Reviewed by Louise Totton
My youngest daughter is three years old, and she is absolutely mad about dollies; at the moment, it seems her sole ambition in life is to grow up and be a mummy. She has a couple of dolls that she loves, but her absolute favourite is her My First Baby Annabell, who she received for Christmas last year. Annabell goes absolutely everywhere it her, and as a result is looking rather grubby, but she’s the love of Chloe’s life.
We were therefore incredibly excited to be asked to review a My First Baby Annabell Brother Doll.
The doll is suitable for ages 12m+, and is a soft bodied doll with plastic limbs and a plastic head. The doll is an absolutely perfect size for a young child; some of the full sized dolls can be a bit heavy of cumbersome for small children, but this doll is the perfect size and weight for playing with and carrying around with her.
Chloe was so excited when she saw him, and has so far decided that he will be called Dave, after her most favourite Minion.
“Dave” comes really nicely presented in a cardboard display box, and does not have lots of excess packaging and plastic. The display box allows you to have a proper look and a squeeze of his lovely soft body, so you can see the doll properly before you buy. The lovely presentation means he would make a perfect gift.
He comes dressed in a baby blue romper suit with a blue hat and the box also has a milk bottle so he can be fed his bedtime milk. He has a really attractive face, with lovely brown eyes and we all loved “Dave” immediately. His plastic bits aren’t a brittle or hard or shiny plastic, and he feels like a really well made doll. He is a simple doll; he doesn’t have closing eyes but we really don’t mind that at all. He has lovely brown eyes, which is how we tell him apart from our blue-eyed girl version.
He is the same super quality as the girl version that we already have, and it can tell that he will stand up to being played with and loved a lot really well. The boy and girl versions of the doll complement each other really well, and Chloe loves the novelty of having brother and sister dolls. I also think it’s great having a boy doll, as sometimes little boys are reluctant to play with female dolls and anything that helps to bridge the gender gap is fantastic.
We have lots of generic doll toys at home (buggies, cribs, high chairs etc.), and because he’s not overly big, he fits into all of them. Chloe absolutely loves pushing him around in the buggy (where he fits alongside Annabell), and tucking him into the crib at night.
For a toy of this quality, I think the price of £14.99 is an absolute bargain. I have no concerns at all that any small bits will fall off (there aren’t any), and he really is a perfect size and weight for a small child.
We are really impressed with My First Baby Annabell Brother, and would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a doll for a small child, but particularly a child under the age of about 5.
We’re absolutely delighted with this little range, and really hope that Zapf start making accessory packs to complement the range, because we’d certainly buy them.
Available to buy from John Lewis here.