In our house, there are a few toys Mary isn't allowed to play with and Barbie is one of them. Although she loves dolls, I don't believe they are appropriate for young girls to play with. For one, it gives a young girl a false sense of what she should look like. It's almost like someone tried to make the perfect woman in those dolls but really, I have never met a woman who looks like a Barbie in real life.
I personally believe that girls should play with innocent dolls that aren't grown up and wearing high heels and makeup. And that's why we love the Lottie Dolls. Launched in August 2012, Lottie is a new, innovative doll for children aged 3- 9. A wholesome antidote to other leading doll brands, Lottie has been purposefully designed under expert guidance, to both look and dress as a regular child – a childlike body shape, no make-up, jewelry or high-heels. Since her debut, Lottie has won 19 awards in the USA, Canada and UK, including 5 Oppenheim Portfolio Platinum Awards.
This past month Mary was able to get three beautiful Lottie Dolls and each of them brings out a different side of young girls. Plus each of them really do give a healthy view on body image for young girls.
Mary has had a lot of fun with her new friends and I'm very impressed that each of the dolls really is made to resemble a young girl. They are all dressed decent and really do let kids know that they are perfect just the way they are.
Overall this has become a brand that Mary really loves and I know she'll be getting some new dolls for Hanukkah this year!
Do you think body image is important to share with young girls?