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      03.01.2013 13:14
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      Baby Annabell

      My daughter loves baby dolls and was lucky enough to receive a Baby Annabell doll from one of her aunties. I say lucky because these retail for about £45 but I have to say its the best doll she has ever owned. She has got quite a few other baby dolls but I think Annabell is very realistic looking and also the right weight for a newborn baby too.

      I am going to have a little moan about her though before I mention her good traits. Annabell never shuts up, it's like having a really baby in the house and its very annoying!! I've done the newborn baby stage, I do not need to go through it again. On Boxing Day morning Annabell actually woke us up by crying. She was sleeping with my little girl and I thought it was my little boy crying at first until I realised it was the doll. She soon stopped when my daughter picked her up but still!! There is an off button on her back under two layers of material but it doesn't take a clever little three year old long to figure out where this is and how to switch it on and off.

      Leave Annabell alone and she will giggle and gurgle and make general baby noises all the time, she's really noises although it does sound quite realistic if a bit mechanical at times though.

      Anyway that's my moan over because I do quite like Annabell. She is really cute looking with a realistic baby looking face and really nice rosy cheeks. She has pretty blue eyes and baby lips which are open because she comes with a dummy that you can put in her mouth. She has quite a nice white baby grow on with a heart motif on the front and some little lambs with the words sweet love on. Unfortunately the material has started to bobble already and although she hasn't been out of my little girls sight since Christmas I probably wanted it to last a little bit longer. Still, you can buy lots of clothes for Annabell although some gave me a good tip. If you buy the newborn range of clothes from Mothercare they will fit Annabell and are actually cheaper than the purpose made branded doll clothes.

      Annabell measures 46cm so is about newborn size. She actually feels like a newborn when you pick her up and it's really funny, I have a photo from Christmas Day where my little girl is sitting with my mum and Annabell is on my mums lap and when I was flicking through the photos afterwards I actually thought my mum had a real baby on her lap. You can feel Annabell's battery pack in the middle of her tummy but the rest of her middle is quite soft and then she has plastic arms and legs.

      As I've mentioned above, Annabell has a dummy that she sucks on. It's really cute actually. You have to make sure that the dummy is all the way into the mouth and then she makes sucking noises and opens and closes her eyes as if she is trying to go to sleep. You can hear the motor of the battery whirring when this happens which is a little unrealistic but I don't think my daughter has noticed.

      Another cute thing she does is when you lay down and rub her cheeks, she will yawn and fall asleep. I find you can also give them a bit of a press and that will work too. Annabell takes 4 x AA batteries.

      My daughter adores playing with Annabell. It actually amazes me when I watch her too. It's funny because she understands Annabell turns on and off as she does it herself but then she actually treats just like a real baby, cuddling her, putting her to sleep etc. she has such a beautiful motherly tender way with her, it's very heartwarming!

      A lovely doll.

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      23.07.2012 22:42
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      Shame the standard didn't remain the same or get better than version 5

      We recently purchased this doll for my eldest birthday and were really disappointed. I tend to be really impressed with dolls as they have come such along way from when I was a child.

      Baby Annabell was one of those dolls which you have really big expectations of, but that fails to match up to. It was half price when I purchased it- £22.49. I would have paid full price if I'd needed too.

      I believe the baby Annabell which I purchased was version 6. The previous version has some really good reviews, so they really should have left it the same. Version 6 is meant to babble, laugh, react to your voice, make sucking noises and burp. Pretty impressive hey?

      The disappointment was etched on my daughters face when she opened this and the doll made dodgy, unrealistic sounds. It sounded half dead to be honest and didn't react in the slightest.

      We took the first doll back as it didn't do anything which it was supposed to. We had high hopes for the second one, as when placed the bottle in its mouth it made sucking noises, and when we removd the bottle it made a slight burping noise. Yet again though, the doll sounded altogether unhealthy, so we contacted the manufacturers-Zapf creations. They were really good and told us to send in the naked doll, and to write a letter requesting our postage costs be refunded.

      A few days later I contacted the manufacturers to be told that our doll had had a faulty unit and that we would be sent another one out. Fantastic-if it hadn't been that the third one was faulty too and did no more than the first and second ones. We now have a doll which we refuse to put batteries in, as the noises from its' so-called movements scare my daughter, and the other noises just drive us mad!!

      A friend of mine whose daughter has version 5 is really happy with her doll. It retailed for the same amount as version 6 but came with a sheep which made noises, the bottle and a dummy. Version 6 is supplied with a soft sheep which has absolutely no purpose and a bottle. The dummy is no longer supplied and has to be purchased seperately. Baby annabell is a really attractive doll, measuring at 46cm, but the cheap quality sleepsuit which version 6 is supplied with lets it down even more. Previous versions came with an outfit of much better standard.

      I would never buy this doll again, and if I thought my daughter wouldn't get upset all over again then I would have returned it and asked for a refund. I know of five people who have this doll-and only one person out of the four has purchased a fully working doll. When full priced, this doll really should be of better quality- next time I think I'll buy the chou chou doll!

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      26.07.2011 11:17
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      Its okay but disappointing

      In the run up to Christmas last year, my then 3 year was bombarded with TV adverts for dolls that cried tears, dolls that wet their nappies, and dolls that had red cheeks and needed medical attention. And being the age that she was, she was very taken with these adverts and kept asking for a 'baby that cries', so we ended up getting her a Baby Annabell for Christmas. The version she has is version 5, but I think they have since brought out a new one that moves its head and responds to your voice.

      **Baby Annabell Version 5**

      Version 5 Baby Annabell is not quite as advanced as this, but she does have many features. According to the manufacturer she gurgles, babbles, sucks on her dummy and bottle; drinks real water and cries real tears. She also burps and yawns, and also responds with a giggle to a lullaby played by her cuddly lamb. I'm not quite so sure about all of these things, but I will get onto that later.

      When you purchase the version 5, along with the doll in the box you will get a romper suit, a dummy, a bottle, and a toy lamb. You can expect to pay between £35 and £50 for this set, it depends where you go because she is often on offer and will be more so now the newer version is out.

      When my daughter opened this on Christmas day, we were all very eager to get Baby Annabell out and see what she did (I never had such a luxury when I was a kid), but first of all we had to insert some batteries, which are not included with the doll; she requires 4 AA batteries which go in the back of the doll. The lamb also needs 3 x AG13 batteries, but these are provided.

      **Does She Cry?**

      The first thing I noticed about the doll was the size and weight of it, it was pretty heavy and actually felt heavier and looked bigger than a real newborn doll, I suppose the fact that she giggles indicates that she is older than a newborn anyway. The actual size of Baby Annabell is 46 cm in length, which I think is pretty big! So if you are requiring a toy pram you will need to check the sizes because she is the full length of our toy Silver Cross prams.

      My daughter immediately wanted to see her cry, so we first of all had to give her a drink so the bottle needed to be filled with water, this was very simple, the lid just screws on and off. But the bottle is quite annoying because the bottom of it is curved so you cannot stand it up, so if it is left lying around the water can seep out. Anyway, to get the doll to drink you have to insert the long spike (otherwise known as the teat but it looks like a spike) into the hole in her mouth, and it's not like feeding a real baby, you really have to shove it in hard to get the doll to start sucking and at first my daughter could not do this. And sometimes if you do not keep the pressure on, the doll will stop sucking and so no water is actually going in. We had to do this over a period of a couple of hours before any water seemed to have been drunk. And then we had to wait for her to cry.

      Eventually she had a bit of a sobbing session, but no tears appeared. This resulted in real tears from my 3 year old! Anyway, I had to take over and be the mum for the next few hours and get this damn baby to drink. When giving her a bottle, if you do it for long enough, she will burp after you have removed the bottle, my daughter find this quite funny. Anyway, we eventually managed to get some tears to fall, the only problem being that only one eye was crying, but my daughter seemed to be satisfied with this. And over the 7 months that we have had this doll, I have rarely heard this baby cry or seen any tears come out of her eyes. My daughter actually gave up trying to get the tears to fall and started poking her in the eye with the bottle so it looked like she was crying, but it wasn't because of the doll's mechanism, it was just because my daughter was blobbing water into her eyes. I have to say I am really disappointed with this aspect of the doll because for it to have the feature of the doll crying, you would have expected it to cry quite regularly, but she rarely cries at all, not even the sound of crying. The main thing she does do is say 'Dadda, Da Da Da Dadda' over and over again which REALLY annoys me, and I have yet to hear any 'babbling or gurgling'.

      **What Else Does She Do?**

      Other features such as the dummy work quite well, you put the dummy into her mouth (which again is a spike rather than a teat) and she will suck it, and sometimes fall asleep. When she falls asleep she closes her eyes and makes snoring sounds. If you press the lamb's tummy this will play a lullaby and this either stops her from crying or makes her laugh, I have never heard her laugh. Another thing you can do when she is crying is pick her up and cuddle her and she will stop. The thing that I find quite infuriating is that when she cries (back to the crying thing again) you have to either put her dummy in or pick her up to soothe her, so the slightest movement you make with the doll makes her stop crying, and this is preventing the tears mechanism from really kicking in. She's not like a real baby that can scream for hours before they can be settled, if Baby Annabell cries you only have to nudge her and she will stop.

      The romper suit you get with the doll is a very simple and pink, and the dummy is attached to this with a ribbon. I have left the dummy attached to this item of clothing so that we don't lose it. But my mum knitted a load of clothes for the doll so it's quite annoying that if you want to put her dummy in, it's got a romper suit attached! I think it would have been better if the manufacturers had provided some sort of dummy clip so that you could attach it to whatever item of clothing the doll was wearing at the time.

      Speaking of clothes, the fact that the doll is soft bodied makes it easier for a young child to take her clothes on and off because they can bend the limbs. If she was rigid then undressing her would be a difficult task. You can buy extra clothes for Baby Annabell but they are quite expensive so I would recommend getting someone to knit you some, or buy some real baby clothes because that will work out a lot cheaper. We have used a couple of newborn sized babygros and they fit fine and actually look better quality than the Baby Annabell ones.

      **Final Thoughts**

      Overall I have been quite disappointed with this doll, and I think my daughter has too. The fact that she doesn't cry very well really put my daughter off, and the noises she makes are not varied or actually any good; she only says 'Dadda' which I just find irritating. Actually, thinking about it she also makes a groaning sort of sound but it's very nondescript; I wish they would have put some more noises in like the babble that you get from real babies.

      My daughter, who is now 4, recently rekindled her romance with the doll, and she enjoys taking her clothes on and off and changing her nappies (which can be bought separately) and pushing her about in her pram, but I was secretly watching her and she sat with the doll and kept smacking her on the head to make her cry, which didn't work by the way, but this just proves how frustrating it is, and how annoyed my daughter is that she doesn't cry as often as she would like!

      Recommended for children aged 3 and upwards, and I would say this is spot on. A younger child would find the doll too big and heavy.

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        16.01.2011 15:26
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        An ok doll but over priced!

        The doll I'm reviewing is doll 5 .My daughter is only 2 but she already owns half of toys r us it amazing how a child so young can have so many presents. This doll was one of her many gifts from her aunty and to be honest I was actually really excited for it as it promised to do so much. The doll requires 4 AA batteries which are not included and the only batteries I have found to work are duracells as with most toys. The doll measures around 40 cm long.

        The doll comes with a little sheep toy that when you press its button its plays a tune and the doll supposedly laughs and giggles at it. The sheep itself does play a tune but even with it held up close to Annibel she in now way responds. Also she has a dummy that is tied on to her arm so not to loose it and a bottle you fill with water and baby drinks. Both of these are good features when you put them in her mouth she does start sucking on them and this is what my daughter loves the most as she is feeding baby.

        Annibel cry's and you have to rock her to calm her down and talk to her to make her giggle. This is another great part as my daughter gets excited that the doll responds to her just like her little brother does. As it opens and closes it's eyes and checks move while she gurgles its a great touch to making the doll more realistic.

        My daughter loves the realistic movements of her face. She also likes that there are different outfits ( purchased separately) for her to change the doll into and because the outfits re removable its very easy to wash them. It is a very sophisticated dolly and is well made and sturdy. It is a good size for young girls to hold and has certainly been a great hit with my daughter she loves feeding her with real water.

        My main problems with the doll are that it just does not do half the things it says.The doll should burp after having a bottle but nope we have tried everything can not get that to happen. Also it should cry real tears when she cry's but again this is another let down as this has never happened. Also at some times the doll stops working without the on off button being switched off so you have to remove the batteries and re insert them for her to start working again.

        I know it sounds like a lot of negatives for this doll but really it is brilliant and good for a young girl to role play. My daughter is 2 but recommended age is 3 but she has still had some good use out of it and as there are no small parts I did not feel it was dangerous for her to use. I did speak to amazon about the faults and they said some of these problems are common faults which will be improved with the next doll. I was offered a refund but as my daughter does love it and it was a gift we kept the doll. For the price tag of £40 for a doll I think it is a little high especially as there are lot of claims that these dolls do not fulfil but if you shop around you can get it a lot cheaper. My daughter loves the doll ,and I suppose that is all that matters!

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          17.10.2010 14:16
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          Baby Annabell!

          As said in my recent reviews, my niece recieved this item for her recent birthday.

          This doll measures around 17" long and does require batteries. The doll itself cost around £40 from Argos, though since purchasing I think I have seen it cheaper on the likes of eBay and Amazon.

          The doll has 4 plastic limbs (legs and arms) also the head, though the body is soft and squidgy, meaning it is nice to cuddle. The arms and legs do move, though cannot be posed.

          The doll comes with her bottle, dummy, outfit, nappy, tissues and hat. When you put the batteries in the doll it is the fun part and the part that most little girls will love.

          She bgins to gurgle and coo, and when tickled (pressed around stomach) she laughs and giggles. This also makes my niece laugh, which then makes us laugh, so there is basically bunch full or laughing clowns in a room.

          The doll begins to get really magical when you call her name / talk to her as she turns her head to where she hears you voice come from, my niece really loves this part and often runs from side to side of her doll (which we told her she'll break if she does it too much!!) to get her head to move from side to side.

          To feed her you can fill her bottle up with water and she'll begin to suck on it and make sucking noise, whilst doing this her mouth also moves in and out as if she is sucking. This also happens when her dummy is given to her. She often falls asleep after he bottle and her eyes close automatically.

          However if you make a loud noise she will wake up and begin to cry, this is where the water part comes in as the water will be used for the effect of 'real tears', which is what the tissues are for. This is really effective and my niece even gets a little worried when this happens and begins to rock the doll.

          The doll comes complete in her lovely outfit, which can be washed and is very soft.

          Overall I would highly reccomend this doll, my niece does love to play with it and I think it would make a good christmas present this year for any little girl!

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            13.07.2010 11:12
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            A top quality baby doll

            My daughter was bought a Baby Annabell as a gift when she was 2.

            Annabell is about 17 inches tall and measures about 14 inches around her tummy. Her arms, legs and head are made of fairly hard plastic. Her mid-section is made of stuffed material, which means she is a bit cuddly. Her arms and legs can all be moved independently, although they are not posable.

            On Annabell's back there is a velcro fastening. When you open the velcro you find her battery pack (she takes 4 AAs) and her on/off switch.

            This is where Annabell becomes really impressive. When you switch her on, she suddenly becomes alive. She will coo and gurgle, laugh and even turn her head towards you if you talk to her.

            Annabell comes with her own feeding bottle. You fill the bottle with water and push it into the small circular hole in her mouth. She starts to make sucking noises and will even burp when she's finished.

            Annabell's eyes have a full set of lashes and open and close according to what she is doing - she will often fall asleep whilst having her bottle.

            By feeding Annabell you are filling up her water reserve on the inside. Every now and again she will cry and the water will come out from her eyes. It's very effective and really does look like she's crying real tears.

            Annabell does not wee like some other dolls, although my daughter still takes great delight in changing her nappy!

            Annabell comes with a dummy. When she cries you can put the dummy in her mouth to soothe her.

            Annabell comes dressed in a white sleepsuit with a pink sheep on the front. She also has a matching white hat.
            The Baby Annabell range is huge and you can buy just about every accessory you can think of for her - including prams, cots, clothing, cars - you name it, she's got it!

            I love how realistic this doll is, the size is very similar to a newborn and even the weight balance is convincing - she feels like a real baby.

            At around £30, this is a pricey doll. However, ours has been in regular use for 2 years now and is still going strong. The batteries last well as Annabell just goes to sleep when she's not being played with, so she's not losing power.

            My daughter has had lots of fun with baby Annabell. She takes her for walks in the pram, puts her to bed, changes her nappy, feeds her in the high chair. It's all good, simple but imaginative fun.

            If your child loves babies, this could be the doll to get them.

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              09.06.2010 15:54
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              4 stars

              Baby Annabell and it's range are becoming a firm favourite with the children of today and my daughter is no exception. When her grandparents took her to Toys R Us to choose a birthday present, it is this stupendously expensive doll that took her fancy. She has taken it everywhere since that day, and unfortunately for us it comes with it's very own (expensive) range!

              This doll is interactive and responds to certain actions, such as putting in the dummy which it will then suck, she also cry's, giggles and babbles. The price of this doll is roughly £45, but it is the accessories you can buy which can really bump up the price of this doll, for example you can buy nappies, outfits, bike seats and helmets, high chairs, baby baths, potties.... You name it, you can buy it.

              The doll comes with a nappy, outfit, dummy and teddy bear, and while this is enough to stimulate your child for a short while, I would recommend purchasing some extra's along the way, to keep them entertained just that little bit longer. One thing I would recommend doing is going to Toys R Us and buying the accessories from their own range, which is a lot cheaper. While the outfits probably will not fit, your child won't notice the difference between the baby Annabell baby bath or the cheaper version, but you will certainly notice a difference at the till.

              My daughter squealed with delight when she first manage to 'satisfy' her baby and she had fed it, then given it a dummy, and it's eyes slowly started moving up and down which was a nice feature. It is handy to know, although I haven't yet told my daughter for fear of getting water everywhere, that the lid of the baby bottle opens and if you put water in, it will go through the baby and basically pee! I'll leave that open to you whether or not you disclose that little secret! It is also worth knowing there is an on/off switch!

              There is also a baby Annabell ethnic version and a baby brother version too.

              Recommended for young girls.

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                10.03.2010 16:58
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                a nice doll for older children

                Every little girl seems to love a doll at some point in their life. My daughter was 2 and a half at Christmas, and she had just started to get really interested in dolls. We knew we would get her a doll, but was unsure which one to get.
                Baby Annabell made by Zapf is one of the most popular models of doll against the Baby Born. Each have their own set of pros and cons attached to them as I worked out when we were researching the doll. In the end we decided on a Baby Annabell.

                The search doesn't stop when you decide on the doll you want. There are different versions of Baby Annabell, with different price tags attached. It seems that each version will do something just that little better than the last. I probably would have bought the latest version had I not seen the version 4 in a half price sale just before Christmas. I weighed up the pros and cons and decided that as my daughter is only two years old, she wasn't going to know any different. There certainly aren't any friends that she would have to compare dolls with.

                So what do you get with Baby Annabell version 4? In our box we had a large doll that is actually quite heavy. I was worried my daughter may struggle with her, but she copes fine. You get a bottle, outfit for Annabell, a dummy, and a pack of tissues. I'm not really sure what the relevance to the tissues is, other than they are of no use to anything or anyone. I was hoping it was going to be a nappy for the doll, but sadly not.

                Annabell has various functions that she will do unassisted and also assisted. Without any child interaction, Annabelle will move her head from side to side. This makes her sound and look like a robot which is quite funny. The booklet says she does this with interaction from a child's voice, but I have seen her do this when the room was quiet.

                Annabel's dummy and bottle have the perfect ends to fit into the hole in her mouth. Once inserted she will make a variety of noises, sometimes a gurgle and sometimes sucking. If Annabell is hungry, the sucking noises will be heard, followed by a burp once left in for long enough. Once she has burped, there will be a big sigh and she will close her eyes for a while until a loud noise is made, or enough time has passed.

                You can put water into the bottle and this will make Annabell cry real tears from her eyes. I haven't introduced this to my daughter as I didn't want to encourage the water at a young age, but I have had a go with this when she hasn't been around. I don't find this feature to be very good at all, you are lucky if you can get any tears to flow to be honest.

                There is thankfully an on and off button inserted into Annabel's back which is easily reached. If left on, and not played with, Annabell will gurgle and make weird noises to herself. This can get quite annoying if she's not being played with. My daughter has learnt very quickly that she can turn her off.

                I like the fact that Annabell can interact with children, or vice versa, as I think it gives the children a chance to look after a baby, but I do think the doll is more suited to a child over four rather than the recommended three years. This is purely because younger children don't understand the mechanics of how the doll is made, and it could quite easily be broken by trying to force the head to move or eyes to close etc.

                I have found the batteries to last with plenty of usage, so it's not expensive to keep replacing them, and the doll doesn't have to be left unloved at the bottom of the toy box because the batteries have worn out. Having said that you do need 4 x AA batteries to make the doll work.

                Despite the £38 price tag, I think this doll will last my daughter a few years until she understand the whole concept of having something newer and better when watching adverts. For this reason I rate the doll highly and think it has provided us with good value for money. I have looked at what versions 5 contains and it doesn't appear to be too different, so parents may get away with saving some money.

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