Baby Thando, South Africa’s first Zulu-speaking doll, is here. This gorgeous baby doll was designed by Prima Toys specifically for little girls in South Africa, and because she speaks 25 phrases in both English and Zulu she is the perfect companion for children.
Whether you’re looking for a doll to help your child learn English or wanting to teach your child Zulu, Baby Thando is a great choice. She’s a soft-bodied doll making her perfect to cuddle, with a skin tone that South African girls can identify with. Push her belly to hear her different phrases, ranging from “I love you/Ngiyakuthanda”, to “I’m hungry/Ngilambile.” She says a phrase first in English which is then followed by the Zulu translation. The phrases are clear and already my own children have started to pick up on some of the new words.
Baby Thando gives children the opportunity to learn a new language and new words through play. Playing with dolls also encourages imaginative play and role-play, and even helps to develop fine motor skills as children dress the doll.
Each doll comes with an outfit (a pretty pink babygrow and hat) as well as a plate, spoon, fork, bottle and dummy. Baby Thando is available for R699.99 from all toy stores and online retailers, and is recommended for children aged two years and over.
You can also keep an eye out for two other dolls in the Baby Love range, Baby Bella who speaks 50 phrases in English and Baby Tasha who speaks 50 phrases in Afrikaans. There will also be a new Baby Love doll who speaks Xhosa coming soon.
Thanks to Prima Toys for sharing Baby Thando with us.