Lottie Dolls: "Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You"

Looking for a doll for your child that is relatable?

A doll with child-like proportions?

A doll with a range of hair and skin colours?

A doll that wears the outfits of activities that kids actually do and love?

 

 We are delighted to introduce to you:

LOTTIE DOLLS.

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Any doll with a tag line, "Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Beautiful", would catch my attention. These, amongst other attributes, are exactly what I would hope for my daughter. 

I first heard of Lottie Dolls because my sister in law bought one for my daughter for her second birthday. It does say on the box that they are suitable from age 3, and there are some small parts, so it is with supervision that she has adored playing with the horse and riding Lottie Doll that she was gifted. I was impressed. I looked into the company to find out that an awful lot of consideration and care has gone into the design of these little ladies. Here is an extract from the website of ARKLU, the people who make Lottie Dolls:

Our very first doll was created following 18 months of research. We spoke to retailers, industry experts, child psychologists, nutrition experts, parents and – most importantly – to kids. Our dolls look like kids.

They are dressed comfortably in clothes that are made from colourful and tactile fabrics. They have play-sets that encourage outdoor play, from fishing to body-boarding to fossil-hunting. And their bodies are based on the proportions of a 9-year-old child. (Their heads are a bit bigger though because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love the opportunity for a spot of hair-play?
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So when Lottie Dolls wanted to collaborate with Five Little Stars, to make sure lots more wise, fun, conscienscious and imaginative parents knew about them, I jumped at the chance.

They sent a gift to Alison and I for our daughters, but certainly in my household my son has happily played with Lottie too. I may have to get him Lottie's male counterpart, Finn or Sammi, then the dolls can play together as my two do.

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It was a tricky little decision choosing which Lottie to have as, frankly, they are all ace. We chose "Always Artsy" Lottie, for several reasons: She's a Parisian chick with style and attitude - not unlike my daughter, she has short hair (which I like because my daughter does too, and most dolls have long hair), she loves painting like my little artist, and we already have the long blonde hair Lottie.

 

This Lottie is different. I like this. Always Artsy Lottie came with an easel, paint brush, paints, pallet, and even little paintings. The accessories are quite delicate and some are small, so my 2 year old needs to be encouraged to be gentle, but she plays with them and even at her young age likes their intricate nature. An older child would enjoy these parts even more. Lottie also has a beret and scarf, so she would blend right in were she painting in Montmartre! 

 

We were also sent "Biscuit the Beagle" much to my animal loving daughter's delight. Biscuit comes with a lead, coat, bowl, bone, bed AND bag! She adores him, even though she was a little confused about the bag!!!!

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Alison chose the "School Days Lottie" because her 4 year old is starting reception class and she thought it would be a great way to help her transition from nursery to "big school". Her daughter loved the idea of being able to pack Lottie's school bag and she also enjoyed dressing Lottie for her first day.

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 Alison also chose the super hero costume, which was a big hit. The idea of Lottie coming home from school and changing into a super hero at night really appealed. Alison's 4 year old found dressing Lottie to be quite difficult though and she needed adult help, but these skills will come and it means Lottie will grow with her as her fine motor skills improve this year at school.

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 Alison's daughter has a few Barbie dolls but doesn't really play with them, but Lottie has really captured her imagination as she had her flying around the house as a super hero. Alison is pleased that Lottie is more realistic than Barbie and she prefers her daughter playing with Lottie for this reason.

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 A particular highlight of the "Return to School Lottie", which deserve a mention, are the little cards that came with her. We all just love these:

Push your yourself beyond your comfort zone”

”Don’t worry about failure or criticism”

”Raise your hand even if you are unsure about the answer”

”Be direct and talk to your friends instead of talking about them.

All good lessons for school and life!

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So why are Lottie Dolls relatable? Most likely because a lot of the Lottie Dolls personas are actually created by children themselves. And it probably shouldn't surprise anyone that Lottie is a plucky young lady. How is this for impressive: Stargazer Lottie was the first doll to ever make it into space – alongside British astronaut Tim Peake. Lottie spent 264 days aboard the International Space Station during the Principia Mission. That is very cool in my book, and I am jealous!


You can buy Lottie Dolls all over the world. There are dedicated websites for the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, Europe, USA and Canada.

Lottie's prices range from £18.99 for a single themed doll, to £32.99 (including horse). Outfit/accessory sets range from £9.50 to £59.99. 

 

I would love for my daughter to have a whole collection of Lottie Dolls. I think they, and everything they stand for, are really rather inspiring. 

 

Kate x

 

**GIVEWAY NOW CLOSED**

So here's your chance to win a Lottie Doll! If you enter your email address in the box below and your name is randomly drawn by Rafflecopter you will get to choose one of the dolls we have reviewed (Always Artsy or School Days Lottie) OR a different Lottie of your choice up to a maximum value of £25. The team at Arklu (who make Lottie Dolls) will post it to you - anywhere in the world!

(We don't need you to log in via Facebook as it says in the box below. Just "use your email" will do).

Good luck! And don't forget to check the conditions below...

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Entrants must be over the age of 18.
  • Entrants must supply a valid email address.
  • By entering this giveaway, you agree to your email being collected by Lottie for promotional purposes. Your email address will NOT be shared with any third parties.
  • You can win ONE Lottie Doll only. There is no cash alternative and no cash change given if the doll is worth less than £25.
  • ONE winner will be chosen and announced on this page.
  • The winner will be contacted by email within 14 days of the giveaway ending.
  • The winner has 28 days to respond once the notification is sent. If they do not respond, another winner could be chosen.
  • The doll will be sent to the winner directly by Lottie Dolls (Arklu) and responsibility for postage remains with them at all times.
  • One entry per person.
  • This giveaway ends on Sunday 1st October 2017 at midnight GMT.

P.s. We were sent our Lottie Dolls and accessories for the purposes of a review, but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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