We were recently sent a Baby Annabell Learns to Swim doll to review and it was great because, well, we love Baby Annabell and not so great because it started my child off with her ‘I want to go for swimming lessons, Mummy’ spiel again! It’s not that I don’t want her to learn how to swim, it’s simply a case of not being able to afford lessons right now – agghh!
The Baby Annabell Learns to Swim doll comes with a purple hooded towel and armbands. She needs 3 x AA batteries (not included), located in her back underneath a panel that due to it needing to be waterproof is a little difficult to remove.
The armbands have pictures of the Baby Annabell sheep on them. They are the same in design as the ones the kids have used before, right down to the valve used to blow them up – yes, they get inflated, which I think is a great touch.
Once switched on, Baby Annabell Learns to Swim will giggle away happily but doesn’t move at all. Once in contact with water though she will start to move. Alexa was frustrated when the doll didn’t immediately start swimming away in the bath but after reading the instructions to her she then understood that despite the name her doll wasn’t about to be an Olympic standard swimmer!
To teach her how to swim you start by holding her upright in the water and she will move her arms. Then you can lay her back whilst holding her and she will babble away. Finally if you let her float on her back she will move her arms and legs gently whilst babbling away. Alexa loves watching her float around and moving her arms and legs.
I did find that sometimes she would stop doing anything and start sinking a bit but to solve this we simply lifted her up and let some water drain out, then let her float off and kick away again.
Although I was a bit disappointed that Baby Annabell Learns to Swim doesn’t indeed ‘swim’, I can honestly say that Alexa doesn’t seem too bothered. In fact she’s raved about it and showed it to her friends and cousin, 3 of whom have now added it to their lists for Santa.
Disclosure: I was sent this item for the purpose of this review, however all words and opinions are entirely my own.