Did you have a dolly when you were little? I did. Her name was Jemima and I took her everywhere with me. I can still remember her woolly ginger sticky-up hair, goofy grin and pretend stitched on clothes. I really shouldn’t have been surprised when Little Button gleefully grabbed onto her first dolly before she was little more than 6 months old and just wouldn’t let go. I am not sure if it’s in the genes, but dollies are one of her most favourite games to play. As you can imagine, we were all very excited when the lovely Cate from Petalina got in touch to ask us if Little Button would like a new friend to try out. A gorgeous Petalina dolly.
Little Buttons first dolly was a soft toy shaped doll. She was mesmerised by faces, shapes and colours. Her next dolly became her companion. Someone who came with her when we went out and about. However, since turning 3, her games have become intricate and complex roleplays. The trouble is, none of her dollies have been quite up for the challenge.
I have found it difficult to find a dolly with stay-power. One which can handle everyday play as well as being enough for how Little Button wants to play with them. Generally speaking, in my mind, I thought they came in 3 types. The soft toy type, the hard plastic type or the beady-eyed Victorian ones that used to frighten the life out of me when I was little.
Thank goodness for Cate from Petalina who has opened my eyes to the huge range of exquisite dollies that I never knew existed.
Choosing a Petalina Dolly
Cate very generously allowed us to choose a dolly from the Petalina website. Each range that Petalina stocks has been carefully selected to ensure that any doll you pick out will be of the highest quality with huge imaginative play value. So thankfully, I knew we couldn’t go wrong.
To help us along, after finding out a bit more about Little Button and the type of games she likes to play with her dollies, Cate was able to put together a fabulous shortlist of ones she thought would take her fancy and have that bit extra that she is always searching for. On first sight, Little Button fell in love with the Corolle Mon Bebe Classique Brunette Toddler Doll. She loved all the top picks, but without a doubt hoped with all her might that ‘Cupcake’ would be hers.
The New Arrival
I don’t think I will ever quite be able to describe the sheer joy on Little Buttons face when her dolly arrived. She whooped and yelped gleeful little excited screams as she carefully dug her out of her packaging. Thoroughly concerned that she had been on a long journey and would be in need of snacks, water and a cuddle.
The dolly came dressed in pretty pink pajamas and had her own little pink hairbrush perfectly sized for little fingers. I think we were as stunned as each other on how beautiful she looked, and her vanilla scent was so comforting. Quite a ‘Cupcake’ indeed!
I remember particularly thinking that she was so detailed, but in a very little one friendly way, from her rosy cheeks to her warm smiling eyes which opened and closed depending on her position.
Cate had also included a surprise ballet outfit change, and this added to the excitement of being able to get Cupcake ready for ballet when she had settled in.
What makes a Petalina – Corolle Doll so Special
This particular doll is perfect for little ones aged 3 years old and upwards. Here are a few reasons why we think she is so special:
- She has a soft body which makes her very cuddly, so she is a perfect bedtime buddy.
- Her head, legs and arms are made of a vinyl material that feels luxurious. Very different from a standard plastic doll.
- She can sit up on her own, which is a lovely feature for a soft bodied dolly to have.
- She is exquisitely detailed with soft rounded features which somehow make her feel very real (in a non-creepy way).
- She is very easy to change, so Little Button has needed very little help to get her dressed and undressed.
- We have been lucky enough to be able to test out the Corolle Mon Bebe Classique Brunette Toddler Doll for quite a while before writing this review, so I can honestly say that her gorgeous vanilla smell is exactly as she was when we first got her. And, despite being brushed and styled everyday by an enthusiastic threenager, her hair is perfect, not a plasticy snag in sight. She has certainly stood the test of time.
I think we have been quite spoilt with the Corolle Mon Bebe Classique Brunette Toddler Doll and I can’t imagine ever buying a cheap plastic dolly again. They really don’t compare.
Little Button has been making such wonderful dolly memories with ‘Cupcake’. She brings her everywhere and often makes special trips out to the park to proudly push her around in her pram. Oh to be young again!
Adding to the Collection
Petalina cleverly group their dollies on their website so it’s very easy to find matching accessories, outfits, furniture and prams. There are some lovely choices and at the moment Little Button has her eye on an adorable summer outfit with matching shoes!
Find your Little One’s perfect dolly
Have a go at finding the perfect dolly for your little one by popping over to the Petalina website and having a look at the buyer’s guide. If you can’t quite work out what would be best, you can contact Cate here and she will be happy to help you make a match.
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