J was recently given the opportunity to review the Baby Annabell Brother doll from Zapf Creations. I know there will be a few people who will think there is an issue with my son having a doll, but I am not one of them. I have never been one for stereotyping toys, after all, toys are just that, toys. If J was interested in something then I would have let him have it. He has a play kitchen and has been known to push prams and potter around in dressing up shoes at the childminders house.
I thought now was a good time to introduce a doll into the household as J will be having a new baby cousin soon. J has briefly met my friends newborn and seemed interested in him, saying hi and telling me he had fallen asleep.
When the doll arrived we had to pick him up from the post office as I missed the delivery. This meant J had time to look at the box and all the pictures whilst I was driving the car. We arrived at my mums and promptly got ‘Baby’ out of the box. We suggested a few different names but J was adamant the doll was called Baby.
Included in the baby Annabell brother box;
- 1 Romper suit,
- 1 Hat,
- 1 Bib,
- 1 Bottle,
- 1 Dummy,
- 1 Fabric necklace with an amulet.
The doll requires 4x AA batteries, which are not included. This created a bit of a flap whilst we borrowed batteries from the tv remotes at grandmas house.
J asked us to fill the baby’s bottle up with water so he could give him a drink. I wasn’t aware at first that the doll could actually drink the water so his shocked me. I’m used to the dolls 20 years ago that didn’t do anything so this is a real novelty to me. When you feed ‘Baby’ you put the bottle in his mouth which presses a button, this makes the baby start making sucking movements and noises. If you remove the bottle before the baby has finished then he will start to cry. However, it is also worth noting that the baby needs burping occasionally. This really threw us the first time, as we did not know what the baby wanted. We got grandma to read the instruction manual to figure out he needed burping. If only real newborn babies come with an instruction manual!
J took great pleasure in showing his cousin how you feed a baby and burp him. As J had been studying the box in the car he had seen that the baby should cry tears so asked us to so him how. Unfortunately, the only negative point I have with the doll is that I can not seem to get it to cry real tears. According to the manual, he should cry real tears after drinking only 1/4of the bottle of water. I’m sure he has drunk way more than that but I’ve never seen him cry. I’m slightly concerned he is now full of water.
We have had a few comical moments between J and the doll such as when Baby started crying again and J went over to him with a huff as if to say “ahh not again” it is like having a real newborn baby.
This is a great doll for getting children use to the idea of being around newborn babies and getting them to understand how to care for a baby. The recommended age group is 3- 7 years old and the RRP is £49.99. At first, I thought that was expensive however when I look at how much J has played with him and how much interaction you get from the Baby I have changed my mind and the doll is well worth the retail price.
You can buy a few additional items for the Baby Annabelle Brother, however, I would love to see more choice as most of the items are pink, which isn’t a problem to us but I know it would put some people off. You can get an adorable bed ( worth noting that this is the UK only )
Does your child have a doll?