When I was a little girl, there was nothing I loved more than my dolls. It seems like almost every year on Christmas I received another new dolly to add to the collection. I loved to walk them around in their strollers, dress them up, and make-believe for hours on end. I suppose that love carried over into my adult life, as I have always had a strong desire to be a mama. When I found out I was having a little girl, I was so excited to get to delve into the joys of my childhood again. I can’t wait until Ellianna is old enough for tea parties, dress up, and Disney princesses (although I’m not rushing her). That’s why I was so excited to discover Kaitlin Laird and her sweet little Etsy shop. Her handmade dolls are SO adorable, I couldn’t resist featuring her as our monthly favorite for September! 

What will you find at KENDALbaby & Friends?

KENDALbaby & Friends is a shop dedicated to cloth dolls and accessories. Kaitlin creates one of a kind, handmade dolls that are made with 100% high-quality cotton from the USA. What makes her dolls truly unique is the ability to customize everything about them. Customers have the opportunity to choose the doll’s gender, hair type, skin tone, hair color and eye color. They can also request any special additions specific to their child. For example, Kaitlin recently created a doll with a hemangioma birthmark for a little boy. The idea is to create a doll that represents all that makes your child special and unique. In addition to the physical appearance, she also adds an embroidered name on the front hip.

There are some new products on the horizon!

For the Christmas season, Kaitlin will be creating some new products including critter friends, outfits, dolly and me bow sets, and more. You can follow her on Instagram for updates on when each of these products will be added! I’m so excited to see what new accessories she comes out with over the next few months!

Who is the face behind the brand?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. One of my favorite parts about blogging is the fact that I get to know so many INCREDIBLE women! Not only is Kaitlin an Etsy shop owner, but she is also a  photographer and a hard-working mama! She resides in Idaho with her husband, her two kids, their golden doodle and 6 chickens. The idea for KENDALbaby & Friends began when Kaitlin’s daughter was born and she wasn’t able to find exactly what she wanted on the market. She decided to start crafting and fell in love with making things with her hands! Her goal is to create simple, lovely, kid-friendly products that actually work for kids and parents. She has done an excellent job of that so far.

How have I personally utilized Kaitlin’s services?

I haven’t ordered Ellianna’d doll quite yet, but I’m SO EXCITED to purchase one for Christmas. I know she is going to love it. My favorite part about Kaitlin’s shop is the fact that she started making her products for her own family. Then, she decided to share her passions with the rest of us! There are so many positive reviews on her site about the joy that her products have brought to children. I’m really looking forward to seeing the smile on Ellie’s face when she opens hers on Christmas morning.

A little more about KENDALbaby & Friends

Kaitlin’s current turnaround time for her shop is 3-5 business days. She is expecting that to increase to 1-2 weeks leading up to the holiday season. She will be closing her shop on December 1st to ensure everyone receives their dolls in time for Christmas. You can find Kaitlin’s shop on Etsy, and/or follow her Instagram account and Facebook page for more information about new products and store policies.


In addition, Kaitlin has offered us a REALLY sweet gift. She is extending a 10% off coupon to all of my followers! This coupon is good for any doll. It will start on October 4th and run for three weeks until October 25th! (Due to vacation, the shop will be closed for 1 week.)

Use code: MAINSTREET10

I hope you enjoy KENDALbaby and Friends as much as I do. If you like Kaitlin’s shop, please share this post with your friends and family! There is nothing better than helping a fellow mama’s business thrive!

Also, if you enjoyed reading this, check out the August monthly favorite in which I featured  Jennifer Jones from the Prettiest Print Shop!



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