Review: Henri the Blabla Doll
Breaking Gender Stereotypes with Toys
This spring I became a Great Aunt … twice! That’s twice the fun of discovering and giving gifts to new mothers that I would have loved to receive when my daughter was little. Over the next several weeks we will be reviewing several products for families with little ones made by local mamapreneurs from Western Massachusetts. Our reviews will showcase local toys, clothes and practical products made here in the Hilltowns.
Along with locally made toys, there are companies making great toys outside of the area too. One such company is Maukilo.com, owned by 70-year-old German toy company, HABA. With a slogan, Buy once. Play forever., Maukilo.com offers many high-quality European and American wooden and PVC-free plastic toys and games. This is one store I might have registered with had it been around when we were expecting!
I discovered Maukilo.com recently when they sent us a sample of their BLABLA baby doll, Henri. What a sweet doll it is. Designed by Florence Wetterwald, Henri is hand-knitted from natural fibers by Peruvian artisans. Being soft and snuggly, little ones will love them, and their heirloom quality will make friends and family feel good about giving them.
What I appreciate most about this doll is that it’s a boy, breaking away from gender stereotypes often found in toys. Learn some tips that are helpful in avoiding gender stereotypes over at Buzzle.com. And find out more about Henri at www.Maukilo.com.