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17th April 2014
The Petalina Girls have an Easter Tea Party

The Petalina Girls have an Easter Tea Party

Jessica woke up this morning all excited because today was the day her friends were coming round for an Easter Tea Party!

9th April 2014

We have launched a giveaway on Facebook to celebrate reaching 5000 likes!

It's such an achievement reaching 5000 likes, and to celebrate you could win a Gotz doll.

4th April 2014

Arrival of the 2014 Kidz 'n' Cats collection

I've just had a long conversation with Sonja Hartmann about the arrival of the 2014 collection

21st March 2014

The best doll for a 3 or 4 year old

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.

5th March 2014
Introducing our new Paola Reina dolls

Introducing our new Paola Reina dolls

They have been a long time coming but they were well worth waiting for!

26th February 2014
Introducing Lydia, your Georgian Girl, from A Girl for All Time

Introducing Lydia, your Georgian Girl, from A Girl for All Time

You will not believe just how beautiful this young lady is!

8th February 2014
Photos of Aletta, the latest customisable Wunschpuppe doll by Kidz 'n' Cats have just be publicised

Photos of Aletta, the latest customisable Wunschpuppe doll by Kidz 'n' Cats have just be publicised

And finally, after much anticipation, we have received the photos of Aletta, the second customisable Wish doll by Kidz 'n' Cats

3rd February 2014

News about Aletta, the latest Kidz 'n' Cats Customisable Wunschpuppe, or Wish Doll

Today we received a bit more information about the Kidz 'n' Cats customisable Wunschpuppe doll, Aletta

26th January 2014

Pre-ordering now open for Kidz 'n' Cats dolls

Pre-ordering now open for the 2014 Kidz 'n' Cats dolls......

22nd January 2014
Kidz 'n' Cats update 2014

Kidz 'n' Cats update 2014

Find out what's happening with Kidz 'n' Cats in 2014!

7th January 2014

A part time vacancy at Petalina

We have a part time vacancy at Petalina for a people person with an interest in dolls.

4th January 2014
BIGGEST SALE EVER NOW ON!!

BIGGEST SALE EVER NOW ON!!

Petalina's biggest sale ever is now on. We have reduced more dolls, dolls clothes and accessories than ever before!

16th December 2013
Maru, Jamie and Savannah from Maru and Friends have arrived!

Maru, Jamie and Savannah from Maru and Friends have arrived!

It's not very often I am blown away by the beauty and quality of a doll but Maru is something else!

20th November 2013
Introducing Alexis O'Shay by Via E

Introducing Alexis O'Shay by Via E

Introducing Alexis O'Shay by Via E, the latest doll to join Petalina!

18th November 2013

The best doll for an 18 month old or 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

11th November 2013

Kidz 'n' Cats update Christmas 2013

This morning I rang Sonja Hartmann to get an update on the situation reagarding the availability of...

10th November 2013
The best doll for a 1 year old

The best doll for a 1 year old

Would you like some help choosing a doll for a 1 year old child?

5th November 2013
The best doll to buy for a new baby

The best doll to buy for a new baby

Do you need some help choosing a doll for a new baby? What to look for and which brands are good?

24th October 2013

Erin reviews the Corolle Accessories Set for us

We recently sent out Little Tester Erin a Corolle Classique Accessories Set for her to review

19th October 2013
Which of Petalina's dolls are made in Europe?

Which of Petalina's dolls are made in Europe?

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..

1st October 2013

The future of Kidz 'n' Cats dolls

Over the last few weeks there have been rumblings about what the future holds for the wonderful Kidz 'n' Cats dolls

25th September 2013
Say 'Hello' to Maru and Friends!

Say 'Hello' to Maru and Friends!

Thrilled to be able to let you know that Petalina is now an official supplier of Maru and Friends

24th September 2013
Win Hannah as a Princess by Gotz!

Win Hannah as a Princess by Gotz!

We've just launched october's facebook giveaway competition a little bit early....

18th September 2013

NEW!! Customisable doll by Kidz 'n' Cats

If you are very very quick you could secure your own customised Henriette from Kidz 'n' Cats.

9th September 2013

Kidz 'n' Cats Update

Over the last few days we have received lots of information about Kidz 'n' Cats, some terrible, and some wonderful!

10th August 2013

The Ana Mum Diary reviews Corolle Vanilla Blonde for us

The photos on Ana Mum's Review are just delightful...

9th August 2013
Why Petalina loves Gotz Hannah dolls

Why Petalina loves Gotz Hannah dolls

I will never forget the day that I first discovered Gotz dolls...

8th August 2013

Erin loves her Corolle Classiques Blonde toddler doll!

Petalina recently sent Erin a new dolly because she really deserved a treat!

10th July 2013

The Beautiful Corolle Dolls - Part 1 babiCorolle

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.

4th July 2013
New range of dolls furniture, Lil' Doll, by Kidkraft

New range of dolls furniture, Lil' Doll, by Kidkraft

We have just received a new range of dolls furniture from Kidkraft.

22nd June 2013

The most amazing Strawberry Gelato

This is the most delicious recipe for strawberry gelato - I had to share with you!

19th June 2013
Käthe Kruse, the woman, the doll maker

Käthe Kruse, the woman, the doll maker

Those of you familiar with Petalina and my ramblings will know already of my fondness for Käthe...

16th June 2013
Another new wig for a Kidz 'n' Cats doll

Another new wig for a Kidz 'n' Cats doll

Another Kidz 'n' Cats doll, this time Galina, needed a new wig.

12th June 2013
Petalina's selection of life sized baby dolls

Petalina's selection of life sized baby dolls

Our range of life size baby dolls just keeps on growing and we just love the new Schildkrot toddlers...

10th June 2013

June Facebook Giveaway - you could win a Schildkrot doll!

You could win your very own Schildkrot Amy!

2nd June 2013
Introducing Clementine, your 1940s doll from A Girl for All Time

Introducing Clementine, your 1940s doll from A Girl for All Time

Petalina is thrilled to be able to share a picture of Clementine with you, the latest doll from A Girl for All Time

19th May 2013
A new wig for Kidz 'n' Cats Mareike

A new wig for Kidz 'n' Cats Mareike

My daughter's Kidz 'n' Cats doll, Mareike, needed a new wig.

18th May 2013
Isabelle reviews Gotz Hannah loves Horse Riding

Isabelle reviews Gotz Hannah loves Horse Riding

Isabelle, just 6, recently reviewed a Gotz Hannah doll, Hannah loves Horse Riding.

9th May 2013
Introducing the Schildkrot dolls

Introducing the Schildkrot dolls

It's official that these dolls are just plain gorgeous!

5th May 2013
May facebook giveaway!

May facebook giveaway!

Would you like to win a £50 or a £25 voucher?

4th May 2013
Thrilled to be included in Toys and Playthings Magazine this month

Thrilled to be included in Toys and Playthings Magazine this month

A week ago I received a call from Toys 'n' Playthings Magazine...

17th April 2013

That very well known marketplace we all use to shop online

Personally, I have a bit of a thing about that well known marketplace we all use to shop online.

8th April 2013
Little Iyla reviews Corolle's Mon Premier Calin Grenadine for us

Little Iyla reviews Corolle's Mon Premier Calin Grenadine for us

Recently eighteen month old Iyla was sent her very own first baby doll to review

3rd April 2013

The use of PVC in doll manufacture

The majority of dolls are made from PVC, commonly known as 'vinyl'

29th March 2013

Gotz Girls having Easter fun

The sun was shining this morning and the Gotz Girls ran outside to play..

23rd March 2013
Little Doll Tester Imogen has a new outfit for her doll

Little Doll Tester Imogen has a new outfit for her doll

Imogen lets us know what she thinks of her new outfit for her Gotz Precious Day Elisabeth..

23rd March 2013
Photos of our little customers with their dollies

Photos of our little customers with their dollies

We are continually being sent photographs of our little customers with their dolls...

19th March 2013

New prices for International Shipping

International customers can now place their order online..

13th March 2013

Roo, one of our Little Doll Testers puts a Kathe Kruse dolls dress through it's paces

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..

10th March 2013
My Grandfather used to model Rosebud dolls

My Grandfather used to model Rosebud dolls

I've always known that my maternal Grandfather used to make doll moulds for Rosebud

8th March 2013
Fifi, one of our Little Doll Testers, reports back on a Petite Fleur outfit

Fifi, one of our Little Doll Testers, reports back on a Petite Fleur outfit

A few weeks ago Fifi was sent an outfit for a beloved Petite Fleur doll to test out for us....

7th March 2013
Käthe Kruse dolls - the story begins

Käthe 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....

27th February 2013

See how to create a Japanese bun in your doll's hair

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

25th February 2013
Lara just loves her Accessory Set from Corolle

Lara just loves her Accessory Set from Corolle

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....

14th February 2013
Gotz Classic Kidz Dolls have arrived

Gotz Classic Kidz Dolls have arrived

Today our first delivery arrived from Gotz. Just a few boxes and what would there be inside?

11th February 2013
Gotz Giveaway

Gotz Giveaway

Would you like to win your very own Gotz Hannah or Happy Kidz doll?

11th February 2013
The Breast Milk Baby

The Breast Milk Baby

Petalina is now a stockist of the controversial Breast Milk Baby....

5th February 2013

Gotz hair care and styling tips

Gotz have launched several videos showing how to care for their dolls hair

1st February 2013

And the winner of our photo competition is.......

We have really enjoyed seeing the photographs that our customers have been sending us...

15th January 2013
New Kidz 'n' Cats dolls for 2013

New Kidz 'n' Cats dolls for 2013

With Heart & Soul have just publicised the pictures of their new Kidz 'n' Cats dolls for 2013.

10th January 2013
A New Year clear out

A New Year clear out

All of these lovely dolls are just sitting on a shelf and are in need of a new home

9th January 2013

Go on, enter our Christmas Photo Competition!

Do you have a photo of your little girl with her new Christmas dolly?

3rd January 2013
We are listed in the Mumpreneur 100!

We are listed in the Mumpreneur 100!

So exciting! I have just found out that I have been included in the 2012 Mumpreneur 100!

20th December 2012
Why we love Corolle dolls at Petalina Part 2

Why we love Corolle dolls at Petalina Part 2

I was recently invited to write a blog post for DKL, the UK agents for Corolle.....

19th December 2012
Petalina to the rescue!

Petalina to the rescue!

Katy Hill was tearing her hair out trying to find Corolle Lila Cherie for her daughter for Christmas...

14th December 2012
Why we love Corolle dolls at Petalina Part 1

Why we love Corolle dolls at Petalina Part 1

Today a post I have written for DKL has been published on their blog and it's all about why I love Corolle dolls.

10th December 2012
Fifi's Review of Petite Fleur Madeleine

Fifi's Review of Petite Fleur Madeleine

A few weeks ago Fifi, one of Petalina's Little Doll Testers, was sent her very own Petite Fleur Madeleine...

10th December 2012

And the winners of the Corolle Vanity Cases are....

Here are the winners of our giveaway competition on Facebook....

5th December 2012

Yay, our new blog is finished!

It feels very grown up to have a blog on Petalina's website....

4th December 2012
Lia Interactive Baby Doll by Corolle

Lia Interactive Baby Doll by Corolle

Lia Interactive is a large and cuddly baby doll and can chat away in several languages

3rd December 2012
All I want for Christmas....

All I want for Christmas....

One of Petalina's customers has shared her little girl's letter to Father Christmas with us.

3rd December 2012
Me and My Kiddy Winks reviews Gotz Precious Day Elisabeth

Me and My Kiddy Winks reviews Gotz Precious Day Elisabeth

Apparently, it was love at first sight when Imogen first met Gotz Precious Day Elisabeth...

28th November 2012
Marie Kruse Stylista dolls look such fun!

Marie Kruse Stylista dolls look such fun!

Yesterday the long awaited Marie Stylista dolls arrived from Kathe Kruse...

26th November 2012
The Mummy Bloggers Review of Kathe Kruse Sophie Nana

The Mummy Bloggers Review of Kathe Kruse Sophie Nana

[Roo is one of Petalina's Litte Doll Testers and she just loves her Kathe Kruse doll we sent for her to try out.

24th November 2012

Petalina complies with European Toy Safety Legislation

At Petalina we only sell products that are CE marked and comply with EN71 and all other toy safety legislation

22nd November 2012
Who will have won a Petite Fleur doll of their choice on facebook!

Who will have won a Petite Fleur doll of their choice on facebook!

Our giveaway competition on facebook has now closed, so who is our winner?

18th October 2012

Meet Petalina's Official Little Doll Testers

Choosing the perfect doll can be a minefield but Petalina's Little Doll Testers are here to help!

9th September 2012
Mummy Loves Review of Hannah as a Princess

Mummy Loves Review of Hannah as a Princess

It was love at first sight for Maisie when she saw Hannah....

30th July 2012
My daughter would like an American Girl doll

My daughter would like an American Girl doll

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?

2nd July 2012

We now have a tumblr blog!

Over time I am turning into a social media addict with the latest addition being a blog on tumblr

30th June 2012

We are now on Flickr

If you would like to see lots and lots of doll photos come and visit us on Flickr

21st May 2012

Meet Amelia, Your Victorian Girl™

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 ......

17th May 2012

Bye bye Bambolina! Hello Petalina!

We hope you like Bambolina's new name, Petalina! Please be assured everything is the same but with a new name!

25th April 2012

Have you seen Madeleine?

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.

11th April 2012

Bambolina is to become Petalina

It's official and we can now let you know that Bambolina's new name will be Petalina!

31st March 2012

Dolls Clothes for Premature Babies

Losing a baby or a child must be the worst thing that could happen to any parent. It's difficult to...

21st March 2012

NEW! Happy Kidz Jointed Play Dolls by Gotz

It's been a long wait since I ordered the whole range of Happy Kidz dolls 2012 from Gotz but they have...

27th January 2012

Meet Amelia, Your Victorian Girl™

This week at the Toy Fair I met Amelia, Your Victorian Girl™, the latest doll from A Girl for All Time® .

18th January 2012

New Kidz 'n' Cats Dolls 2012

The waiting is over and finally we have seen the new dolls in this year's Kidz 'n' Cats range.....

16th January 2012

Our Matilda competition winners!

Pamela Tucker and her daughters were the lucky winner in our recent competition

21st December 2011

Win Matilda, your Tudor Girl!

And the winner of our competition is.....

28th September 2011

Matilda, your Tudor Girl is here!

Matilda has arrived and customers who preordered are now receiving them. Read on to find out what people are saying...

15th August 2011

Introducing a Girl for All Time®

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.

18th July 2011

Win a doll of your choice!

We will be giving away a doll on July 31st 2011. Read on for how to enter.....

27th April 2011

American Favourite Friends 18' play dolls have arrived!

We now have nine beautiful 18" play dolls by Madame Alexander available at Bambolina.

4th April 2011

First Breast Feeding Baby Doll causes a stir in the US

A baby doll for children to play with to simulate breast feeding is causing a sensation in the US.

24th March 2011

Dolls are helpful with Dementia

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.

8th March 2011

Bambolina will be changing it's name

We recently discovered that there is a German company producing baby dolls called Bambolina and we do not wish to be associated with them.

14th February 2011

Our visit to the Nuremberg Toy Fair

We found lots of lovely new dolls, clothes, furniture and accessories when Jo and I visited the Nuremberg Toy Fair last week.

19th December 2010

Amelia is the proud winner of a gorgeous Scribble and Stitch sculpture

Thank you to everyone who entered our Scribble and Stitch competition.

28th September 2010

Did I really order so many gorgeous things??

We have so many new products from Moulin Roty, Kathe Kruse and Corolle with more to come from Petitcollin and Kidz'n' Cats.

31st July 2010

Gotz Dolls Tea Party

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.

15th July 2010

Happy Holidays!

Rosie was thrilled to be given the new Doll Carrier from Gotz. Here she is with her favourite Kidz 'n'...

24th March 2010

Cate’s Passion for Sashas

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.

23rd March 2010

Will you sponsor a child with Plan International?

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.

22nd March 2010

What are Waldorf dolls?

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.

21st March 2010

Are you an American Girl fan?

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.