Lottie Dolls were launched in 2012 and they aim to create dolls which allow children to play – imaginatively and adventurously – and to have fun. Not only are Lottie Dolls sustainably sourced and ethically manufactured, but they are also passionate about making sure their dolls reflect the diversity that children see in real life. Make sure you check out the giveaway below to be in with a chance of winning a Loyal Companion Doll AND a Lottie Wooden treehouse for your child.
Lottie aims to make representation a key part of what they do, so that all children, regardless of gender, ability or ethnicity, find a doll the represents them and helps them to use play to explore and grow. They are also keen proponents of promoting STEM toys and activities for children.
In fact, Stargazer Lottie even travelled to the International Space station with ESA Astronaut Tim Peake.
Recently, Lottie contacted us to ask if we would like to review a new doll in their range – Loyal Companion. The new doll is based on a boy not that far from Lottie Doll’s main HQ called Hayden. Hayden is roughly the same age as Biggest and is also autistic. The new doll includes t-shirt inspired by the real-life Hayden, an astronaut in training jumpsuit, Cookie, a loyal companion dog with a blue bandana (signalling that he is trained to assist an autistic child), headphones to keep out high noise volumes and sunglasses to shield eyes from bright lights.
They also very kindly let us review a doll for Littlest too, Sophia the Snow Queen, which she picked herself.
Lottie chooses vibrant colours and tactile fabrics for each set of doll’s clothes and they pay close attention to the tiny details – button, linings, stitching – that make kids’ toys special. The attention to detail is just amazing and it made both my children feel like they had received something really special.
Each doll comes with a range of really thoughtful accesories that add to the magical experience of playing.
Lottie Dolls and Loyal Companion – Our Verdict
As soon as Biggest saw a doll that was autistic, just like him, his face lit up. Lottie has really strived to create a doll that represents a positive view of autistic individuals while helping them to feel accepted and making their supports normalised. I love the fact that the Loyal Companion has a support dog and ear-defenders – and so did Biggest. He has been playing with his doll a lot since he received it.
Littlest, of course, chose a doll that was pretty and ‘princess-like’ and she has always loved such things. She and Biggest played with both dolls together though, acting out situations in the Lottie Wooden Treehouse (also gifted to us). At times, Snow Queen Sophia was wearing the Ear-defenders because it was ‘too noisy’ and both children completely accepted an autistic boy, a Snow Queen and a support dog as part of their imaginary world. I truly believe that the inclusion of dolls like the Loyal Companion doll will help to make autistic children feel more accepted and confident.
The Wooden Treehouse was also a beautiful accessory to play. The attention to detail is stunning and thoughtful.
Overall, we truly loved Lottie Dolls. They are beautifully made and promote a wonderful message for all children – that no matter who you are, you can dream big, learn through play and create something magical.
Giveaway – Win a Loyal Companion Doll AND Wooden Treehouse
To win a Loyal Companion Doll for your child, simply enter via the Rafflecopter below. Entrants must be UK residents and other terms and conditions apply which can be found in Rafflecopter and here – Lottie Dolls Competition T&Cs
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Please note, we were gifted the Lottie Loyal Companion, Snow Queen and Muddy Puddles Wooden Treehouse for the purposes of this review. We received no other compensation and all opinions are my own. For more information, see our Disclosure Policy.