Eva already has a baby doll but this one is far more advanced than what she has. This Baby Annabell can sit up, crawl and even walk when assisted. She also makes noises and falls asleep. Therefore she is a great substitute for Eva's little sister. I much prefer Eva to attend to this baby in the caring (very rough/haphazard like a normal 3 year old) manner than her actual sister.
The doll is recommended for children aged 3 and up and it stands at around 42cm. It's worth mentioning that she doesn't come with any batteries so remember that if you are planning to get her as a Christmas present.
Eva loved her outfit. I think she looks very cute and certainly looks like a baby. She finds the outfit easy to remove and put back on.
She has a switch on her side to turn her on. Once she's on she will make noises and be able to perform her movements depending on what position you leave her in. Her joints are easy for Eva to move.
When baby Annabell is in a seated position with her arms out in-front of her she begins to have a tantrum. She gets very upset. Eva loves this feature as in her words this is just like her sister. Once baby is picked up or her arms are by her sides she will stop crying.
Image from the Zapf Creation website
To make her crawl you place her arms and legs in a crawling position and lift her head up so she can see where she is going. She will then start crawling. It's actually very realistic and similar to a real babies movements. She gurgles and giggles when she is on the move but if she trips and falls or gets tired she will start to whimper. Just like a real baby.
To get baby Annabell to walk you place her arms above her head and hold her hands. This took a bit of getting used to for Eva but she's now mastered the technique. Baby Annabell loves to toddle. It's also Eva's favourite feature of the doll.
I can't comment on how long the batteries last for as we've only had the doll a couple of weeks. We haven't had to change them yet.
Eva plays with her doll every day. Ophelia is at a stage where she's learning to walk so Eva loves to walk Annabell next to her sister.
Overall, we have been so pleased with this doll. It's the best one i've seen for the price. Personally I think baby dolls are quite pricey but this one has a lot of features for the price you pay. She'd make a lovely Christmas gift and would be a perfect gift for a child who is going to become a sibling for the first time too. You can buy her at all good retailers such as Smyths, Argos etc.
*We were sent Baby Annabell to review in exchange for our honest opinion*