I’m always wary of attempting to define or label the kids but suffice it to say the four-year-old is as much about climbing trees and building Lego as she is about dolls and unicorns. In the past six months, however, she’s had an awakening of sorts. Her head has been turned by the shiny tiaras and elaborate garb of a host of Barbie dolls we’ve been handed down and gifted along the way. She dresses and brushes and inspects and invents. She admires and imagines. She’s started to watch me dress and put on make-up with deep interest and I’m faced with the sobering reminder that I have a duty to create a body-positive environment and raise body-confident kids. Yikes! Lottie Dolls
THE TROUBLE WITH DOLLS
No parent has much time for Barbie or her ilk for obvious reasons. The tiny waist, gigantic bosom and general smugness of the high-living blonde is enough to cause any normal woman to snarl and grumble, let alone a woman who has surrendered her body to child bearing and child rearing. It seems illogical that such unusual body proportions should be normalised in play and that our daughters and sons should think that this shape is something to aspire to, doesn’t it? While thankfully we’ve yet to properly encounter them, Bratz and Monster High dolls send even more worrying messages with their fishnet-clad, midrif-baring and entirely over-sexualised version of Girl Power. What’s a parent to do? Lottie Dolls
ENTER LOTTIE – A DOLL WITH A DIFFERENCE
Lottie! Innocent, normal Lottie. We love her. The girls love her. I love her. She’s like the wholesome, well-mannered kid you want your kid hanging out with. Lottie’s message is this: Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You. Lottie, Finn (the boy doll) and their ethnically diverse friends have been designed ‘to empower children to be themselves, be imaginative and most of all – to have fun’. Lottie Dolls look like kids and they dress like kids. Lottie doesn’t wear make-up, jewellery or heels. She doesn’t look like she belongs on the cover of FHM, nor does she sport attire characteristic of a lady of the night.
‘Intelligent and imaginative, Lottie is brave and has gumption.’ She’s inspired by bright, courageous female literary characters like Jo from ‘Little Women’, George from ‘The Famous Five’ and Hermione Granger – smart, feisty and not scared to take risks. Let’s face it. Any one of those would kick Barbie’s perky ass cheeks any day. Lottie Dolls Review
THE RANGE Lottie Dolls
The ever-expanding range is inspired by activities that excite little imaginations. There’s Stargazer Lottie, Always Artsy Lottie, Fossil Hunter Lottie and Kyte Flyer Finn among so many others. We struggled to choose two and settled on Muddy Puddles Lottie (we live in the rainy West so it was a no-brainer) and because our little one is loving her fairy door at the moment, Forest Friend Lottie. We were also sent the Pandora accessory pack. There really is something for everyone. Each doll has its own personality and comes with a back story on the box, making them even more engaging and relatable. Lottie Dolls Review
OUR THOUGHTS Lottie Dolls
The dolls and the accessories we were sent went down VERY well with the two girls.
- We loved the funky colourful clothes and we especially loved that poor Lottie didn’t need to be double-jointed to get them on and off. The four-year-old could dress and undress the dolls independently. Phew!
- Everything is of super quality, down to the smaller pieces in the accompanying accessories’ package. Despite my two-year-old having a good chew on the heel of Forest Friend Lottie, these dolls will go the distance.
- We loved that there are boy dolls in the range. In fact, she’s already requested Finn!
- We of course LOVE the message behind this brand. We love that she’s a fun-loving, imaginative, relatable kid.
- Finally, we loved that these guys are based in Donegal. Hurrah for keeping it Irish!
WIN YOUR OWN LOTTIE!
Fancy winning a Lottie Doll? We’re giving one away. You can win either a Muddy Puddles Lottie or Forest Friend Lottie and stash it away for Christmas. Yes, I just said the C word!
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- Let us know which one you’d prefer in the comments below.
Terms and conditions:
- Entrants must be over 18.
- Competition open worldwide.
- Prize must be claimed withing one week of the competition closing.
- Forwarding of the prize is the responsibility of Lottie Dolls.
- Competition closes on Friday, August 25th at 9pm.
- Email addresses are required for entry. They will not be displayed on the blog and will not be shared with third parties outside the host company.
PROUD TO BE BRAND AMBASSADORS
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. As Lottie Doll Ambassadors, we were sent two dolls and accessories so we could share our experiences. All thoughts are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Find out more about what that means here.