My First Baby Annabell & My First Baby Annabell Brother - Review

Baby Annabell are one of the most popular dolls here in the UK, and have been for the past 15 years. This doesn't surprise me at all as they are a favourite of ours too, for numerous reasons. 
These lifelike baby dolls enable realistic nurturing role play, building a bridge to the real baby world and allowing children to be like their own parents. This creates a social emotional bond and encourages key social skills from an early age and why they are important for both girls and boys alike.

Zapf keep their catalogue fresh and exciting by regularly introducing new products to their already extensive range of toys. A few weeks ago we were given a sneak peak of their SS18 collection and I was asked if we'd like to choose a couple of toys to review.

After a quick browse I decided to go for the 
My First Baby Annabell and the My First Baby Annabell Brother dolls. We already have a few of the regular Baby Annabell's but they are a bit big for Ava at the moment. I knew that these would be the perfect first baby dolls for her being smaller and lighter. 

I think that baby dolls can be hit and miss when it comes to how they look, sometimes they can look quite creepy, but as you can see these dolls are so adorable! They have the sweetest faces, a cute button nose, rosebud lips and big round eyes. They are similar in appearance but Annabell has big blue eyes and wears a pink sleep suit and matching hat where as Alexander has big brown eyes and wears blue. Both dolls come with a bottle and a removable hat. They compliment one another so well, they are the perfect set of twins!

The My First Baby Annabell and My First Baby Annabell Brother are classed as the beginner’s version Baby Annabell as they are slightly smaller at 36 cm long. They have sleeping eyes which close when led down and open again once sitting. They are a great way to gently encourages young children to engage in role play and provides initial stimuli for developing a sense of empathy and responsibility.

Ava has been quite taken with the pair of them and is always offering a bottle to them both, though I'm surprised she hasn't tried to breastfeed them yet! She tries to undress them and has even tried to put her shoes on them. I often find her cuddling them, their soft bodies make for great hugs. I think she'll grow to love them more and more as she gets older.

My First Baby Annabell and My First Baby Annabell Brother are suitable for children from 1 year old, are available online and at most good toy stores at just £19.99 each.

- I was sent these products for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.


Celebrate Easter with the Twirlywoos - Competition

Celebrate Easter with the Twirlywoos and this range of colourful, fun, high quality products which include toys, books, DVDs, and accessories.
The adorable Run-Along Fun Sounds Twirlywoos from Golden Bear provide lots of fun and giggles as they run along, just like in the show! Press their hand and watch them come to life. Don’t forget to listen out for their signature tune as they move. Little ones will love interacting and playing with them over and over again!
Join the Twirlywoos in a collection of favourite episodes in Adventures in a Big Red Boat, from Abbey Home Media. Episodes include Pop Bigger and Bigger High and Low Balancing Joining Up Smaller Hiding Pulling. And there’s further fun to be had in There’s Somebody At The Door, also from Abbey Home Media.

With over 100 stickers and a beautiful egg-shaped jigsaw to complete, Happy Easter, Twirlywoos! From Harper Collins will delight any Twirlywoos fan this Easter! And My First 123 Bookalso from Harper Collins is a bright and appealing board book, the perfect holiday reading companion.

How would you like to win a Twirlywoos prize bundle worth £45.00? The prize b
undle includes; 1x Run-Along Fun Sounds Twirlywoos, 1x Adventures In A Big Red Boat DVD, 1x There’s Somebody at the Door DVD, 1x Happy Easter, Twirlywoos book, 1x My First 123 Book. To enter simply use the Gleam form below! Good luck and don't forget to enter my other blog competitions!
Twirlywoos prize bundle worth £45.00

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Our Family Trip To Center Parcs

You may, or may not have noticed that I've been a bit quiet on the blog and social media front this week. All for good reason, we've just got back from a midweek break at the Whinfell Forest Center Parcs. This wasn't a blogging opportunity, so I won't be reviewing our stay but I wanted to share some photo's. I actually won our stay on a competition, last year on social media! I know, so lucky!

We were all so excited for our trip, a time to really unwind as a family and enjoy some well deserved down time with one another. It was lovely and so relaxing to be in the heart of Whinfell forest, surrounded by tree's and wildlife. We felt completely at ease, in our happy place. However I can't say we chilled out very much, we packed so much into our week! From walks in the woods, trips to the park, to science and dance lessons, through to swimming, shopping and soft play! We were very lucky with the weather too, we had no rain until the very last day and it wasn't overly cold either. We had such a great time and was sad to head home on Friday morning. Here are some of my favourite photo's from our stay, I'm so glad I took my camera as well as my phone.


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Last week Ava turned 1, fast forward 7 days and we've just got back from a break away at Center Parcs in Whinfell Forest. We had such an amazing time and I'm so sad to be home and back to normality. To be able to (semi) switch off and enjoy the great outdoors with Nick, Noah and Ava was just priceless and something we try to prioritise multiple times a year. I'm going to be posting a brief run down of our week on Monday, so check back if you'd like to see some more photo's from our stay. We did so much during our four day trip and I'm so glad we made the most of every moment. Highlights have got to be swimming, science class, the scenery, the food, pancake house, feeding the birds, the long walks, the fresh air, the extremely comfy beds, the arcade. I could really go on and on.

We are lucky really, we've been on numerous holidays abroad over the years and most recently quite a few different trips here in the UK too. We've reviewed bith Bluestone in Wales and Butlins in Skegness, and we've also won breaks away to Forest Holidays and Center Parcs. It's great to compare them all and although all four are great for different reasons, Nick and I have come to the agreement that both Butlins and Center Parcs are our favourite of the four. We'd go back to either in an instant.

What have you been up to this week?