Petalina – Corolle Dolly Review

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Dolly Upgrade?

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.

 

Petalina – Corolle Dolly Review

 

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.

 

Petalina – Corolle Dolly Review

 

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!

 

 

Petalina – Corolle Dolly Review

 

 

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.

 

Petalina – Corolle Dolly Review

 

 

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.

 

Petalina – Corolle Dolly Review 

 

 

Dolly DayDreams

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.

 

Petalina – Corolle Dolly Review

 

Petalina – Corolle Dolly Review

 

 

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.

 

Petalina – Corolle Dolly Review

 

 

Petalina is run by a group of mums. For updates and offers you can follow Petalina on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Don’t forget to check out their website too, it’s a feast for the eyes!

 

 

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32 Comments

  1. June 27, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    Oh wow how gorgeous!! Both of my girls would have loved this dolly when they were little. I do miss those days. The pictures of your little one are very cute xx #mg

  2. June 28, 2016 / 5:58 am

    Corolle dolls are amazing. They have always done lovely toys and of very good quality. Thanks for sharing this post. Today I just remembered my fave doll Charlotte. Frenchie Mummy back in her childhood…

    #dreamteam
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  3. June 28, 2016 / 6:05 am

    Gorgeous!! My daughter just turned 1 and got her first dolly. I can’t wait until she’s a bit older and really starts to appreciate them. These dolls look lovely, I love that they are scented and sit up by themselves even though they are soft; great touch. Thanks for sharing! #dreamteam

  4. June 28, 2016 / 6:51 am

    I’ve never heard of these dolls, but they look lovely *goes off to follow on Twitter* The photos of Little Button and Cupcake are adorable!! Thanks for sharing with #DreamTeam 🙂

  5. June 28, 2016 / 7:14 am

    What a gorgeous review Annette! I used to love dolls when I was little and my step daughter always played with them when she was small. I’ve not had the pleasure of buying a doll for years though. I hope your daughter has many hours of fun with her new doll, it’s a beauty. Tor xx #dreamteam

  6. June 28, 2016 / 7:27 am

    I was a teddy bear person when I was little but lovely to read all about these gorgeous dolls!

  7. June 28, 2016 / 8:05 am

    These dolls look lovely. My number 4 daughter absolutely loved playing with dolls. In fact, she still has those awful, scary Victorian ones on stands in her room! (She’s 12!) So longevity is important. When she was younger it was all about the Baby Bjorn dolls, but these look far nicer. A good review. Alison x #DreamTeam

  8. June 28, 2016 / 11:06 am

    Ah this is so sweet, and I adore your illustrations, beautiful style (: #Dreamteam

  9. June 28, 2016 / 11:18 am

    Hollys not that into dollies. Im hoping once No.2 comes along she will want to take them out more in her pram since mummy will have a pram too!
    Great Post!!
    Lx
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  10. June 28, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    The doll looks lovely! I wish they had ones like that when I was little, dolls were a bog part of my childhood. My niece is also a big fan of dolls so I think I’ll be having good a look Into this for her. Thanks for sharing! #DreamTeam

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  11. June 28, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    What a gorgeous review! I remember my dolly’s so vividly and I cannot wait to play dolly’s with my little girl. She is only 6 months old now but she is already showing interest in a soft toy dolly that somebody bought her. These little dolls look so sweet. #dreamteam
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  12. June 28, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    Dolly heaven! I had two boys and a girl and she is currently playing with all my 40 year old dollies….she needs new ones. Keep writing about them, I need all the help I can get into this unchartered territory! Thank you 🙂 #DreamTeam

  13. June 29, 2016 / 4:45 am

    aww she is cute! And look at them out and about in the pram! My daughters have my childhood dolls, April in particular loves my doll I called Chrissy because she wore a christening gown, she cries when you tip her forward. It’s nice to see my girls enjoy the dolls I enjoyed I am glad my mum hung onto them #mg #dreamtaemlinky

  14. June 29, 2016 / 8:29 am

    These are lovely! We’re not into dolls yet in our house but won’t be long! x #DreamTeam

  15. June 29, 2016 / 9:37 am

    Ah so cute, these look great. My daughter would love one, she’s dolly obsessed! x #BloggerClubUK

  16. June 29, 2016 / 10:40 am

    Oh she looks so happy with her doll. really cute pictures. I agree that it is so important that toys are hard wearing, I hate it when they break after 2 minutes or bits fall off/damage.
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  17. June 29, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    I have never heard of this dolly but does look cure. Lovely photos as well Z #dreamteam

  18. June 29, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    What a fantastic dolly! I had an absolute minefield searching for a “baby” for my little one, ended up with a blue tiny one from mothercare – he’s not interested, im nit suprised its awful! #DreamTeam
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  19. June 30, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    Oooo what a beautiful dolly! I know what you mean – the dolls in the shops aren’t great! I have perused Peetalina dolls & I know our daughter would love one. Thanks for letting me know about this great site! Thanks so much for joining us at #BloggerClubUK
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  20. July 1, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Aww looks like she really loves her new doll! My daughter’s never been into baby dolls, she went straight to Barbies! #DreamTeam

  21. Edward
    July 11, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    These dolls sound lovely. Nice to hear and see that little button is enjoying them too. Good pictures of little button seeing cupcake for the first time and taking her out and about. #DreamTeam

  22. October 20, 2016 / 11:43 am

    This is so so cute! I adore toy reviews and how lovely is this with Christmas coming up! #dreamteam

  23. December 16, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    Obviously you are very in touch with what your daughter likes because she looks like she’s in love! I was a BIG babydoll fan, but my daughter is not — at least not at this point. She’s all about ponies and princesses. 🙂 #dreamteam
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