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Baby Annabell Interactive Doll Honest Review

We were sent an interactive Baby Annabell doll for free to review and write down our thoughts on the product. The fact that we received the product for free, does not affect our opinion of the product. We will always be honest in all our reviews. For more information, check out our Disclosure Policy.

Baby Annabell by Zapf Creation

Baby Annabell is the UK’s number one nurturing doll for over 15 years. It is an authentic, lifelike baby doll which enables realistic nurturing role play and building a bridge to the real baby world, allowing children to be like their own parents. This creates a social and emotional bond and encourages key social skills from an early age.

This spring, Baby Annabell has several exciting new additions to its popular range of dolls and accessories this spring, further strengthening her position as the UK’s favourite doll brand.

One of these new additions is the Baby Annabell interactive doll which we were sent to review.

Baby Annabell Interactive Doll Review.

The iconic Baby Annabell doll is just like a real baby with realistic sound and movements. The UK’s best-selling doll, she promotes imaginative role play and encourages the development of social skills from a young age with eight life-like functions. She really wets her nappy and uses her potty, she babbles, gurgles and sucks on her bottle or dummy with real sounds and mouth movement cries real tears, burps, yawns, falls asleep and responds to touch and movement. 

baby annabell

The set includes bottle, dummy, bib, nappy and cute pendant and requires 4 x AA batteries. Annabell is also available as a boy doll. Styles may vary. For ages 3 years and over. 

Our Opinion.

We gave baby Annabell to my 4-year-old daughter Reese who immediately fell in love with her and named her Lulu for short. Since getting Lulu, she has been everywhere with her and we even had to buy Lulu a pram so that Reese could take her with us when we walked the dog.

baby annabell in pram
Showing off Lulu and her pram

Reese loved feeding Lulu her bottle and watching her suck her dummy. She was even fascinated with her nappy and kept wanting to change it every 5 minutes! We did find we had to switch it off at the battery compartment at night, otherwise, Lulu behaved like a real baby and woke us up crying! When Reese was poorly, she told me Lulu gave her the best cuddles as they sat watching TV together!

baby annabell cuddles
Watching TV with Lulu

Included in the box was a small catalogue showing other Baby Annabell and Zapf Creation dolls and accessories and Reese had a lovely time going through it and all you could hear was “I get this my birthday!”

Back when Becky, my eldest daughter who is now 13, was around Reese’s age she had a baby Annabell. It was nice to see how much the dolls had changed in a decade as this new doll had a lot more features and the motor mechanism which made the doll suck the dummy and bottle was a lot quieter than the doll Becky had.

My favourite feature of the doll has to be the off switch! Nothing worse than a doll that you cannot switch off and you have no option but to remove batteries to quieten it!


Reese loves her new doll and takes it everywhere with her and loves pretending its her baby and playing mummy with it. The lifelike features make it even more realistic, no longer do we have to tell her her baby is crying, now the baby really is crying and she goes to comfort it! She’s even asking if she can have a baby sister or brother now, but that door is definitely shut!

baby annabell in the box

A lovely realistic looking doll with several fun features makes this an ideal doll for any little girl and even boys! I don’t think there’s anything wrong with boys playing with dolls, in fact, my son had a pram and a doll when he was little! Little boys grow up to be parents just like little girls! You can even get Baby Annabel’s brother which Rebecca from Futures did.

With a retail price of £54.99 she is quite an expensive doll, but the extra features make her worth the extra cost!

We would rate this doll 5/5


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Parenting Blogger & Mum of 5

Hi, I’m Rachel, the poor mum of this crazy lot! We are; Dad (Bob), Ryan (17), Becky (15) Ruby  (14), Rhian (11) and Reese (7). We also have Gwen the staffy dog, 5 guinea pigs and 2 hamsters. Join us as we navigate the craziness that raising a large family with additional needs can bring.


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