This year Mattel followed up their popular Little Mommy doll series, with a couple new versions, one of which is the Little Mommy Doctor Mommy doll. My daughter was just getting over a cold, and it was after her first day back to school after recovering from it, that I gave her the new doll to check out. She has autism, so she doesn’t always “go for” dolls as much as typical little girls her age, but she liked the Little Mommy My Very Real Baby Doll, we had the opportunity to review last year (even taking it to bed with her), so this seemed like a good choice.
My little girl was excited to open the box, and wasn’t pleased with waiting for me to break the doll free of her cardboard confines, although she was somewhat entertained watching doctor mom perform “surgery” on dolly (putting batteries in).
As soon as the batteries went in doll started yapping up a storm, and my daughter snatched her up to check her out. I showed my daughter how some of the accessories could be used with the doll, and she tried a couple of them out on the doll. It was at about this point that the Doctor Mommy doll started complaining of a fever, and her head began eerily glowing red. While I found this somewhat disconcerting, my daughter was fascinated, and looked at me with a quizzical expression. I explained that the baby was sick and had a hot fever, which seemed to resolved my daughters confusion.
This doll hasn’t captured her attention as strongly as the My Very Real Baby Doll version did, but she has still staked her claim of ownership. When I tried taking some pictures of the doll on the couch while she was jumping on her trampoline, my daughter promptly, rescued the doll and replaced her where she had put her earlier.
Autism Perspective: The doll provides opportunity to work on pretend play, with convenient verbal cues provided by the toy itself. Comes with plenty of accessories, so parents and therapists can demonstrate activities to child.
Typical Perspective: If your little girl is a “caretaker” for her dolls or is interested in becoming a doctor or nurse, the Doctor Mommy doll from Mattel, will appeal to her.
The Little Mommy Doctor Mommy doll is new for the 2012 holiday season, and retails for $49.99, although I’ve seen it on sale for less.
- Doll interacts with all sorts of special phrases
- Doll responds with “Ahhh!” to the tongue depressor
- Doll giggles when reflex hammer makes her knee pop up
- Stethoscope makes a heartbeat sound and lights up
- Ear checker goes from happy to sad with the click of a button
- Doll’s forehead lights up red with a “fever” that the working medicine dropped can “cure”
- 1 doll
- 1 tongue depressor
- 1 reflex hammer
- 1 stethoscope
- 1 ear checker
- 1 medicine dropper
- 1 syringe
- 1 role play name badge
- 1 doctor’s kit
- Requires 3 AA batteries
Media sample provided. All opinions and experiences presented here are my own.