There are three girls in our house; Jenny (6), Charis (2) and Mummy (?? that would be telling!) That makes for a lot of pink clothing, glittery princess dresses and dolls.
When Jenny asked for a doll for her birthday, I knew just the place to look: Petalina Dolls.
Petalina is an online store entirely dedicated to dolls. Whether you’re after a soft, squishy doll for a newborn, or a sophisticated, poseable doll for a seven year old, Petalina will be able to accommodate you. Their range of accessories and clothes is incredible too.
I knew Jenny wanted a doll, but I was unsure which to get. But Petalina have put some fantastic buying guides together for mums like me who just don’t know where to start. The buying guide for children over 5 suggested that I look for a doll that:
- Looked like Jenny
- Was interested in things Jenny liked
- Had articulated limbs
Reading the guide, I really felt like I was getting some expert advice from someone who truly understood little girls and the importance of role play in their lives at this stage.
Armed with the information, I started browsing the Petalina website and soon came across the Lottie Doll (£18.99).
I instantly fell in love with Lottie. At just a 18cm tall, she is the perfect portable companion!
I love that the Lottie doll is shaped on the proportions of a 9 year old girl. Too often these sorts of dolls have (completely unrealistic) womanly figures and skimpy outfits. But Lottie’s creators, Arklu, wanted to create dolls that promotes healthy body image and celebrates childhood.
This is something I feel passionately about, after my own beautiful girl started questioning her figure aged just 5 years old. I think it’s so important to let children know that they are right just as they are – they don’t need to be more grown up or thinner or wear more makeup.
Looking down the range, the Lottie School Days Doll just jumped out at me. She has big, brown eyes and long, dark hair, just like Jenny. Her school uniform is so cute and for a little girl who loves to play schools, it would, undoubtedly, be a winner!
I am a big believer in letting children role play their experiences; it helps them to process what is going on or think about what might happen. I think the Lottie School Days Doll would be a brilliant toy for any little ones about to start school, or who have to wear glasses. It gives them a chance to explore their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment.
But the thing that really swung it for me, was when I saw the Lottie Superhero outfit. As I mentioned, Petalina stock lots of accessories and clothing for the different dolls they sell and you can buy the superhero outfit as an extra item.
As regular readers will know, Jenny has requested a “Girls Superhero Party” for her birthday. I have been trawling the internet trying to find superhero merchandise that is feminine. Jenny is a girly-girl, but it seems like you can’t be a superhero unless you’re a tomboy! That is wrong on so many levels!
Let’s teach our girls that they can save the world too.
However, Lottie’s superhero outfit is pink and sparkly. She has a glittery mask and golden, winged boots. It was designed by a 6 year old who said that Lottie should inspire children to accept who they are. This fitted perfectly with my sentiments and the way I have been trying to raise my girls.
I am proud to be supporting a company that feels so strongly about raising strong, confident women.
The superhero outfit is just £9.50 from the Petalina website.
If your little one loves pretending to be superhero, you could check out my post on hosting the ultimate superhero party, with lots of hints and tips for making it a day to remember.
Win Your Own Lottie Doll
But I haven’t told you the best news yet…
The lovely people at Arklu have kindly agreed to gift a Lottie School Days Doll and Lottie Superhero Outfit to one Lucy At Home reader!
Yes that’s right! You can:
Win a Lottie Doll and Super Lottie Outfit
All you need to do is enter the competition via the Rafflecopter Widget to be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize!
Competition Opens: Mon 6th Feb 2017
Competition Closes: Mon 6th Mar 2017
Please check out the terms and conditions below and GOOD LUCK!
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Terms and conditions
Lottie doll & superhero outfit giveaway
No Purchase Necessary. Giveaway starts Mon 6th Feb 2017 at 00:01 GMT and ends Mon 6th March 2017 at 23:59 GMT. UK entrants only. There can only be one winner. That winner will receive both prizes. Winners will be selected at random using the random winner generator within Rafflecopter. The winner will be contacted by email and their name will be displayed on the giveaway page using the Rafflecopter widget. Where possible, I will also tweet the winner. Winners have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. No cash alternative. Please note that Arklu are responsible for fulfilling this prize and Lucy At Home is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfil their prizes. I have represented the sponsor with the expectation they will fulfil their prize and in a timely manner. I will only be passing your details on to the sponsor so that they can contact you regarding your prize. I will not share or sell your information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway.
Disclaimer: I was given a Lottie School Days Doll and Lottie Superhero outfit for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own. For more info, check out my disclosure policy.