Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Positive Pick: Lottie Doll is a fashion doll you can feel good about!

Today I want to share a product with you that I think you’ll love. It’s the Lottie doll by Arklu. Arklu is in what they describe as a David versus Goliath fight against toy giants like Mattel and Disney. Their mission: to bring a fashion doll to the market that kids will love because of the fun, trendy clothes while also providing a developmentally appropriate play experience. That means no sexy clothes, no make-up, and no ridiculous thin ideal proportions. Their motto: Be bold, be brave, be you.

What Lottie does have is realistic child-like proportions, cute and trendy clothes, fun accessories and a background story for each doll that encourages imagination. The stories emphasize adventure, activity, and creativity rather than the usual shopping and romance. They are so much healthier and more relatable for young girls than popular dolls marketed to girls of this age that focus on themes that aren’t developmentally appropriate, such as the Monster High dolls.

We have two Lottie dolls, and my 8-year-old wants to get all of them! We have the Lottieville Festival doll who is going to an outdoor festival full of adventure and the Snow Queen doll who is preparing for a masked ball. Both come in packages that are incredibly easy to open and are cute and compact enough to reuse to store your doll.

We also love that the dolls have different skin tones and hair and eye color.

If you’re looking for a fashion type doll for your young child but worry about the sexualized, gender stereotyped messages inherent in many popular brands, check out Lottie. Lottie dolls fit the bill for fashionable, interesting fashion dolls that are developmentally appropriate for girls aged 3-8, and even older. My 11-year-old doll lover enjoyed playing with them and found their clothes cute and hip.

Find more information at lottie.com and arklu.com. To purchase in the US, try Amazon.

11 comments on “Positive Pick: Lottie Doll is a fashion doll you can feel good about!

  1. Kathleen Armstrong
    May 6, 2016

    Really love this ! At last dolls that are age appropriate . I live in England but I will be buying these for my young grandaughters .

    • Jennifer Shewmaker
      May 6, 2016

      Hi Kathleen, Arku is in England too! I think you’ll have a easy time finding a good variety of Lottie dolls for your grandchildren.

  2. Liz
    April 23, 2016

    Thank you. I wish you much luck: dolls with child proportions have been around before (I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s) but they obviously weren’t able to keep going. Have you come across “toy like me”, campaigning to show toys with disabilities as mainstream? It seems like something you might be interested in.

  3. kalicet
    April 16, 2016

    Reblogged this on Understanding Alice and commented:
    Always nice to see toy makers who make the effort :

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  7. fitvsfiction
    November 23, 2012

    I love these!
    Child like proportions..Imagine that!
    Wouldn’t it be GREAT if dolls like these became the norm and the sexy, ridiculously thin ones became obsolete? One can dream….

    • Jennifer Shewmaker
      December 3, 2012

      Thanks for the comment, Marci. I love the look of these dolls.

  8. naomi@thekidscoach.org.uk
    November 20, 2012

    Jennifer they sounds like a great idea so long as the clothes they wear represent different personalities too. I like the first one where the doll is wearing trousers and cool clothes.

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