Do you remember that toy you loved as a child – the one that is woven into so many of your childhood memories, as a friend tagging along on trip, a playmate on warm summer afternoons and an item to hold for security at night? The subtle vanilla scent infused into the soft vinyl of a Corolle doll brings back so many of those memories for me. Having a house full of boys means I don’t get to see very many “girl” toys around. The one exception to that rule is dolls – every single one of my boys has requested a doll from Santa at some point in their lives, and all of them will happily play with a doll to this day. I love seeing the boys learn to nurture and care for something so when it comes to dolls – for them or my nieces – I immediately look to Corolle.
Corolle has been in the business of crafting dolls for over 30 years. They understand that doll is often more than a toy, it’s a much loved friend that is an important part of a child’s life, so each doll Corolle crafts is made to be durable and to last through all of a child’s adventures. Their dolls receive the highest attention to detail with supple vinyl, natural looking rooted hair and up to date fashions and accessories. Today Corolle has evolved to include five lines of dolls and accessories for every age.
BabiCorolle is a line of soft bodied dolls, rattles and toys for ages birth and up. BabiCorolle Fist Soft Dolls include soft vinyl faces and are machine washable so babies can enjoy their very first dolls without worry. There is also The Mon Premier collection, for ages 18 months +, The Mon Classique collection of baby dolls for preschoolers, and Mademoiselle toddler dolls for ages 3+. For girls 4 and up the Les Chéries collection of fashion dolls are the perfect for budding fashionistas who want the ability to dress and style their dolls with a range of clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories.
The first doll we are reviewing today is the Mon Classique Dodo baby doll. This 14 inch doll features the classic Corolle vanilla scented vinyl, sleeping blue eyes and a soft body. The doll comes with a rattle, blanket and story book – perfect for pretend play right out of the box. This doll is the perfect size and weight for 2 or 3 year olds and we have found her to be durable enough for play time, but soft enough to cuddle with at bedtime as well. I love the combination of grey and pink and the lamb printed on her jumper, which gives the doll a calm and gentle feel. The Mom Classique collection also includes a large variety of clothing and accessories, like strollers, cradles, diaper bags and everything a little girl needs to care for her baby doll. Overall, this doll was everything we expected – well made with premium touches that quickly made this doll a favorite friend.
Along with the Mom Classique doll we reviewed the Corolle Cherry Umbrella Stroller. It fits the 14″ dolls very nicely and is durable enough to be used outside, but folds easily to be stored away when not in use. It’s bright pink and white color is cheery and fun! Like most umbrella strollers, it takes a try or two to perfect opening and closing it, but then it only takes seconds to open and close. The stroller is great for children who want to feel just like mom or dad, and is slim enough to slide into a closet or under the bed when they’re done.
We also received Chloé from the Les Chéries collection. This doll, along with her best friends Camille, Cécile and Clara, are 13″ with long, silky rooted hair, sleeping eyes and all vinyl bodies. Little girls are sure to identify with the Les Chéries collection of dolls and and their never ending style! We chose Chloé because I loved her classic look – pale pink trousers and a grey jacket with long brown hair, she carries a coordinating handbag and wears a stylish hair accessory. I love the available line of clothing and accessories that make it so easy for young girls to dress their Les Cheriés dolls in the own unique style that will have little girls becoming fashionistas in no time! Chloé did not disappoint – a beautifully made doll with lots of attention to detail, switching outfits is simple and there are plenty of options to choose from. I love her long, soft hair and the quality of her clothing as well.
I shop Corolle because they are one of those rare companies who maintain the quality of their products year after year. Corolle dolls have won countless awards including awards from: Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Parent’s Choice Award, Creative Child Magazine, Dr. Toy and ASTRA. Buying a Corolle doll is more than just purchasing a toy, it is knowing that you are giving your child a gift held to the highest standards, a doll they can love, play and grow with and something that will become an important part of their own childhood.
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