Most of my girls school friends have younger baby siblings, so my pair are fast becoming really obsessed with dolls and trying to mimick all their friends who have real life babies at home. We were kindly sent a Baby Annabell Learns to Swim to review and the girls were very excited to have a new friend to play in the bath.
Baby Annabell comes with little armbands that you inflate and put on her arms. She also has a cuddle robe type towel for after she’s been swimming that dries her off. She already has her swimming costume on and is ready to go. The doll is able to go into the bath despite needing batteries and is plastic all over making her easy to dry.
The girls were very excited to try the Baby Annabell Learns to Swim doll in the bath, but on our first attempt, I hate to admit I wasn’t too impressed with her. When she’s in the water her whole face goes under and she tends to roll over due to her weight and gravity I am presuming, so she only sits happily in the water face down looking a little sorry for herself. Saying that, it’s not about me ands the girls absolutely LOVED having their doll in the water and also that she made noises and moved whilst in the bath. On about the third time taking her in, she did swim on her back and move her arms and legs properly but given there’s always two in the bath she didn’t get far. The noise of excitement from the girls though made it all the worthwhile.
She dried off pretty quickly but you may need to put her on another towel too, as her smaller purple one that is included doesn’t absorb all her excess moisture from the bath. Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington has teamed up with Baby Annabell, the UK’s number one selling large doll brand, to create the doll.
Baby Annabell Learns to Swim doll does not come with batteries .so you will need 3 AA batteries after you’ve bought her. She has an RRP of £49.99 and is available from most big toy shops and also is on Amazon.