It’s our Big Week Of Giveaways here at The Happiest Home! Check out all giveaway posts here, and read on for what we’ve got for you today…
These days, it’s double the fun when it comes to doll play in our house. My oldest, six-and-a-half, has always loved dolls. We’re the lucky owners of a giant bin of hand-me-down doll clothing, mostly from the American Girl line, and ever since her little fingers were coordinated enough she has loved changing her dolls’ outfits several times a day. While she pretends more sophisticated things like “school” and “daycare,” my youngest, nearly two, is just getting into the “babying” part of doll play. She loves pretending to feed her babies and put them to bed (but, like most toddlers, will gleefully toss a doll down the stairs in favor of a shiny object).
This Christmas we’re making a big leap: we’re getting the six-year-old her first American Girl doll. This fall we read the books that go with a couple of different characters, and she fell in love with Addy’s story most. Other than a Bitty Baby she got as a gift as a toddler, we’ve never bought from the AG line before. And while it’s certainly a splurge for us, I know from the hand-me-down dolls and clothes we have that the quality is great, and I know she’ll love the tie-in to the historical books we’ve enjoyed.
Somehow, we’ve never really owned any doll furniture – just a LOT of clothes and small accessories. That’s why I was so excited to try out One Step Ahead’s line of doll furniture – sized perfectly for American Girl (or any other 19-inch) dolls.
I fell in love with this bunk bed with trundle, pictured below, which comes with the bedding you see displayed (and has an option to personalize as well). The trundle slides out completely (it’s not attached to the rest of the bed), so it could also be played with as a separate twin bed. It took my husband about 20 minutes to put together, and the instructions and parts were all clearly labeled. The quality is such a step up from big-box-store plastic, so I know this piece will go the distance through my littlest one’s doll-playing years.
And since we already own so many doll clothes, I had to try the KidKraft Doll Armoire, too. It comes with six wooden doll-sized hangers, but probably has space for another 4-6 inside. We were really impressed with the quality of the magnetic door closures, wooden knobs, and little storage shelf for shoes at the bottom. So sweet!
I’m just thrilled with the quality and construction of these two pieces, and I know my six-year-old is going to LOVE having them to accompany her American Girl doll this Christmas.
Today we’re giving away the furniture you see here – the bunk bed with trundle and the armoire – to one lucky reader!
All you have to do is leave a comment below and be sure to put a valid email address in the field (Meagan and I are the only ones who will see it.) I’d love to hear about the doll-lovers in your house. Have you gone down the American Girl path yet? What kind of make-believe do the dolls in your home get up to?
Fine print: The contest will run until Monday, December 15 at noon EST. Open to readers with addresses in the US and Canada only. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Winners will be contacted via email by December 16, 2014 and will have 48 hours to respond with an address before another winner is selected.
One Step Ahead provided me with one set of the doll furniture pictured above and a second set to give away. Opinions expressed are my own.