Today, I want to talk about two different types of Doctor Dolls.
A doctor doll can refer to a doll that looks like a doctor, but it can also describe a doll who enables a child to be the doctor by being a patient. The latter often comes with extra accessories for your child to diagnose and heal their little friend, but any toddler parent will tell you that it’s not just the doll – but everyone in the room – that becomes the patient.
Both of these types of dolls are ideal to help bring out the healer in your child by promoting a recognized style of imaginary play called “Medical Play.” This type of play allows children to role-play or pretend their way through medical events, which will enable them to process these events.
I’ve included a selection of both doctor and patient dolls here in hopes that you might find one suitable for your little girl.
Minimargaret the DoctorNici Wonderland
Though she is an excellent doll for children of any age, Minimargaret is my favorite doctor doll for toddlers. Not only is she entirely safe to machine wash, but she’s also okay to throw in the dryer, too! If you’ve ever had a toddler, you know that their toys end up in the strangest (read: dirtiest) of places.
The only issue I have found with the Nici Wonderland dolls is that some people find their velour hair off-putting.
Minimargaret is the perfect doll to give to a child who is experiencing a lengthy hospital stay or going through any medical ordeal. She’s the cuddliest of doctor dolls and will brighten those gray days with her sweet, soothing face.
Baby Born Mommy Make Me BetterMGA Entertainment
This 18′ doll has a soft body with Vinyl head, arms, and feet. She has sleepy eyes lined with thick eyelashes that close when she’s placed on her back. She’s wearing a lovely one-piece jumper with full-length sleeves and legs. Cute tulle ruffles top the shoulders, and the material has a silver glitter crown print. Her sweet, bald head has a matching satin ribbon tied around it.
Like Baby Born dolls, this doll is incredibly popular with children.
She’s interactive, as are the rest of the other doctor baby dolls on this list. When this little baby feels sick, your little doctor can make her all better. Press her back, and she’ll cry as her cheeks glow red. Do you want to check her heart or her temperature? Listen to her heartbeat through the stethoscope, and check for a fever with the pacifier-style thermometer. If she has a fever, give her some medicine in her little spoon, and her fever will break. Press on her tummy, and she’ll laugh because she feels so much better! The medicine bottle, spoon, thermometer, and stethoscope are all included.
She’s also is available in 3 skin tones, each with different colors of eyes and outfits.
You will need to pick up some extra AAA batteries because the three she comes with are demo cells and will run out quickly. I can’t speak to how long these batteries last, but in my mind, a doll that can have its power turned off is not a bad thing.
The Baby Born Mommy Make Me Better doll is a sure bet. These dolls are known to be well made and super cuddly. She promotes nurturing play.
Barbie Careers Baby Doctor PlaysetMattel
This complete Barbie baby doctor set includes Barbie, baby twins, care station that turns into an exam table, and plenty of accessories. It encourages role play, pretend-play, and of course, medical play. The bonus is that because it’s Dr. Barbie looking after babies, it could also be used to introduce soon-to-be big sisters to the concept of a new little sibling joining the family.
Barbie’s right arm is permanently bent, but the left is permanently straight, which makes it a bit awkward to change clothes, but not impossible. All of the tiny accessory pieces may be difficult to look after, but again, not impossible.
The Barbie Careers Baby Doctor Playset is not for small children because of all the little pieces. It’s also not a high-end Barbie playset, but it is excellent for pretend play. The accessories make this set better than just the doll and babies on their own.
Doctor NicolaOur Generation
This 18” doctor doll from Our Generation Dolls has a full outfit that is entirely removable, including underwear. She has a soft body and articulates at the shoulders and hips. She comes with several accessories, including a collection of x-ray charts, a “pretend” pen and prescription pad, anatomy chart, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, and an otoscope.
I love Dr. Nicola’s outfit. Her little white lab coat is of course what defines her as a doctor doll, but underneath she is wearing a lovely pink shirt with coral leggings. Her adorable sneakers have real laces, which gives children an extra opportunity to practice their shoe tying skills.
Other great features include long hair that is perfect for brushing and pulling up as well as an otoscope that lights up.
All of that luxurious brown hair can easily tangle if mistreated or washed. I have heard of suggestions involving fabric softener or detangling products to restore damaged doll hair, but I’ve never tried it personally. Please use caution when using products not meant for doll hair.
OG’s Dr. Nicola is a delightful doctor doll set. She is a popular choice of gift among parents of kids who have expressed an interest in becoming a doctor when they grow up.
How do they help my child learn and develop?
Comfort: Unlike many other toys, these dolls can be used particularly well to benefit children who are easily frightened by a visit to the hospital or doctor’s office by allowing them to engage and work through their fears.
Pretend Play: This really encompasses so many skills, from language development, social interaction, development of the imagination, and problem solving skills just to name a few.
More Benefits: When a child has a doll that looks like a doctor, they have a buddy that can both patient and doctor can use to communicate and relate to one another. Dolls that allow kids to fill the role of doctor in pretend-play help to process feelings associated with those scary examinations.
Doctor Dolls Make An Ideal Gift For Any Child
Parents and friends could consider a doctor doll as an excellent choice of gift for a child in the hospital, but don’t overlook them for other children, either. Most children experience some stress when visiting the doctor’s office for even minor checkups.
Also, if we set aside their ability to help kids with their concerns with medical professionals, they can promote nurturing and a desire to heal in their pretend play.
Lastly, some parents might want to encourage their little one to consider career paths in medicine early on by introducing them to inspiring dolls.
- How To Make The Very Most Out of Pretend Play In The Toddler Years, Renee Peters, Postive Parenting Connection.
- Medical play: Helping kids face fears of the doctor’s office, Sherry Polise, MS, CCLS & Rachael Szewczyk, CCLS for Philly.com.
- Helping children through medical procedures, Amanda Smith, Australian Broadcasting Corporation.