Product Type: Zapf Creation Doll
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Disappointing Waste of Money :(
Zapf My First Baby Annabel Time To Sleep
Member Name: northernlovely
Zapf My First Baby Annabel Time To Sleep
Advantages: Looks cute
Disadvantages: Expensive, fixed in place, limited play, poor electronic element, no batteries
**What is it?**
The Zapf My First Baby Annabel Time To Sleep is a sleeping doll which lays on a pillow and is supposed to respond to touch. It looks so sweet and unlike any other dolls my daughter has and we thought it might help her get used to her cot bed (and staying in her cot bed, more specifically!)
**Price and Availability**
The Zapf My First Baby Annabel Time To Sleep is fairly easy to get hold of, we bought it in Smyths, a large toy store, but we have also seen it in Toys R Us and on Amazon. The RRP is almost £30 but we paid £22, which I thought was a bit on the pricier side for a toy which isn't based on a character (and therefore isn't subject to licencing), but as it's an electronic doll, I thought well, that's probably why it costs a bit more.
**What you get**
You get the Zapf My First Baby Annabel Time To Sleep and the instructions. You *don't* get the 3 x AAA (smaller than clock, usually found in a remote) batteries, which is a bit annoying, luckily I have a stock of batteries from the pound shop in my kitchen drawer for such toy emergencies!
Baby Annabel is about 40cm in length and wears a white sleepsuit. She has her arms up in a cosy sleeping position and has her head rested on a pillow which is decorated with tiny sheep.
She has a hard plastic head, but the rest of her is very soft (aside from her back where the batteries go and the electronics are).
My daughter was intrigued by the Zapf My First Baby Annabel Time To Sleep and we were excited for her to use it, but what looks good in theory isn't always brilliant in practice. She was quite interested when Baby Annabel was switched on as she makes a sweet yawning and snoozing sound but mere minutes later it goes silent and the only way I can work out how to make it do the sound again is to switch it off and back on again. It's supposed to respond to touch but I can't do it, and if I can't my todder can't.
I was disappointed to find that the arms of the Zapf My First Baby Annabel Time To Sleep are actually in a fixed 'snoozing' by the head position, so even though it does look more realistic than other dolls when you are putting it to bed and so on, it can't be played with in all the ways a little girl likes to play with a doll - dressing it, pretending to feed it, putting it in the stroller and so on. So play is very limited, unlike with her other 'normal' dolls - and the sleeping bit she just play-imagines anyway.
Overall, I don't think this toy is versatile enough to keep your little one's attention - my little girl got bored after literally 10 minutes and went off to play with other toys. She hasn't taken to it enough for it to be an effective way of encouraging her to use her own bed for day naps and so on - she continues to rest on the sofa or insist on being on our bed.
Maybe I was wishing for too much from Zapf My First Baby Annabel Time To Sleep but for the price I don't think it's delivered on even the basics of play.
I can't say for the money I'd recommend it, for £10 you can get a doll with much more playability and you can spend the £10 saved on accessories. Unfortunately for this reason I'll be giving it a 1 star out of 5 rating as personally I think it's a poorly designed toy which was ultimately a waste of money.
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