***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
If an overdeveloped physical physique isn't enough, most fashion dolls are also dressed in outfits that are nowhere near age appropriate for the girls that play with them. Shoot, many of the wardrobe choices for dolls are almost sexual in nature and wouldn't even appear outside of a gentleman's club.
Fashion dolls can really influence the way a girl looks at herself. Women and girls are hard enough on themselves, so having unrealistic standards of beauty everywhere can be damaging to body image and self-esteem. I know this for an absolute fact...I am kind of an expert here, as an eating disorder survivor. As the mom of a beautiful little girl, these are not the messages I want to convey to her. I want her to feel beautiful just the way she is, and I don't ever want her to feel like she needs to wear something skimpy or revealing to get attention.
So when I discovered Lottie Dolls, I was absolutely thrilled. These dolls are a huge hit abroad, and have even won some great awards. You see, Lottie Dolls are designed to look like an average, normal, REAL 9 year old girl. Refreshing, isn't it?
About Lottie Dolls :
Lottie dolls have already received praise by the likes of The Guardian and The Huffington Post as an antidote to unrealistically proportioned dolls. In fact, all Lottie dolls are modeled on the dimensions of a real 9-year-old girl. Award agencies have taken notice as well, with Oppenheim Toy Portfolio judges bestowing their rare Platinum Best Toy Award three times in 2012 to various dolls in the line. Who can blame them with great options like these (all dolls priced $19.99)?
New for 2013 are dolls and accessories that embody the strength of women. For parents hoping their daughters will study S.T.E.M. - science, math, technology and engineering - playing with Butterfly Protector Lottie may inspire a love for nature, experiments and science. For a strong mind and strong body, girls will find intrigue with Kawaii Karate Lottie. Unconventional career paths can be found in Pirate Queen Lottie, not a current career track but a path that shows that women can do anything men can do! Right matey? And Robot Girl Lottie is a whiz at the science fair. An interest in robotics could happen by playing with this adorable toy!
Our Review :
Lottie comes all decked out in her best sea-faring outfit, complete with a sword! In her accessory kit, there is a flag, a treasure map, and a chest full of loot.
I used this as a teachable moment and actually pulled up the Lottie Doll website. Here, I showed my kids Lottie as a Robot Girl and even a Karate master! I explained to my kids that boys and girls can do the same things, and there is nothing wrong with it.
Well....This prompted my 2 year old, Xander, to want to be a princess. After the conversation we just had, I couldn't exactly say no, could I? Saying no to his request would completely contradict the entire conversation we had about gender equality. So here are Sophie and "Xanderella" playing with their Pirate Queen Lottie Doll. Yep. We're breaking all the gender stereotypes here in my house!
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