I still have my most treasured toys from my childhood. My mother packaged and protected them and brought them with her to and from various residences. There is a teddy bear named Bobby and a doll named Diana, plus a box of Barbies and My Little Ponies and my collection of Cabbage Patch Dolls. Each item has one particular memory to accompany it, along with a familiar scent and an overall feeling of safety and nostalgia. These are deeply precious items-some of my most valuable possessions. To me, they represent love and family, security and hope. Throughout the challenges of divorce and new schools and new friends and a zillion insecurities, I often found my bearings with these toys.
When my own children were born, I wondered what sort of treasures they would latch onto. For Jack, it was immediately a lion “lovey” that sat in his bassinet from the day he came home from the hospital. For Zoe, her security was found in a soft bodied doll with a curly afro that slowly took the place of my own locks that she would twirl while breastfeeding. It was a bittersweet transition, as these transitions generally go, but Tina has been with Zoe ever since. She is irreplaceable-something that equally worries me and brings me great peace.
Tina, of the Les Dollies collection, was our second Corolle purchase. Our first was just before Zoe was born-we brought home a male Calin doll for Jack. He initially took to kissing and cuddling it, but it wasn’t long before he was throwing the doll as hard as he could from the highest point he could find. Boys.
Corolle has since come to be brand that I choose to purchase for my own children, but also as gifts for beloved friends and relatives. The dolls all have the most lovely, yet mild scent to them that will always remind me of mothering my young children.
These dolls and Corolle products are a big part of my children’s lives. They’ve been from California to New York and back again, to Boston more than once, on a cruise to the bahamas, and even in the hospital while Jack’s asthma and allergies were being discovered.
They are soft and loving companions, and have given my kids the sense of safety and security in a way that even I can’t provide. I will be sure to protect and care for them as long as I possibly can.
Aside from our favorite parenting products from self care to feeding to safety, Corolle is the brand I will love as mementos not only of my children’s early lives, but will also serve as early memories of me as a mother. It seems only fitting that I would be partnering with Corolle as one of their brand ambassadors, and I couldn’t be more excited or proud.
This post is sponsored as a part of my Corolle ambassadorship. All opinions are my own.