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    Celebrating World Doll Day

    We first published this post in 2015 when we first heard about World Doll Day. In 2018 World Doll Day is on June 9, so a date for the calendar me thinks! The day was established in 1986 by Mildred Seeley to celebrate not just dolls, but nurturing, loving and caring, and the people who offer it, in general. Mildred…

  • Highlights of 2014

    Thank you so much to all of our customers for your support throughout 2014. We have had a really enjoyable year helping a record number of you find the perfect dolls for you and your little ones. It’s been such fun – thank you so much! Highlights during 2014 include our Silver website award from mumpreneur.co.uk, a badge of honour which we…

  • Our trip to the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2016

    We last went to the Nuremberg Toy Fair, Germany, in 2011, so the prospect of going this year was SO EXCITING!! I really was behaving like an over excited child and couldn’t wait until it was time to go……. As it was a bit of a treat as well as a business trip, we stayed in a really lovely hotel…

  • Best doll for a 3 or 4 year old child

    At the age of 3 and 4 children tend to use their dolls for role play, especially being a little mum or dad, or acting out life experiences such as going to nursery school or playing in the park. I love seeing little girls out doing the shopping with their favourite doll in a pram or pushchair pretending to be…

  • The best doll for an 18 month to 2 year old child

    At 18 months old the real dolly fun can start because so many more products have been tested and are considered safe for children from this age. There will be lots of role playing happening by now as children begin to copy their carers, so a baby doll that will allow him or her to pretend to be a mummy…

  • The best doll for a new baby

    Young babies will use a doll to cuddle, to love and find comfort in, much as so many do with soft toys. They will probably suck and chew on it too and therefore the doll must to be well made and safe. At Petalina we have a small range of what we would call comforters, which are like blanket squares…