“ Brand: Boots / Type: Doll „
I went into Boots last year just before my daughter's first birthday for something that I can't remember now, but I came out with a new doll for my daughter instead. There was only one reason that I bought this doll and it was because it had the same name as my daughter. It was spelt the same too, which is quite unusual I find. The fate was sealed and my one year old was getting her first doll.
Baby Abby is a Boots own toy. She is about 30 centimetres long with a soft body and solid hands, feet and face. She has a recommended age of three years plus attached to her, but I would imagine this is due to the battery compartment hidden in her back.
With supervision I don't think there is a problem for a younger child to enjoy baby Abby. She has the brightest blue eyes which instantly attract me to her whenever I see her, but sadly these don't close when baby lies down.
Baby Abby comes dressed in a pink all in one soft suit with a matching hat. This is easily removed for washing, but watch the hat it comes off her head more than it stays on, so you may want to do what we did and attach a ribbon to it.
As I mentioned baby Abby has a battery compartment, which must mean she can talk or do something. She comes with four different sounds, "Mamma", "Dadda", she cries and she giggles. These are operated when you press the baby's tummy. I found quickly that my young child wasn't strong enough to activate Abby's sounds when she first got it, and she's only just mastered it a couple of months ago, and she's just turned two years old herself.
The sounds don't last too long which is a godsend for a parent who doesn't want to hear the noise being repeated over and over again, but they are clear enough to let the child know what is being said.
My daughter went through a phase of repeating Abby's phrases, and when she cried, the doll would instantly get a cuddle; a giggle was reciprocated with a giggle from my own Abby. I found this so cute and it helped her in the repetition of saying Mamma and Dadda, especially Mamma which she seemed to be stubborn in saying.
Baby Abby seems to be well made, her clothes seem to gape a bit easily but the Velcro that hold them together catches all the fluff from everything else, but I am pleased to find that even after a year of constant use, the Velcro holding the battery pack inside the doll is still firm and stays closed. This for me is the most important thing.
Abby doesn't do anything else such as suck her thumb, or have bendy hands and feet, but what she does, she does well and for £7.50 she appears to be a bargain that my daughter has loved from the moment she saw her.
There are so many different dolls on the market and choosing one really is a task in itself. Abby won't ever stand up against some of the all singing all dancing ones that cost five times more, but she really does hold her own. I know she may not have the same appeal for any parent who doesn't have a child called Abby like I do, as to be honest I probably wouldn't have bought her if it weren't for the name on the box.
I'm glad I did however, as she'll be a treasure to keep.
She's soft and sweet and huggable and just the right size to fit snugly into a doting pair of toddler arms.