Baby Annabell® Learns to Swim Doll – Review

Aeryn recently started swimming lessons but is still a bit afraid of letting go and floating on her own. I thought this would be a great way for her to get more confident in the water by getting a Baby Annabell®  Learn to Swim Doll from Zapf Creation.


Baby Annabell® needs no introduction but this cute version surely requires one.

Baby Annabell® has also partnered with Rebecca Adlington to celebrate the launch of this new doll.

Rebecca Adlington says: “Learning to swim is an important milestone, helping to instil confidence from an early age as well as being a really fun bonding experience between a parent and child. If your little one is nervous it can be a challenging process – expect plenty of tears and tantrums, however initial fears can be overcome by slowly building confidence and trust.”

Whether your child is an anxious swimmer or an excited water baby, Rebecca Adlington’s top tips will help turn your child into a little Olympian in no time –

  • Children can be initially nervous of the water, baby steps and lots of praise will help them overcome a lack of confidence. Try taking them alone to just watch for the first time, then toes in next time and so on, along with lots of positive praise to help encourage them to take that first dip.
  • Toys are a brilliant tool, they are such a good distraction for anyone who doesn’t normally like putting their face in the water or splashing. Toys such as the new Baby Annabell Learns to Swim doll are a great way to give children (and parents!) the courage to take those first steps towards swimming.
  • Swimming is huge bonding experience. The learning process is a lot to do with trust and really builds a closer relationship between and parent and child. For this reason, try not to use your phone during lessons to avoid distractions.
  • The younger you start swimming lessons the better. I took Summer from 3 weeks old. It is all about building confidence and awareness of the water from a young age. Swimming also helps with a child’s muscular development and is fantastic for understanding their physical abilities.
  • Make good use of the equipment that’s there. Whether it’s armbands, noodles, or vests, use whatever your child is more comfortable with. I tend to do five minutes with floatation equipment and five without, this helps when they’re really young and still building confidence.
  • Mix up who takes the child swimming. Whether its Mum, Dad, Grandparents etc. It’s good to go with someone they trust whilst getting used to swimming with different people.

Baby Annabell® Learn to Swim doll includes a lovely hooded towel and inflatable arm bands with the cute sheep design. She wears a pink swimsuit and is adorable.

To make Annabell swim, you need to follow instructions and hold her correctly in water. Once she is in the water she babbles happily and spalshes, moving her arms and legs.

Aeryn was totally taken with the doll and couldn’t wait to get in the bath with her and splash about. She was thrilled to play with the doll.

Baby Annabell is priced at £49.99 and is available at all major retail stores. You can find out more about the doll at

Definitely set to be on Santa’s list this Christmas, Baby Annabell also makes the Elves’ Choice this year –


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