21 November 2016

When your baby has a baby: New Baby Annabell dolly

When I was a few years old I got a baby dolly as a gift. It was the best thing ever and I remember loving it like crazy. So when my daughter got herself a new baby dolly, the new Baby Annabell, that does pretty much anything a newborn does, I think I was almost as excited as she was. Here I write how my daughter got along with her new baby, and I review the new 2016 Baby Annabell.  

You can also win yourself a new Baby Annabell, just like the one we have. Giveaway at the bottom of the post. Please note, this post is written in collaboration with Zapf Creation. 






The best judge is my daughter. She was smitten as soon as I gave her Baby Annabell. Now she wants to take it everywhere with her. The first night she woke up 4AM, crying for her baby. We had to make Baby Annabell a makeshift bed from blankets and a pillow and place her next to my daughter's bed, just so we could go back to sleep ourselves.

She tells me that "Aww, the baby is so cute!". She also tells me "it plays and it still plays and it talks like little children". 

The make believe play is endless. The baby is sometimes sick, sometimes crying, sometimes tired... She gets so much enjoyment out of it and it encourages her to use her imagination and role play. I believe her Baby Annabell has now been named Bethany, after her best friend at the nursery. She is now mummy and I am Nanny, and Bethany/Annabell is her baby. 

It is adorable seeing my daughter being such a good mummy to her baby - she cuddles it gently, and gets quite upset when it cries. She tells me off when I am being too rough with the baby or if I take the dummy away. She shouts at me I will make her Bethany cry. It is lovely seeing her interacting and being so gentle and caring in play. 

When I was little my dolly didn't really do anything. It was just a hard plastic dolly. You could move its arms and legs and that was it. But still, it was loved and cherished. I used to walk it around, proudly pushing the dolly stroller. I suppose this is one of those experiences most kids go through - loving and pretending to have babies of their own and mimicking their parents. It is so sweet to see. 




I think the interactive elements do make Baby Annabell even more magical to play with and I certainly had fun with it too, even if I am an adult. It babbles in a very cute way. It makes contented sucking sounds with the dummy and bottle, and the dummy moves as if being sucked. It closes its eyes independently, and can go to sleep and its breathing sounds change to happy snuffling. 

After feeding (or just using an empty bottle) it cries and needs a pat on the back to burp it. It "drinks" water, and this enables it to cry real tears and pee. You can make the dolly cry by taking away its dummy three times, after which it needs cuddles and cheek strokes. If you ignore it for a couple of minutes it will automatically turn off. 

The only slightly annoying thing I found with the doll is that the motorised component is quite loud. That said, this doesn't bother my daughter at all.

All in all the Baby Annabell works well and is fun to play with. Just remember to pack in three AA batteries if you give this as a gift as there isn't any in the box!


What was the best dolly you ever had?


You might also like: 10 things I learned in my first year as a mother and 24 hours with a newborn baby 





For the giveaway, win a new 2016 Baby Annabell for Christmas! (Can't guarantee Christmas delivery but will try...). Daily free entry, and daily tweet options to enter, alongside other options. UK entries only! 



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170 comments:

  1. i would give this lovely doll to my niece

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  2. I'd give it to my niece, she hasn't had a baby doll yet!

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  3. to my little granddaughter, who has an empty doll's pram waiting

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  4. My daughter would be thrilled with this

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  5. Give it to my granddaughter Shaylen aged 3

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  6. Our niece for Christmas, she would absolutely adore it.

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  7. I would gift the Baby Annabell to my niece who's asked for one for Christmas.

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  8. I would give this to my daughter for Christmas.

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  9. I would love this for my niece Alyssa, thanks.x

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  10. I would love to give this to my daughter Grace. Thanks so much for running this generous giveaway :)

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  11. My daughter, she would love it. Fingers crossed :)

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  12. My daughter,she would really love this fab doll

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  13. to my daughter amy she loves dolls x

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  14. My granddaughter will be three just after Christmas so this would be perfect for her x

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  15. My granddaughter would love this doll

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  16. I would give it to my niece Brooke she loves her dolls

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  17. I don't have any children but would love to win this prize for charity, to go to Romania.

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  18. I would give it to my daughter. x

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  19. I would give this baby Annabelle to my daughter Heidi she loves being a doll mum :)

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  20. I would give it to my daughter, Annabelle!

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  21. if i were to win id gift to my niece lola, shes just started playing with dolls im sure she would love her!

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  22. i would give this doll to granddaughter

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  23. My great-niece she would love it

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  24. I would give this to my youngest daughter

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  25. I'd love to win for my lovely grand-daughter Freya

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  26. I would give her to my oldest niece who would love to look after her.

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  27. I would give the doll to my 6 year old daughter

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  28. I would give her to my niece she would love this

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  29. I would.love to give it to my daughter. X

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  30. I would.love to give it to my daughter. X

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  31. My little girl, she would love her

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  32. I'd give to my daughter April , she loves to interact with dolls 😊 Kali filsell

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  33. my 4 year old daughter would love this for christmas :-)

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  34. I'd give it to my daughter Poppy, I'm sure she'd adore her!

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  35. I'd give it to my daughter Poppy, I'm sure she'd adore her!

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  36. I'd give the dolly to my youngest daughter..

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  37. I'd give it to my daughter as she would love one

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  38. I've bought one for my youngest sister, so I would give this one to my other sister who also really wants one!

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  39. I would give it to my daughter Ruby. She loves dolls and sits with them all around her in a circle feeding them pretend food. She would love to add another to her collection.

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  40. My daughter Sophia, would love this!

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  41. I'd give it to my best friend's little girl :)

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  42. I would give it to my #3 granddaughter, who is just coming up to three years old and starting to enjoy playing with dolls like her older cousins

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  43. Would be my youngest daughter ... she is the last to be asking for dollies for Christmas ... and this is one of many she would love to own xxx

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  44. Would give it to my little Granddaughter who has started to play with dolls, she would absolutely love Annabelle

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  45. I'd love to give her to my gorgeous little neice. x

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  46. I would give this to my Granddaughter,

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  47. My Granddaughter would love baby Annabell

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  48. my niece and she would be over the moon to get

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  49. to my daughter Sophia she loves babies!

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  50. it would go to my beautiful neice x

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  51. I would give it to my best friends daughter

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  52. Id give it to my youngest daughter it is on her Christmas list. @bexallum on twitter

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  53. I would give the doll to my 7yr old daughter.

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  54. My little girl as a Christmas present she would love this!

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  55. My cousins daughter I got her a truck for christmas last year this year a doll would be the ticket

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  56. This baby would be for Bea to help prepare her for being a big sister

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  57. My daughter has asked for a Baby Annabell for Christmas - she is going to be over the moon on Christmas day. She loves dolls and is always really gentle and caring.

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  58. Aww your daughter sounds exactly like how I was with my Baby Annabel as little girl! My daughter would love this - and I think my son would love to push it around in a buggy too! xx

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  59. My friends daughter would love this #TriedTested

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  60. Heather Morrison1 December 2016 at 19:09

    My son! He wants "a baby" for Christmas but unfortunately we can't give him one! xx

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  61. My youngest is obsessed with babies and dolls at the moment - she'd love this!
    Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested this week x

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  62. It would be for my niece for Christmas

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  63. Niece. She would love her dearly.

    Rachel Craig

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  64. My daughter she would love it

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  65. I would give to my daughter, she would adore her

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  66. I would give it to my friend for her daughter

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  67. I'd give the Baby Annabell doll to my niece.

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  68. Thank you for doing this giveaway, my daughter would love this (@beckaustin)

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  69. Would give it to my grandaughter, grandson might pinch it sometimes though

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  70. I would giveit to my granddaughter, she loves playing with dolls

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  71. My little girl.

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  72. Victoria Cunniff9 December 2016 at 21:23

    My little girl Scarlett, she's nearly 4 and loves all types of play were she can make things up so shop, school, walks with her dollies, doctors

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  73. My daughter would love this!! and i mean love..she asked for Baby Annabelle or Babyborn..but babyborn is not very cuddly so we would love this for christmas :) thanks for the chance xx

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  74. I would give the doll to my daughter

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  75. Would love to win to give to Santa!

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  76. I would save it for when my little one is old enough.

    EJ Dunn

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  77. I would love to gift this gorgeous doll to my baby niece Keeley :)

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  78. id give to my wee girl shes been asking for a baby annabell

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  79. If I was lucky enough to win this gorgeous prize I'd give it to my little one Katie, who loves playing mummy to her babies and would adore Annabell

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  80. I'd give it to my 4 year old daughter, she would love it!

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  81. I'd give it to my eldest daughter x

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  82. i would be giving this to my friends little girl

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  83. This gorgeous doll would be for our youngest if we were lucky enough to win.

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  84. Wow would love to win this for my daughter who is doll obsessed 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

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  85. This would be for my goddaughter.

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  86. My niece Jodie

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  87. I would love this for my daughter .x

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  88. My great-niece Phoenix. She would love this. Thanks for the chance.

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  89. I would give it to my granddaughter

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  90. would love this for my granddaughter ava blossom

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  91. My eldest daughter would love it :) @kleesical

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  92. I would give this to my daughter

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  93. I'd give it to my beautiful little girl x

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  94. my friends daughter they are having another baby i think it would be great for her so she can help mummy when the baby comes by having her own baby

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  95. I would give it to my lil niece Amelia

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  96. my granddaughterv .. she would love it

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  97. id love to give this to my 2 year old niece. she would love this

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  98. My niece, It would be the perfect Christmas gift for her! x

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  99. I'd give to my granddaughter. She would love to care for baby Annabell :D

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  100. This lovely doll would go to my own daughter

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  101. my daughter, she would love it x

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  102. I would send it to South Africa to my cousins granddaughter Annabell... she has just turned one and it would be amazing for her to have a doll with the same name.

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  103. My daughters step sister has a daughter on her father's side, who she adores

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  104. My little girl, she would love it

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  105. id give this to my friends daughter as she loves baby Annabelle and has got baby Annabelle wardrobe for xmas x

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  106. I would gift this to my lovely niece

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  107. i know several little pricesses who would love this lovely little doll

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  108. My son has asked for a doll for Christmas so i would give it to him :)

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  109. My son would love baby annabell :)

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  110. I would give her to my Daughters to share x

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  111. My youngest daughter would love to have one for her first doll.

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  112. I would give it to my eldest daughter - she loves dolls and they are all her "babies"

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