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Christmas Review 2017: Baby Annabell Learns to Swim Doll

We were delighted when the good people over a Zapf kindly sent us the new Baby Annabell Learn to Swim doll and couldn’t wait to put her through her paces.

After removing her from the decorative packaging we could understand why this is the UK’s No.1 selling doll.   Looking just like a real baby, Annabell was already prepared for her first swimming adventure and had put on her pink frilled swimsuit with a pretty pink sheep pattern around it.

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Ideal for small hands (please note that the Baby Annabelle Learns to Swim Doll is not suitable for children aged under 36 months) Baby Annabell requires 3 x AA batteries, which are not included and comes complete with her towel and inflatable water wings, ready for her first swimming lesson in the bath.

Image credit: Zapf

Extremely well made and looking just like a regular baby, fully batheable, Baby Annabell enjoyed her first swimming lesson and started off getting used to the water by sitting up and splashing her arms, she seemed to enjoy the experience and cooed and giggled happily.  Next she was encouraged to float and again giggled happily – although there were a few tears, finally after removing my hand from her back she kicked, moved her arms and slowly moved through the water unaided, to a round of applause.

Image credit: Zapf

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We think that the Baby Annabell Learns to Swim Doll is amazing and would help remove some of the fears young children have about learning to swim,  Annabell can even go along with them to the swimming pool and they can learn alongside their favourite doll.

Ideal for year round play Baby Annabell is loads of fun and helps encourage imaginative play as she can swim in the bath in the colder months or join friends in the paddling pool as the weather gets warmer.

Ideal for children age 3 and over the Baby Annabell Learns to Swim Doll, would make a wonderful Christmas present.

Baby Annabell Learns to Swim (RRP £49.99) is available from Amazon, John Lewis, Tesco Direct, The Toy Shop, and other good toy shops.

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