As a mom of three I have seen my share of toys and I can honestly say the ones that get the most use are the ones that inspire creativity. Toys that bring everyone together for imaginative play and storytelling are the toys my children gravitate towards and I don’t think twice about bringing them into our small space. Watching my children bring their fictional world to life with their own characters and their own ideas is thrilling for me.
My children have always had baby dolls, even Ryder pushed around a little doll in a stroller when he started walking and especially when he had a baby sister on the way. When Gemma came along, Siella had her own little “baby” to care for just like mama. My girls love playing pretend with dolls and the way they nurture and mother their own little babies is just the sweetest. Caring for their little babies is a way to teach them to be loving, kind and gentle. Dolls are a tool I can use to teach my kids lessons about honesty and responsibility—how to be inclusive and thoughtful.
Recently, the girls got a set of gorgeous Sportline strollers from Triokid one in pink and in blue—and wow, their babies are definitely riding in style. The Sportline stroller is so well made it looks like a real full-size stroller that any downtown mama would push around. It has a sturdy metal frame, adjustable handle and storage basket. It has a functional carrycot for lying, and forward/backward inclined position and a weather-resistant canopy.
Gemma and Siella take their babies on strolls in our neighborhood and to the park. (Their haul typically includes a few stuffed animals, snacks and art supplies in addition to their baby dolls.) The Sportline comes in pink and blue and fits dolls up to 22 inches long. The adjustable handle can reach from 22 to 33 inches so it accommodates a range of heights for the little mamas in training.
I never try to push their interests in one direction or another and with baby dolls and girlie toys, I let them decide what toys feel right for them. If they want to be like mama and push a stroller—GO for it. Mamas are strong, loving, thoughtful, powerful and basically we’re superheroes sooooo—push that stroller, because it is a magical chariot.