• new dolls 2015

    New dolls at Petalina 2015

    I just love this time of year because all of our suppliers launch their new collections and every day I genuinely feel real excitement when I see that another catalogue has arrived in the post. It’s a bit like having a birthday as a child, eagerly waiting for the postman to arrive so that we finally know that the new…

  • Kathe Kruse, the woman

    My cup of tea. I wish I could have taken the mug home with me! Those of you familiar with Petalina and my ramblings will know already of my fondness for Kathe Kruse dolls and their products in general. The reason for this is that their quality is second to none. Everything is always beautifully designed using really good quality…

  • 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…

  • Marie Kruse Stylista dolls are such fun!

    Yesterday the long awaited Marie Stylista dolls arrived from Kathe Kruse and I know they will be a hit because my chief tester Rosie, my nearly 9 year old doll loving daughter, wants one for Christmas. She can’t wait to get her hands on some scissors and start cutting. Marie Kruse is a 37cm all vinyl doll made from phthalate…

  • Kathe Kruse dolls – the story begins

    I still remember the day that I discovered Kathe Kruse dolls. I was at a trade show and stumbled upon the stand. There in front of me were the most beautiful dolls I had ever seen in many different shapes and sizes, so beautifully dressed in such high quality clothes –  I was completely bowled over. The agent on the stand…

  • 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 one year old

    There are many more gorgeous dolls to choose from that are safe for children from a year old. Toddlers very much love and cuddle up to their dolls, using them primarily as comforters but you may also see the first signs of role play beginning to surface as they become more mobile and are able to copy what they see…

  • 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…