I’m the first to admit that this is a very tricky business, and I have been working with the various brands of dolls and dolls clothes for years
Jessica woke up this morning all excited because today was the day her friends were coming round for an Easter Tea Party!
It's such an achievement reaching 5000 likes, and to celebrate you could win a Gotz doll.
I've just had a long conversation with Sonja Hartmann about the arrival of the 2014 collection
Where do you start deciding which doll to buy for your little girl? There is a lot of choice so here we look at the most popular types of doll which are suitable for this age group.
They have been a long time coming but they were well worth waiting for!
You will not believe just how beautiful this young lady is!
And finally, after much anticipation, we have received the photos of Aletta, the second customisable Wish doll by Kidz 'n' Cats
Today we received a bit more information about the Kidz 'n' Cats customisable Wunschpuppe doll, Aletta
Pre-ordering now open for the 2014 Kidz 'n' Cats dolls......
Find out what's happening with Kidz 'n' Cats in 2014!
We have a part time vacancy at Petalina for a people person with an interest in dolls.
Petalina's biggest sale ever is now on. We have reduced more dolls, dolls clothes and accessories than ever before!
It's not very often I am blown away by the beauty and quality of a doll but Maru is something else!
Introducing Alexis O'Shay by Via E, the latest doll to join Petalina!
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
This morning I rang Sonja Hartmann to get an update on the situation reagarding the availability of...
Would you like some help choosing a doll for a 1 year old child?
Do you need some help choosing a doll for a new baby? What to look for and which brands are good?
We recently sent out Little Tester Erin a Corolle Classique Accessories Set for her to review
Over the last year we have been asked more often where our dolls are made. It is true that many of our dolls are made in China but we also carry a wide range of dolls from Europe..
Over the last few weeks there have been rumblings about what the future holds for the wonderful Kidz 'n' Cats dolls
Thrilled to be able to let you know that Petalina is now an official supplier of Maru and Friends
We've just launched october's facebook giveaway competition a little bit early....
If you are very very quick you could secure your own customised Henriette from Kidz 'n' Cats.
Over the last few days we have received lots of information about Kidz 'n' Cats, some terrible, and some wonderful!
The photos on Ana Mum's Review are just delightful...
I will never forget the day that I first discovered Gotz dolls...
Petalina recently sent Erin a new dolly because she really deserved a treat!
Corolle make the most beautiful dolls for little girls. Find out more about how the different ranges are suited to little girls of different ages.
We have just received a new range of dolls furniture from Kidkraft.
This is the most delicious recipe for strawberry gelato - I had to share with you!
Those of you familiar with Petalina and my ramblings will know already of my fondness for Käthe...
Another Kidz 'n' Cats doll, this time Galina, needed a new wig.
Our range of life size baby dolls just keeps on growing and we just love the new Schildkrot toddlers...
You could win your very own Schildkrot Amy!
Petalina is thrilled to be able to share a picture of Clementine with you, the latest doll from A Girl for All Time
My daughter's Kidz 'n' Cats doll, Mareike, needed a new wig.
Isabelle, just 6, recently reviewed a Gotz Hannah doll, Hannah loves Horse Riding.
It's official that these dolls are just plain gorgeous!
Would you like to win a £50 or a £25 voucher?
A week ago I received a call from Toys 'n' Playthings Magazine...
Personally, I have a bit of a thing about that well known marketplace we all use to shop online.
Recently eighteen month old Iyla was sent her very own first baby doll to review
The majority of dolls are made from PVC, commonly known as 'vinyl'
The sun was shining this morning and the Gotz Girls ran outside to play..
Imogen lets us know what she thinks of her new outfit for her Gotz Precious Day Elisabeth..
We are continually being sent photographs of our little customers with their dolls...
International customers can now place their order online..
Last year Roo fell in love with her Kathe Kruse Sophie doll and we have just sent her a new dress for her doll to wear..
I've always known that my maternal Grandfather used to make doll moulds for Rosebud
A few weeks ago Fifi was sent an outfit for a beloved Petite Fleur doll to test out for us....
I still remember the day that I discovered Kathe Kruse dolls. I was at a trade show and stumbled upon the stand....
Watch this short video and see how to create a japanese bun in your Gotz doll's hair and give your doll's overall appearance a modern look
Lara is one of Petalina's Little Testers and over the last few weeks she has so much fun with the many accessories in Corolle's Les Classiques Accessories Set....
Today our first delivery arrived from Gotz. Just a few boxes and what would there be inside?
Would you like to win your very own Gotz Hannah or Happy Kidz doll?
Petalina is now a stockist of the controversial Breast Milk Baby....
Gotz have launched several videos showing how to care for their dolls hair
We have really enjoyed seeing the photographs that our customers have been sending us...
With Heart & Soul have just publicised the pictures of their new Kidz 'n' Cats dolls for 2013.
All of these lovely dolls are just sitting on a shelf and are in need of a new home
Do you have a photo of your little girl with her new Christmas dolly?
So exciting! I have just found out that I have been included in the 2012 Mumpreneur 100!
I was recently invited to write a blog post for DKL, the UK agents for Corolle.....
Katy Hill was tearing her hair out trying to find Corolle Lila Cherie for her daughter for Christmas...
Today a post I have written for DKL has been published on their blog and it's all about why I love Corolle dolls.
A few weeks ago Fifi, one of Petalina's Little Doll Testers, was sent her very own Petite Fleur Madeleine...
Here are the winners of our giveaway competition on Facebook....
It feels very grown up to have a blog on Petalina's website....
Lia Interactive is a large and cuddly baby doll and can chat away in several languages
One of Petalina's customers has shared her little girl's letter to Father Christmas with us.
Apparently, it was love at first sight when Imogen first met Gotz Precious Day Elisabeth...
Yesterday the long awaited Marie Stylista dolls arrived from Kathe Kruse...
[Roo is one of Petalina's Litte Doll Testers and she just loves her Kathe Kruse doll we sent for her to try out.
At Petalina we only sell products that are CE marked and comply with EN71 and all other toy safety legislation
Our giveaway competition on facebook has now closed, so who is our winner?
Choosing the perfect doll can be a minefield but Petalina's Little Doll Testers are here to help!
It was love at first sight for Maisie when she saw Hannah....
American Girl dolls are becoming increasingly popular in the UK despite the cost of the doll and shipping from the US, but what are the alternatives?
Over time I am turning into a social media addict with the latest addition being a blog on tumblr
If you would like to see lots and lots of doll photos come and visit us on Flickr
It's not long to wait now before Amelia, the second doll in a series of award winning historical characters from A Girl For all Time, will be available. And here you can get a sneaky peak of what Amelia will look like ......
We hope you like Bambolina's new name, Petalina! Please be assured everything is the same but with a new name!
On 3 May 2007 Madeleine McCann, age 3, was abducted when on hoiiday with her family in Praia da Luz, Portugal and has still not been found.
It's official and we can now let you know that Bambolina's new name will be Petalina!
Losing a baby or a child must be the worst thing that could happen to any parent. It's difficult to...
It's been a long wait since I ordered the whole range of Happy Kidz dolls 2012 from Gotz but they have...
This week at the Toy Fair I met Amelia, Your Victorian Girl™, the latest doll from A Girl for All Time® .
The waiting is over and finally we have seen the new dolls in this year's Kidz 'n' Cats range.....
Pamela Tucker and her daughters were the lucky winner in our recent competition
And the winner of our competition is.....
Matilda has arrived and customers who preordered are now receiving them. Read on to find out what people are saying...
Yesterday, I met with Frances Cain, the founder of A Girl for All Time, a range of wonderful historical play dolls, books and costumes aimed at girls from 8 to 12 years of age.
We will be giving away a doll on July 31st 2011. Read on for how to enter.....
We now have nine beautiful 18" play dolls by Madame Alexander available at Bambolina.
A baby doll for children to play with to simulate breast feeding is causing a sensation in the US.
Last week I learned that dolls can help those people suffering from Dementia. This explanation is probably a little simplistic, but how I understand it is that prior to developing Dementia adults are able to make decisions for themselves and very often for other people too.
We recently discovered that there is a German company producing baby dolls called Bambolina and we do not wish to be associated with them.
We found lots of lovely new dolls, clothes, furniture and accessories when Jo and I visited the Nuremberg Toy Fair last week.
Thank you to everyone who entered our Scribble and Stitch competition.
We have so many new products from Moulin Roty, Kathe Kruse and Corolle with more to come from Petitcollin and Kidz'n' Cats.
Rosie had another lovely dolly moment we thought we would share with you. We had just made some fresh pink play dough and this spurred Rosie on to make some cakes for her dolls and have a dolls tea party in the garden.
Rosie was thrilled to be given the new Doll Carrier from Gotz. Here she is with her favourite Kidz 'n'...
I have loved Sasha dolls since my 7th birthday when my Mother and God Mother gave me a beautiful blonde Sasha doll which I adored immediately.
Plan International is now over 70 years old and is one of the largest children’s development agencies in the world. Plan has a presence in 48 developing countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas where it’s mission is to promote children’s rights and lift millions of children out of poverty.
Rudolf Steiner’s educational philosophy, sometimes known as Waldorf education, believes that children should be provided with an education that allows them to develop in all areas of what it is to be a human being ie. will, thought and feeling, body, soul and spirit. Steiner believes that too often children are educated in order to achieve superficial academic goals and as a result they are not fully prepared for life as an adult.
Those of you who have visited the US will probably know all about the American Girl phenomenon, and will have been able to visit one of their incredible stores, with their vast range of dolls, dolls clothes, furniture and accessories. Girls can visit the stores with their dolls and have their hair styled the same, have a photo shoot done, watch a show in the theatre, visit the restaurant and have a place laid for their doll, and much, much more.