South Africa’s first Zulu-speaking doll


Designed and made especially for South African children, the Baby Thando doll speaks 25 English and 25 Zulu phrases, saying a phrase in English before the Zulu translation follows. “Baby Thando is no ordinary doll, and the educational aspects are a huge plus for both parents and children”, says Sphe Zikode, brand manager of Prima Toys. “She is the perfect companion for children who want to learn English, a language which is not their mother tongue,” Sphe adds. Of course, it also provides the opportunity for other children to start speaking Zulu or add to their vocabulary. A soft-bodied doll, Sphe emphasises that they wanted to ensure that they create the right skin tone for Baby Thando – “a tone that South African girls can identify with.”

Learn through playing

Playing is essential for cognitive as well as fine and gross motor skill development. Through play, children get to develop these motor skills and practise language. “With Baby Thando, children have the added benefit of learning a new language and words,” says Sphe. Additionally, playing with dolls provides the opportunity for children to understand new learning concepts and develop imaginative play skills. They also get to experience and express different emotions and relationships as part of role play. Baby Thando is ideal for children from two years old, and just like the rest of the Baby Love range, comes with a plate, spoon, fork, bottle and dummy. The feeding utensils encourage practice for family mealtimes. Interaction between children as they play with their dolls is also practised. Fine motor skills are addressed through dressing while balance skills are developed as the doll is rocked like a baby.


Baby Thando is the newest doll in the Baby Love range, accompanying Baba Tasha (Afrikaans) and Baby Bella (English). Available at good toy stores and retailers countrywide for the recommended retail price of R699.99 – subject to change.

Stand a chance to win 1 of 2 Baby Love Baby Thando Zulu-speaking dolls, valued at R699.99 – subject to change. 


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3. No under 18s are allowed to enter.
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