Baby Thando – South Africa’s first Zulu-speaking baby doll!

A first of its kind, the adorable Baby Thando will delight and enthral your little one.


Designed and made especially for South African children, the Baby Thando doll speaks 25 phrases in English and 25 phrases in Zulu, saying a phrase in English before the Zulu translation follows.

“Baby Thando is no ordinary doll and the educational aspects of the doll is a huge plus for both parents and children,” says Sphe Zikode, brand manager for Prima Toys. She adds that “she is the perfect companion for children who want to learn English, a language that is not their mother tongue.” Of course, it also provides the opportunity for others to start speaking Zulu or add to their vocabulary.

A soft-bodied doll, Sphe emphasises that the developers wanted to ensure that they created the right skin tone for Baby Thando – “a tone that South African girls can identify with.”

Let them learn through playing

Playing is essential to both cognitive and fine- and gross-motor development. Through play, children get to develop these motor skills, practise language and even develop and grow their vocabulary. Sphe notes: “With Baby Thando, children have the added benefit of learning a new language and new words.”

Adding to this, playing with dolls provides the opportunity for children to understand new learning concepts, develop imaginative play skills and experience and express different emotions and relationships as part of roleplay.

Ideal for ages two and up, Baby Thando – like the rest of the Baby Love range – comes with a plate, spoon, fork, bottle and dummy. The feeding utensils encourages little ones to practise for real mealtimes through role-playing, and fine-motor skills are addressed through the dressing of the doll. Balance skills are also developed as the doll is rocked like a real baby.

Baby Thando is the newest doll in the Baby Love range, accompanying Baba Tasha (Afrikaans) and Baby Bella (English).

Available at leading toy stores and retailers countrywide for R699.99. For more information visit

Stand a chance to win 1 of 2 Baby Love Baby Thando Zulu Speaking Dolls valued at R699 each (subject to change). To enter, simply fill in the form below. Entries close 30 April 2018.

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