Petalina – Corolle Dolly Review

June 26, 2016



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:








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 responses to “Petalina – Corolle Dolly Review”

  1. 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. Kaye says:

    Looks like a lovely dolly, I love those miniature prams too, everything I would’ve loved as a little girl! #dreamteam

  3. What a lovely dolly, I’d get one from my little boy but he straight refuses to eat his food off a pink plate so I doubt he’d even look at a dolly 🙁 Your little one looks suited with her new doll though. Loving your doodles too. Gem x (aka Colleyswobbles) #dreamteam

  4. 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…


  5. Sadie says:

    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

  6. Oh this is just beautiful! I’m planning Lily’s birthday and am sure this will be on the wishlist! Thanks for sharing. xx #DreamTeam

  7. Mrs Lighty says:

    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 🙂

  8. teacuptoria says:

    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

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

  10. 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

  11. blabbermama says:

    This looks like such a lonely dolly. Going to have a sneak peak for my neices! #dreamteam

  12. Petite Words says:

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

  13. Lisa says:

    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!!

  14. Jordanne says:

    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

    Jordanne ||

  15. Looks like a nice doll, one to consider for my daughters next birthday! Thanks for hosting #dreamteam xx

  16. 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

  17. Gosh how lovely! It can be a minefield can’t it? I do so hate the hard plastic freaky ones. Thanks for linking! #bigpinklink

  18. 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

  19. 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

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

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

  22. 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.

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

  24. Jasmine says:

    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

  25. 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

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

  27. Aw so cute that Little Button was so concerned for her dolly’s welfare. Snacks, loo stop, bottle… hug! Thanks for hosting #DreamTeam

  28. Crummy Mummy says:

    This does look so cute! Sadly BB isn’t really into dollies yet… #ablogginggoodtime

  29. Edward says:

    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

  30. Petite Words says:

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

  31. 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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