Luckily getting Annabell's battery's in was a whole lot easier than getting  her out of the box and so soon enough we had a doll we could play with. 

So what does it take to look after Baby Annabell

1. Play (of course!) 



Baby Annabel loves to play and will giggle and babble her way through your play. Evie has found that she loves to play peek-a-boo. Whereas Elsie...Elsie likes to drag her around by her arm and well strangely Baby Annabell sometimes likes that too! 

2. Comfort and love.


Every now and then, Baby Annabell decides that actually peek-a-boo and being dragged around isn't actually the greatest thing after all and she will cry, sometimes she will cry real tears, but we have only seen these once unfortunatly. She is easily comforted with a cuddle and a tap at the bottom of her back and if this doesn't work she has a dummy (included in the box) that she will happily suck on. The monsters were amazed when they saw Annabell's mouth moving...it was like magic and they watched in awe. If the dummy doesn't work she may want feeding...

3. Feeding.



Baby Annabel also comes with her own bottle, although she is a little fussy and only likes water, that she will suck on, and drink the bottle until it is empty! But you must remember to burp her else she will just keep crying. Pop her over your shoulder and tap the bottom of her back. She will let out a little burp and is magically happy again!  

4. Sleep.


With Baby Annabell there are 2 kinds of sleep (bare with me here reader!) there is the sleep that happens when children play with her, just lay her down and given her the dummy and she will magically fall asleep, and wake up as soon as you try to move her. And then there is the sleep that happens when a grown-up gets her to sleep...and she will sleep until a grown up wakes her up! (AKA...Turns her off and back on again!) 

5. Fresh Air.


Baby Annabell loves to go out for walks. Clip her into her pram (available separately) for instant fun! We found our Baby Annabell Stroller in the charity shop for just £2! 

6. Clothes.

Baby Annabel has a wardrobe collection that any InstaBaby-Fashionista would be jealous off! From the Deluxe Layette to the Knit Collection, there is something for every occasion! (also for the more budget conscious we have found that Primark Newborn fit Annabell a treat!)


Disclaimer: We were sent Baby Annabell by Zapf Creations for review purposes, all words are our own. You can find Baby Annabell in all good toy stores and online prices seem to vary from £34.99 upwards.

14 comments:

  1. We have Baby Annabell and love it (well the face moving freaked me out the first time!). My daughter treats her like a real baby and I've even had to make extra food for her! Your girls look totally in love with her.

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  2. So cute! Your girls look like they love her! I'm sure my little Mr A would love her, he is a big doll and soft toy fan. :) x

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  3. I have been thinking of getting a Baby Annabell for my little girl for her third birthday, I think she would love her. x

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  4. Oh my gosh, my daughter would adore her! I'm intrigued - if she takes a whole bottle does that mean she also needs to be changed?!

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    1. No Baby Annabell doesn't wet. She is soft bodied. The water comes out as tears, although we have found she likes to dribble a-lot too, the bib comes in very handy :)

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  5. Cute I want to get Blake a doll when he is a little older.

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  6. My niece has a bay Annabell and she is very much loved, so cute to watch her feed it x

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  7. Looks like a great toy. What age ranges do you think it would be best suitable for?

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    1. H Jon, thanks for your comment, My youngest daughter is 2 and she loves it, and my 11 year old 'grew out' of hers a few years ago. So should we say age 2-9 years old. The manufacturer recommended age is 36 Months and up. I hope this helps you! :)

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  8. Great review and love the photos showing how much the doll was being enjoyed and cared for :)

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  9. Awww that brings back memories of my now 19 year old daughter - she loved her baby Annabell so much!!

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  10. Eliza loves her baby annabelle dolls, she plays with them for hours!

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  11. Awww such a lovely post! So so adorable! Mine have never really bothered much with dolls but I used to love them when I was little x

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  12. How sweet, I had a baby born by the same company when I was little and I still have her. I loved that doll so much lol I hope I have a girl one day so I can... I mean she can enjoy playing with dolls too haha

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