Saturday, 25 November 2017

3rd Birthday Gift Guide and Giveaway - Baby Annabell Learns to Swim Doll

Today is day 6 of Lily's Birthday Gift Guide and so it's also the final day. Today we have the amazing Baby Annabell Learns to Swim Doll. 

We were sent her to review and wow Lily and I were impressed when she arrived. 



She looked amazing in the box, a lot bigger than I expected her to be and so a really decent sized dolly.

She comes with a swimming costume and arm bands. Lily was very impressed to see the arm bands just like she does when she goes swimming. 

The doll is a perfect companion for either the swimming pool or the bath. We don't get to go to the swimming baths to often so we tried her out in the bath. 

As soon as we got her out, we popped in some batteries in her back and turned her on. She straight away started making the most adorable sounds. She was cooing and giggling and making all sorts of baby noises.

Lily loved the fact she made noises and started to take care of her straight away. She was giving her cuddles and kisses and putting the babies towel on her. 


The towel and arm bands are really good quality. The towel is as soft as a real babies towel and fits around the baby great with the hood part covering her head. The arm bands were like real arm bands to and you had to blow them up. Lily has worn arm bands before so knew to put them on the arms and so she did this herself. The arm bands are a really cute design with 2 sheep on them and the towel also has some sheep on it. 



As I got Lily's bath ready, Lily took her up stairs and sat with her waiting for the bath. She was really excited to have the baby in the bath with her. 

When the bath was ready Lily got in, and I placed the baby sat upright into the bath. Thats when the baby started to move her arms and splash in the water.

I then laid her on her back and she also started to kick her legs. The way the doll works is by putting her in different positions and she does different things. Just like if she was learning to swim. She also changes her noises that she makes when on her back and giggles more. It's all very cute.




Lily wasn't too sure though and I did have to convince her to pick her up and play with her. But as soon as she did pick her up she dropped her straight away saying that she was too heavy. Unfortunately the doll had filled up with water and she was pretty heavy. I drained the water from the doll (which Lily thought she was then having a wee) and I gave her back to Lily. But by this point Lily still didn't want to play with her as she was convinced she was too heavy to play with.

I think apart from the doll filling with the water, it is a great doll for a child and would make a great gift. I think an older child would have no problem with the weight of the doll and to be honest, Lily is a little bit fussy with things and gives up too easily.

Lily actually prefers to play with the doll out the water and really enjoyed drying the doll and giving her cuddles. My favourite thing about the doll is the noises she makes, but I really do wish she didn't fill up with water so easily. 


The learn to swim doll is £39.99 and you can buy her from most leading toy stores. Head to the Zaph Creation website for a better look of her. 

Now how would you like the chance to win one? Zaph Creation have kindly let me give away one doll to one lucky winner. Enter on the Gleam app below for your chance to WIN. 


*Ends 15/12/17*

Win a Baby Annabell Learns to Swim Doll

118 comments:

  1. Yes right little mermaid in the water :)

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  2. My little ones are not the best swimmers but they do enjoy swimming very much.

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  3. Yes, I took all my little ones swimming from the age of 3 months!

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  4. Yes, they love it.

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  5. we took Elliana when she was just a few weeks old! she loves it! Both my girls could swim BEFORE they could walk and in fact my eldest Natalie, did a sponsored swim for the British Heart Foundation at only a few months old and raised lots of money and was on the front page of our local paper for doing so!

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  6. Yes, we go swimming every week. it is great fun.

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  7. Oh yes, Connor 13, Megan 5 and Mollie 8 months all love to go swimming, Mollie can't swim yet but loves being in the water, Megan would go swimming everyday if she could, unfortunately our local pool is one adult to one child so we can't go as often as we would like as daddy works xXx

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  8. Yes, although he has sensory issues it has been a challenge but the swimming lessons are finally paying off!
    Kelly L @Kellycloggs

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  9. I don't have any children but would love to win this prize for charity, to go to Romania.

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  10. yes they all do we go as a family x

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  11. My daughter loves swimming but it has taken her a long time to learn.

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  12. She is still not very water confident, She is attending swimming classes so hopefully we will get there

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  13. mine love swimming, have done lessons since babies and adore it now

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  14. she just started to go and she really enjoys it

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  15. We go every week and my daughter is doing really well learning to swim x

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  16. Cant even get them in the bath

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  17. She loves baths and splashing with water - she can't swim yet.

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  18. My eldest daughter loves swimming as she started when she was 11 weeks old. My twins are more hesistant as they started when they were 4 months and have missed a few lessons as it requires both parents in the water. But they're getting there and they certainly enjoy it more than they used to.

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  19. MY DAUGHTER ALESHA LOVES SWIMMING ;)

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  20. Yes she does, she goes most Sundays with her Dad, and has done since a baby x

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  21. My lil sister loves swimming and has been doing lessons. Love the doll and Lily is so cute!

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  22. Yes. She can't swim yet, but she loves being in the water.

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  23. Yes - the younger you start them the better

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  24. 2 do and the last one just starting

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  25. My granddaughter loves swimming

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  26. My daughter loves to swim it's one of her favourite activities

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  27. Unfortunately my daughters have never liked swimming much, the doll is lovely though!

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  28. all of them are like mermaids and love being in the water ;)

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  29. Mine have always loved swimming

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  30. My daughter has always loved swimming. what she lacks in technique she makes up for in enthusiasm

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  31. Yes, absolutely. We have some in the family who can swim and some that cannot. So were keen to introduce the children to water, and give them the opportunity of swimming. As those of us that swim really enjoy swimming. Whilst the non - swimmers state that they have a fear of water, and will not even consider paddling in water.

    Rachel Craig

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  32. Claire Elizabeth Noke26 November 2017 at 22:29

    Yes, all 3 of my kiddies are water babies :) xx

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  33. She hasn't been yet but I imagine she will given how much she loves splashing in the tub!

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  34. mine are like fish and mermaids just fantastic swimmer and love the water Janie-Fleur Matcham Pinkjj27

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  35. yes my daughter really enjoys swimming

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  36. They are absolute water babies, they love it

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  37. Yes all my children do, they have weekly lessons and I'm so proud of them x

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  38. My eldest loves swimming my youngest 2 have never been swimming

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  39. Yes! We all love to go as a family on a Saturday!

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  40. Yes! Have done swimming lessons since they were babies

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  41. My eldest does, my youngest doesn't...which isn't problematic at all! :) Though my eldest was the same at that age so hopefully she'll learn to love it too x

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  42. My son loved swimming but he could not swim on the water, he sort of sank so it was really wierd watching him do backstroke underwater!

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  43. Yes they love it. Leanne W @leabana1

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  44. Yes! She takes after me for swimming like a fish! I started her off young so she wouldn't have a fear of the water

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  45. All my children learnt to swim at a young age and now my granddaughters have lessons.

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  46. My daughter goes to weekly swimming lessons and she loves them.

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  47. my granddaughter loves swimming and is very confident in the water

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  48. My children can all swim and love the water.

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  49. My eldest grandson loves going to the swimming baths but unfortunately has missed swimming lessons with school due to changing schools, hoping his parents will get him sorted soon so that he can do more than just play on the slides

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  50. yes my children love to go swimming

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  51. My two swim like fishes and really enjoy xx

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  52. Initially he was very nervous but is now growing in confidence.

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  53. My daughters love baby dolls, and they do not have one for the bath. They need more bath toys too. This is perfect!!!

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  54. Sort of. She used to love the water. But as she is getting old, she is becoming more afraid of it. She will no longer put her head under the water.

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  55. my daughter loves swimming, she loves being in the water.

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  56. they love swimming, we go every week xx

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  57. No my daughter does not enjoy swimming

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  58. yes she loves swimming, she goes every wednesday with her dad which is good time spent together

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  59. My daughter is an aquarius and is very true to her sign... She loves water and loves swimming.

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  60. I can't keep the children out of the water. I wish the temperature were warmer in our local pool so I could join them.

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  61. Yes they sure do love to swim.

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  62. At the moment they hate going swimming as they hate getting their face wet.

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  63. All 3 of my children love swimming

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  64. my boys do, our pool is so cold though so my little girl is not keen

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  65. Yes my son loves swimming and jumping in the pool

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  66. She used to hate it but a holiday changed all that so now she always wants to go swimming

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  67. My grandchildren all love swimming!

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  68. my children love to swim we go every Friday evening

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  69. Yes, but she has only been a few times as we're so busy at weekends!

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  70. Yes, all my children love swimming!

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  71. yes we go swimming every saturday x

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  72. Yes she does swimming lessons and is really coming on

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  73. One of them you couldn't get out of the water when they were younger but the other one didn't enjoy it

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  74. My granddaughter is not very keen...Annabel may help her gain confidence...both learning together.!

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  75. Not too keen at the moment but we are trying to make it fun

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  76. My great-niece Phoenix loves the water (she's the one I'm entering for, hope that's OK) and when she visits my sister (her grandma) all she wants to do is go in the pool. They live in the USA so use the pool nearly all year round.

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  77. My daughter loves swimming :)

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  78. All my children love swimming but I don't take them as often as I should.

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  79. We can never find swimming lessons that fit in with our other commitments. I always feel guilty when we go on holiday and see other children swimming confidently 😕

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  80. Yes all grandchildren love swimming, the youngest has lessons

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  81. I have three daughters and they all really like swimming. It's a great treat for them and they're tired out afterwards so it's win win :)

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  82. Yes, my son loves to swim and we go about once a week.

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  83. My grandchildren are learning and love it

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  84. Yes, my two year old daughter loves swimming. She loves to splash and already has certificates for swimming under the water and climbing out etc. She does struggle with lying on her back though, so thank you for reviewing this doll. Could be the perfect way to help her confidence.

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  85. been taking Alice since she was about 3 months old, she is starting to like it, been going now for about 4 months

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  86. My little girl loves it, she's on chapter 7 of waterbabies x

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  87. She is getting more confident now but she still has water wings & a ring on

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  88. fantastic, my daughter absolutely loves swimming xx

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  89. My little niece used to enjoy swimming, but she's gone off it a bit now. We are hoping to get her back into it... perhaps this doll would encourage her.

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  90. My daughter adores it, she would love to have a swimming doll too :D

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