Bestest Christmas Gift Guide – Lottie Doll
My daughter loves imaginary play with her soft toys and animals, and this year 9she’s almost 6) she’s been yearning for a doll.
But… I hate them. I do. I don’t mind the baby type dolls – but we simply have no room for the baby paraphernalia which will naturally grow with it. And the alternative? A whole array of adult-shaped dolls which cater to a hideous gender stereotype I don not want to plant in my daughter’s brain. Boobs and hips and make up and high heels… My 5yr old wants them to play at being in school and playing in the park, she doesn’t need an adult-based doll.
Thankfully, those marvellous people at Lottie had daughters before I did, and have produced an alternative; “Lottie is a child of nine (9) with a child-like body. She does not wear makeup, nor does she sport tattoos, jewellery or high heels. She loves to dress up in pretty clothes but is equally happy to be active, outdoors and getting muddy.”
I LOVE this doll!
Don’t get me wrong, I know my daughter would play really happily with any of the more mainstream offerings. But this is about MY choice as a parent – and Lottie is a doll I’m happy for her to grow up with.
Lottie is incredibly well made – she’s tactile to touch and her hair is long enough to be brushed and played with (but doesn’t tangle easily). Her clothes are easy to change, and similar to those in my daughters own wardrobe – colourful (sensible) corduroy skirts, bright stripy tights, a duffel coat and a comfy fleece are the order of the day.
We have the English Country Garden Lottie, and she’s adorable (RED SHOES! Just like Pink’s own!) – I can see us having an entire collection by the time next Christmas has rolled around!